Island Studies News | January 2022

Island Studies News | January 2022

A note from the editor:
Happy New Year, and welcome to the January edition of Island Studies News!
I hope you are all beginning the new year well-rested and rejuvenated.

We are excited to start the year off by bringing back our Island Lecture series beginning with a talk on Art and Climate Change Adaptation!

Our MAIS section is nice and full and features some great opportunities for current graduate students. So if you're a MAIS student, be sure to take a look!

We also happen to have a couple features en français this month including a special podcast episode, a recent publication, and a bilingual call for papers.

Whether you're easing into the new year or jumping in head-first, Island Studies wishes you luck in 2022!
Until next time, take care!
          - Megan Lane
Bright Spot: Portuguese Islands Create Europe’s Largest Protected Marine Area

In the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Europe possesses one of the world's best-preserved treasures.

The Selvagens Islands Nature Reserve, created 50 years ago in Portugal’s Madeira archipelago, is home to a unique ecosystem. A newly adopted legal framework makes it the largest protected marine area in Europe and the North Atlantic.

Latest from Island Studies at UPEI

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Island Lecture Series: Art and Climate Change Adaptation
1pm AST January 18th, 2022

In the first installment of the 2022 Island Lecture series, Ilse van Dijk will present the findings of the research she conducted as an intern with Island Studies and the School of Climate Change and Adaptation at UPEI. The research was funded by the Climate Sense project.  In her research project, Ilse aimed to identify possibilities for the integration of artistic processes into climate change adaptation policies on Prince Edward Island.

Climate change and climate change adaptation are increasingly represented in the arts. Previous research has to some extent established that the resulting ‘climate art’ can perform a variety of functions, in addition to its artistic value, such as articulating difficult emotions and translating complex information. However, policymaking for climate change and adaptation does not utilize the potential of climate art. In her research project, Ilse developed a concept for the integration of artistic processes into adaptation policymaking on Prince Edward Island. The research is based on qualitative data, gathered through in-depth interviews with artists, cultural experts and climate change adaptation policymakers on Prince Edward Island.

Register here.

Ilse is currently a research master's student at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She is following a specialization in islands and sustainability, with a particular focus on the theme of culture and climate change adaptation. Ilse recently completed a research internship with Dr. Laurie Brinklow from Island Studies and Ross Dwyer from the School of Climate Change and Adaptation. She holds a masters’ degree in human ecology from Lund University in Sweden, and a bachelors’ degree in cultural anthropology and development studies from Radboud University in the Netherlands.

Where were you in '92?

SST Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2, November 2022. Special section on ‘The Power of Jurisdiction: The 30th Anniversary of the 1992 "Island Living" International Conference hosted by the Institute of Island Studies in Prince Edward Island, Canada

Deadline for 300-word abstract: January 15th, 2022.
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: April 15th, 2022.

Small States & Territories (SST) is pleased to announce a call for submissions of manuscripts in celebration of a unique international forum of island states and territories held in September 1992, almost exactly 30 years from this publication. The conference, hosted by the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), in Canada’s smallest province, was the first to bring academic, business, policy, and political leaders together to explore the role that jurisdiction plays in the economic destiny of about 25 sovereign and non-sovereign island territories in the North Atlantic theatre. Travelling north from Bermuda collecting islands along the eastern coast of the U.S. and Canada, thence to Greenland, Iceland, the Faroes, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey, then the Aland islands, the conference then headed south and west again across the Mediterranean drawing in the islands of Cyprus, Malta, Corsica, and finally the Azores.  

The main conference theme was an exploration of the importance of constitutional status and the respective strengths and weaknesses of jurisdiction and policy in the economic fortunes of small island states and territories. Was sovereignty essential, as in the case of Iceland and Malta? What did the non-sovereign islands have to say on the matter? How could each put their powers to work most effectively in a strategy for their economic development? Most important of all, could small island states and territories overcome vulnerability and chart their own development successfully? And if so, what lessons did one place have for another? Such were the big overarching questions. 

