Island Studies News | June 2022

Island Studies News | June 2022

A note from the editor:
Hello and welcome to the June issue of Island Studies News!

It's summertime and the Island is warming up and coming to life. Of course, that also means the tourism season is in full swing! If you want to learn more on that topic, check out The Summer Trade
opening next week at the Confederation Centre or pick up a copy of the book.

Speaking of books, we'd like to notify you about two recent ones about the Caribbean in our "Recent Publications" section, and Island Studies Press has some exciting announcements concerning the PEI Book Awards. Find out which ISP titles were nominated and who took home the awards for poetry and non-fiction!

May was convocation month at UPEI and we would like to congratulate all of the students who successfully graduated from the MAIS program last month. Congratulations!

And if June is Pride month where you live, then Happy Pride!
Until next time, I'll be basking in the sunshine, take care!
          - Megan Lane
Bright Spot: Greece has banned conversion therapy for minors

last month, Greece banned conversion therapy for minors, a widely discredited practice aimed at suppressing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The Queer community worldwide, as well as health experts, have condemned this practice as harmful and have been pushing to have it outlawed entirely.

Under the bill, which Greece’s parliament approved, psychologists or other health professionals need a person’s explicit consent to perform such treatment and face fines and a prison term if they violate the law.

Learn More

Latest from Island Studies at UPEI

Institute of Island Studies

A Tribute to Former IIS Chair Frank Driscoll

Prince Edward Island is an emptier place with the passing of Frank Driscoll on May 16 at the age of 74.

Frank was a long-time friend of the Institute of Island Studies. As Queen’s County Sheriff he represented the Province of PEI when he joined the Advisory Board in 1990. He went on to become the second-longest-serving Chair of the Institute (following Ian MacDonald) and chaired the Policy Committee which oversaw the popular Public Forums series.

It was at Frank’s urging that the IIS became involved with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF), representing the IIS at their annual conferences and then arranging for us to host a regional meeting at Mill River in 1997. A geographer by training, and former land development planner who was also involved in the advancement of Cooperatives on PEI, he was a staunch advocate for research collaborations that would contribute to a thriving rural Canada; and it cemented a relationship with CRRF that continues to this day.

Generous and gregarious, Frank and his wife Jude, along with children Jonathan, Anna, and Berne, hosted many a gathering at their beautiful farmhouse in Alexandra, with steamed mussels and his legendary seafood chowder – along with founding Chair Harry Baglole’s hand-churned ice cream – usually on the menu. He and Harry could often be found at Farmers Helping Farmers events and fundraisers, hatching schemes that would help their friends in Kenya purchase much-needed equipment and supplies. In recent years, Frank and Jude escaped to Costa Rica in winter, where he became an ambassador for the MAIS program in Latin America and set up practicum placements for UPEI Nursing and Education students.

By Frank’s time, the IIS had become a three-legged stool. One leg rested within the academic environment of UPEI; one on a growing base of international relationships; and one leg, as it had from the beginning, rested on our relationship with the Island community that had originally inspired its creation. With his generous spirit, ethical character, positive energy, and infectious sense of humour, Frank embodied that third, essential constituency, but he enthusiastically embraced all aspects of IIS work. Whatever challenges confronted us – and there were many – his optimism was contagious. He believed in Island Studies, and his belief was inspiring. He will be missed.

There will be a Memorial Mass celebrating Frank's life at the Basilica in Charlottetown on July 18 at 10:30 a.m. And if you have a story to share about Frank, send Jude a note at Their children and grandson will love to read them! 

Memorial donations to can be made to PEI Community Foundation to the Driscoll Family Endowment for Inclusion at for ongoing training for staff, to help Frank and Jude’s daughter (with a rare genetic condition) and other clients of Inclusion East, or to for two much-needed modern buildings.

Island Studies Press

Island Studies Press authors take home two PEI Book Awards! 
Laurie Brinklow's My island's the house I sleep in at night won a PEI Book Award for poetry and the late Min Chiang won a PEI Book Award for non-fiction for his memoir, Home Is Where the Water Is.
Two other ISP books were nominated for the non-fiction category: We'll Meet Again by Katherine Dewar and The Chemistry of Innovation by Mo Duffy Cobb and Lori Mayne. Congratulations to all the authors! 
Hope to see you at the book launch for Caught in a Changing Society: St. Dunstan's University 1950-1969 by Leonard Cusack

June 8, 3:30 pm, SDU Lecture Hall, Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering Building, UPEI.

