SOAS University of London

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)

Artour Mitski

BA (Osaka/Irkutsk), MA (SOAS)
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Artour Mitski
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Artour Mitski
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Thesis title:
"Japanese lifestyle migrants in Bangkok: embodied practices and identity negotiation."
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After earning a BA in Japanese Studies with a minor in Teaching Japanese on the Japanese Ministry Education (Monbusho) scholarship, Artour went on to pursue his Master's and doctoral degrees at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he attended 26 courses in Anthropology, History, Cultural Studies, Research Methods, etc.

His professional experience includes over 20 years of teaching Japanese and Thai as well as a range of social science subjects. He tutors for GCSE and A-levels in Japanese and Sociology, as well as mentors undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Following up on his MA thesis in Anthropology on "Japanese in Thailand: the discourse and routines of national identity in a globalising world", his PhD thesis topic is "Japanese lifestyle migrants in Bangkok: embodied practices and identity".

PhD Research

Despite their 600-year history, a major economical and cultural clout, and current numbers exceeding a hundred thousand, Thailand's Japanese are the least researched overseas Japanese community. Based on six years of living among them and a doctoral fieldwork project, this research looks into embodied practices and identity negotiation in Bangkok's Japanese community.


Zen Kōans for teaching Anthropology in Teaching Anthropology (RAI journal)


The 4th Joint East Asian Studies Conference, London, presented a research paper “The transformation of the national identity of Japanese migrants in Thailand”, April 2016.

The 5th Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, Oxford University, presented a research paper “Homosociality among Japanese transnational migrants in Bangkok”, July 2014.

The 2nd European IAFOR Conference on Social Sciences, Brighton Presented a research paper “Some applications of the Biographical Narrative Interpretation Method in fieldwork-based studies”, February 2014.

The 2nd London Centre for Social Sciences (LCSS) Conference, LSE, chaired a discussion panel on Mixed Methods in Social Sciences. May 2013

The 1st LCSS Conference, King's College London, presented a research paper, “Lacan’s Mirror Stage and the Invisible Scientific Observer.”


Association for Asian Studies


  • The history and anthropology of Japanese migration to Southeast Asia
  • Teaching Japanese grammar
  • Thai idiomatic expressions
  • Social theory
  • Research methods for Area Studies
  • Philosophy of science in social and cultural research
  • Formal logic in social and cultural research