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Diálogo Spring 2021

Journal Information

  • ISSN: 1090-4972
  • eISSN: 2471-1039


SEMIANNUAL · 7.5 x 9.5 · 176 PAGES/ISSUE · ISSN 1090-4972 · E-ISSN 2471-1039

Bill Johnson González, Editor

Diálogo: An Interdisciplinary Studies Journal is a double-blind peer-reviewed publication that features original research articles and artistic work with a focus on the experiences of US Latinx/a/o, Latin American, Afro-Latinx/a/o, and Indigenous populations. Established in 1996, Diálogo is issued twice a year with support from DePaul University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Office of the Provost. As our name implies, Diálogo is distinguished by our effort to promote dialogue between scholars, artists, public intellectuals, and other communities.

We seek to publish creative scholarship and cultural expressions that reflect transformative and activist initiatives. We welcome general submissions throughout the year, as well as proposals for themed issues. Themed issues explore a specific, engaging topic relevant to Latinx experiences using interdisciplinary viewpoints and methodologies. Each issue of Diálogo also features creative writing and visual art (published in full color), as well as book and media reviews; occasionally we publish interviews. We seek to affirm the linguistic plurality of our communities, so in addition to works in English and Spanish, we will consider submissions in other languages. Please send queries and submissions to the editor at dialogo@depaul.edu. 


Recent Issues

Volume 24, Issue 1, Spring 2021

Latinx Detective and Noir Narratives
Guest editors: Michael Cucher, William Arce, and José Navarro


Investigating Gender and Sexuality

The Utopian Function of Queer Chicano Chutzpah: Imagining a Future Beyond HIV/AIDS in Michael Nava's Henry Rios Novels
by Michael Cucher

Border Desires: Mapping Queer Worlds in the Work of Benjamin Alire Saénz
by Ruben Zecena

The Chicana Detective: Reimagining Archetypes and Chicana Histories in the Historical Mystery
by Crystal R. Pérez

To Live and Die in LA

A Browner Shade of Noir: Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit as Decolonial Noir
by José Navarro

Latinx Noir: Reading The Tattooed Soldier as a Los Angeles Crime Story
by Annemarie Pérez

Murder in Military Masculinity in Lucha Corpi's Detective Novel Eulogy for a Brown Angel
by William Arce

Detective Fiction beyond Borders

"All This Shit Was Also the Border": Mediation and Generic Borders in Paco Ignacio Taibo II's Detective Fiction
by Sean Cobb

How Do Detectives Survive Their Novels? Positionality, Survival, and Literary Universes in Chicana/o Detective Fiction and Mexican Narcoliterature
by Antonio Paniagua Guzmán


Interview with Marcos McPeek Villatoro, Author of the Romilia Chacón Detective Series
by William Arce

The Art of Detection: An Interview with Carmen Amato, Author of the Award-Winning Emilia Cruz Mystery Series
by Shanell Contreras

A Conversation with Aya de León, Author of the Justice Hustler Series
by Michael Cucher

About the Artist

Salomón Huerta
Red and Brown Fresno: David Bacon

Creative Writing

"This Is Not How You Spell Serenity" (excerpt from the new Ivon Villa Mystery)
by Alicia Gaspar de Alba

Book/Film/Media Review

Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas by Roberto Lovato
reviewed by Sarah Bey West

Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance by Sandra Ruiz
reviewed by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes

Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial edited by Sarah D. Wald, David J. Vásquez, Priscilla Solis Ybarra, and Sarah Jaquette Ray
reviewed by Grisel Y. Acosta

The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954 by S. Deborah Kang
reviewed by John Bradley

Volume 23, Issue 2, Fall 2020


Tiempos de crisis entre distopías y utopías
by Adriana Rodríguez Pérsico

Zona dark de Monteserrat Álvarez: "Lo que no se dijo" de la violencia política peruana y la fractura nacional
by Luis Fernando Chueca

Breaking the Silence: Telling Herstories on the Peruvian Post-Internal Armed Conflict
by Rocío Ferreira

Restos de violencia en la memoria del cuerpo: Lecturas alrededor de lon años 70 en El Diente de mamá y Entre almohadones de María Ledesma
by Paula Siganevich

¿Cómo exhibir un cuerpo que ya no habla? Beya y la potencia del arte y la literatura frente a la violencia corporal
by Marina Cecilia Rios

De la pampa virilizada al sur transformista: Un periplo de insurgencias en ficciones argentinas actuales
by Lucía De Leon

Distorsión de lo español en las pampas: Proyección hispanoamericana de la estrategia realista de Fogwill
by Juan Pablo Luppi

El ejercicio del poder punitivo, represivo y b´lico estatal en Colombia: Delimitacíon temporal y apuntes preliminares
by Alba L. Delgado