In the news: St. Dunstan's book highlights eastern PEI charactersThe Eastern Graphic, May 25, 2022
[Author Leonard Cusack, left, Catherine Cusack, center,
and Howie Jamieson, right.] 
Credit: Audrey Jamison

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

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. Adam Grydehøj
Adam Grydehøj’s cross-disciplinary research concerns the intersection of culture, economy, politics, and space in island and coastal regions. Adam holds a PhD in Ethnology from University of Aberdeen, and is Director of Island Dynamics, Executive Editor of Island Studies Journal (SSCI), Chair Professor at South China University of Technology’s Research Center for Indian Ocean Island Countries, Co-Director of Zhejiang University’s Island and Coastal Zone Institute, and a member of the UPEI Island Studies Adjunct and Graduate Faculty. He has published over 60 journal articles, book chapters, and academic reports on a range of regions and topics, including island urbanisation and urban development, economies and livelihoods, indigeneity and decoloniality, land use, island studies theory, and international relations theory. For a full list of Adam’s publications, please visit his Google Scholar page.

Recent Publication:
"Practicing Decolonial Political Geography: Island Perspectives On Neocolonialism And The China Threat Discourse" A Grydehøj, ML Bevacqua, M Chibana, Y Nadarajah, A Simonsen, Ping Su, R Wright, S Davis.
Political Geography, 85, 102330.

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

Congratulations to the Twelve MAIS Students Who Graduated from UPEI This Year!

Crossing the stage at Convocation on May 12 were Galina Liou, Sandra Otu, Olubiyi Michael, Chelsea Michelle Morrison, Orsa Beck, and Logan Dawson [pictured above]. Also graduating were Clay Appell, Nick Burnie, Dennis Lee, Tai Nguyen, Spencer Thompson, and Kai Wang.

We are so grateful to have been part of your journey!
MAIS Grad Joins UPEI as Assistant Professor

Last summer we announced that MAIS graduate Patrick Augustine had received his Ph.D. from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University. This month we're thrilled to announce that Dr. Augustine will be joining UPEI as an Assistant Professor in the new Faculty of Indigenous Knowledge, Education, Research, and Applied Studies (IKERAS).

Congratulations, Patrick! This is SUCH good news for UPEI and for Island Studies. 

And with Patrick comes partner Margaret Augustine (nee Mizzi), another MAIS graduate; Margaret is currently finishing up her Ph.D. looking at women's work on Gozo, Malta, using a feminist island-geographical lens.  

Welcome back to the Island, Patrick and Margaret! 
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.
The University of Melbourne has launched *fully-funded* climate-action scholarships for students from Pacific Island nations to support their local communities in addressing climate change.
Applications open: July 1st 2022
Application deadline: September 30th, 2022

The Melbourne Climate Action Scholarship is offered to students from Pacific Small Island Developing States who intend to pursue a University of Melbourne graduate coursework or research degree in the fields that address the effects of climate change in the Pacific. The scholarship was established by the University of Melbourne as part of a joint initiative with the University of Cambridge, University of Toronto, University of Montreal, and McMaster University which received the endorsement from HRH Prince of Wales, a life-long supporter of sustainable causes and climate-change action. The scholarship provides a living allowance, full fee remission, relocation allowance health cover for students from Pacific Small Island Developing States who intend to pursue graduate coursework or research in the fields that address the effects of climate change in the Pacific

What are the benefits?
This scholarship provides a living allowance, a full fee remission, a relocation allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover (Single) for students who require a student visa to study in Australia.

More details about these benefits and the eligibility and selection requirements will be available by the end of May 2022.

