The Chicana/o Cultural Studies Forum

The Chicana/o Cultural Studies Forum: Critical and Ethnographic Practices

EDITED BY Angie Chabram-Dernersesian
Copyright Date: 2007
Published by: NYU Press
Pages: 282
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    The Chicana/o Cultural Studies Forum
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    The Chicana/o Cultural Studies Forum brings together a diverse group of scholars whose work spans the interdisciplinary fields of Chicana/o studies and cultural studies. Editor Angie Chabram-Dernersesian provides an overview of current debates, locating Chicana/o cultural criticism at the intersections of these fields. She then acts as moderator of a virtual roundtable of critics, including Frances Aparicio, Lisa Lowe, George Lipsitz, Wahneema Lubiano, Renato Rosaldo, Jose David Saldivar, and Sonia Saldivar-Hull. This highly collaborative and deeply interdisciplinary project addresses the questions: What is the relationship between Chicana/o studies and cultural studies? How do we do cultural studies from within Chicana/o cultural studies? How do Chicana/o cultural studies formations (hemispheric, borderland, and feminist) intermingle? The lively conversations documented here attest to the vitality and spirit of Chicana/o cultural studies today and track the movements between disciplines that share an interest in the study of culture, power relations, identity, and representation. This book offers a unique resource for understanding not just the development of Chicana/o cultural studies, but how new social movements and epistemologies travel and affiliate with progressive forms of social inquiry in the global era.

    eISBN: 978-0-8147-7291-1
    Subjects: Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  4. Introduction Chicana/o Cultural Studies and Beyond: The Practices of Cultural Studies in Our Worlds
    (pp. 1-13)
    Angie Chabram-Dernersesian

    ¡Bienvenidos! I would like to welcome you to the Chicana/o Cultural Studies Forum, hosted by me, Angie Chabram-Dernersesian. This book takes the form of a virtual exchange that interweaves the responses of twenty-five scholars in Chicana/o cultural studies to a series of questions about the field and their work in it. Their responses attest to the vitality and spirit of an emerging practice of Chicana/o cultural studies that captured the attention of professors, students, and cultural workers in the 90s and exerts substantial critical influence in the present decade. At this juncture, Chicana/o cultural studies is widely recognized as a...

  5. Session One A Question of Genealogies: Always Already (Chicana/o) Cultural Studies?
    (pp. 14-36)

    To answer your question, I think Chicana/o cultural studies is a different space. Here there’s a calling into question of earlier categories within Chicano studies (notions of race, for example), especially when issues of hybridity, hybridization, and mestizaje are raised. Then there’s a questioning of sexual and gender categories. Even the nature of what oppositionality is in Chicana/o studies comes into question. What’s enabling this space of Chicana/o cultural studies? It’s what Chicana feminist/womanist, Chicana lesbians, and mestizaje consciousness have brought to the table. That is to say, an awareness of the fact that difference is itself different—that there’s...

  6. Session Two Chicana/o Cultural Studies: Marking Interdisciplinary Relationships and Conjunctures
    (pp. 37-53)

    Yes. I’ve been thinking about this topic, and sometimes there’s no relationship between them. Sometimes cultural studies doesn’t want to see Chicana/o studies and vice versa. If there’s a general thing called “cultural studies,” then this formation sometimes overlooks Chicana/o voices. At least in Chicana/o studies you are going from the assumption that Chicanas/os are speaking subjects and intellectual subjects! This is something you might have to fight for in the larger cultural studies that might tend to see race as black and white. I also want to say that while I am inspired by Black British cultural studies, it’s...

  7. Session Three Staking the Claim: Introducing Applied Chicana/o Cultural Studies
    (pp. 54-132)

    Yes, I do consider myself to be a practitioner of cultural studies. Growing up I felt that “Chicana/o culture was in the music.” Maybe that’s because of how my immediate family experienced Chicano culture. Although I grew up in the blue-collar section of the Anglo suburb of Downey (we left Huntington Park when I was 5), we listened to Los Angeles–based radio stations that broadcast oldies all over L.A. County. I always say “music” saved my life. As a teenager in the 1980 s, I listened to punk, alternative, and new wave on radio-station KROQ broadcast out of Pasadena....

  8. Intercession Reflections on The Chicana/o Cultural Studies Forum Sessions (One, Two, Three)
    (pp. 133-137)
    Angie Chabram-Dernersesian

    In an earlier session of the Chicana/o cultural studies forum, David Román suggested that cultural studies is a dynamic organism that assumes its own form once it incorporates the geopolitical concerns of a particular community and location. His words resonated with those of his colleagues who argued that Chicana/o cultural studies addresses the needs and histories of a community; the educational practices and status of a community; social relations, structures, and constraints of a community; geopolitical and ideological formations of a community; cultural politics and practices of a community; gender, sexualities, and class(es) of a community; and the social movements...

  9. Session Four More Practices of Cultural Studies in Our Worlds (Asian-American, American, Latina/o, Latin American, Subaltern, African American)
    (pp. 138-210)

    You know, Asian American cultural studies has not yet emerged as a named formation, although people say they do it. If something emerged like this, I would feel very comfortable with it, but I’d still see myself as doing cultural studies. What does this mean? It seems to me that cultural studies has to do with a particular kind of history of scholarship and politics that occurs both inside and outside the academy. Cultural studies relates to a kind of research and teaching and practice that not only challenges disciplinary boundaries but also social boundaries, generally. For me, Asian American...

  10. Session Five Conclusion: Our Critical Pathways
    (pp. 211-218)
    Angie Chabram-Dernersesian

    We’ve reached the conclusion of our forums and I would like to thank the participants from the last session for providing us with a much needed glimpse into the diverse practices of cultural studies in our worlds. Among other things, this session enabled us to detect important lines of affiliation and to further reflect on those intellectual and cultural practices that make cross-cultural representations within “cultural studies” difficult.

    While listening to the forum interventions, I was struck by the fact that, like a number of the practitioners who directed their attention to Chicana/o cultural studies, practitioners from this session were...

  11. Postscript Preview of Selected Chicana/o Cultural Studies Print Culture
    (pp. 219-240)
    Angie Chabram-Dernersesian

    In this postscript I further muddle up the (Chicana/o) cultural studies discourse (and whatever stable zones of engagement that have emerged from our earlier conversations), as I provide additional information and reflect on yet other Chicana/o cultural studies possibilities and resources, including selected print culture of the 90s.

    At times these reflections provide a fuller discussion of cultural studies texts that were only mentioned in passing at the forum; at times they introduce new (con) texts and practitioners; and at times they provide alternative understandings of selected Chicana/o studies print culture. In addition, if the last cultural studies forum allowed...

  12. Chronology
    (pp. 241-242)
  13. Notes
    (pp. 243-252)
  14. Bibliography
    (pp. 253-258)
  15. Contributors
    (pp. 259-266)
  16. Index
    (pp. 267-282)