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Island Studies December Lecture...

Space and Place in Musical Identity on PEI: A Sonic Habitus
with Dr. Kate Bevan-Baker

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7 p.m.
SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge, University of Prince Edward Island


The Island Lecture Series December lecture is Tuesday, December 11, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus, and will feature Dr. Kate Bevan-Baker speaking about “Space and Place in Musical Identity on PEI: A Sonic Habitus.”

A culture is often defined by its music, language, and traditions that are passed down from one generation to the next. This lecture maps out Irish sonic territories across PEI and explore the musical place and mobility of the music's performers and listeners. Traditional music plays a pivotal role in the maintenance of lifeworlds of Irish settlers and their ancestors. Drawing primarily from Pierre Bourdieu's celebrated Habitus theory, this lecture explores the importance of investigating traditional music within the cultural lifeworlds of its performers in order to achieve a comprehensive understanding of PEI's unique soundscape. Focusing on cultural memory and a collective sense of place, migration history from Ireland to PEI is also explored, concentrating on ethnic fade and the recent surge of musical hybridity and transculturation that presently exists. 

Newfoundland-born Kate Bevan-Baker holds violin performance degrees from Memorial and McGill Universities, and a PhD specializing in Irish Music on PEI from Concordia University where she was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Scholar. She was the winner of Concordia University's Doctoral Thesis Defense Award in 2018, and the recipient of the inaugural Rhona Richman Kenneally Award for the top PhD paper at the Canadian Association for Irish Studies conference in 2018. Kate’s music performance career has taken her to Russia, across Canada twice with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, to China for the 2010 World Expo with rock band Hey Rosetta!, the 2010 JUNO Awards performing with Michael Bublé, as well as playing with symphony orchestras and chamber groups across Canada. She has been featured on many nationwide radio and television broadcasts, and can be heard on over thirty CDs, videogame, and movie soundtracks. Kate currently teaches at the Siamsa School of Irish music in Montréal, lectures at Concordia University at the School of Irish Studies, and balances an active performance and teaching schedule. 

Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The next lecture is scheduled for January 15, 2019. Mark your calendars! For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881.
And if ever you miss a lecture, be sure to check out the videos online


Super Saturday at the Bookmark
features JoDee Samuelson and Katherine Dewar


Saturday, December 7, 2018, 1-3 p.m.
The Bookmark, 172 Queen Street, Charlottetown

In case you need a Christmas gift for the book-lovers in your orbit, be sure to join Island Studies Press authors JoDee Samuelson and Katherine Dewar at the Bookmark for Super Saturday, December 7, 1-3 p.m. They will be on hand to sign books with two other Island authors: Finley Martin and Gene Rogerson. Drop in to say hi!

To order Island Studies Press books online, click here.


UPEI signs MOU with Japan's
University of the Ryukyus

On November 21, UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz and Island Studies professor and UNESCO Chair Jim Randall welcomed a delegation from the University of the Ryukus, an island university based in Okinawa, Japan. 

The purpose was to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities, to facilitate academic exchange of students and of faculty. Said President Hajime Oshiro, "The University of Prince Edward Island and the University of the Ryukyus have been engaging in academic exchange led mainly by faculty members, specially, in the field of island studies. I myself am specialized in island economics and was making research collaboration with the Institute of Island Studies of your university. The Research Institute for Islands and Sustainability of our university has also been collaborating with the Institute of Island Studies."

Faculty from the two universities have visited back and forth since 2014, when Prof. Yoko Fujita, University of the Ryukus Vice President and Director of their Research Institute for Islands and Sustainability, visited UPEI to attend the Excellence Network of Island Territories (RETI) annual conference.  In 2017, the University of the Ryukus hosted RETI; both co-holders of the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, Drs. Jim Randall and Godfrey Baldacchino, attended.

Also included in the delegation were Kaori Kinjo, Coordinator for International Affairs, and Erisa Murayama of the International Collaboration Section. While on Prince Edward Island they toured the Island, then met with Dr. Laurie Brinklow from the Institute of Island Studies and Ms. Cathy Gillan, Director, Work Integrated Learning & English Language Centre.


Historic bell-ringing in Charlottetown
Remembrance Day 2018

On November 11, ISP author Katherine Dewar rang the bells at St. Paul’s Church in Charlottetown – part of a nation-wide effort to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Katherine climbed the belfry to ring the bells for her 121 nurses in the First World War. She did three rings, one for the nurses featured in her award-winning book,Those Splendid Girls, one Georgina Pope, and for Rena MacLean.

