Séminaire d’Anthropologie à Bruxelles - Brussels Anthropology (ABBA) : Itaru Nagasaka - the 16 February 2018

Speaker : Itaru Nagasaka (Hiroshima University)

Title : Imagining a life somewhere else: Transnational engagements and future visions among Filipino immigrants’ children in Italy

Abstract :

Transnational practices of immigrant second generations have received scholarly attention in recent migration studies. Despite such growing concern with transnational engagements of migrants’ children, less attention has been given to experiences of migrants’ children who grew up in their society of origin and who later relocated to their destination countries. Drawing on longitudinal and multi-sited ethnographic research for the past twenty years, this presentation focuses on Filipino immigrant youth in Italy. These young immigrants, most of whose parents have worked in the domestic work sector of urban Italy, were taken care of by close relatives in the Philippines, and later rejoined their parents in Italy during their teens and early twenties. It highlights how these young immigrants have forged their transnational or translocal ties and what sorts of future visions they have crafted, and then argues how these processes are related to experiences of their own mobilities and those of their families. Through such analysis, this presentation aims to shed light on subjectivities of young migrants, who have experienced specific spatial, social and class mobilities in the post-industrial economic condition.

Biography :

Itaru Nagasaka is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan. He has been conducting fieldwork both in the rural areas of the Philippines and Rome, Italy, on Filipino transnational migration since the 1990s. From 2009 to 2016, he has headed a joint research project funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science on the migratory experiences of 1.5 generation Filipinos living in different countries, the results of which form the core of the edited volume, Mobile Childhoods in Filipino Transnational Families (I. Nagasaka and A. Fresnoza-Flot (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He is currently a visiting research fellow at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research of University of Sussex.

  • When ?

Friday the 16 February 2018 from 2:00 pm till 4:00 pm

  • Where ?

ULB - Campus du Solbosch

Institut de Sociologie (Building S)

Room Doucy - 12th level - Room 12.123

44 avenue Jeanne - 1050 Bruxelles

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