We now invite thoughtful contributions from those who attended this conference, those who may have been impacted by its deliberations, and/or those who have reflected on its themes for any small state or territory. While we encourage papers on islands and their unique features, we do not restrict the call to island territories. The power of jurisdiction and policy, of course, can be pursued in any small territory.  

We are particularly interested in contributions that, for example:

  • reflect on the conference theme and demonstrate its importance in a ‘best’ case study of a small state/territory or a comparative study 

  • capture the history and show the development of this idea of 'policy trumping smallness' in the literature on small states and territories

  • discuss and illustrate success and/or failure of academic, business, policy and political elites in small state/territory strategies   

  • discuss the case for/against sovereignty and the politics of secession in the current state of world/regional governance systems.    

Manuscripts that are comparative in approach and thematically related to the 1992 conference themes are particularly welcome.

The special section editor (David Milne) invites interested authors to send an early abstract of around 300 words of their proposed submission to Small States & Territories Journal by January 15th, 2022. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is April 15th, 2022.

Island Studies Press

Forthcoming this Spring

Caught in a Changing Society: St. Dunstan’s University 1950–1969 chronicles the golden years of expansion at an esteemed Catholic university. Campus life was tight knit, with students participating in sports teams, drama and music performances, social activities, and mandatory classes and religious services under the watchful eyes of the priests and Sisters. With increased enrolment, more resources were needed to build new campus buildings and hire more lay teaching staff. As social mores changed and mini-skirts appeared on campus in the mid-1960s, students demanded freedoms and direct representation, while the administration fought for much needed government subsidies and faced the challenges of an uncertain future.   


With Prince of Wales College becoming a university, the province faced the daunting prospect of supporting two post-secondary institutions. To solve the financial crisis, Premier Alex Campbell mandated the creation of the University of Prince Edward Island. Caught in a Changing Society captures the ensuing debate that led to the closure of the 114-year-old St. Dunstan’s University and the resolve that allowed the institution to evolve into a charitable foundation that has invested more than 32 million dollars into education, infrastructure, and the diocese.

As always, we'd like to remind you that all of the Island Studies Press books that you read about in our newsletter are available for sale in bookstores and online!

UPEI Bookstore Online | Island Studies Press website

PEI Community Announcements

2022 Canadian Urban Forest Conference
Submission Deadline: January 15th, 2022 at 11:59 PST. 

The 2022 Canadian Urban Forest Conference in Charlottetown is now open. This conference is a forum where city and park planners, architects, arborists, researchers and health scientists may learn and share with a vision of building a better future for Canada's urban forests. The CUFC 2022 theme is Urban Forests and the Challenge of Climate Change: Building Resilience.

The program committee is offering a broad spectrum of opportunities for participants to engage with each other on this vital topic and we hereby invite you to propose participation in any of the following ways:

  1. Workshop: a 90-minute workshop on one of the conference sub-themes
  2. Panel: a 90-minute panel discussion featuring several speakers followed by facilitated discussion
  3. Coordinated Presentation: a 90-minute coordinated grouping of three half-hour presentations to be moderated by the lead presenter
  4. Oral Presentation: a 30-minute presentation where the talk is delivered in 15-20 minutes and the remaining time is devoted to addressing questions from the audience
  5. Poster Presentation: a poster for presentation in the poster hall

To learn more about how you can participate in the 2022 CUFC, please click here.

Research Associates

The Institute of Island Studies at UPEI has an active Research Associate program. Here is a taste of what some of our Research Associates have been up to lately:

Dr. Matthew Hatvany
Dr. Matthew Hatvany is a historical geographer and full professor at Université Laval in Québec City. His interests focus on nature-culture relations and environmental change in the Anthropocene. A specialist of wetland environments and geomorphology, he has researched and published with his students on the islands of the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, Mont-Saint-Michel in France, and the continental, high, and low islands of the Pacific.