Citizenship requirements: International student
Total value: $120,000 - $210,000
Applicable study areas: All study areas
Number of scholarships awarded: Approximately 5

Apply Here
Employment Opportunity
Assistant Professors 10-Month Term Position - School of Climate Change and Adaptation (Faculty of Science)

As a term contract appointment, the primary responsibility of the successful candidates will be to teach the SCCA curriculum at the undergraduate level, and possibly the graduate level, and to provide other teaching support as needed. The successful candidates are encouraged to engage in research and scholarly work. The candidates are also encouraged to contribute to ongoing curriculum development and other service-related activities which contribute to the governance and functioning of both the School and the University. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and Reconciliation and Indigenization.

Application Instructions

Summer Job Opportunity:
Natural History Education Program Researcher

  • Program stream: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
  • Job title: Natural History Education Program Researcher
  • Organization name: PEI Museum & Heritage Foundation
  • Job location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Length of assignment: 2022-05-09 to 2022-08-19 (14 weeks)
  • Hourly wage: $14.00

If you have an interest in Museum work, particular to natural history and museum education, join us at the PEI Museum & Heritage Foundation for the summer! You will visit each of our seven historic sites and identify areas of opportunity to present and interpret the Island’s natural history. You will research information and material specific to those topics identified through site visits.

You’ll get to work at various historic site locations all across PEI with a central base at the Collections Facility in Charlottetown. Our Collections Facility team is a great group of supportive and professional folks who look forward to mentoring the next generation of museum workers. You will support the creation of new public and education programming that can be offered across the province and help Islanders to connect with their natural environment.

This is an ideal position for someone interested in developing museum employment skills for future work in museums and other cultural organizations. You will be studying at the university or college level in a related field (museum studies, visitor experience, education, natural history disciplines, etc). The successful candidate will have a good work ethic, be organized, self-motivated, adaptable, enthusiastic and have good judgement and communication skills; more so, the willingness to learn and take on multiple tasks while working cooperatively with other. Previous research experience would be an asset. The successful candidate must have a valid driver’s licence.

All candidates will be considered including those defined by the Government of Canada job equity groups. Please refer to the eligibility criteria on the YCW website to ensure you are qualified to participate in the program. You will be required to prove your eligibility prior to selection for an interview. Successful candidates must provide a Criminal Record Check.

NOTE: In addition to submitting your application on the YCW site, you must email your resume with a covering letter to: Samantha Kelly, Curator of History:

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

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


Dr Anica Čuka is now accepting contributions for the next ISISA Newsletter which will be released in July.

The contributions can include anything that has to do with islands like poetry; research articles; calls for papers; upcoming conferences; feedback on ISISA conferences; book reviews/publications; island stories; articles about islands etc.

Any contributions are to be sent to Dr. Anica Čuka at: by no later than July 1, 2022.

May we take this opportunity to gently remind you that the closing date for nominations for the ISISA Executive committee (2022 - 2026) is June 13, 2022.

PEI Community Announcements

The Summer Trade

June 11, 2022 - October 9, 2022
Confederation Centre of the Arts

Tourism is a transaction, but also, a complicated set of relationships that subtly shapes both guest and host. By its nature, tourism also holds up a mirror to the host society in which it can see a version of itself. Over the long arc of tourism’s history on Prince Edward Island, stretching from the early Victorian period to today’s economic juggernaut, The Summer Trade has consistently promoted the restorative effects of the province’s healthy climate, pastoral landscape, and rural culture, and continually refined the tools it uses to reach, attract, and satisfy visitors. Using images and artifacts, The Summer Trade will trace change and continuity in the story of tourism in the Garden of the Gulf over a period of 150 years through a series of thematic modules spanning promotion, transportation (to and within the province), accommodations, attractions, souvenirs, and host-visitor relations. It is a tale of boosters and knockers, promoters and providers, and, of course, tourists in search of what travel brings: entertainment, experience, and the recovery of innocence.
Curated by Ed MacDonald and Alan MacEachern

Glenaladale 250th Anniversary Celebration

Come celebrate the Grand Opening of Glenaladale Estate on June 25th - July 3rd, 2022.

Covid restrictions continue to play havoc with the planning for the festival, but the committee remains optimistic as the time draws near.
Hannah will be posting regular updates on activities on their webpage & their Facebook page. Stay Tuned!

