Lara Momesso, Ph.D.
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University of Central Lancashire
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December 15 to December 18, 2019
Lara Momesso is a lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, Deputy Director of the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies and Co-Deputy Director of the Centre of Migration Diaspora and Exile at the University of Central Lancashire. Her long-term research interest on migrants in Taiwan has produced several publications on the theme, in the form of academic papers (published by LIT Verlag and Routledge as part of edited books, and by academic journals such as International Migration, Asia Pacific Migration Journal, and Journal of Current Chinese Affairs), and divulgative articles on blogs and websites (Taiwan Insights; Cinaforum). She has also been invited to speak about Taiwan elections at the Italian radio station Radio Radicale. Lara’s research is shaped by more than ten years of engagement with migrant communities and civic organisations all around Taiwan, and, partly, in China. In 2015, she decided to travel around Taiwan by bicycle for a month with the aim to meet otherwise unreachable migrants and document their experiences. The photographs taken during this trip and Lara's several fieldworks in Taiwan have been shown at the Brilliant City Exhibition, as part of the Look 19 Photography Biennial delivered by Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool).