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Jotería Studies and/in Communication  

Luis M. Andrade

In recent decades, Communication scholars have drawn from and added to the subdiscipline of Jotería Studies, a relatively modern branch of gender and queer studies that draws from history, sociology, ethnic studies, and other fields. Jotería Studies provide a glimpse into the lives of Jotería, a unique group and subculture that includes Latina/o/x, Chicana/o/x, and mestiza/o/x noncisheteronormative and/or gender-nonconforming persons. Latina/o/x are terms that loosely refer to persons from Latin America, Chicana/o/x loosely refer to people with Mexican origins and/or part of a collective movement from the 1960s/1970s that was rooted in indigenous and/or Mexica ancestry and mythologies, and mestiza/o/x loosely refer to people that have mixed identities as Mexican, Latin American, indigenous, and/or white/Spanish. The use of x signifies gender nonconformance since the “-a” and “-o” are gendered terms. Of interest to scholars are the ways that Jotería communities survive oppressive conditions, despite the constant persecution of the subgroup by modern/colonial gender, racist, classist, ableist, and other oppressive institutions. As Jotería Studies arose in the United States, scholars in Communication research started integrating the unique epistemologies and methodologies of the subdiscipline into their own studies in unique and fascinating ways. Communication scholars add to or draw from the myriad definitions for the term Jotería and its different variations, the histories of the subdiscipline, and Jotería Studies methodologies. As Communication and Jotería Studies converge, complement, or diverge, future directions and potential applications of Jotería Studies in Communication remain.

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Performance of Brown Sexualities  

Shane Moreman

Moored to Brown, the performance of Brown sexualities is an event, method, and critique of modern subjectivity. The performance of Brown sexualities has had and continues to have a prominent if sometimes ephemeral role in the development of performance studies in communication. Beyond solely a genetic ethnic understanding, Brown has an affective presence. Brown sexualities spans multiple gender and sexual positionalities as it also spans from the Communication field and into interdisciplinary sources. The performance of Brown sexualities is best understood through its aesthetic enactments of the stage and the everyday. Ultimately, the difficulty of locating and defining the performance of Brown sexualities can be reframed as the potentiality of the concept to offer solidarity across multiple differences.