Raul Melgoza F'21

Raul  Melgoza
Doctoral Candidate
Ethnic Studies
University of Colorado Boulder

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2021
Doctoral Candidate
Ethnic Studies
University of Colorado Boulder
Chicanx Kinetics: The Forces and Motions of Settlerness in Chicanx Cultural Politics

Pilgrims, missions, homes, and butterflies hold a key place in the Chicanx cultural imaginary. A study of Chicanx expressive culture and social justice activism, this project explores these figures to speak to how Mexican Americans navigate the ways racialization and settlerness intersect under U.S. settler colonialism in the Southwest. Drawing attention to how the forces of capitalism, liberalism, and colonialism racialize Mexicans as incorporable settlers and excludable aliens, this project argues that Chicanx artists and activists reharness this status into a source of antiracist critique. It names this politicized aesthetics of force and motion within Chicanx cultural politics “Chicanx Kinetics,” highlighting these four figures as emblems for understanding the status of Chicanx settlerness.