LRC Publications

Journal of the Latino Research Center

Border-Lines is an interdisciplinary and intersectional academic journal dedicated to the dissemination of research on Chicana/o-Latina/o cultural, political and social issues. Border-Lines is a refereed journal that seeks to publish scholarly articles drawn from a variety of disciplines such as anthropology, education, geography, human health, literary and cultural studies, political science, social work and sociology. Articles, poetry, prose and testimonials are accepted in English and in Spanish in APA style formatting and approximately 150 pages in length. Submissions can be emailed to the Latino Research Center.

New Border-Lines Volume XII now available!

Border-Lines XII book jacket“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”

Looking at the cover of Border-Lines: Journal of the Latino Research Center Volume XII, we cannot imagine a more expressive image to communicate the collected works included in this volume. For many within the Latina/o/x community within the United States and throughout the world, we KNOW that our children, our families and our people are being held in cages. In the shadows and in legal limbo. Family Separation Detention Centers, as an example, cite widespread physical, mental, public health, sexual abuses and continued medical assaults like forced sterilization. It feels like they are trying to bury our dreams and opportunities. Indeed, it feels like our intersectional Latina/o/x communities are under assault in the streets, in our professions and certainly, in our schools and places of higher education. This cover image was created by artist Nerina Canzi and it has inspired, pushed and challenged us throughout this editorial process, like seeds freshly placed in rocky or sandy soil. We watered this volume with a focus on education and social justice, and we tended it night and day with an activist spirit knowing that this volume is a response to this political moment we find ourselves in. Like the miracle of life, our commitment, care and respect for these children, women and families sprouted green shoots. They didn’t know we were seeds. We grow when confronted with adversity. Within this volume, we offer a sustained discussion of the social science method of testimonio across multiple research reports and poetry, as well as cutting-edge research on Latina/o/x experiences in academia and the current political climate in the United States and across the world. Like the image on the cover of this volume, we offer our community a rainbow blessing from the eastern horizon; sun shining like corn hugging on the stalk. Yellow growing, new beginnings, hope emerging from the husk—¿Nos entiendes?

Border-Lines Volumes List

Call for submissions: A Border-Lines Special Issue on Jotería Arts, Activism and Scholarship

Border-Lines Vol. XIV, a special issue on Jotería Arts, Activism and Scholarship. We are soliciting submissions in the following categories: visual art, poetry, performance art, performative writing, critical review and research essays, creative works, testimonio and more. This special forum is meant to blur genres. We are hoping to publish up to five original art pieces in color.

Call for written submissions

Given our current political and sociocultural context, this special forum seeks to illuminate contemporary concerns for the Jotería community in the following contexts. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather is meant to initiate conversations:

  • Jotería visual arts
  • Jotería poetry
  • Jotería speculative fiction
  • Transgender Jotería studies
  • Testimonios of Jotería in everyday life
  • Pláticas/Interviews with Jotería in everyday life
  • Jotería myth, mythology and monstrosity
  • Jotería activism and social movement rhetoric
  • Jotería critique (short essays or research reports)
  • Jotería film, television, or media
  • Jotería spirituality
  • Jotería health
  • Queer ecology
  • Decolonial/Indigenous theory and methodology
  • Joteria-historías

Manuscripts should adhere to APA style and should be a maximum of 5000 words.

Submission guidelines

  • Include title page with author(s) name, title and affiliations, acknowledgments, abstract of 150 words or less and five keywords.
  • Author(s) short biography not exceeding 200 words plus contact information.
  • The cover letter should confirm manuscript content is original and unpublished work, not under consideration for any other journal at the time and conflict of interest statement.
  • Manuscripts are accepted in English or Spanish; maximum of 5,000 words, plus bibliography. Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word, double-spaced in 12-point type, Times New Roman, APA Style formatting.
  • Creative writing pieces are invited for review. Essays and short stories should not exceed 1,000 words; poems may also be submitted for review. Book reviews on publications related to Chicana/o—Latina/o cultural, political and social issues will be considered for publication and should not exceed 1,500 in length.
  • Graphs and images must be submitted as independent files in .EPS or .TIFF format. Images should be 300 dpi/ppi and a minimum of 1200 pixels wide (4 inches).
  • Please include a second copy of your manuscript with blocked author information.

Please note: Student submissions are considered for submission.

Submit your manuscript to the LRC and make sure the subject line reads “Jotería Special Forum Submission.”

The timeline for submissions is as follows:

  • First submission due December 15, 2021
  • Decisions will be made in March 2022
  • Accepted manuscript revisions due in May 2022
  • Special forum published in August 2022