Carceral Geography in El Paso, TX:
Creating Sound Walks to Experience Disappeared Histories

This is a project funded by The Mellon Humanities Collaborative at El Paso Community College- The University of Texas at El Paso, 2021-2022. Our interdisciplinary research project investigates the history of carceral geography in El Paso, TX through archival research and embodied mapping, leading to the creation of audio walking guides accessible to the public. Carceral geography is a lens on architectures and social relationships that are disappeared or displaced within neoliberal systems of incarceration, raising the question— how can we see that which is disappeared?

This presentation at Soundwalk September begins with an audio recording of an experimental poetry exercise based on Derrida's Archive Fever and Troillot's Silencing the Past.