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About Umut Erel

Umut Erel is senior lecturer in Sociology at the Open University. Her research focuses on the intersections of racism, migration, gender, citizenship as well as participatory creative methods.

Articles by Umut Erel

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Stealing stories for art: migration, voyeurism and the appropriation of injustice

In On a Wing and a Prayer, we cross London's Rotherhithe tunnel by foot, mirroring the journey of people like Abdul Haroun – arrested on arrival. Why are some rewarded for making such a journey, others incarcerated?

Bearing witness

How can the stories we tell about tragic experiences connect people and create cultures of bearing witness and responsibility rather than encouraging voyeurism or indifference?

From insecurity to insecurity: Black and Ethnic Minority Europeans in the UK

“If all the Europeans leave, who work so hard and they pay taxes, how are they going to manage to keep the benefit system in the first place?”

Migrant Mothers: creative interventions into citizenship

We can learn from the way that migrant mothers make a place for themselves and their children in a society which does not always welcome them.

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