The Migration and Mobility Program in the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria was thrilled to host a three-day conference in June 2015. The conference brought together nearly 125 researchers, policymakers, and activists from diverse disciplinary and regional locations, including East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and North America.

Together, we explored new theoretical directions, interdisciplinary approaches, and critical dialogues on migration and mobility in the context of late capitalism with a particular, but not exclusive focus, on the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region. Key themes included:

  • Policy Advocacy, Activism, and Mobilization
  • Border Security and Surveillance
  • Colonialisms, Imperialisms, and Late Capitalisms
  • Indigenous Displacement and Mobility
  • Environmental Degradation
  • Migration Flows, Experiences, and Strategies
  • Religion and Migration

For more information and reflections, see the Post-Conference Report

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers at the Migration & Late Capitalism conference in June 2015
Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Tings Chak and Sandro Mezzadra were the keynote speakers at the June 2015 Migration & Late Capitalism conference

We were honoured to have three exciting speakers present our public keynote lectures. All three were well attended and fascinating!

Conference sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the financial contributions of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Albert Hung Chao Hong lecture series and the University of Victoria through the following units:

What's next?

We are actively exploring ways to continue the exciting work we started at the conference – we will send updates to our conference e-newsletter. For more information, please email