Pedro Iacobelli on Prolegomenon to the subject of political migration history in post-war East Asia

Mid-Term Review


Pedro Iacobelli, PhD Candidate, School of Culture, History and Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific


My thesis deals with the formation of outmigration movements from Japan and Okinawa to Bolivia in the 1950s. In both regions the state played an important role in framing and organising emigration programs.  

 The body of this presentation is the second chapter of my thesis. Here I explore the theoretical limitations of the current migration history's theory when analysing state-led outmigration processes. Then, I propose a conceptual framework where locate my research about Japanese and Okinawan migration. I have titled my MTR with the term of ‘prolegomenon’ in order to convey the meaning that more than an introduction what I am doing is a critical, yet preliminary, approach to the concept, in this case, ‘Political Migration History’. I will conclude my presentation with a dot-point description of each of my thesis eight chapters. The exposition should last about one hour so we have time for Q&A.

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