Cornelia Goethe Centrum

Keynote by Umut Erel: Migrant Women Performing Citizenship to challenge Racism

This presentation draws on a participatory arts-based research project with migrant women and girls, reflecting on the ways in which research can be  an act of citizenship that challenges racist exclusions. It argues that by working together with migrant mothers and young girls, as well as organisations that focus on the rights of migrant and Black and Minority Ethnic people,  research can co-produce knowledge that challenges social exclusion and racist and sexist subjugation of migrant girls and mothers. Such an approach can not only generate new knowledge and insights, but participatory arts-based research can also become an act of citizenship that challenges racist inequalities and injustices, contesting existing forms of citizenship that inscribe privileges, and instead brings into being new modes of rights and rights-claiming subjects.

The keynote takes place in the context of the symposium “Migrantischer Feminismus geht weiter!“, November 3rd- November 4th, 2022, organized by  Prof. Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Dr. Pinar Tuzcu, Dr. Onur Suzan Nobrega und Jamila Adamou, in cooperation with the Cornelia Goethe Center and the Frauenreferat der Stadt Frankfurt am Main.

The keynote will take place on November 4th, 2022, from 9:30-10:00 AM.  More information on where the keynote will take place will follow soon.

Dr. Umut Erel is Professor of Sociology at the Open University, UK. She has widely published on migration, ethnicity, gender and class. She is interested in how these issues play out in practices of citizenship, differentiated along gender and ethnic lines. Her research topics have focused on migration, mothering and citizenship, and she has methodologically innovated through the use of participatory arts based methodologies, in particular theatre and walking methods. Recent projects include CIVICMIG Participatory Artsbased Methods for Migrants’ Civic Engagement , PASAR – Participation Arts and Social Action in Research, funded by the ESRC investigating the potential of participatory theatre and walking as research methods for the social sciences, an AHRC networking activity on migrant mothers’ citizenship and participatory theatre ‘Migrant Mothers Caring for the Future’.
She led the Open University’s collaboration with Counterpoints Arts and Tate Modern ‘Who Are We? Project’ investigating citizenship, migration and belonging through a collaboration of arts, academia and activism. For recent publications see