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Latinx Sounds, Sonic, & Soundscapes, Topics in Latina and Latino Text and Representation (393-0-2)


Adriana Silvestre

Meeting Info

Harris Hall L05: Mon, Wed, 9:30AM - 10:50AM

Overview of class

The goal of this seminar is to familiarize students with the developing field of Latinx/a/o sound studies through an intersectional lens to analyze the following: voice, soundscapes, listening practices, space, affect, aesthetics, and sound's relationship to Latinx communities. We will map out, assess, and explore ideas about race, gender, and sexuality in relation to sound through listening and readings from sound studies, queer of color critique, feminist theory, music studies, media studies, and Latinx studies. Through an interdisciplinary approach to Latinx sonics we will also consider how sound informs our epistemologies to critically ask questions of sound, and what important intellectual and political questions might be emerging for Latinx/as/os at this moment.

Class Materials (Required)

Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity by Gate T. Johnson
Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music by Alexandra T. Vasquez
The Sound of Exclusion: NPR and the Latinx Public by Christopher Chávez

Class Attributes

Literature & Fine Arts Distro Area