From the European South

a transdisciplinary journal of postcolonial humanities

Decolonizing Listening to Decolonize Memory

Francis Sosta


This article compares discussions stemming from decolonial, feminist perspectives and critical race theories on the topic of listening and the relationship with memory and history-making. Decolonial listening is investigated as the effort to listen beyond dominant and universal values to activate trajectories that sound new alternatives and futures. Decolonial memory refers to the ongoing project of unpacking the ways official historical records racialized, silenced, and erased heritages and bodies. By unraveling the territories where listening operates as a mechanism of discernment within racialized histories, this article poses listening, the work of overcoming silence, and the weaving of threatened historical voices with the current ones, as central to the decolonial project of envisioning more ethical relationships to the world and to others.


Sound studies, decolonial listening, whiteness, blackness, decolonial memory, remembrance, weaving



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