Affect and Neuroqueer learning in the Early Years: Sonic and electric as relational pedagogy.

David Ben Shannon

My PhD research focuses on neurodiversity in early childhood classrooms. I draw from theories of Affect; sound studies and scholarship; crip and neuroqueer theories; and queer and anti-colonialisation scholarship. I explore how the intention brought to sonic and autonomic methods might point to more inclusive educational practices.

My PhD research adopts music research-creation as the intersection of art, research and theory. In addition to my PhD research, I explore music research-creation as a methodology as part of a glitch-folk/electronica band, Oblique Curiosities. I am a collaborator of the international research-creation project WalkingLab. I also continue to compose electroacoustic and acoustic concert, film and theatre music (most recently, Filmworker).

My PhD project is supervised by Professor Maggie Maclure, Dr Abigail Hackett and Professor Elizabeth de Freitas. It draws from my experience as a Primary school teacher, special education teacher, and school leader.

www.DavidBenShannon.co.uk

Peer Reviewed Journals

Truman, S. E. and Shannon, D. B. (2018) Queer sonic cultures: An affective walking-composing project. Capacious: Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry 

Conference presentations

Shannon, D. B. (December 2019). (in)Audible, (in)Audacious and (in)Affective: Neuroqueering the soundwalk. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE). Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Shannon, D. B. Contesting chrono-ableism: Neuroqueer refrainic refusals in young children’s musical compositions. ​Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (December 2019)​

Truman, S. E. and Shannon, D. B. Queer textualities and temporalities: speculating-with Alpha Centauri. Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (December 2019)

Truman, S. E. and Shannon, D. B. Luring Feeling: Composing with public’s affective milieu. Cultural Studies Association of Australia (CSAA). Brisbane, Queensland , Australia (December 2019)

Shannon, D. B. Sounding a neuroqueer future: Walking-composing in Northern England. Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies (CDS)  Liverpool, UK (July 2019)

Shannon, D. B. Chrono-ableist contours of neuroqueer meanderings: Electrodermal activity and sonic research-creation in northern England. Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI) Illinois, ON. (May 2019)

Shannon, D. B. (Neuro)queer temporalities: 'Surprising deviants' in northern England. American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS) Toronto, ON.  (April 2019)

Shannon, D. B. Rhetorical inclusion beyond the “Inclusion” rhetorics: Neuroqueer literacies in Northern England. American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS) Toronto, ON. (April 2019)

Truman, S. E. and Shannon, D. B. Queer sonic cultures: An affective walking-composing project. Capacious: Affective Inquiry/Making Space. Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA (August 2018)

Shannon, D. B. Affect and Neuro-diverse learning in the Early Years: Sound-art as relational pedagogy. Capacious:Affective Inquiry/Making Space. Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA (August 2018)

Shannon, D. B. and Truman, S. E. Queer the landscape: Walking-songing-researching from Melrose to Lindisfarne. Beyond The Pedestrian. Liverpool, UK USA (July 2018)

Other

Truman, S. E. and Shannon, D. B. Affective Compositions: Hooks, Lures, and Temporalities of the Already-(Future)-Felt (or Music Research-Creation with Oblique Curiosities). Society for the Study of Affect Summer School. Lancaster, PA (August 2018) Link

Truman, S. E. and Shannon, D. B. Queer the landscape: Walking-songwriting from Melrose to Lindisfarne. Arts-Based Methods. Manchester, UK (October 2018) Link