I am part of the organizing committee of the fourth installment of Asia-Pacific Worlds in Motion, an interdisciplinary graduate conference on migration co-organized by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of British Columbia (UBC). APWIM IV will be held at NUS on February 20-21, 2012.
My good friend Lawrence says he came up with the idea for APWIM back in 2008 when he noticed that there was a lack of ‘safe’, non-intimidating conference spaces for young migration researchers to test their research, explore new ideas, learn from peers in other disciplines, and form mentorships with senior academics.
I’m very inspired by Lawrence’s vision of fruitful collaboration and mutual learning, and am equally happy to be working with a great team of faculty advisors and fellow students. Projects like these don’t so much detract my attention from my ‘real’ work as a PhD student, than set it against a larger community and a wider context of significance and (dare I say) usefulness.
Please check out the site and spread the word! My good friend Kara Bermejo is responsible for the excellent APWIM logo (above) and conference design. 🙂