Kitti is an educator, researcher, and activist, specialising in critical pedagogy and collaborative methodologies. For over 15 years, she has been involved in education and community work with marginalised communities in Hungary and Italy, and she has carried out research on education, housing, gender and migration in Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Spain. She is Co-founder of the TuTela Learning Network, an open international collective that aims to build connections among marginalised activist experiences within education and community work.
The TuTela Learning Network co-produces multilingual educational materials in the form of videos, articles, cartographies and other creative and collaborative formats. The group’s aim is to boost online and offline spaces of inspiration and mutual learning for feminist activists from marginalised communities. Its members also look for connection/breaking points for the activist experiences within the contexts of institutionalised knowledge production, for instance, in the form of university workshops based on activists’ testimonies. Its members also run self-organised support groups in Granada for “errant women” (Mujeres errantes: creando desde nuestras vivencias), which they replicate in other locations, and online.
Since 2014, Kitti has been focusing on place-based education and collaborative research in Hungary, Italy and Spain with children and young people in both gentrifying neighbourhoods and peripheries, and working in collaboration with collectives, researchers and artists. These experiences are being collected and reflected through her ongoing project periferias dibujadas, which addresses urban conflicts through creative critique. In 2015-16, she was a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the Integrim (Integration and international migration: pathways and integration policies) Initial Training Network.
Kitti has also been working on the subject of movements around school communities. She has contributed to the Global Working Group Beyond Development initiative with an article on learning democracy through local resistance. She is currently working on a book manuscript, “The Making of the Marginal: Rethinking Educational Research with Romani Children Based on a Situated Approach: A Critical Guide for Researchers and Educators”, which has been awarded a write-up grant by the Romani Studies Program at the Central European University.
She holds a BA in Pedagogy and Master’s degrees in Communications and in Aesthetics, and has studied at the Education and Society Doctoral School at the University of Pécs in Hungary.
I am convinced that communities - including children - can recognise and articulate what needs to be changed in their context, understand the underlying mechanisms and implement actions to fight inequalities. Building radically horizontal relations, practising collective learning and imagining the ‘unimaginable’ are the key to making change happen. I believe that we need to fight against fragmentation and look for what connects us, but to do so, we need to truly engage with conflict give time to the processes and space for uncertainty and mistakes.