symposium /sɪmˈpəʊzɪəm/ n.

1. A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject.

2. A drinking party or convivial discussion, especially as held in ancient Greece after a banquet.


Each eavesdropping season culminates in a weekend-long symposium, providing an opportunity for local and visiting artists alike to reflect together on a given topic. The programme usually features a variety of papers, presentations, performances and discussions, given by special guests (a less formal way of describing 'keynote speakers') and presenters gathered through a Call for Papers. The general atmosphere is intimate and low-key but nonetheless highly engaging — eavesdropping is a venture run by artists for artists, and the main objective of the symposium is to foster community and fruitful debate.


eavesdropping symposium: season 3


24 & 25 APRIL 2021 


eavesdropping's third season culminated in a two-day symposium, this year held online via YouTube and Zoom. Together we explored 'the sounding body: site of trouble and transcendence'



SPECIAL GUESTS: Nadine Benjamin, Laura Bowler, Winnie Huang

PRESENTERS: Julie Herndon, Elisabeth Lusche, Vanessa Di Michelis, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Pia Palme, Lottie Sadd, prOphecy sun

ROUNDTABLE GUESTS: Ailís Ní Ríain, Nadine Benjamin, Ben Spatz, Joanna Ward



Click here to go to our YouTube channel. 

Click here to read more about the featured artists.
Symposium 2021 programme of events
symposium programme FINAL.pdf
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eavesdropping symposium: season 2 


25 & 26 APRIL 2020

eavesdropping's second season culminated in a weekend-long symposium, held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which explored 'creative activism: radical responses within new music'.


SPECIAL GUESTS: Marlo De Lara, Cathy Eastburn, Sarah Nicolls
PRESENTERS: Uri Agnon, Michele Cheng, Emily De Simone, Julia Eckhardt, GRiNM (Gender Relations in New Music), Hanna Grzeskiewicz, Ruari Paterson-Achenbach, Yifeat Ziv
ROUNDTABLE GUESTS: Fay Jennett, Annea Lockwood, Tim Rutherford-Johnson
MODERATORS: Marlo De Lara, Juliet Fraser, Louise Gray, Sara Mohr-Pietsch


Symposium 2020 programme of events
symposium 2020 ONLINE (Coronaversion).pd[...]
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By popular demand, here is Annea Lockwood's short statement, given during the round-table discussion on 'The Climate Crisis & Eco-composition' on 25 April 2020. You can hear Annea read it on our YouTube channel (archive to be published Friday 1 May 2020).


Annea Lockwood 'The Necessity of Re-attachment'
Annea Lockwood 'The Necessity of Re-atta[...]
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During one of the symposium discussions, a participant asked Annea if she might have suggestions of material that could prompt some attentive listening at home during lockdown. It's a huge pleasure to be able to share here 'A little guidebook for home listening', generously collated by Annea in response to this request and featuring contributions from Ruth Anderson, Sam Auinger, David Behrman, katrinem, Annea Lockwood, Bruce Odland and Liz Phillips. Feel free to share! 


A little guidebook for home listening (2020)
A little guidebook for home listening.pd[...]
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eavesdropping symposium: season 1 
17-18 MARCH 2018

eavesdropping's first season culminated in a weekend-long symposium: featuring special guests Ryoko Akama, Jennie Gottschalk, Louise Gray and Andrea Young, this was an opportunity for local and visiting artists alike to reflect together on female creativity and the legacy and future of women in new music. The programme included eight short 'papers' selected from the broad and international response to the Call for Papers run in late 2017, two roundtable debates, two performances, a discussion, multiple Q&As and some excellent nosh. We welcomed symposiasts from Australia, Canada, Ireland and USA!


SPECIAL GUESTS: Ryoko Akama, Jennie Gottschalk, Louise Gray, Andrea Young
PRESENTERS: Jessica Aszodi, Emily Doolittle, Nomi Epstein, Lainie Fefferman, Mary J. King, Jo Langton, Miya Masaoka, Freya Johnson Ross & Chrissy Stirling, Kathryn Williams & Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh
ROUNDTABLE GUESTS: Jessica Cottis, Lucy Railton, Susanna Eastburn and Cassandra Miller


Symposium 2018 programme of events
symposium programme of events.pdf
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