Migrant women as mothers are often portrayed as outsiders to citizenship. They are seen as standing in the way of their children's integration or as burdens to the state when they receive social, health and educational services. What happens, however, if we turn this logic on it's head and value what migrant mothers are already doing: raising future citizens for a multi-ethnic society, crossing ethnic boundaries to forge networks and friendships to care for children, and creating new understandings of identity. How do we need to change our understanding of citizenship to take account of these interventions?
In this talk Umut Erel suggests that creative methods, in particular research through participatory theatre, can shine a light on how migrant mothers creatively intervene in and create new practices of citizenship.
Umut Erel is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Open University. Her research employs an intersectional approach to explore how gender, migration and ethnicity inform practices of citizenship. Her current research focuses on care and citizenship among migrant families, exploring questions of belonging and participation for the mothers and their children.
17:30 Lecture Umut Erel
18:00 Conversation between Myriam Van Imschoot and Umut Erel
19:00 Performance ‘YOUYOUYOU’ by Myriam Van Imschoot
Location Kunsthal Extra City - Antwerpen-Berchem, Eikelstraat 25-31, 2600 Antwerpen