Island Studies News | October 2022

Island Studies News | October 2022

A note from the editor:
Hello and welcome to the Mid-October issue of Island Studies News!
Well! Hurricane Fiona sure did a number on our little island! Now that the chaos has mostly subsided, we can properly share all the island studies-centric news with everyone (who has recovered their internet access).

We are continuing our in-person Island Lecture Series, and our next installment is on October 25th with Matthew Hatvany. Join us to learn more about PEI's neighbour Anticosti.

Also in the works: planning has begun for a second installment of the International Conference on Small Island States and Subnational Island Jurisdictions in 2023! See our Call for Papers for next year's topics and to submit your abstract.

I’ll see you again soon for the November issue; for now, I'll be working through my annual month-long Halloween movie marathon!

Until next time, take care!
          - Megan Lane

Bright Spot: Fishermen Getting Paid to Collect Plastic Trash at Sea, As Indonesia Slashes Pollution

In Indonesia, small-time fishermen are being paid as part-time ocean cleanup crews, as the archipelago seeks to tidy their seas and raise awareness among stakeholders at the same time.

The Ministry of Fisheries announced on October 4th they had stashed around $70,000, or 1 billion rupiah, with which to pay fisherman for any plastic trash they recovered from the oceans.

Latest from Island Studies at UPEI

Institute of Island Studies

October 25th, 7pm
Faculty Lounge, Main Building, University of Prince Edward Island

Join us this October for a public lecture by Matthew Hatvany, professor of Geography at Université Laval in Quebec City, as he shares research on his current project entitled “Anticosti: Metropolitan Finisterre.”

Two large islands lie at the heart of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Despite their relative proximity and comparable sobriquets, one “Garden of the Gulf” the other “Paradise Found,” the similarities end there. It is the smaller of the two, Prince Edward Island, that realised provincial autonomy through the development and control of its human, agricultural, forest, and fish resources. The larger, Anticosti, experienced little internal development despite abundant resources, being purposely constructed by external decision makers as a Finisterre Insulaire or Land’s End controlled and dependent upon metropolitan decision makers and investors to assure the well-being of its small population. While Anticosti is little known in Quebec or by its nearest neighbours in Atlantic Canada, the island is celebrated by the upper classes of distant North American and European metropoles as a natural paradise as well as an aspiring UNESCO heritage site for its unique fossil and sedimentary strata.

Add the Facebook reminder to your calendar here...
Matthew Hatvany, professor of Geography at Université Laval in Quebec City, will be spending the fall of 2022 and spring of 2023 on sabbatical leave as an associate professor at the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI. He will be employing the theories of metropolitanism and territoriality to study the unique development of Quebec’s Anticosti Island. During his sabbatical, Dr. Hatvany will be collaborating with UPEI professors Laurie Brinklow, director of the Institute of Island Studies, Josh MacFadyen, director of the GeoREACH lab, and Island scholar Edward MacDonald. 

Island Studies Press

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

IIS Executive Committee

Get to know the people behind the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI!

Dr. Edward MacDonald
Ed has had a long association with the Institute of Island Studies. From 1986 to 1997 he was a member of the Institute’s Advisory Board serving as Vice-Chair and then Chair, before becoming the IIS’s first (and only, as it turns out) Research Director in the late 1990s. After joining UPEI’s Department of History in 2000, he chaired the working committee that drafted the proposal for the Master of Arts program in Island Studies and became its first co-ordinator. Since then he’s been a member of various IIS committees, and also sits on the Master of Arts in Island Studies Steering Committee.
Ed’s research focus is the social, cultural, and environmental history of Prince Edward Island, but he likes to place it within a comparative context, regionally, nationally, and in terms of island societies. The best known of his seven books is If You’re Stronghearted: Prince Edward Island in the 20th Century (October 2000). Along with Josh MacFadyen and Irene Novaczek, he is co-editor of Time and a Place, an environmental history of Prince Edward Island, co-published by Island Studies Press and McGill-Queen’s University Press.
In 2020, Ed co-edited (with Claire Campbell and Brian Payne) and contributed to The Greater Gulf: Essays on the Environmental History of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and in 2022, his and Alan MacEachern’s history of tourism on Prince Edward Island, The Summer Trade, appeared.
To learn more about the governance of the IIS, visit

