Dr Lara Momesso is currently living between Portsmouth (UK) where she is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for European and Cultural Studies (University of Portsmouth) and Fujian (China). Lara received her M.A. in International Communication Studies from National Chengchi University (Taiwan) in 2008, and she graduated in Oriental Studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy) in 2003. In November 2013 she received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London, UK), with a thesis that explores the material and normative conditions which shape marriage migrants' lived experiences in their life across the Taiwan Strait.
Lara current research interest is closely entangled with her PhD project, an ethnographic work based on in-depth interviews with mainland spouses in Taiwan and participant observation in the context of civil society organisation and the family. Through a qualitative analysis of the data and by applying intersectional analysis, an analytical tool broadly employed in feminist research to problematise social phenomena, this project problematises scholarship on transnationalism which emphasises the counter-hegemonic nature of transnational practices and interprets them as signs of an erosion of borders and a decline of nation states. The overall project is fitting in the reconsideration of migration phenomena as the outcome of the intersection of macro, meso and micro factors that may produce significantly different experiences amongst those who migrate.
In relation to the specificity of marriage migration across the Taiwan Strait, in front of a phenomenon emerged as a consequence of an increased economic integration between the PRC and Taiwan and the related liberalisation of movements between the two sides, this project identifies the permanence of systemic oppressions related to material, political as well as normative factors that shape the lives of mainland marriage migrants in Taiwan and their personal and collective strategies of resistance against oppressive structures.