Christina Fischer-Lessiak
How Feminism Matters: An exploration of listening

Starting from the question, how feminism is significant or made significant in the field of contemporary classical music and experimental music, this talk will explore concepts of listening and the idea of ‘feminist listening’. Drawing on my current research in the project ‘On the fragility of Sounds’, I will show that listening can be considered a political practice.

Christina Lessiak, is a musicologist, pop-musician, songwriter, and cultural worker. She studied Musicology and Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the Karl Franzens University of Graz, University for Music and Performing Arts Graz and Aarhus University/Denmark. In her academic work she focuses on aspects of gender in the fields of music. Currently, she works with the composer and co-researcher Pia Palme in their project On the fragility of Sounds (funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF) which takes place at the KUG University for Music and Performing Arts Graz. Here, she explores aspects of composition and performance, feminism and autoethnography.