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

Pictured left to right: Interim Dean of Arts Sharon Myers & Courtney Sark. SM & Jackie Bourgeois. SM & Siobhan Doyle. Laurie Brinklow
Congratulations to our summer graduates from the MAIS program!
We had about 30 new and returning students and faculty members in attendance at the Fox & Crow on September 7th for our annual MAIS Welcome event.
During this event, our MAIS graduates Courtney Sark, Jackie Bourgeois, Siobhan Doyle (missing Caitlin Audas) received certificates (placeholders for their diplomas!) from Interim Dean of Arts Sharon Myers.
(Photos by Anna Baldacchino)
Also at the Welcome Event was Godfrey Baldacchino who gave a presentation on overcoming "island brand" stereotypes.
Godfrey has now 'lectured' to all 19 cohorts of the UPEI MAIS program since 2003.

We are so fortunate to have you remain such an integral part of the Master of Arts in Island Studies program, Godfrey!
Thanks for the passion, intelligence, foresight, wisdom, and words you've given us over these 19 years, and counting! 
Scholarship Winners

The MAIS program is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Future Prosperity Scholarships, Entrance Scholarships, and Funded MAIS Research Projects.
Future Prosperity Scholarships (sponsored by the Duffy Family Foundation and the Government of Prince Edward Island):
Akinkunle Akinbinu
Bailey Clark
Barbara Rousseau

Entrance Scholarships (from the Faculty of Graduate Studies): 
Tristan Atkins
Wendy Collett
Chandrika Padmini Dambugolla
Elnaz Eslami Jamalabad
Jenelle Maillett 

Offshore groundwater resources in a changing marine environment (SOURCE, funded by Ocean Frontiers Institute, and working with Dr. Josh MacFadyen, Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities):
Donna Ayton-Miller  

Congratulations, all!

Knowledge Mobilization Strategies for Rural Economic Development

Deadline: October 31

Given the wealth of knowledge and the depth of thought that exists within and outside the academic community related to what it means "to live rural" today in different contexts, there is a need to bring those conversations to larger audiences. This research project aims to examine how non-profit organizations in rural communities share knowledge in order to build vibrant communities. It will explore how knowledge is shared through various traditional and social media channels and assess their efficacy in fulfilling an organization’s Knowledge Mobilization goals. The project will identify and understand the critical factors that contribute to successful social media communications strategies, including lessons learned in other places. The results of this research will aid non-profit organizations, particularly those in rural places, in understanding and supporting those factors related to communications and knowledge mobilization.

The internship position will be supervised by Dr. Laurie Brinklow, University of Prince Edward Island, in partnership with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) ( Key skills required for the position include: literature review, key informant interviewing, qualitative analysis, knowledge dissemination, and social media skills. In addition, the candidate will have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, analytical and problem-solving skills, the ability to multitask while handling multiple priorities, and a capacity to work effectively in a team environment as well as independently. There is opportunity for some travel.

The internship will be a six-month position and valued at $10,000 CAD. Additional funds are available to support travel as required through the project. Flexibility is available in terms of when and where the hours are completed. If you are interested in applying for this internship, please complete an application on by October 31 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

*open to graduate students at Canadian universities only.*

Summer 2023 Mental Health Impact Studentships 

Mitacs and Mental Health Research Canada have partnered on this funding opportunity for Canadian university & college students across the country to work on a mental health research project with their academic supervisor and community partner. 

The successful applicant will be awarded $15,000 for a four- or six-month term; funds will be paid directly to the student’s academic institution and held by the student’s supervisor. The project would begin in May 2023.  

Eligible students must: 

  1. A Canadian citizen and/or permanent resident; 
  2. Be enrolled in a Masters, College or PhD program at an accredited Canadian University or College with a background in psychology or related field; 
  3. Be seeking to conduct a mental health research project in collaboration with both an academic supervisor and an eligible community partner. Preference will be given to projects addressing the unique needs of diverse and/or vulnerable populations in Canada 

For more information: 

2023 AOSIS Fellowship Applications
Deadline: November 18th 2022

Download Application Form


AOSIS Fellowship

Designed to meet the specific needs of SIDS, the AOSIS Fellowship Programme is a unique opportunity for young professionals from Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) countries to get hands-on training and experience on issues of law, policy, and science, and to build enduring capacity in AOSIS member governments to engage in international processes.During the yearlong Fellowship Programme, Fellows will work at their UN Permanent Mission in New York, receive comprehensive training on climate change, oceans, environmental protection, and sustainable development issues, and gain real-world negotiation experience working with their national delegations and AOSIS at related UN conferences.

At the conclusion of the Programme, Fellows will return to their home country having developed the skills and knowledge needed to continue to engage on these issues and in the international process—as many former Fellows have continued to do.

Learn more...

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

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

We are now accepting applications for January 2023!

PEI Community Announcements

PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Looking for INTERESTING People to Interview Interesting People
Deadline: Wednesday, October 19th

The PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation is working on its second installment of Island Digital Voices, a project that captures the stories of interesting, notable, and otherwise intriguing Islanders. They are seeking emerging storytellers to work alongside the Project Coordinator to interview these Islanders and record their stories, so they can be shared with others and preserved as part of the province’s history.
See document (below) for more details.
Deadline to apply: October 19
PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation
Call for Expressions of Interest
Island Digital Voices Contributing Storytellers
Contract fee: $500
Do you have a curiosity and a passion for storytelling? Do you think people are fascinating and complex, and do enjoy learning more about them? Do you know (or know about) interesting people living here on Epekwitk/Prince Edward Island that you think other people should know about, too?
Island Digital Voices (IDV) is a project that aims to capture the stories of interesting, notable, and otherwise intriguing Islanders—so they can be shared with others and preserved as part of
our province’s history. We are looking for emerging storytellers to interview these fascinating Islanders and tell their tales. Each storyteller will be responsible for one profile, which will be shared at in written or audio-visual format.
Contributing storytellers, in cooperation with the IDV project coordinator and IDV film coordinator, will:
• suggest potential interview subjects and help guide selection process
• research subjects and prepare interview questions
• conduct interview, for print or audio-visual profile (to be determined)
• deliver written profile (up to 1500 words) OR give input to IDV film coordinator for audio-visual profile
We are looking for a diverse representation of Islanders to interview and share stories about a diverse representation of Islanders. We are excited to work with contributors from all backgrounds and communities.


News From Other Islands 

Report from Kihnu Island: ESIN AGM & Conference 2022

from Riina Kaljulaid

On September 6th – 9th the Conference and Annual Meeting of European Small IslandsFederation was held on Kihnu Island in Estonia. There were 50 participants at the Conference.Representative countries and areas at the Conference: Sweden, Scotland, Ireland, Finland,Denmark, Croatia, Åland and Estonia. In addition, Brussels. There were foreign guests from16 islands and the number of Estonian islands from which the members of the Association ofEstonian Islands took part, was 11. So, altogether 27 small islands of Europe were represented.


Upcoming Island-centric Events

UHI Islands Matter Webinar:
'First a wudd, and syne a sea: Scottish stories of memorable landscape change in their global context' with Professor Patrick Nunn

October 20th, 12:00PM to 1:30PM 

Most such stories to have reached us today are regarded as ‘myth’ or ‘legend’, a default judgement characteristic of many literate people.  Recent research, especially in Australia and northwest Europe, concludes that many such stories have a clear grounding in observations of the changes to which they describe, albeit in often exaggerated terms.

This presentation focuses on Scottish stories of coastal landscape change since the last great ice age, some 20,000 years ago.  It examines stories of coastal submergence, attributable to sea-level rise, that caused land loss and in particular severed land connections between what are today separate land masses.  It also examines stories of (net) coastal emergence, attributable to a net rise in the land resulting from the melting of its ice cover.  It is argued that all these stories are likely to be authentic cultural memories of coastal change because all submergence stories come from places known to have been submerged within the past 10-15,000 years while all emergence stories come from places that have indeed experienced net land emergence.

2022 International Forum on Island Ecological Conservation
Abstract submission deadline: September 26, 2022
Slides submission deadline: October 20, 2022
Article submission deadline: November 14, 2022

Organized by Island Research Center, MNR, China Oceanic Development Foundation. Forum theme: Islands Practices in Resource, Ecology and Sustainable Development

The goal is to organize the participation of global island research experts and managers to introduce island practice cases in resource, ecology and sustainable development in a bid to form advanced concepts of island protection and management, thus sharing valuable experience, and serving the sustainable development of global islands.

