José Esteban Muñoz

A prolific author, editor, beloved teacher and mentor, and Professor of Performance Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Cuban-born José Muñoz made vibrant contributions to the intellectual life of our era and to the personal and professional lives of many individuals in our communities. To honor his life and work, several of José’s close friends and colleagues here contribute a brief essay focusing on a specific idea, passage, or personal memory and share with us what Muñoz’s work has meant to them.

The Realm of Potentiality

by Roderick A. Ferguson, University of Minnesota ~ Of José Munoz’s inspiring work, the argument in which I would most locate and recognize my own interests and solidarities would be his almost incantatory observation in Cruising Utopia: The Then and… Read More ›

Brown Study

by Deborah Paredez, University of Texas-Austin ~ It was the blue hour. That time when bodies turn silhouette against the vast azure. When you stumble home from the bar towards bed—yours, anyone’s—to, as Joni Mitchell sings, “lay down an impression… Read More ›

Please Come Flying

by Kathryn R. Kent, Williams College Please Come Flying1 From Brooklyn, over the Brooklyn Bridge, on this fine morning, please come flying… Come with the pointed toe of each black shoe trailing a sapphire highlight, with a black capeful of… Read More ›

Survival, and Then Some

by Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania ~ In one of the opening moments of Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics, José Esteban Muñoz describes a scene from a performance by Marga Gomez in which she recalls her… Read More ›

The Sense of José

by Licia Fiol-Matta, Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY ~ (En Orihuela, su pueblo y el mío, se me ha muerto como del rayo Ramón Sijé, con quien tanto quería.) I turned to the Miguel Hernández poem, “Elegía,” as… Read More ›