“Hearing Images, Seeing Sounds”: Disturbance as Pedagogy

In Issue 11, no 2, Subhashim Goswami from Shiv Nadar University, gives an account of a course he designed to give students an understanding of ‘the field’ in anthropology. Drawing from Anna Tsing’s formulation of “disturbance as an analytical tool” he demonstrates how we can pedagogically construct a field by disturbing the certitude of the known through reimagining modes of seeing and hearing the familiar. His paper showcases work produced from this class – a curated selection of images and accompanying soundscapes created by students from within the university grounds -that demostrate how a field can be constructed by hearing images and seeing sounds. 

The following seven images and soundscapes accompany the full paper, which is available here: “Hearing Images, Seeing Sounds”: Disturbance as Pedagogy

Image 1. Apoorv Walia’s image of an under construction building with accompanying soundscape below.

Image 2. Suvendu Barik’s image of the construction site on campus.

Image 3. Inaayat Sachdev’s image of waste and debris

Image 4. Swati Ganeshan’s image of the student’s residential block on campus
Image 5. Ayushi Mer’s image of the lake on campus.

Image 6. Aman Khatkar’s image of the hostel study room

Image 7. Shubhangi Verma’s image of the campus tea stall

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