Past Event

Civic Cinema at the Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference

Join us as we partner with the Critical Ethnic Studies Association to host the opening plenary at the “Decolonizing Future Intellectual Legacies and Activist Practices” Conference and a Civic Cinema program with the following free film screenings with discussions:

Thursday, September 19, 7:30-10:00p
Friday,  September 20, 

Un/Binding Desires: Queer Migration, Racialized BDSM, and Historical Trauma
UIC Forum, Room D 

Un/Binding Desires brings together artists, scholars, and community organizers; this screening presents the video art installation by the queer Colombian diasporic artist, mónica enríquez-enríquez.  It juxtaposes personal histories of migration, displacement, and migration by queer people of color with the practices of BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism).  enríquez-enríquez asks how BDSM practices among queer people of color relate to our personal and familial histories of displacement and trauma.

The screening will be followed by a conversation between mónica enríquez-enríquez, queer and feminist studies scholar Gina Velasco, and community organizer/independent scholar Julián Padilla on the relationship between race, migration, and BDSM

Urban Crises and Creative Collaborations: The Future of Ethnic Studies from a Digital Humanities and Community Perspective
UIC Forum, Room E

Creative Dispossession is a web-based interactive documentary that depicts various artists, community youth and organizations as they come together in an effort to bring social awareness to issues of environmental and youth injustice affecting working class residents of color living on the Eastside of Austin, Texas.

The screening will be followed by a presentation by Amanda Grey from the University of Texas at Austin on the responsibility of the ethnic studies scholar to the subjects and communities comprising the foundation of one’s research. 


Learn more about the conference. 

Sponsored by The Institute For Research on Race and Public Policy at The University of Illinois At Chicago 

Free and open to the public.