News From Other Islands 

British Virgin Islands Citizens Protest Planned Dissolution Of Parliament, Direct British Rule

British Virgin Islands (BVI) citizens took to the streets outside the official residence of Governor John Rankin as they protested the recommendations of a report of a Commission of Inquiry (COI) that the BVI government cease to exist in its current format for at least two years. The report was examining allegations of corruption and abuse of office by elected and statutory officials. The protest coincides with planned meetings involving UK Overseas Territories Minister, Amanda Milling, with local stakeholders on the COI report.

Read the full Jamaica Observer article

Upcoming Island-centric Events

Sustainable Blue Economy Investment Forum (SBEIF)
Registration date: June 3rd, 2022

The Governments of Portugal and Kenya are proud to organize the Sustainable Blue Economy Investment Forum (SBEIF), a special event of the 2nd United Nations Ocean Conference that will take place at Estoril Congress Centre in Cascais on June 28, 2022, 3.00pm.

Register here
The 2022 John Douglas Taylor Conference
June 9-10th, 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 here.
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

January 19: Book Launch of Sappho's Legacy: Convivial Economics on a Greek Isle
With discussants:
Laurie Brinklow (University of Prince Edward Island, Canada)
Ayano Ginoza (University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa)

February 18: Island Food Systems April 8: Island Diaspora

Island Finance Forum 2022

The Island Finance Forum brings together senior financiers, development partners and regulators to share and exchange expertise on sustainable and inclusive financial structures in island communities. The Forum aims to highlight the unique financial challenges faced by global island communities and the solutions for sustainable economic recovery and inclusive growth in a post-pandemic world.

Island Lecture Series: Trade in the Nicobar Islands
With Shaina Sehgal

In the second installment of the 2022 Island Lecture series, Shaina Sehgal presented some of the findings from her Ph.D. research on the Nicobar Islands. The Nicobar Islands is a little-known archipelago in the eastern Indian ocean. However, these islands were ports-of-call along the ancient sea route from West Asia to South-East Asia and reported by traders and sea-farers throughout history.   In this talk, Sehgal sketched the trading world of the Nicobar Islands between the 18th and 19th centuries. Analysis of historical texts, maps and images from this period shows the connection between seasonal trade within the archipelago and trade with the Nicobar Islands. This study concludes that these islands were a site of sustained contact within the bustling Indian Ocean world until the early 20th century.

Watch now on our website or YouTube Channel

Recent Podcast Recordings

“island conversations”

Episode 8: Valérie Vézina

In this podcast we will hear from Valérie Vézina, a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada, on the unceded traditional and ancestral lands of the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt, and Kwikwetlem peoples.  Originally from Quebec, her work is focused on nationalism and identity building in island settings. Her book, Une île, une nation?: Le nationalisme insulaire à la lumière des cas de Terre-Neuve et Puerto Rico, which translates to, "One Island, One Nation?: Island nationalism in the cases of Newfoundland and Puerto Rico", was published in 2018 by Presses de l'Université du Québec. Her current project applies this research on political “islandness” to the political histories and cultures of the landlocked provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan in central and western Canada.

The aim of these podcasts is to highlight the work of island studies scholars and practitioners who make a significant contribution to islands’ research, arts, and culture landscape.

The podcasts are accompanied by a curated transcript that is edited to read as an independent piece.

Once Upon an Island - Green Tourism
Episode 5: "Porquerolles (France): Tourisme de Masse et Hyper Fréquentation Estivale sont-ils Compatibles avec le Caractère Unique et Exceptionnel du Site?"

Située dans le sud de la France, dans le département du Var, au large de la presqu’ile de Giens, l’’île de Porquerolles est la plus grande des 3 îles d’Hyères. Réputée pour ses plages de sable fin, ses eaux turquoise et transparentes, elle est devenue une destination estivale incontournable pour les touristes de passage sur la côte d’azur et la nomination en 2015 d’une de ses plages comme “plus belle plage d’Europe” n’a fait que renforcer son attractivité, provoquant un sursaut touristique de 30% les mois suivants cette nomination. A moins de 20 minutes du continent en bateau, elle s’étend sur 7km de long pour 3km de large et compte 300 habitants environ à l’année avec des pics de fréquentations qui ont pu atteindre 10 000 personnes par jour en plein été, soit 1 million de visiteurs par an environ.

