The Latino Studies Program at Indiana University is pleased to announce its partnership with Indiana University Press in launching a new journal dedicated to Latina/o Humanities. With an ever-increasing population of Latinas, Latinos, and Latin Americans living in the United States, there is a growing need for critical reflection on how this heterogeneous demographic is shaping US culture. Chiricú Journal aims to explore this shifting cultural landscape by serving as a medium for the publication of Latina/o art and literature as well as a venue for scholarly inquiry into Latina/o cultural production.
Chiricú was originally founded in 1976 by the late Chicano scholar Dr. Luis Dávila. Primarily a graduate production at the time, the journal became a venue for the publication of poets, authors, and artists, at a time when there were few academic spaces for Latina/o cultural expression. The journal’s name captured the diverse origins of the major Spanish-speaking populations in the United States at the time of its founding: “Chi” for Chicanos, “Ri” for puertorriqueños, and “Cú” for cubanos. For more than thirty-five years (1976-2012), the multilingual publication featured art, poetry, and criticism in Spanish, Portuguese and English, including early works by Sandra Cisneros and Norma Alarcón, and rare interviews with Jorge Luis Borges and Edward James Olmos. A catalogue of our rare back issues can be viewed here.
With a new title to emphasize the plurality of Latina/o experiences in the arts, Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures (ISSN 0277-7223) will remain committed to the journal’s legacy by continuing to showcase Latina/o experiences in the arts while shifting the journal’s emphasis toward cultural criticism. The peer-reviewed journal will feature critical articles, interviews, reviews, creative writing, and artwork.
The inaugural Fall 2016 issue will showcase topics in Latina/o Film. Though producers often relegate Latina/o film to a niche market, this special thematic issue seeks to place Latina/o film in dialogue with key questions from film studies while at the same time examining issues of race, class, and gender from a Latina/o studies perspective. To learn more about Chiricú Journal and view our Call for Submissions, please see our webpage. For updates and announcements, please like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @ChiricuJournal.
By John Nieto-Phillips, Editor, and Amanda M. Smith, Associate Editor, Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures