Our Chusma, Ourselves: On the Ghosts of Queerness Past

Event Date: 

Mon, Mar 10, 2014 - 6:45 pm

In the blog post entitled, "Our Chusma, Ourselves: On the Ghosts of Queerness Past," Prof. Juana María Rodríguez reflects on the recent loss of performance studies giant, Jose Muñoz. Reflecting on Muñoz electrified space and time, Rodríguez writes,

The future queerness of José’s intellectual imagination has always been peopled with the still beating hearts of the ghosts of his chusma past, those far away from the limelight of the academic stages he graced so ungracefully. Carrying the memory of dreams deferred, and the promise of raucous outrage, he demanded a new formulation of time that could encompass both. Refusing the burden of liveness is about rejecting the restrictive temporality of minoritarian subjects to dwell in the contained chambers of our singular relevance, to call out the ways we precede and exceed the stages of our signification. To name the haunts of our hurts is to envision the pressures and potentialities of being social subjects capable of envisioning future worlds together.

Read the entire post at boundary2.  Prof. Juana María Rodríguez is a professor of Gender & Women's Studies at UC Berkeley and an affiliated faculty of the Center for Race & Gender.