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Short biography

I completed my Master in International Communication Studies at the National Chengchi University in Taipei in 2008 before undertaking a PhD in Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Currently I am a post-doctoral researcher at CEISR with a fellowship funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Between November 2013 and June 2015, I taught courses on China and East Asian studies at the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth. I was a Research Fellow at the European Research Centre of Contemporary Taiwan (University of Tuebingen, Germany) and a Visiting Fellow at the Kaohsiung Medical University (Taiwan).

My current research project, building on the case of marriage migration and family formation in the context of China-Taiwan relations and applying an intersectional analysis framed within transnational feminist methodology, problematises mainstream literature on transnational migration studies. The case of cross-Strait marriage migration reveals particularly significant as, similarly to other contemporary transnational movements for marriage, it has emerged out of a context shaped by globalisation and the related push for liberalisation of movements, exchanges, investments across borders, yet it preserves a number of unique features related to the controversial cross-Strait relations. Furthermore, this phenomenon, being related to the reproductive sphere and involving a majority of women, also brings in the aspect of gender that further problematises opportunities and constraints and the related strategies of negotiation within and beyond the family sphere.

Major publications

  • Momesso, L. (2017). Marriage migration and state interests: reflections from the experiences of marriage migrants from the People’s Republic of China in Taiwan, Asiatische Studien, 70 (3): 903-920.
  • Momesso, L. and Cheng, I. (2017). A team player pursuing its own dreams: rights-claim campaign of Chinese migrant spouses in the migrant movement before and after 2008. In: Dafydd, F. (ed.), Taiwan’s Social Movements under Ma Ying-jeou. From the Wild Strawberries to the Sunflowers. London: Routledge, pp. 219-235.
  • Momesso, L. (2016). I limiti e le opportunità della democrazia taiwanese, Orizzonte Cina, Vol. 7 (1): 4-5 (Gennaio-Febbraio 2016).
  • Momesso, L. (2016). From someone, to no-one, to a new-one: a subjective view of Taiwan’s immigration policies in the context of multiculturalism. In: Jens, D. and Cheng, I. (eds.), Berliner China-Hefte - Chinese History and Society. Special Issue, Taiwan: Self Versus Other, 48, pp. 24-36.
  • Momesso, L. (2016). Migrare per matrimonio tra le due Cine: dinamiche di esclusione ed inclusione sociale (Migrating for marriage across the Taiwan Strait: dynamics of social inclusion and exclusion). In: Miranda, M. (ed.). Cina Report. Politica, Societa' e Cultura di una Cina in Ascesa. L'Amministrazione Xi Jinping al Suo Primo mandato. Roma: Carocci Editore, pp. 170-181.
  • Momesso, L. (2015). Between official and concealed: reconsidering the status of mainland spouses in contemporary Taiwan. In: Lipinsky, A. (ed.), Immigration Societies - Taiwan and Beyond. Vienna Taiwan Studies Series Vol. 1, Berlin: LIT, pp. 171-193.

Research interests

Gender Studies, Migration Studies, Taiwan Studies

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