The Possibilities and Limits of Participatory Theatre: Exploring Belonging and Resistance with Second-Generation Black and Muslim Dutch Youth in the Netherlands




LGBT, queer, Kurds, London, diaspora


Grounded in a collaborative theatre project with Black and Muslim second-generation Dutch youth in the Netherlands, this paper critically examines the use of participatory theatre as a method of knowledge production. Drawing on vignettes from the theatre project, I investigate the possibilities and limits of theatre as an embodied research method for practicing resistance to, and fostering public dialogue about, Islamophobia and racism. I argue that theatre can be a citizenship practice by prefiguring alternate futures, rehearsing resistance to oppression, and facilitating cross-racial and public dialogue.

Author Biography

Valerie Stam, Carleton University

Valerie Stam is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Her scholarship centres on participatory research methods, arts-based inquiry, gender, and anti-oppression work. Her current research uses theatre to analyze how second generation Black and Muslim youth practice resistance and experience belonging in the Netherlands.


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How to Cite

Stam, V. (2020). The Possibilities and Limits of Participatory Theatre: Exploring Belonging and Resistance with Second-Generation Black and Muslim Dutch Youth in the Netherlands. Migration Letters, 17(2), 289–297.