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Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479805198

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479805198.001.0001

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An Afro-Latinx Queer Gesture

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Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús

NYU Press

This chapter examines the spiritual dialogues of a new Afro-Latinx term and identification, “brujx,” which is a gender-nonconforming reworking of the Spanish “bruja/o” (witch or sorcerer). Drawing on research with a relatively new and loosely formed unnamed collective of brujx who live in the United States and the Caribbean, I explore the different ways they are mobilizing spiritual hexes or “brujxing” (bru-hexing) as a form of political activism. It shows how this collective has joined others who are employing alternative forms of justice and activism to actively conjure against white supremacy. As a form of Afro-Latinx activist magic and warfare, I examine how brujx are in dialogue with scholarly “sources” that is, the writings (and spirits) of academic scholars—dead and alive—who are activated and whose scholarship is animated in spiritual ways. This chapter offers an opportunity to bring the scholarly writings of queer of color feminists into critical dialogue with the spiritual inspirations that have emerged from these writings.

Keywords:   Afro-Latinx, queer, spirituality, activism, feminism, witchcraft

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