Ontological Migrations in José María Arguedas's Tupac Amaru Kamaq Taytanchisman: The Triumph of Runa Migrants Against Colonial Violence in Lima
by Christian Elguera

General Research Articles

Love and Violence: El Salvador's Revolution and the Specter of the Vietnam War in Demetria Martinez's Mother Tongue
by William Arcé

Kiltro, película chilena de artes mariales: Orientalismos e identidades en tiempos de COVID-19
by Moisés Park

About the Artist

De la fragmentacíon a la integración: La compleja evolución de la vida interior y la expresión artística en la obra Martivón Galindo
by Isidra Mencos

Creative Writing

Poesía (Poetry):

"Como una mendiga"
"7 años de silencio 1983–1991"
"7 años + de silencio 1993–2000"
"pabellón 7A/sacrificio"
by Victoria Guerrero Peirano

"Acquí homenajeamos a la bellez peruana"
"A tu nombre le arrancaron los sueños"
by Roxana Crisólogo Correa

"Smack Helados"
by Silvia Goldman

"No hay cuerpo para todos esos huesos bajo esta piel que apenas ha logrado"
"Entre verdugos"
by Cecilia Podestá

"Mujeres a la conducción de trenes"
"Concentrate en el presente"
by Victoria Cóccaro

Narrativa (Narrative):

Leche negra
by Oswaldo Estrada

El pingüino andino
by Irma del Águila

Allá afuera
by Azucena Galettini

Preguntas sin respuestas: Apuntes sobre la enseñanza del Conflicto Armado en Perú
by Jesús Cossio

Book/Film/Media Review

Perhaps de Erika Almenara
reviewed by Rocío Ferreira

Volume 23, Issue 1, Spring 2020

Screening the Indigenous Experience in Contemporary Latin American Cinema
Guest editors: Manuel Medina and Bridget Franco


Peliculas en lenguas indigenas producidas en paises hispanohablantes: Ixcanul y El Abrazo de la serpiente
by Júlia González de Canales Carcereny

Mirada común a las visiones plurales: Los festivales de cine indigena en Brasil
by Luciana de Paula Freitas

Filmic Disciples and Indigenous Knowledges: The Pedagogical Imperative in El abrazo de la serpiente (Ciro Guerra, 2015)
by Charlotte Gleghorn

Descolonizando el texto visual: Bases para interpretar cuatro estéticas cinematográficas indigenistas ecuatorianas del siglo XXI
by Henry Tarco Carrera

Una discusíon sobre el racismo y el trabajo doméstico en Roma, de Alfonso Cuarón
by Tereza María Spyer Dulci y Alfredo Nava Sánchez

Thunder and Terror: Storm as Allegory in Tatiana Huezo's Tempestad
by Patrick Ridge

Populating the Margins: Hope and Healing in Claudia Llosa's La teta asustada
by Douglas J. Weatherford

Collective Disruptions of Bare Life in Marcela Zamora's María en tierra de nadie
by Esteban E. Loustaunau

"My Camera is Not a Weapon": Indigenous Erasure in Lucia Puenzo's Wakolda
by Bridget Franco

Identidad y resistencia en A tus espaldas de Tito Jara
by Manuel Medina

About the Artist

Nicolás de Jesús

Book/Film/Media Reviews

From Filmmaker Warriors to Flash Drive Shamans: Indigenous Media Production and Engagement in Latin America, edited by Richard Pace
reviewed by Argelia González Hurtado




Manuscripts: All submissions are double-blind peer reviewed. Work may be submitted in Spanish or English, and Indigenous/Native language excerpts with translation to Spanish or English.

Author Anonymity: To maintain anonymity in the review process, please put names, affiliations, telephone numbers, e-mail address, and a preferred mailing address on Title Page. Citations to an author’s own works should be made in a way that does not compromise anonymity.

Title Page: Include author’s name, institutional affiliation, telephone numbers, e-mail address, and preferred mailing address. Include an Author’s Biography of 125 words or less.

Cover Letter: Include a statement that the manuscript is of original content and has not been previously published, nor under consideration elsewhere. Indicate whether the work is scholarship, commentary, a review, or creative writing.

Document Style and Formatting: Submit electronically in a clean MS Word (.doc or .docx) format. Do not justify margins, or apply automatic hyphenation of words, or add pagination, or insert headers/footers or line/page breaks. Use double-spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, with one inch-margins on all sides. Only one space after punctuations and “US” as adjective and full term when used as noun.

Scholarly Articles: Not to exceed 8,000 words including tables, endnotes and references. Include 6-8 keywords (in both English and Spanish) and an abstract of 100 words or less.

Commentary/Reflection Articles: Not to exceed 4,000 words including endnotes. Include an abstract, not exceeding 75 words, and 3-4 keywords (in both English and Spanish.

Interviews: Not to exceed 4,000 words.

