Enacting Citizenship Across Generations, with Dr Umut Erel and Erene Kaptani & performance by Dubmorphology

Join us for a conversation with Dr Umut Erel and Erene Kaptani, exploring social practices that imagine new forms of citizenship, and social and political agency for migrants.

 
While borders become less fluid and increasingly difficult to cross, we are posed with the question, who is the citizen? How can the notion of citizenship be expanded and re-thought in the light of new global economic, environmental and political challenges?
 
The conversation stems from a range of empirical projects with migrant mothers, where, through participatory theatre, they have explored how migrant women’s mothering and care practices expand the notion of citizenship.
 
The event forms part of Dreamed Native Ancestry (DNA), an installation and programme critically addressing and re-thinking contemporary issues around race, migration, biopolitics and culture, through an Afrofuturist science fiction narrative and deep history perspective.
 
A performance by sound artists Dubmorphology will follow the talk (from approximately 4pm), during which visitors are free to come and go as they please.
 
This event is free and open to all, although we recommend reserving a place here.
 
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
Dr. Umut Erel is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Open University, UK, and has widely published on the themes of migration, ethnicity, racism, gender and class. She is interested in how these issues play out in practices of citizenship defined by gender and ethnicity. Currently she is exploring migrant women’s mothering practices as citizenship practices in their own right and with respect to shaping their children’s ethnic, cultural, political identities and modes of citizenship, currently she is Principal Investigator of Participatory Arts and Social Action in Research, exploring theatre and walking methods for research. She is part of the ‘Who are We?’ project at Tate Exchange, reflecting on migration, citizenship, participation and a sense of belonging across arts, activism and academia www.whoareweproject.com
 
Erene Kaptani is an anthropologist, community and youth worker, participatory performance artist and dramatherapist with expertise in participatory performance for social research, community building and public impact. She uses narrative and movement based methods inspired by improvisation and physical theatre as well as Playback and forum theatre and dramatherapy. She is a member of Playback South Theatre Company and devises performances at Studio Upstairs arts community. She produced and performed in Suspended Lives, a play that worked with refugee groups at Tara Arts and Rich Mix. She devises performances and arts events that question constructions of identities and institutional and public communications. erenekaptani.wordpress.com