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    volume 15 number 1 (Fall 2015)
    Author:   Linda Vallejo
    Title:  Chicana Indigena as a Creative Path
    Abstract:   Artist's Statement
    Pages: 10 - 12
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    Authors:   Gloria H Cuádraz and C. Alejandra Elenes
    Title:  Intersectionality and the Continous Struggle for Social Justice
    Abstract:   Editors' Commentary
    Pages: 16 - 20
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    Author:   Karen Mary Davalos
    Title:  The Visual Arts of Linda Vallejo: Indigenous Spirituality, Indigenous Sensibility, and Emplacement
    Abstract:   Analyzing nearly forty years of art by Linda Vallejo, this article argues that her indigenist sensibility and indigenous spirituality create the aesthetics of disruption and continuity. In turn this entwined aesthetics generates emplacement, a praxis that resists or remedies the injuries of colonialism, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression that displace and disavow indigenous, Mexican, and Chicana/o populations in the Americas. Her visual art fits squarely within the trajectory of Chicana feminist decolonial practice, particularly in its empowerment of indigenous communities, Mexicans, and Chicana/os in the hemisphere.
    Pages: 24 - 59
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    Author:   Norma A Valenzuela
    Title:  The Devil Never Sleeps/ El Diablo Nunca Duerme: El Imaginario mexicano subvertido por una chicana
    Abstract:   In her documentary The Devil Never Sleeps/El diablo nunca duerme (1994), Lourdes Portillo interrogates, from a transnational Chicana political framework, the sexist cultural traditions inherent in the Mexican family as a social institution. Such transgression takes place within the interstices of two interrelated national borders since the beginning of the 20th century. By questioning said traditions, Portillo creates transnational links that deconstruct family histories and oppressive positionalities. Thus, she reconfigures and negotiates new liberating possibilities about subjects living on a dual location. Founded on counter-hegemonic discourses, Portillo reconfigures a US transnational imaginary. I argue that the Chicana cinema director confronts intimate discourses and, based on historical documentation deconstructs the Mexican imaginary unfolding hegemonic Mexican social and cultural heteronormativities. I propose that Portillo positively re-writes herself into the collective memory of the Mexican border imaginary by refusing to propagate the stereotype of the passive Chicana. In other words, through the filmic text, Portillo forges a new transnational imaginary of the Chicana: exploring contradictions within the family unit, rejecting the ideology of patriarchal hegemony.
    Pages: 60 - 87
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    Author:   Lorna Pérez
    Title:  Subjects of Terror: The Ethical Impulse in Alicia Gaspar de Alba's Desert Blood
    Abstract:   This paper argues that Alicia Gaspar de Alba’s detective novel Desert Blood presents the reader with haunting scenes of violence,⎯torture, rape, and murder⎯to implicate the reader ethically in two registers: the first, through our participation in the economic systems that exploit the women of Juárez; the second through the “witnessing” of the violent deaths in the novel. Desert Blood draws on the case files of the border femicides, representing the gendered violence of these deaths in disturbing detail. While these representations are difficult to read, it is through this specter of horror that the full force of Gaspar de Alba’s critique becomes clear. Ultimately, the novel reveals that the femicides in Juárez, while extreme, are not manifestations of aberrant social conditions, but rather are the all too familiar spaces of patriarchy, global capital, and misogyny, taken to their logical extreme.
    Pages: 88 - 108
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    Authors:   Alejandra Gonzalez, Irene Lara and Carolina Prado
    Title:  Passing the Sage: Our Sacred Testimonio as CuranderaScholarActivists in Academia
    Abstract:   Additional authors: Sophia Lujan Rivera, and Carmen Rodriguez Abstract This collaborative essay addresses the theories and practices of the “CuranderaScholarActivist” (CSA) femtoring seminar, a holistic undergraduate research program founded in 2009 by Professor Irene Lara through the Faculty- Student Mentoring Program at San Diego State University. Drawing on Anzaldúan autohistoria and other Chicana/Latina testimonio methods, the authors (four student participants and the faculty “femtor”) reflect on their experiences in the CSA program, which is geared toward first generation Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous women college students. They explore what it means to be a CuranderaScholarActivist and the potential of CSA praxis as a liberatory tool to decolonize and heal themselves and academia. The CSA’s vision of a decolonized academy insists that the production of knowledge be participatory for the purpose of social justice and collective liberation. Using feminist pedagogies and Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Indigenous theories, the CSA model addresses the need for further holistic femtoring models that acknowledge the bodymindspirithearts of students and faculty.
    Pages: 110 - 155
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    Author:   Eliza Rodriguez y Gibson
    Title:  "We Should Opt to Be Turtles and Sing to One Another": Protection, Community, Poetry
    Abstract:   Editor's Commentary
    Pages: 158 - 160
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    Author:   Raquel Gutiérrez
    Title:  #35
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 162 - 163
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    Author:   Raquel Gutiérrez
    Title:  #60
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 164 - 165
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    Author:   Luivette Resto
    Title:  Diana's Elegy
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 168 - 169
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    Author:   Luivette Resto
    Title:  The Legendary Legs of the Rodriguez Women
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 170 - 170
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    Author:   Rosana Blanco Cano
    Title:  Domestic Disturbances: Reimagining Narratives of Gender, Labor, and Immigration
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 174 - 176
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    Authors:   Kimberly (Roppolo) Wieser and Brett Burkhart
    Title:  flesh to bone
    Abstract:   none available
    Pages: 178 - 180
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