Fireside chat with Umut Erel (Open University, UK)

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November 3, 2022 | 2.15-3.45 pm | Campus Westend, PEG 1.G 107

To the fireside chats we invite personalities from academia or public life to talk in a small circle about their personal career, motivations, and academic practice. In addition, these meetings can be used for networking among each other.

The conversation will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2022, between 2:15 and 3:45 PM in room PEG 1.G 107 on Campus Westend and will be hosted by the GRADE Center Gender. The conversation will be held in English in case participants prefer this language.

Please register in advance with Amanda Glanert ( and, in case you do not speak German, please indicate this in your mail.

Dr. 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 Arts based 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, and the 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