Creative Writing: No more than 6 poems or 2 fiction/testimonio pieces per submission.

Book Reviews: Not to exceed 1,200 words including notes and references. Include complete book title, publisher, year of publication, page count and ISBN at opening, with reviewer’s name and affiliation at end of document.

Film/Media Reviews: Not to exceed 1,200 words including notes and references. Include name(s) of director(s), producer(s), distributor, and length of film at opening, with reviewer’s name and affiliation at end of document.

Endnotes & Text References: Follow the latest edition of MLA or APA style. Endnotes should be at end of article, numbered consecutively throughout the text by superscript numerals. Insert brief parenthetical acknowledgements in the manuscript wherever you incorporate another’s words, facts or ideas. A list of works cited, alphabetized according to authors’ last names, should be appended at the end of the article.

Illustrations: All images, charts, graphs and tables should be separate from the main article. Indicate approximate placement of each by using a clear break in the body of the article, inserting corresponding numbers as indicated on images, which must be in JPEG or TIFF format in 300dpi. Inclusion of visuals is not guaranteed.

Obtaining Permission to Reprint: Include a letter of permission for all borrowed illustrations, tables, figures, or other material. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain reprint permissions. Original images (photography, slides, and artwork) will be kept for up to three months from date of publication, then returned to the contributor.

Suggesting Reviewers: Authors may provide a list of up to three individuals (with institutional affiliations, postal and electronic addresses) whom they feel would be appropriate reviewers. The editors are not bound by these suggestions, but will respect requests for exclusion of specific reviewers.

Book & Film/Media Reviews: We are interested in reviews of works reflecting new trends, both criticism and creative works, on Latin American and US Latino topics that evaluate for scholarship and the teaching and learning process. We encourage submissions by scholars, graduate students and community members.

Commentary/Reflection Articles: All submissions are welcome. Articles are published at the discretion of editors.

Send submissions to dialogo@depaul.edu

Peer-Review Process and Publication Ethics

General submissions of scholarly articles to Diálogo are initially reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, who determines whether the manuscript will be sent to outside reviewers.

In the case of scholarly articles submitted for inclusion in a themed issue, the article will be initially reviewed by the Special Guest Editor(s) for the issue and the Editor-in-Chief.

Proposals for themed issues will be initially reviewed by the Diálogo Editorial Board.

If chosen for review, manuscripts are then evaluated in a double-blind process by at least two outside reviewers who are experts in relevant fields as selected by the Editorial Board. This peer-review process is designed to ensure that Diálogo publishes only original, accurate, and timely articles that contribute new knowledge, insights, or valuable perspectives to our discipline.

The Editor-in-Chief (and Special Guest Editors, in the case of themed issues) will communicate the results of the peer-review process to individual contributors.  Articles for which major revisions are recommended will be considered a second time by peer reviewers (and the Special Guest Editors, for themed issues) upon being resubmitted.


Reviewers play a vital role in ensuring the quality of papers published in the journal.

Questions addressed by reviewers include:

  1. What is the stated purpose of this manuscript? Is it achieved?
  2. Does the argument demonstrate an originality of approach, argument, or choice of subject matter?
  3. Please comment on the soundness of the scholarship in the article. Do the conclusions drawn by the author follow logically from the evidence provided?  Is there sufficient evidence to support the conclusions?
  4. Does the article demonstrate a familiarity with the relevant scholarship and theoretical frameworks of the field? Are the references current?
  5. Please comment on the article’s style, organization, and clarity of expression.

Reviewers make one of four recommendations: accept, accept with minor revisions, accept with major revisions, and reject. Reviewers are asked to include comments explaining the recommendation to provide authors with suitable feedback to improve the article. Our aim is to create a constructive process that benefits the journal and the authors while respecting the time and efforts of all volunteer reviewers.

Should revisions be required of an author, authors must resubmit their revised articles with a detailed document summarizing the nature of the revisions that have been made and responding to questions and comments made by peer reviewers.

Review Timetable

We understand that the timeliness of decisions and publication is a major concern of authors. The typical scholarly manuscript is reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief (and, in the case of submissions for themed issues, the Special Guest Editor(s)) and sent out to two external reviewers within a couple of weeks after submission. Reviewers are expected to prepare their reviews within 30 days.

However, the realities of the peer-review process sometimes extend our timeline. You will receive a response as expeditiously as possible.

After receiving reviewers’ comments, authors are often asked to revise the manuscript in line with the reviewers’ and/or editors’ suggestions.  We expect authors to resubmit their revised article within 30 days.  Revisions should be accompanied by a detailed document responding to the questions and comments made by peer reviewers, as stated above.  Final versions of articles should also incorporate any copyediting changes requested by the Diálogo editor.

For general submissions, if the revised article is accepted for publication, the editor then determines the journal issue in which it will appear.

