New Issue (CENTRO): Revisiting Queer Puerto Rican Sexualities


Revisiting Queer Puerto Rican Sexualities: Queer Futures, Reinventions, and Un-Disciplined Archives is a special issue of CENTRO Journal, published by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College-CUNY, with guest editors Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel (University of Miami). This issue—Volume XXX, Number 2, Summer 2018—of Centro: Journal for Puerto Rican Studies will be launched on October 6 at the Queer Literature Congress 2018, to be held at the University of Puerto Rico-Carolina. The session dedicated to the journal issue will take place from 2:30 to 4:00pm in the Teleconference Room.

Issue Description: After nearly fifty years of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Puerto Rican activism, even more decades of homoerotic gay and lesbian Puerto Rican literature and culture, and extremely valuable queer academic and community scholarship, we now live in a radically transformed environment marked by much progress but also by exclusions and new challenges. This special issue on Revisiting Queer Puerto Rican Sexualities: Queer Futures, Reinventions, and Un-Disciplined Archives looks to the future as well as back to the past in order to help to map the new queer Puerto Rican literary, cultural, political, and scholarly landscape in the archipelago and its diaspora.

What does the word “queer” currently mean in Puerto Rican contexts? What is the status of Puerto Rican sexuality studies, more broadly defined than simply the sphere of the queer or LGBT? What are its intersections with feminism, environmentalism, decoloniality, reproductive justice, equal marriage and parenting rights, health, transgender politics, and cultural and activist expression? What are the strengths and weaknesses of Puerto Rican queer and sexuality studies? How have things changed since the publication of the previous CENTRO Journal special issue on this topic in the Spring of 2007, particularly given historic changes in marriage law, the dramatic rise of transgender visibility and activism, advances in HIV/AIDS medications, and the resurgence of conservatism in Puerto Rico and the United States? And how are queer Puerto Ricans reckoning with the impact of the fiscal crisis and of Hurricanes Irma and María?

[Image above: Detail from cover art by Jo CosmeJo Cosme Photography.]

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