Reent Publication: Valette, P., Hatvany, M., Cayer, Parent, A. 2021. « Et au milieu coule le Saint-Laurent. Géohistoire du rapport villes/cours d’eau dans les agglomerations de Québec et Lévis (Canada).» In Environnement, territoires et sociétés : Études interdisciplinaires offertes à Corrine Beck, réunies par Marie Delcourte, Marc Galochet, Fabrice Guizard et Emmanuelle Santinelli-Foltz. Valenciennes : Presses Universitaires de Valenciennes, 87-120.

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To learn more about the IIS Research Associate program and our current Research Associates, visit
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Apply Here!

Do you have a new book, journal article, blog post, interview, podcast, video, or other publication to share?

Let us know so we can share your news with the community!

Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) Students & Alumni


Hats off to MAIS Alumnus Mark Currie – or should we say Dr. Mark Currie! – on receiving his PhD in Education from the University of Ottawa. The title of his dissertation was "Cracking the Colonial Bedrock: (Re)creating Antiracist Sociohistorical Geographies."

Dr. Currie is currently teaching at University of Ottawa and University of Toronto. He graduated in 2016 with a thesis entitled “We will have to rewrite history”: Colonialized Education in the Small Island State of the Commonwealth of Dominica, under the supervision of Drs. Udo Krautwurst and Jean Mitchell

A huge congratulations to you, Mark! 
If you’re part of the fast-growing group of MAIS Alumni, we’d love to hear what you’re up to! Please send a note to Newsletter Editor Megan Lane MacDonald at
Call for SICRI Internships - Creative Media Editorial Assistant (CMEA)

SICRI is currently offering two unpaid internship opportunities for the role of Creative Media Editorial Assistant (CMEA). SICRI is undergoing rapid redevelopment of its digital presence with several online projects. The interns will be responsible in managing SICRI’s website content (, social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and correspondent creative media (YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.) platforms as well as taking the initiative to generate new content with supervision. In addition, the selected candidates will assist SICRI’s co-convenors with administering the communication submission process of its various events and publications. The role is open to all but of particular interest to graduate students in the fields of island studies. The successful applicant will need to have digital media experience. The work is conducted online and interns will be provided with training and continuous mentoring will be provided. This is an opportunity to learn first-hand about various aspects of creative scholarly publishing. It is intended that the internship will last 4-6 months with the potential for the contract to be renewed. The CMEA will work to support the SICRI convenors and Advisory Board members who are all unpaid and working on a voluntary basis.

For an outline of the general and role-specific tasks, and how to apply, please read the description document.
Opportunities for Graduate Students
The Environment & Society Research Group and Canada Research Chair in Human-Environment Interactions at The University of Winnipeg have five opportunities for new graduate students in the Master in Environmental & Social Change program at The University of Winnipeg (MA or MEnv) starting September 2022. 
  1. Indigenous-led Community Engagement and Assessment for Rural, Northern and Remote Development (2 opportunities) 
  2. A First Nation Community-University Partnership for Capacity Enhancement in Forest Land Governance  
  3. Climate Learning and Adaptation for Northern Development (2 opportunities)
Click here to learn more about these opportunities and details for applying.

Reminder: MAIS Graduate Student Profiles
All current MAIS students are invited (and encouraged!) to submit their info to have their profile added to the MAIS Graduate Student Profile page ( All you have to do is send us your information and we will do the rest!

➔ Go to to submit your information

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program, visit


Congratulations to Christian Pleijel from Kökar island in the Aland Islands, and his team, on being awarded the "Greening the Islands Awards" in the awards' new category ”Governance & inclusion.” The award recognized their work on the habitability of islands model.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Anthropocene Islands Monthly Reading Group
 January 27th, 2022 - Wakefield S. (2020) Anthropocene Backloop: Experimentation In Unsafe Operating Space, Introduced by Stephanie Wakefield. Open Humanities Press. 
Free book download
Participants can choose to attend either the 10am or 5pm (London Time) session.
Full details here.
The 2022 John Douglas Taylor Conference
June 9-10th, 2022
Proposal Submission Deadline: January 20th, 2022
The 2022 John Douglas Taylor Conference committee welcomes interdisciplinary proposals for Diasporic Solidarities: Islands, Intimacies, and Imagining Otherwise. Conference presentations should engage with the complexities of constellating solidarities in so-called North America and in relation to historical and contemporary transnational flows with particular focus on the island (including land, movement to-from-and-away, Turtle Island, and more). The conference format will be virtual and synchronous via Zoom webinar. The two-day conference program features a plenary session and several research panel presentations.