If you are seeking publication for a tenure packet, please bear in mind that publication is a lengthy process which involves many phases during which unexpected delays may occur.  If rapid publication is an issue for you, please let us know as soon as possible.

Authors can help speed the process by ensuring they follow the submission requirements and, if accepted, addressing the reviewers’ comments and any copyediting requirements in a timely fashion.

Publication Ethics

The editor(s) and editorial board of Diálogo are committed to the following:

  • We will make our best efforts to ensure that our peer-review processes and editorial decisions are fair and unbiased, and that manuscripts are judged solely on their merits by individuals with appropriate levels of expertise in the subject area.
    • We have the right to reject a manuscript at any point in the process if, after an unbiased evaluation, it is the opinion of the editor(s) it does not align with the journal’s mission or editorial policies, is outside the scope of the interdisciplinary fields we cover, or would be in conflict with the journal’s legal requirements.
  • We will treat submitted manuscripts as confidential documents and will not discuss them or share information about them with anyone outside the editorial staff, editorial board, potential reviewers, or the publisher.
  • We expect transparency on the part of editors and reviewers regarding potential conflicts of interest and will assign manuscripts to individuals who are not expected to have such conflicts.
  • We expect authors to help us uphold our ethical standards by
    • submitting only original works;
    • respecting the intellectual property rights of others;
    • adhering to the journal’s policies regarding simultaneous submissions;
    • acknowledging sources;
    • appropriately crediting all authors, other research participants, and funding sources;
    • disclosing any potential conflicts of interest; and
    • notifying the editors and/or publisher of any significant errors discovered after submission or publication.
  • We will promptly investigate any credible allegation of unethical or illegal practices related to an article we have published. When warranted, we will issue corrections, retractions, and/or apologies, working with the author(s) as appropriate to find the best resolution.
  • Concerns may be reported directly to the editor(s) or publisher by email at dialogo@depaul.edu

Call for Papers

Diálogo Vol. 26, No. 1

Histories of the Latino/a/x Midwest

For more than a century, Latinas/os/xs have transformed urban and rural spaces across the US Midwest. Whether through creating vibrant communities in large or mid-sized cities, contesting state violence and US colonialism, forging political coalitions, producing powerful artistic works, or sustaining various industries with their labor, the historical impact of Latinas/os/xs on the Midwest has been far-reaching. Despite this sustained presence and influence on the region, the Midwest continues to be understudied in relation to the persistent number of studies published on Latinas/os/xs in the Southwest, West Coast, and East Coast. Over the past fifteen years, scholars of the Latina/o/x Midwest have made tremendous progress in remedying the overlooking of the region within the larger field of Latina/o/x History. Yet, much remains to be done. In the vein of those past efforts and in an attempt to continue this momentum, Diálogo: An Interdisciplinary Studies Journal invites authors to submit research articles that examine the complex history of the Latina/o/x Midwest. With this in mind, contributors to this issue are encouraged (but not required) to consider the following topics:


  • Multiethnic and multiracial collaborations or conflicts
  • Indigenous and Afro-Latinx Midwest
  • Midwest Latina/o/x industrial or agricultural labor
  • Relationship between urban and rural spaces
  • Community studies
  • Midwest sanctuary movement
  • Immigration and migration
  • Electoral politics
  • Anti-imperial and anticapitalist activism
  • Cultural productions (music, murals, photography, pageants, art, creative spaces, etc.)
  • Gentrification and political economy
  • Intersections of gender, sexuality, and race
  • Deindustrialization
  • “Recent” Latina/o/x history
  • Midwest Latina/o/x archives

Submission guidelines can be found at go.depaul.edu/clr (then click on Diálogo tab at left). Please submit completed articles to dialogo@depaul.edu. Please write “Submission for Histories of the Latinx Midwest” in the title line of the email. For other inquiries about this issue, please contact Dr. Juan Mora-Torres at jmorator@depaul.edu. For inquiries related to Diálogo in general, please contact Dr. Bill Johnson González at bjohns58@depaul.edu.

We encourage submission of articles by March 17, 2023.


Diálogo, an Interdisciplinary Studies Journal is indexed and/or abstracted in EBSCO, the MLA International Bibliography, and Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory. The full journal contents since volume 15 (when it became biannual) are available electronically through Project Muse. The earlier version of Diálogo, an Interdisciplinary Studies Journal (annual issues), volumes 1–14, are available in Open Access on Digital Commons at DePaul University.



Published Semiannually

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Full Page: 6 x 8 in.
Half Page: 6 x 4 in.
Trim Size: 7.5 x 9.5 in.
Halftones: 300 dpi


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Fall July 15 August 1

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  • Publisher's liability for error will not exceed cost of space reserved.
  • If requested, all artwork will be returned to advertiser.
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Book and Media Reviews

Creative Writing Editor
Erika L. Sánchez

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