Chiricú Journal (ISSN 0277-7223, e-ISSN 2472-4521) is a new, cutting-edge, peer-reviewed journal in Latinx studies launched by the Indiana University Press in conjunction with the Latino Studies Program at IU. The biannual publication (fall and spring) is dedicated to expanding the diversity of approaches to critical engagement with the field: the journal’s unique hybrid format showcases traditional forms of scholarship alongside unconventional methods such as creative fiction and non-fiction, interview, memoir, and photography and the plastic arts. Currently in its second year of production, the journal has been selected to be part of the Project Muse Premium Collection. Past issues have featured work by prominent Latinx studies scholars and artists such as Edmundo Desnoes, Gabriel Meléndez, Alex Rivera, Ilan Stavans, Héctor Tobar, John Valadez, and Ana Celia Zentella. Learn more about the journal at Submissions for publication are welcomed in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures


Deadline: July 31, 2018


Brown Spaces: Latinx Memory, Meaning, Stories of (Be)longing

Alberto Varon, Issue Editor

John Nieto-Phillips, Founding Editor & Issue Editor

Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures invites scholarly and creative work dealing with memory, space, and Latinx histories and (auto)biographies. This issue will explore how stories of being and (be)longing imbue spaces with meaning, and how those spaces serve as markers of individual and collective pasts. Commemorative sites—what Pierre Nora terms lieux de mémoire—may at once be deeply personal, intensely political, and open to contestation; these sites may be physical or metaphorical, representational, or performative. How do afro-latinidad, mestizaje, or indigeneity, for example, problematize Latinx territorial claims, commemorations of Hispanidad (such as Hispanic Heritage Month), historical monuments, or public art? In what ways do remembrance, forgetting, and erasure operate in the mapping of Latinx lives and brown spaces? How do we individually and collectively navigate unstable terrain of history, memory, and myth? With these kinds of questions in mind, we welcome scholarly articles as well as creative submissions in the form of short stories, poems, personal essays, auto-ethnographies, interviews, and artwork. Submissions may be in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Indigenous languages.

Topics may include (but are not limited to): 

  • Memoirs, biographies, testimonio, bildungsroman, autoficción, and other genres
  • Memory, counter-memory, saudade, nostalgia
  • Querencia, placemaking, origin myths, herencia, foundational stories
  • Imperialism, conquest, settler colonialism, resistance
  • Barrios, borders, frontiers, empires
  • Translocal communities, diaspora, exile, homelands
  • Queer spaces, queer placemaking
  • Sanctuary, (il)legality, Brown (in)visibility, colorism
  • Contact zones, ethnic tourism, loci of enunciation
  • Dispossession, displacement
  • Memorials, public history sites, performance
  • Archives, recovered texts, prosthetic memory

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