Please see the full CFP on our website.
Please submit a 150-word proposal and 75-word bio to

Recent Webinar & Event Recordings

Anthropocene Islands: Entangled Worlds' talk and discussion hosted by AMOR MUNDI Multispecies Ecological Worldmaking Lab.
Anthropocene Islands: Entangled Worlds explores the significant and widespread shift to working with islands for the generation of new or alternative approaches to knowledge, critique and policy practices. It explains how contemporary Anthropocene thinking takes a particular interest in islands as ‘entangled worlds’, which break down the human/nature divide of modernity and enable the generation of new or alternative approaches to ways of being (ontology) and knowing (epistemology). The book draws out core analytics which have risen to prominence (Resilience, Patchworks, Correlation and Storiation) as contemporary policy makers, scholars, critical theorists, artists, poets and activists work with islands to move beyond the constraints of modern approaches. In doing so, it argues that engaging with islands has become increasingly important for the generation of some of the core frameworks of contemporary thinking and concludes with a new critical agenda for the Anthropocene.
Knowledge Translation Field School

Each Wednesday in November, CRRF hosted a Knowledge Translation Field School for graduate students from diverse disciplines and universities. The field school provided workshop-style webinars to enhance student's knowledge of and practical skills related to knowledge mobilization and translation. The sessions were attended by over 25 individuals from institutions across the country. These included:

  1. Knowledge Translation 101 - Understanding knowledge mobilization and translation  
  2. Policy Briefs - Writing policy briefs
  3. Media Workshop - Speaking to and writing for popular media
  4. Podcasts - Creating podcasts

Did you miss COP26? Want to revisit the sessions?
Check out the 
COP26 recordings!

Recent Podcast Recordings

The Falkland Islands: Forty Years On 
This five-part podcast series was funded by the University of the West of England in Bristol and supported by the Falkland Islands Government. The podcasts cover four substantive policy areas: politics, diversity, economics and resilience; and the fifth episode provides an overview of the four and some further information about the methods used to gather the data, as well as how Islanders define the Falklands in this period of change.

All five episodes are out now! 
Once upon an island - Green tourism

Episode 3 [en français]: "Kerkennah (Tunisie): Comment la valorisation des traditions et savoir-faire locaux peuvent-ils devenir une signature touristique différenciée?"

L’archipel de Kerkennah a été jusqu'à présent préservé du tourisme de masse en raison de son enclavement et de ses ressources limitées. Le tourisme s’y est développé tardivement à partir des années 1960, les tours opérateurs mettant en avant l’’image authentique de Kerkennah.

Comment la valorisation des traditions et savoir-faire locaux peuvent-il devenir un vivier de croissance économique pour l’île, une signature touristique différenciée pour Kerkennah? 

Don't speak French? No problem! Once upon an island already has three episodes in English.

the hidden island

S2 Episode 3: storms, shipwrecks and secrets

Islanders and the ocean have been connected for centuries, beginning with the Mi'kmaq who travelled in birch bark canoes. Before modern vehicles came into play, the water was basically a road. It was often quicker to travel by water than by horse and carriage - as we learn in this episode. But with the ocean comes danger. In this episode, we discover how many ships sunk off the coast of PEI - some as recent as the late 1900s.

Features guest interviews: Junior Peter-Paul, Georges Arsenault and Paul Gallant.

Read the episode transcript and shownotes here.

Coastal Connections: Stories from the Atlantic!

Episode 7 - Mind Your Microplastics!

