José Esteban Muñoz’s sudden passing in December 2013 has saddened many and sent shock waves through the queer theory, performance studies, queer of color and critical race studies communities. A prolific author, editor, beloved teacher and mentor, and Professor of… Read More ›
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.
by Juana María Rodríguez, University of California, Berkeley ~ José was a ghost even before he ever left us. He refused “the burden of liveness” demanded of a young genius, delivering instead a performance haunted by party boy, theorist, punk,… Read More ›
by Jack Halberstam, University of Southern California ~ Some will say that José Ésteban Muñoz died an untimely death – he died too young with too much still to do. However, like his formulation of queerness as a state of… Read More ›
by Gustavus Stadler, Haverford College ~ Although he never identified as a music scholar, musicians, musical genres, bands, and songs run across and beneath the surface of José’s writing like a vital circulatory system; indeed, his work as a whole… Read More ›