Sonic Testimonios: Centering Embodied Listening and Place-Making Narratives

Cecilia A. Valenzuela (University of San Diego)

Discourse on social justice often marginalizes the narratives and place-making experiences of those most impacted by injustice across very local levels. This paper features the sonic testimonios of three bilingual, first-generation Latina/Chicana university students who engage with and resist their socio-political locations across deeply imaginative and embodied listening experiences. Specifically, these young adults immerse themselves within ambient sounds to convey experiences imbued with critical relationships. Overall, this work highlights how testimonio and critical listening offer a complex approach to personal narrative and place-making that express a collective sense of social urgency and render historically marginalized voices and sounds audible.

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