Keynote Speaker

Dr. Dylan E. Rodríguez

Department of Media and Cultural Studies

University of California, Riverside

Dylan Rodríguez is a Professor of the Department of Department of Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside.  Prof. Rodríguez is the author of two books: Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and Suspended Apocalypse: White Supremacy, Genocide, and the Filipino Condition (University of Minnesota Press, 2009).   


A central concern animates Prof. Rodriguez’s work:  how do the historical logics of racial genocide permeate our most familiar systems of state violence, cultural production, institutionalized knowledge, liberation struggle, and social identity?  How do ordinary people (including scholars) inhabit racial genocide—make sense of it, narrate it, suffer it, and revolt against it?  Prof. Rodríguez’s most recent and current thinking examines how the genocidal and proto-genocidal logics of social liquidation, cultural extermination, physiological evisceration, and racist terror become normalized features of everyday life in different historical periods, up to and including the “post-civil rights” and “post-racial” moments.  


Prof. Rodríguez is a founding member of Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex and the Critical Ethnic Studies Association, and has worked in or alongside various social movements and activist collectives.  Embracing the responsibilities and obligations of a public intellectual practice, he has appeared in numerous media venues, including radio programs in Los Angeles, the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Area, Montreal, and Santa Barbara.