“This was an almost mystical experience," she said, "ringing the bell in this 117-year-old belfry surrounded by the old roughly carved bricks with the accumulated dust of the ages and some light filtering in the stained glass window.” 

Congratulations on being chosen for this honour, Katherine!

And curious about the connection between PEI nurse Edith Cox and the Halifax Explosion? Listen to Island Morning on Thursday, December 6, to find out, when Katherine explains the connection in an interview with CBC radio host Mitch Cormier.


Dr. Nand C. Bardouille publishes new journal article


Exciting transformations are afoot within the field of regionalism studies, not least because comparative regionalism has gained considerable traction and become the focus of scholarly interest. Despite the strides made by comparative regionalism scholarship to bring understudied regions out from under the scholarly shadows, insufficient scholarly attention is given to the varieties of non-European/non-Western cases of regionalism that, on a global comparative scale, consist of small states. Much scholarship underspecifies the Caribbean, which is principally made up of small states.

Island Studies Research Associate Dr. Nand C. Bardouille recently published a broad-ranging overview of Caribbean regional governance in a leading peer-reviewed journal that covers the field of Latin American and Caribbean studies. Dr. Bardouille's article, which provides an original framework to assess and a new understanding of Caribbean regionalism, is out in Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Volume 43, Issue#2, 2018. It is available for download via:

The article presents a new contribution to the burgeoning body of comparative regionalism scholarship, within which small state regions have mostly been overlooked. It systematically examines four geographically proximate contemporary Caribbean regional systems, drawing on constructivist approaches in International Relations to frame and explore the dynamics of region-making/region-building by state actors and institutionalized, narrative-driven intergovernmentalism therein.

Largely understudied in the aforementioned scholarship, the systems' motif, design and scope are analyzed in a comparative-historical perspective. Emphasis is placed on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the cornerstone of Caribbean regionalisms. This contribution contends that the bloc’s modern transformation is best explained by the Community’s "deepening"-cum-"widening". A key finding of this article is that the dual transformational imperative in question has a profound impact on the three other regionalist projects under consideration, in particular, because CARICOM's early development created the specific conditions on which the respective integration or cooperation agendas of those projects took shape. More broadly, the cases demonstrate that ideational motivations/forces are important determinants of Caribbean region-making/region-building. Policymaking elites are shown to be the linchpins of the making of the regional systems under study, which the article finds are vitally important for Caribbean states’ strategies to offset limitations associated with their small size and levels of development in the conduct of international affairs.

Set in this context, some future research trajectories, which could enrich our understanding of Caribbean regional governance, are sketched. The final section summarizes key themes and takes stock of the article’s contribution to the comparative regionalism research agenda.
To cite this article: Nand C. Bardouille (2018) Caribbean regionalisms in a comparative-historical perspective: the making of four regional systems, Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies / Revue canadienne des études latino-américaines et caraïbes, 43:2, 171-211, DOI: 10.1080/08263663.2018.1456133 


Dr. Jim Randall was invited to present a keynote address at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Blue Economy Forum, November 13-14, 2018, in Ningbo, China. The theme of this 5th APEC Forum focused on “Local Blue Economy Practice: Policy and Approach,” which has gained prominence in recent years as a popular development strategy among island and coastal communities through its vision to achieve marine sustainable development and human well-being.

Now taking applications for
course- and work-study
Master of Arts in Island Studies in
Island Tourism and
Sustainable Island Communities
for September 2019



UPEI is recognized as the world leader in delivering a quality Island Studies education, successfully offering a thesis-based Master of Arts in Island Studies program for more than 15 years.

In September 2019, we will be starting a second cohort of the new Island Tourism specialization  designed to meet the needs of current and future island-based tourism industry managers, executives, and other professional and public sector researchers. At the same time we are adding a brand-new cohort specializing in Sustainable Island Communities. The specialization in Sustainable Island Communities combines concepts of community development with practices of sustainability on islands to create a cutting-edge post-graduate degree. This focus area is ideal for students interested in the interdependence of physical, ecological, economic, political, cultural and social issues and who want to strengthen their abilities to become effective agents of community change

An additional focus area in International Relations, Islands, and Public Policy will be offered in 2020. Ask the Program Coordinator Jim Randall at or (902) 620-5013 for more details about the various programs or how to apply.

Course-based stream students participate in hybrid model delivery courses, with all courses delivered through a combination of online, video and face-to-face instruction. You can choose to undertake your degree at home or you can come to Prince Edward Island to complete your degree on the beautiful UPEI campus.

And don't forget that the thesis-based program is still accepting applications!

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