In this episode, we hear from:
Max Liboiron the founder and director of CLEAR lab

Upcoming Publications

The Caribbean on the Edge: The Political Stress of Stability, Equality, and Diplomacy Hardcover – April 22nd, 2022

In a time of persistent uncertainty, fragile eco-structures, the politics of "populism," and limits in institutional leadership, The Caribbean on the Edge acts as an analytical roadmap into a challenging era of globalization for the countries on the edge of history in the Caribbean, those often on a policy standstill pondering which way and how to turn. Winston Dookeran traces ideas evolved in development and diplomacy over the last decade to identify the path for new analytical leadership. The Caribbean on the Edge discusses the ideas central to leadership, including the political issues involved in development, governance, and diplomacy. Tracing the evolution of various schools of thought that influence policy choices, The Caribbean on the Edge introduces new approaches and risk factors that are aligned with the current realities in the region. Above all, this book is about the development of new practices that will usher in a radical shift in thinking, policy, and practice in order to unlock the paralysis of a Caribbean on the edge. Now available for pre-order!

Recent Publications

As always, this is by no means an exhaustive list. If there's something that you think we've missed, or if you have any forthcoming publications that we should be aware of, please let us know!

Afronomicslaw Symposium:
Prospects for Deepening Africa-Caribbean Economic Relations

Latest Journal Issues:

Call for Applications

Open Call Labrador Current Foodways
Application deadline: January 31st, 2022 Fogo Island Arts is delighted to announce an open call for a new residency exploring the interconnectedness of food with our histories, ecologies, economies, politics, and social worlds. Fogo Island is geographically located within the Labrador Current, a section of the Atlantic being monitored closely by scientists as an indicator of climate change, but also, one which has considerable consequences for the whole of the Atlantic region.

The sub-arctic maritime climate and socio-political history of Fogo Island provide fertile grounds for extensive research and practice related to its foodways. From the early history of the Beothuk people for whom Fogo Island was a key summer fishing and hunting station, to the arrival of settler-colonial populations for the island’s maritime connections, to its development as an outport community of fishermen, to the Canadian government’s 1992 moratorium on cod fishing, the relationship with the plant and animal world has always been at the heart of the island’s identity. Today, with the introduction of moose and caribou from the mainland, farming practices spanning from aquaculture to agriculture, the foraging of local berries reliant on the local bee population—one that is currently free of the mite affecting larger bee populations around the world, and the ongoing importance of fermentation and preservation in the North Atlantic climate, the opportunities for research abound. The relationship with the plant and animal world has always been at the heart of the island’s identity, and the selected residents will be interested in exploring these past and future connections further.

The residency is intended to provide a unique set of experiences that the resident will be able to incorporate meaningfully into a new or existing project or body of research. Residents will be invited to work closely with Chef Timothy Charles, a founding member of the Kitchen team at Fogo Island Inn who believes in tapping into our heritage to create a better future, and who loves working with the vast natural larder at the Inn’s doorstep.

Residencies This residency will provide an opportunity for an artist, curator, writer, farmer, chef, food historian, forager, eater, or researcher to live and work on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada for a period of up to three months. A research stipend of 2,000 CAD per month will be provided to support a new or existing project for the selected resident(s).

Alongside the research grant, the resident will be provided with accommodation, including a domestic kitchen and limited commercial kitchen supplies, as well as a vehicle on Fogo Island. All travel expenses will be covered.

Residents will have access to: scheduled use of Fogo Island Inn’s kitchens; assistance in sourcing and purchasing product; orienting to local producers, harvesters; and the possibility of sub-contracting the kitchen team.

Residents will be encouraged to give one public presentation, performance, workshop, or similar event during their residency in Fogo Island.

Application criteria Applications are welcome from practitioners working in a wide range of disciplines including visual art, film, writing, farming, cooking, curating, design, and theory.

Due to the limited size of FIA studios and houses, applications are accepted from individual practitioners [or duos/groups who are comfortable sharing accommodation only]. In the case of a duo or groups, individual travel will be covered and all other residency costs (travel budget, stipend, etc.) will be shared between members.

Applicants should consider the unique circumstances under which Fogo Island Arts carries out its programs, on a remote island with limited amenities.

Successful candidates will be responsible for acquiring the necessary visas and driver’s license permissions, Fogo Island Arts will help facilitate this process.

Applicants should providePortfolio/link to a website –A short letter of motivation addressing how a residency would provide a meaningful experience for the applicant’s practise/research and how they would contribute to research into foodways of the Labrador Current through their proposed project (500 words max).  –CV –Name and contact info of one referee (no letter required)

Sent to:

The application deadline is January 31st, 2022 at 12pm EST.

Residency period Ongoing throughout the year, residents will be invited to stay on Fogo Island for a period of six weeks, up to three months.

Calls for Papers and Submissions

Environmental Studies Association Of Canada 2022 Annual Conference (Online, May 18-20th, 2022).
Deadline for proposals (in English or French): January 10th, 2022, (4pm PST)

The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to invite you to our 2022 Annual Conference (virtual) as part of the 2022 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The organizing committee is accepting proposals in English and French until January 10th, 2022, at 4 p.m. PST (Senior undergrads are encouraged to apply). Individual paper presentations will be 12 minutes in length followed by a Q&A session.

Applicants are asked to provide an abstract (max. 200 words) through the Submission Console.

Full Information in English and French

Reflecting the 2022 Congress theme “Transitions”, ESAC
invites submissions from a diverse range of topics,
including (but not limited to):

  • Environmental Knowledge
  • Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Education
  • Resilience
  • Community SustainabilityEnvironmental Politics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Policy
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Gender and Environment
  • Marketing Sustainability
  • Resource Management
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Consumption/Production
  • Political Ecology
  • Environmental Justice
Call for papers for a special section of Island Studies Journal on ‘Policing and Justice in Island Communities’

First drafts deadline: March 15th, 2022
Formal submissions to ISJ deadline: May 31st, 2022

Research that focuses on policing and the justice systems from an island perspective is extremely rare. We wish to develop a thematic section of Island Studies Journal (ISJ) that addresses how island or archipelagic characteristics influence the nature, complexities, or potentials, and challenges of such issues as:
  • Police legitimacy
  • Incarceration and pre-trial detention
  • Policing the pandemic
  • Personalization of policing and criminal investigations
  • Use and abuse of force
  • Sentencing, punishment, and rehabilitation
  • Prison locations and prison conditions
  • Quality and type of police and justice services provided
We encourage the involvement of scholars working in various disciplines and different parts of the world, including scholars engaged in comparative island research. Researchers using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches are encouraged to submit their proposals for consideration. The first step in preparing this thematic section is to assemble a strong group of abstracts for consideration by the editors of ISJ. It is not possible for the guest editor to guarantee publication or at this stage even guarantee that the thematic section will move forward. However, the editor-in-chief of ISJ has offered encouragement regarding this proposal.

It is hoped that this special section will be published in the May 2023 issue of ISJ, but individual papers will be published online ahead of print as and when they complete the peer review and editorial process. For further information or in order to submit an abstract, please contact guest editors Wendell C. Wallace ( and Malisa Neptune-Figaro (

Interested authors are asked to send first drafts of their papers to the guest editors by the deadline of  March 15th, 2022 at the latest, using ‘Thematic Section on Policing and Justice in Island Communities’ as the subject of the e-mail. The guest editors will then undertake an initial analysis of the paper and recommend revisions if necessary. Authors whose draft papers have been approved will be invited to submit their formal submissions to ISJ by May 31st, 2022 through the journal’s online submission system:

All papers will be subject to peer review. Authors are expected to engage with the existing body of island studies and/or ocean studies literature, as found not only in ISJ but also in other journals and publications. Papers must be both theoretically informed and methodologically appropriate for their purpose. In order to be accepted for publication, articles must place island processes or ‘islandness’ at the center of their analyses as it is not enough for an article to simply concern a place that happens to be an island. Final manuscripts should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words, must be written in excellent English, and must be prepared in accordance with the ISJ submission guidelines:
Water an Open Access Journal by MDPI
Special Issue: 'Water Resources Management and Water Security in Small Island Communities'
Deadline for manuscript submission: March 31st, 2022

