Migrations & Meditations: The Politics of Movement

For many, Chicago was not always “home.” In the early twentieth century, African Americans seeking to leave the racial climate of the American South behind and Mexican migrants seeking work far north of the border joined European migrants new to the city. Today, one out of seven residents of the state of Illinois is an immigrant; almost 34% of those migrants, who come from all over the world, live in Chicago.

This program of six short films explores mediatized representations of the movement and dispersal—voluntary or forced—of populations across the world. The event will bring together experimental media and screen practices that articulate the post-cinematic — how film appears ubiquitous in the museum and on the street, on planes and in cars, and across new digital communication platforms—with inquiries into the movement of people, commodities, ideas, and cultures.

The program includes a post-screening conversation with scholar Pooja Rangan, Amherst College, and U.S.-based filmmakers Javier Ortiz and Alireza Khatami.

Admission is free to this event. Theatre capacity is 156; seating is available first come, first serve.

SPONSORED BY SCMS, Experimental Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group, Latino/a Caucus, Middle East Caucus, French/Francophone Scholarly Interest Group, Urbanism/Geography/Architecture Scholarly Interest Group, Documentary Studies Scholarly Interest Group, Transnational Cinemas Scholarly Interest Group, DePaul University College of Communication, DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media, and DePaul University Office of Global Engagement

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:30pm

Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Building, Lower Level 105
14 E Jackson Blvd

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College of Communication, College of Computing and Digital Media





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