Queer Chicana/Latina Feminisms, World-Making and Latinx Geographies

Una Plática entre Nosotras


  • Madelaine Cahuas University of Minnesota
  • Lorena Muñoz California Lutheran University


queer Chicana/Latina feminisms, world-making, Latinx geographies, feminist methodology, pláticas, community


This paper explores how pláticas can serve as a critical Chicanx/Latinx feminist methodology in geography, not only informing the research we do, but how we teach, mentor, organize and sustain ourselves in relation to our communities. Bridging Chicana/Latina feminist theory and feminist geographies literature, we provide a context for our plática, share our academic journeys, and delve into Lorena Muñoz’ path-breaking contributions spatializing queer Chicana/Latina feminisms, theorizing Latinx world-making, and advancing the subdiscipline of Latinx geographies. We consider how pláticas incite possibilities for fostering more caring, equitable relationships inside and outside the academy.


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How to Cite

Cahuas, M., & Muñoz, L. (2024). Queer Chicana/Latina Feminisms, World-Making and Latinx Geographies: Una Plática entre Nosotras. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 23(3), 225–246. Retrieved from https://acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/article/view/2424