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Migrant mothers caring for the future: creative interventions in making new citizens

18 September 2014 - 19 September 2014 (09.30-17.30)

Clarence Centre, London South Bank University, Borough Road, London, SE1 OAP

An International conference co-organised by Dr Umut Erel, Lecturer in Sociology (Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University).

This event is part of the Research Project Migrant Mothers caring for the future, led by Dr Umut Erel (The Open University) and Prof Tracey Reynolds (London South Bank University).

This international multidisciplinary conference engages with perspectives from cultural studies, cultural geography, sociology, migration studies, and the creative arts to explore how migrant mothers realise and problematise their role in bringing up future citizens in contemporary societies, which are increasingly characterised ethnic, racial, religious, cultural and social diverse.

It will ask important questions about the processes that shape migrant mothers' cultural and caring work in enabling their children to occupy a place as future citizens. It also interrogates how immigration and integration policies produce particular obstacles and limitations for migrant families and children.

In considering migrant women's caring, cultural and social practices as interventions into citizenship the conference aims to find out what we can learn by understanding transnational social and cultural resources of care, and also the inter-relationship between motherhood and nationhood.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Professor Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, University of Southern California

Professor Eithne Luibheid, University of Arizona, U.S

Professor Ann Phoenix, Institute of Education, London

Professor Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University

To register for this event, please visit the conference site. If you have any questions about the conference / research, please contact Dr Umut Erel (email: