The latest Island Studies news and updates
Welcome to our new mid-month update! There's always lots happening in the world of Island Studies, so we figured a mid-month 'supplementary' newsletter was warranted to keep you all in the loop.
You'll notice that this mid-month newsletter has a slightly different format than our usual monthly newsletter, and is a bit more 'snack sized'. We hope you enjoy it!
As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions for content!
In the meantime, stay well, stay safe.
Your newsletter editors,
Laurie and Maggie
The Government of Prince Edward Island is conducting a comprehensive review of land-related policy and legislation, and is looking for community feedback about how to improve land use, ownership, and planning to meet the current and future needs of the province.
For more information and to get involved, please visit
The team at UPEI's GeoREACH Lab is still looking for volunteers to participate in the Back 50 Project, their interactive mapping exercise about rural land use change on PEI over the past 50 years. For more information, please visit

You’ve been through a lot this year and it looks like you need the perfect place to let your frustrations out. Somewhere big, vast, and untouched. It looks like you need... Iceland. 
Inspired by the practice of ‘scream therapy’, Iceland's new multimarket campaign 'Looks like you need to let it all out’ invites the world to let out their frustrations into its vast and beautiful landscapes to relieve tensions and feel renewed.

For the next two weeks, people worldwide can visit to let it all out and, with Iceland’s uniquely spacious surroundings and seemingly endless landscapes, the only noises the world will have to compete with are a nearby waterfall and the crashing waves of the ocean.
Let It Out will capture screams, yells and shouts from anyone, anywhere in the world, and release them through speakers located in seven stunning and remote locations across the island.
We've gathered together a few recent publications that we think will be of interest, including a tale about knowledge mobilization, a collection of pandemic-related works, and a really fascinating look at sports history through an island studies lens.
Anything we missed, or anything upcoming that we should keep an eye out for? Let us know!
Latest from the CRRF Rural Insights Series

• Exports, Imports, and Local Economic Resilience (Karen Foster)
• The Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadian Agriculture and the Agri-Food Sector (Emily C. Sousa, Sara Epp, and Wayne Caldwell)
• Long-Term Residential Care, COVID-19 and a “Political Culture of Neglect”: Implications for Rural (Al Lauzon)

Jack in the Place of Tangled Stories
'Jack in the Place of Tangled Stories' is Bojan Fürst's visual rendering of the story that he shared as part of the 1st Global Island Studies Webinar (GISW) in late June. His story touches on knowledge mobilization, podcasts, and the power of a well-told story. An allegory for researchers everywhere.
"Once upon a time, and soon enough it is going to be a long time ago, there was a little boy who lived in a city on three rivers. And his name was Jack. Jack, he loved three things: stories, islands, and adventures..." 
Read the full story here

International Journal of History of Sport
Sport and the Torres Strait: Thursday Island, island studies, the archipelagic turn, and identity

Gary Osmond
Available to read online here

Devpolicy Blog
Youth resilience to COVID-19: indigenous knowledge in Tuvalu

Taukiei Kitara and Carol Farbotko
Available to read online here and to download as PDF here
Part of the COVID-19 and the Pacific series.

Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Island Geographies of Separation and Cohesion: The Coronavirus (COVID‐19) Pandemic and the Geopolitics of Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
Adam Grydehøj, Ilan Kelman, and Ping Su

Free access:
Download PDF here
Coastal Maine Voices: Looking to the Future
Wednesday, July 22 - 2:00-3:00 ET

In this special online event, Island Institute's President Rob Snyder and Hannah Pingree, director of the Maine Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, explore bigger picture insights on the pandemic and how climate outcomes for Maine can be aligned as we look to the future.
Additional conversation topics will include economic activity along the coast of Maine, broadband’s path forward, the state of affairs in Augusta, and general questions about life on the island. 
Click here for more information and to register.

Virtual Island Summit
September 7-13, 2020

The first round of speakers for the Virtual Island Summit have been announced, and there are a lot of familiar names and faces, including our very own Drs. Laurie Brinklow and Jim Randall! Check out the list of speakers and their bios here, and keep an eye out for the full program announcement, which is coming soon!

The Virtual Island Summit is a free and entirely online event designed to connect global islands to share their common experiences through a digital platform. Registration is FREE, but spaces are limited, so reserve your spot now

For more information, visit the Virtual Island Summit website.

Library and Information Sciences for Arctic and Northern Studies
Editors: Spencer Acadia and Genevieve Parente
Submissions due August 31, 2020. 

This is a call for chapter proposals for a forthcoming book intended to be published by Springer on the theme of library and information sciences (LIS) in, for, and about the Arctic and North. The working title of the book is Library and Information Sciences for Arctic and Northern Studies, and is a follow up to the book Library and Information Studies for Arctic Social Sciences and Humanities (to be published December 2020 by Routledge).

The editors are seeking proposals where library and information sciences (LIS) as both an academic discipline of study and a practical profession are explored within Arctic and Northern contexts. All chapter proposals must clearly make connections between library and information sciences and Arctic and Northern scholarship.

For more information and submission guidelines, please visit

Studying islands, rethinking island methodologies: 
Call for chapter proposals.

Submissions due July 31 (Australian EST).
More information in our last newsletter here

Okinawan Journal of Island Studies (OJIS): Submissions for Volume 2. 

Submissions due August 10. 

More information here

Coolabah Special Issue: Mythical and Fictional Islands
Papers due September 15, 2020. 
Authors are encouraged to reach out to the editor with an abstract prior to submission. 

More information here.
Applications for our interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) Program remain open. 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 now 4 course/work-study stream options: Island Tourism, Sustainable Island Communities, International Relations, and Island Public Policy. 
For more information about the program (and scholarship opportunities), please visit the Master of Arts in Island Studies program page or email
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