Aztlán Spotlight Dossier

A preview of the Dossier in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies.
Volume 39, Number 1
Spring 2014

Dossier: Jotería Studies

The Dossier section of the Spring 2014 issue of Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies focuses on jotería studies. This collection of twelve articles, curated by Michael Hames-García (University of Oregon), offers a variety of perspectives on jotería studies, which Hames-García identifies as “an emergent formation” being developed by “a new generation of multigendered queer Chican@s and Latin@s, trained and nurtured by women of color feminisms and feminists ... among whom trans* and cisgendered people of color have fought and loved in coalition, inclusion, and multiplicity.”
Topics range from accounts of the origins of jotería studies to the influence of jotería studies on the disciplines of aesthetics, theology, and performance studies. Several essays incorporate accounts of the author’s personal experiences of discovery. Also included are two keynote addresses from the first National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Joto Caucus, in 2007.
Contributors, in addition to Hames-García, are Eddy Francisco Álvarez (University of California, Santa Barbara), Xamuel Bañales (University of Northern Arizona), William Calvo-Quirós (University of California, Santa Barbara), Carlos-Manuel (Bellarmine University), Vincent Cervantes (University of Southern California), Francisco J. Galarte (University of Arizona), Ernesto J. Martínez (University of Oregon), Daniel Enrique Pérez (University of Nevada, Reno), José Manuel Santillana (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), Anita Tijerina Revilla (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), and Rita Urquillo-Ruiz (Trinity University).
See the attached PDF to read Hames-García's introduction.
Image: Poster for the fourth Joto Caucus conference October 19–21, 2012. Courtesy of Rita Urquillo-Ruiz.