Congress Activities

Wednesday May 16

Special Interest Groups: SIG in Spanish and Portuguese, SIG in Turkish, SIG in Critical and Poststructural Psychology, SIG in Indigenous Inquiries, SIG in Critical Qualitative Inquiry, SIG in Art-Based Research.


Thursday May 17

Workshops 8:30-11:30 am and 12:30–3:30pm

3:00-5 pm Poster Sessions

3:30-5 pm: Collaborating Sites Network Reception/Poster Sessions

4-5 pm: Book Signing (Pine Lounge)

5:30–7pm: Congress Director Welcoming remarks and keynotes

7–9 pm: Opening Midwest BBQ


Friday May 18

General congress sessions 8:00-5:20pm

12:00-1:00: Town Hall Meeting on Academic Freedom

5:30-6:30: Plenary Performance

when the stakes are too d*mn high
Staged somewhere between Baldwin’s (1963) notion of The Fire Next Time and Anzaldua’s (1983) foreward to the 2nd Edition of This Bridge—we are a world still ablaze, seeking something “holier than Black death”(Noname 2016). Who will survive? How will we survive? What must we survive? Name? Call out? Build differently? Imagine anew?

when the stakes are too d*mn high, takes up these questions to make sanctuary. Sanctuary for those of us who labor under, die, and resist forces of domination. Inspired by our current cultural and political moment, this performance illuminates the entanglements of race, gender, sexuality, violence, loss and their affective productions. Via performance we explore the omissions and questions foregrounded by #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName regarding when, if, and which Black lives matter, are humanized, collectively remembered and mourned. Through multiple artistic mediums, when the stakes are too damn high, explores the intersections of anti-black and anti-queer violence and sentiment to illuminate current realities and reimagine these relationships towards Black feminist articulations of resistance, joy, the erotic, and freedom (Brown 2013, hooks 1995, Lorde 1984).

Hill L. Waters Bio
Out of a commitment to act on what Black girls taught and continue to teach us and an urgency to mobilize queer love as a necessary ingredient to social transformation, Hill L. Waters (HLW) was birthed. As a Black feminist love praxis project birthed by two scholar-artists, Durell M. Callier and Dominique C. Hill,  HLW engenders healing through community accountability and artistic productions and dialogue. The scope of HLW’s work includes: workshops; classes/lectures; community organizing; and performances which all highlight: black love; race, gender & sexuality as interwoven systems of oppressions; feminism in action; and the power of self-affirming spaces.

Saturday May 19

General congress sessions 8:00-5:20pm

Award ceremony 5:30-6:30

7-9pm:  Old-fashioned Midwest Cookout


Publisher’s Exhibit (Pine Lounge)

Wednesday 12-5:00

Thursday 9:00-5:00

Friday: 9:00-5:00

Saturday: 9:00-12:00


Check in at The Illini Union, located at 1401 West Green Street in Urbana, Illinois, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Registration hours will be 3-5 pm Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 5 pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 8am to noon Saturday.

Please use the navigation menu for more information on the keynotes, workshops, Special Interest Groups (SIGS)