Special Topics include, but are not limited to: (1) Island surveillance and monitoring; Technology and practice of island ecological conservation and restoration; (2) Addressing climate change and disaster prevention and mitigation; (3) Island development, utilization and protection planning, cases and others (4) Island sustainable development from multiple perspectives.

Official Language English Contact Bo Huang Contact Information: Telephone: +86-591-86165681 E-mail:
Qinqing Zheng Telephone: +86-591-86165627 E-mail:
Yuncheng Deng Telephone: +86-591-86165627 E-mail:

Recent Webinar & Event Recordings

Islands Matter Webinar 5 with Professor Owe Ronström from the Gotland campus of Uppsala University 

Recent Podcast Recordings

“island conversations”

Episode 11: Marina Karides

 In this podcast, we will be hearing from Marina Karides, a Professor of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawaii in Mānoa. Her research examines island spaces from intersectional and decolonial feminist perspectives, something that is reflected in the island Feminisms initiative that Marina is co-leading. Her studies also applied political economy frameworks to consider geographies of alternative economies. Her recent publications, including the volume, Sappho's Legacy: Convivial Economics on a Greek Isle, address these themes as well as innovative methodological approaches to island studies. Marina, welcome to SICRI’s island conversations podcast series.

the hidden island
Season 3, Episode 1: PEI’s 1970s: the decade that changed everything – part 2

The 1970s are known for being a groovy decade, but on PEI they brought massive changes. In Part 1, we learn about how the Comprehensive Development Plan is the reason why we have fewer family farms, zero one-room schoolhouses, and an economy more focused on tourism today. We also discuss Junction ’71 – the rock festival that never happened because the PEI government shut it down.

Features guest interviews Dr. Ed MacDonald and Doug MacArthur.

Coastal Connections - Episode 10 - Keeping history alive through storytelling (Pt II)
In this episode we explore traditional folk music and how it is a powerful oral storytelling tool that carries culture, tradition, history, and knowledge across generations, shaping people’s identity today. We speak with the infamous musical duo Fergus O’Byrne and Jim Payne who are spreading traditional folk music around the island – and the world – keeping Newfoundland and Labrador culture alive. We also had the pleasure of being joined by Darrell Power, former member of Great Big Sea, who has since established two recording studios among other projects. Our guests share their relationship with music, what traditional folk music sounds like and means to them, and how growing up draped in an era of culture and music influenced their musical careers. Joining Dr. Sondra Eger is co-host Sara Langer, a PhD student at Grenfell Campus Memorial University who also led the development of this episode.

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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!

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!

Japan Island Depopulation: Lessons for Scotland

Published 21 September 2022

This research report - commissioned from a team based at Scotland's Rural College - explores policy approaches to depopulation on Japan's islands, and proposes a series of recommendations to the Scottish Government which may help inform the development of future island depopulation.


Latest Journal Issues:

Marine Policy
Island Studies Journal
Volume 17,  No. 2


Scholarly Papers

See More!

Shima v16n1


Aquatic Mythologies and Monstrosities:

Okinawan Journal of Island Studies (OJIS ) 
Vol.3 Number 2
 (March 2022)
Special Issue on Resilience & Vitality

PART I: Island Communities
Small States and Territories
Vol. 5, No. 1, May 2022

This volume features book reviews by two MAISers: Andrew Halliday and Laurie Brinklow! Andrew reviews Beate Ratter's Geography of Small Islands: Outposts of Globalisation, and Laurie reviews Laura J. Getty's Islands and Captivity In Popular Culture: A Critical Study of Film, Television and Literature. 

Other Papers

Anthropological Forum, Volume 32, Issue 1 (2022)
Revisiting Ideas of Power in Southeast Asia,
Guest Editor: Hjorleifur Jonsson

Calls for Papers and Submissions

Turning the Tide: Climate Change, Social Change, and Islandness – The Second International Conference on Small Island States and Sub-national Island Jurisdictions.

[Submissions close January 15th, 2023]

Islands are at the front lines of climate change. With close proximity to the oceans, they are often the first to experience land loss due to sea-level rise and erosion, the often catastrophic effects of extreme weather events, and the life-changing effects of changes in seasonality and temperature change on land and in the ocean. 

