Call for Papers

Forgotten Corridors: Global Displacement & the Politics of Engagement

10th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS)

Hosted by

the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives’ Migration and Mobility Program, University of Victoria


Victoria, BC, CANADA

May 15 -18, 2017 

The deadline for the submission of abstract proposals has now passed.


Never before in modern history have so many people been forced to leave their homes and journey abroad for temporary or permanent settlement. According to the UNHCR Mid-Term June 2015 report, “by the end of 2015, 65.3 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence or human rights violations.”

Much attention in the west has been directed at the steady flow of refugees leaving war-torn countries to end up on the shores of the Mediterranean. However, many of the displaced remain neglected or forgotten; travelling little watched corridors en route to temporary destinations in detention centers, refugee camps, or makeshift housing. These hierarchies of human mobility hide the precarious nature of the lives of millions of migrants, demanding attention and engagement to make meaningful transformations.

The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria will host the tenth annual CARFMS conference from May 15th to 18th, 2017 in beautiful Victoria, BC. CARFMS17 will invite researchers, policy makers and activists from diverse disciplines and regions to discuss the parameters of global displacement, especially the experiences of those taking routes less traveled. We especially encourage filmmakers or producers to submit video documentaries.

Please note that the deadline for submissions has now passed.

  • Name of presenter(s)
  • Institutional affiliation(s) or Organization(s)
  • Contact information (email)
  • Title of Paper, Workshop or Panel
  • Short abstract or description (no more than 200 words)

For panel proposals please include a rationale for the panel as well as a title and brief description of each paper.


  • Hierarchies of (Im)mobility
  • Politics of Engagement
  • Indigenous Displacement and Resurgence
  • Social Relations, Networks and Affects
  • Bridging Knowledge/Praxis
  • Transformative Encounters
  • Artful Resistance
  • Colonialisms, Imperialisms and Mobilities
  • Environmental Degradation, Forced Mobility, and Counter Movements

Tables will be available for organizations and/or causes related to the conference to display materials. Please submit a brief outline of your organization, the materials you wish to display and whether you will have someone available to answer participants’ questions regarding your organization, cause and/or campaign.