Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies



Aztlán presents original research that is relevant to or informed by the Chicano experience. An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, Aztlán focuses on scholarly essays in the humanities, social sciences, and arts, supplemented by thematic pieces in the dosier section, an artist's communiqué, a review section, and a commentary by the editor, Charlene Villaseñor Black. Aztlán seeks ways to bring Chicano studies into critical dialogue with Latino, ethnic, American, and global studies.

Aztlán has been the leading journal in the field of Chicano studies since 1970. Aztlán is issued twice a year.

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Volume 43, Number 1

Spring 2018

Essays in the Spring 2018 issue explore how Emiliano Zapata has been depicted in Chicana/o murals throughout California; how the Latina visual and vocal body is racialized in the hit television program Modern Family; how the language of Carlos Morton’s plays reveals his rediscovery of his mestizo roots; and how inequality is embodied in Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’s The Dirty Girls Social Club and Helena María Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came with Them.

The editor’s commentary, the dossier, and the artist’s communiqué focus on art and exhibitions in the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. The commentary recounts a final performance-tour of Home—So Different, So Appealing led by artist Carmelita Tropicana and filmmaker Ela Troyano. The dossier, curated by Colin Gunckel, explores four PST: LA/LA exhibitions. Three of them (Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, La Raza, and Home—So Different, So Appealing) were produced by or in collaboration with the CSRC.

Christina Fernandez’s installation María’s Great Expedition, which was part of the Home exhibition, is reproduced in the communiqué, and Fernandez’s work is also featured on the cover.

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Hector Amaya, University of Virginia
Jason de León, University of Michigan
Sara Jane Deutsch, Duke University
Alicia Gaspar de Alba, University of California, Los Angeles
John Moran Gonzalez, University of Texas, Austin
Elena Gutiérrez, University of Illinois at Chicago
Joshua Guzmán, University of California, Los Angeles
Brian Herrera, Princeton University
Daniel Martinez HoSang, Yale University
Aida Hurtado, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ji Young Kim, University of California, Los Angeles
Cecilia Márquez, New York University
Louis Mendoza, Arizona State University
Cecilia Menjívar, Arizona State University
Tey Marianna Nunn, National Hispanic Cultural Center
Richard T. Rodríguez, University of California, Riverside
Silvia Spitta, Dartmouth
Adriana Zavala, Tufts University
  • The Spring 2015 issue (Volume 40, Number 1) of Aztlán featured a dossier section on the field of Chicana/o art history, with downloadable class syllabi.
  • To read "Latin@ Art at the Intersection," an article by Adriana Zavala in Volume 40, Number 1, click here.
  • To preview "Formation of a Latino Grassroots Movement The Association of Latin American Gardeners of Los Angeles Challenges City Hall," an article by Alvaro Huerta and Alfonso Morales in Volume 39, Number 2, click here.
  • To preview "Toward a Mariposa Consciousness: Reimagining Queer Chicano and Latino Identities," an article by Daniel Enrique Pérez in Volume 39, Number 2, click here.
  • To preview "Make 'Em All Mexican" by Linda Vallejo, the Artist's Communiqué in Volume 39, Number 2, click here.
  • To preview "Jotería Studies," the Dossier in Volume 39, Number 1, click here.
  • To preview "The Necessary Theater of the Royal Chicano Air Force" by Ella Maria Diaz, an article in Volume 38, Number 2, click here.
  • To preview "An Interview with Ramon Ramirez" by José L. S. Gámez, the Artist’s Communiqué in Volume 38, Number 2, click here.