Listening and Looking

Course description Listening and Looking
Year: 2017-2018
Catalog number: 5100KM16
  • Prof. dr. Janneke Wesseling
  • Prof. dr. Marcel Cobussen
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 5
Level: 300
Period: Semester 2, Block III, IV
  • Yes Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • Yes Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class


For 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of KABK, KC and LU
8 Wednesday afternoon sessions, February – May 2018

Application deadline: 7 February 2018

Our first encounters with art works or art events usually happen through our eyes and/or ears. However, there are many different ways in which to look at art or listen to music. Not only are we always already culturally situated and determined, individual circumstances also influence the way we experience art/music. What is attentive looking/listening and is this how we always (should) approach art/music? Is there a difference between looking and seeing, between hearing and listening? And, given the fact that our relation to art and the world is usually multi-sensorial, can we also look at music and listen to visual arts?
Although mainly theoretical, the course will also comprise visits to (sounding) arts exhibitions and/or performances in order to be able to relate theoretical knowledge to “auto-ethnographic” experiences.


  • An introduction to different ways of looking and listening, both through literature and in practice.

  • To reflect critically on leading contemporary literature on looking at art and listening to music.

  • To reflect on looking and listening from philosophical, historical, biological, and aesthetical perspectives.

  • To practice alternative ways of looking and listening to art/music.

  • To learn how to read scientific and philosophical texts on aesthetics; to practice so-called “close reading”.

Dates, times, location

2017-2018, second semester.

The sessions take place at the PJ Vethgebouw, (Nonnensteeg 3, 2311 VJ, Leiden), room 0.07 - EXCEPT ON 18 APRIL; PLEASE SEE BELOW -, on Wednesdays from 15:00 to 17:00 hrs.

– 14 February 2018 Prof. dr. J.C. Wesseling & Prof. dr. M.A. Cobussen
– 21 February 2018 Prof. dr. J.C. Wesseling
– 28 February 2018 Prof. dr. M.A. Cobussen
– 7 March 2018 Prof. dr. J.C. Wesseling
– 21 March 2018 Prof. dr. M.A. Cobussen
– 28 March 2018 Prof. dr. J.C. Wesseling
– 4 April 2018 Prof. dr. M.A. Cobussen
– 11 April 2018 Prof. dr. J.C. Wesseling
– 18 April 2018 Prof. dr. M.A. Cobussen - PLEASE NOTE: on 18/4/ the location is Oude Sterrewacht - room C003, Sterrenwachtlaan 11, 2311 GP Leiden
– 25 April 2018 Prof. dr. J.C. Wesseling & Prof. dr. M.A. Cobussen

PLEASE NOTE: There will not be a meeting on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Course type

Interactive seminar.
Course is taught by Prof. dr. J.C. Wesseling and Prof. dr. M.A. Cobussen.




Homework assignments, student presentations and multi-media essay.

Benodigde literatuur

Texts and other materials on Basecamp.


ACPA: Ir. R.T.W.L. (Rogier) Schneemann;

Prof. dr. J.C. Wesseling:

Prof. dr. M.A. Cobussen:


For 2nd, 3rd and 4th year BA students of the Royal Academy of Art, Royal Conservatoire and Leiden University.

Full attendance is obligatory in order to receive study points towards the Individual Study Trajectory (5 EC).

15 students will be selected for the course.

Inschrijven via uSis.

Voor andere vakken op het gebied van muziek en beeldende kunst, zie s.v.p.:
Keuzevakken muziek en beeldende kunsten