But what of social change on islands brought about by climate change? How are the effects of climate change impacting on islandness?

This transdisciplinary conference sets out to explore the theme of climate change and social change on islands through various sub-themes listed below.

  • Food sovereignty
  • Ocean health: ecosystem functionality (terrestrial, ocean, and the ecotone)
  • Diverse knowledges
  • Health and well-being
  • Material culture: lived experiences of the everyday
  • Climate and social justice
  • Methods: contextualising in context
  • Changing livelihoods
  • Gender and intergenerational framing

We want to share stories. We encourage academic papers, panels, roundtables, and non-traditional presentations (e.g., storytelling, interactive sessions, creative) from all disciplines, and we welcome submissions that look at the dynamics of climate change and social change on a case-by-case, island-by-island, or regional basis. All disciplinary perspectives are welcomed, but they must engage with notions of the lived experience of islandness. We are also keen to engage with presentations that adopt a more comparative framework or methodology in their critical analysis.

Abstracts of around 150 words each are invited on any of the above themes. These should be accompanied by the full name and institutional affiliation of the author/s.


Okinawan Journal of Island Studies (OJIS), Volume 4 (March 2023)

Special Issue on Island Activisms

Deadline: October 31, 2022
Expected Publication: March 2023

Submission and inquiries: Research Institute for Islands and Sustainability (RIIS), University of the Ryukyus,
Editors: Ayano Ginoza, University of the Ryukyus, (
Evangelia Papoutsaki, SICRI Co-Convenor, (
Marina Karides, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, (

Tiara Naputi, University of California, Irvine,

This special issue invites both disciplinary and interdisciplinary research papers, book reviews, forum essays, including reports and reflections on island activist events or actions organized locally, nationally, or transnationally, creative pieces, curated interviews or conversations, and audio, video, and multimedia contributions on activisms on islands. The objective is to make visible distinct and shared ways in which we can theorize island activisms as a category of analysis and understand how the activisms and their processes have shaped island cultures and islanders’ lives in complex and nuanced ways.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative island activisms, practices, and tactics and movements
  • Indigenous activisms, politics of solidarity, and land rights
  • Anti-racism, social justice, and critical race and ethnic perspectives
  • E-activism, digitally enabled social change, and media-enabled activism
  • Practices of care, island feminisms, queer activism, gender, and sexuality
  • Religion and spirituality in island resistance movements
  • Education and scholar-activism on islands
  • Non-resistance, pacifism, and non-violence, advocacy, and social change
  • Environmental and climate justice, and oceans and waterways
  • Language, art, cultural resistance, and artivism
  • Militarism, coloniality, and occupation  

For more information on the the theme and submission, please visit the webpage

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 

Octo in Love
Phyllis Celena Gay

Phyllis Celena Gay is a self-taught artist living on PEI. Phyllis works mainly in acrylic and specializes in
wildlife, pet and portrait paintings.

From the artist herself:
Born with the dream of becoming an artist I thrived on drawing.  I remember as a child if I was asked what I was going to do when I grew up.  The answer was always simple.  "I'm going to be an Artist!" It sounds simple but its not.  It's a lot of practice.  (I still have my very first drawing).  Life it self has a way of getting in the way of childhood dreams.  Stomping them.  But In 2016 I kind of woke up and looked around at my beautiful family and where I was in life and I realized what was missing. 

It was then that I realized I hadn't picked up a pencil in probably eight years.  I was shocked, I was also determined to never stop again.  Art is important to me, and it was important to have my children see me do this.  I want them to know that working hard can pay off.  Let me just say that seeing their reactions makes my whole life worth Everything.

So this is my Dream.  I am so glad you stopped by for a visit.  I hope you enjoy.
You can find more of Phylis's art on her website and Instagram!
While you're here, why not check out the Creative Well-being Initiative's Artist Survey or send it to an artist you know?

This survey aims to gauge the prevalence of mental health concerns among artists and arts workers based in Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island). As a result of this survey we will hopefully begin to determine what should be implemented to best support the mental health of artists. The survey will be anonymous, but the findings (including text based answers) may be shared publicly. The results of this survey will directly impact the draft strategic plan being created through The Creative Well-Being Initiative.

Join our interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program! You can now apply for January 2023! 

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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We would be delighted to share it with our global island studies network!
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