Learning relationships and the entanglement of sound.

Authors: Natasha Rennolds*, University of East Anglia
Topics: Social Geography
Keywords: sound, relationships, learning, affect, attunement
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 32
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My contribution will look at how sound shapes relationships between and within adults and young people in non-formal learning environments. Drawing on my PhD research and examined with a posthuman lens, I will explore different aspects of sound and noise, and what it does as relationships are built and sustained. Research traditionally focuses on characterising relationships as interaction with others without recognition of affect and materiality, often overlooking how relationships emerge are entangled as in and part of the world. Using the concept of attunement as both an embodied and preconscious affect (Brigstocke and Noorani, 2016), I will consider sound as the potential to attach (Ahmed, 2014) demonstrating how through movement, as it undulates and maps onto bodies, that it is agentive within the learning relationships.
Access to constructive relationships for young people in learning environments lead to increased academic achievement (Crosnoe, Johnson and Elder, 2004) and well-being (Holfve-Sabel, 2014), and support access to social capital, particularly for young people that come from lower income families. Actively attuning and listening to sounds give an alternative perspective on understanding how relationships are ‘done’ and what comes to matter in the entangled nature of learning and being. In exploring the role of sound in relationships, I will illuminate how this frames and shapes learning and well-being for both young people and the adult educators. There will be short soundscapes as part of the contribution.

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