A Special Issue of Water, an Open Access Journal by MDPI (Impact Factor 3.1) will feature a collection of papers addressing the impending water security crisis faced by Small Island Communities. Over 70 percent of Small Island Developing States face the risk of water shortages leading to water insecurity, a condition only exacerbated with climate change. Groundwater depletion, for example, increases the risk of saltwater intrusion. Industrial expansion into island communities adds pressure to water supply and water quality. Added to this, historical water governance structures create complexity in local water management, particularly for small island communities experiencing rapid human population growth. The impending water crisis extends beyond the developing world. Equally problematic is pressure on water resources in the more developed world. The attraction of “island life” as an escape from post-pandemic urban living places additional demand on precious, but limited, local water resources.

This Special Issue of Water welcomes contributions from NGOs, government, professionals and academics.  Please send your submissions to Guest Editor Dr. Robert Patrick, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, S7N 5C8 Canada.
Shima - Theme issue call for papers:
Depopulation, Abandonment and Rewilding – Decline and Transition in Island and Coastal Locations
final submissions for external review will be required by November 2022.

This theme issue will explore the phenomenon of abandonment in general, in specific locations and in fictional and factual media representations of the issues involved. Case studies, auto-ethnographical explorations, historical precedents, critical engagements with Cal Flyn’s work ('Islands of Abandonment', 2021) and/or proposals for photo, audio or video essays are particularly welcome.

Proposals can be submitted from December 1st, 2021 onward, and final submissions for external review will be required by November 2022.
Send to the editor at:

Full details:
Ongoing calls:
Island Studies Journal thematic sections:

Arts and Media 

Rilla Marshall 
This month's artist spotlight is on textile artist and handweaver, Rilla Marshall.
Inspired by the shoreline of Canada's East Coast, her handwoven textiles echo the colours and patterns of the land, sea and sky. Her weaving practice encompasses the design and creation of both functional textiles and handwoven art.

In 2012, Rilla was the recipient of the W.B. Bruce European Fine Art Travel Scholarship and traveled to Sweden to research hand-weaving traditions. Rilla works in her home studio in a century-old renovated school house in Belfast, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
On the Sandbar at Pinette
2021. 10”x10”. Handwoven cotton. Painted warp with pattern weft inlay.


"These works examine the ways land and ocean shape each other and the liminal space that exists because of this dynamic relationship. Using mapping techniques, satellite images, hand painted warp, and pattern weft, these weavings highlight areas of coastal transition and the continuous transactions between land and sea.

This body of work is made up of “micro series”, each series exploring the formal and metaphorical aspects of various categories of Prince Edward Island’s coastal features. These coastal features include categories such as channels, sand spits, coves, and intertidal zones. The process of handweaving allows me to investigate the formal elements of negative space, overlap, autonomy, accumulation, pattern, and echos of movement. The interpretation of coastal geographies through the woven grid is an exploration of relationships and space, the influence of the sea upon the land, and the influence of one entity upon another."

Low Tide Haze
2021. 10”x10”. Handwoven cotton and wool. Painted warp with pattern weft inlay.
Rilla Marshall's art is featured in a chapter she recently co-authored with Interim Chair of the Institute Dr. Laurie Brinklow and fellow Prince Edward Island artist Brenda Whiteway. Entitled "Exploring Climate Change through the Language of Art," the chapter is part of The Handbook of the Changing World Language Map, edited by a good friend of Island Studies, Dr. Stan D. Brunn from the University of Kentucky along with co-editor Roland Kehrein, and published by Springer. 

Join or our interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program! You can now apply for September 2022! 

Application deadline (2022 Fall term): July 1st, 2022.

Application deadline (2023 Winter term): November 1st, 2022.

This program accepts students from all disciplinary backgrounds; all that we ask is that you have a passion for islands!

In addition to the long-running Thesis program, there are three course/work-study stream options: Island Tourism, Sustainable Island Communities, and International Relations & Island Public Policy.
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