People who belong to minority groups because of their sexual or gender identities or experiences face similar problems of social exclusion and discrimination. Some decide to tell their personal stories by giving testimonials in order to raise awareness, teach, inform, or even shock different audiences. Testimonials can take many forms and circulate in a variety of media (television, radio, Internet, social and mobile media, presentations, printed material, works of art, etc.).
Testimonial Cultures is an action research group whose aim is to better understand the use of testimonials as a social and cultural intervention strategy. We share ideas and expertise to encourage community action, citizen participation, and social inclusion.
This project is made possible with financial support from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et Culture (FRQSC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)