Cette hyper fréquentation estivale pose de nombreux problèmes : atteinte à l’environnement/ gestion de l’eau et des déchets, saturation des services et au final insatisfaction des visiteurs.

Heureusement l’île, propriété de l’Etat, est définitivement protégée par le statut de Parc national depuis 2012.

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!

The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island

Tourism has been a central part of Prince Edward Island’s identity for more than a century. What began as a seasonal sideline in the nineteenth century has evolved into an economic powerhouse that now attracts over 1.5 million visitors each year, employs one in ten Islanders, and is the province’s second leading industry

Spanning from the Victorian era to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Summer Trade presents the first comprehensive history of tourism in any Canadian province. Over time the Island has marketed a remarkably durable set of tourism tropes – island refuge from urban industrial angst, return to innocence, literary shrine to L.M. Montgomery, cradle of Confederation, Garden of the Gulf. As private enterprise and the state sought to grow the industry, the Island’s own identity became caught up in the wish fulfillment of its summer visitors. The result has been a complicated, sometimes conflicted relationship between Islanders and tourism, between a warm welcome to visitors and resistance to the industry’s effects on local culture.

Lavishly illustrated with postcards, tourist guides, license plates, promotional images, and memorabilia, The Summer Trade also presents a history of Prince Edward Island in cameo that tracks cultural, economic, political, and environmental developments and tensions. Across the strait, the Island beckons.

The Summer Trade is published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Islander Alan MacEachern is professor of history at the University of Western Ontario and author of The Miramichi Fire, A History.

Islander Edward MacDonald is professor of history at the University of Prince Edward Island and coeditor of The Greater Gulf: Essays on the Environmental History of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Purchase Here

Critical Caribbean Perspectives on Preventing Gender-Based Violence
Edited By Ramona Biholar, Dacia L. Leslie

This book explores the widespread problem of gender-based violence in the Anglophone Caribbean, exploring reasons for its perpetuation and proposing viable policy and programming solutions to prevent it. Drawing on the work of a multidisciplinary team of Caribbean researchers and practitioners, the book explores the ways in which violence victimisation and perpetration have been socially and institutionally shaped, and supported by fixed gender codes. Key themes in the book include the institutional frameworks and structural inequalities that perpetuate gender-based violence, the role of the church both in perpetuating the problem and its potential to combat it, the role of law, access to justice, and governmental and non-governmental responses to gender-based violence. The book covers violence against women, but also explores women as perpetrators, men and boys as victims, and gender-based violence against young persons. It also demonstrates the ways in which gender-based violence can further marginalise already marginalised groups, such as members of the LBTQ+ community or persons with disabilities. Bridging the divide between academia, government, and civil society, this book challenges the normalisation of gender-based violence in the Anglophone Caribbean and proposes viable, culturally relevant solutions for prevention. It will be of interest to researchers and practitioners working on issues related to gender, the Caribbean, global development, criminology, and human rights.

Purchase Here
The Caribbean on the Edge: The Political Stress of Stability, Equality, and Diplomacy
By Winston Dookeran

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 to a challenging era of globalization for the countries on the edge of history in the Caribbean, those often at a policy standstill pondering which way and how to turn.

Winston Dookeran traces ideas that have evolved in development and diplomacy over the last decade to identify the path for new analytical leadership. The Caribbean on the Edge deeply engages the political issues involved in development, governance, and diplomacy.

Examining various schools of thought that influence policy choices, The Caribbean on the Edge discusses new approaches and risk factors that are aligned with the current realities in the region. Above all, this book is about the development of a new mindset that will usher in a radical shift in thinking, policy, and practice in order to unlock the paralysis of a Caribbean on the edge.

Purchase Here

Turning to Rabat: Explaining the Elevation of Moroccan Relations with Caribbean Countries, Nand C. Bardouille (2022).
The International Spectator, DOI: 10.1080/03932729.2022.2058274

ABSTRACT: Diplomatic relations between Caribbean and African countries are a driving force behind their respective contributions to the conduct of international politics, as the past decade-plus of little-known Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)-Moroccan relations attests. An analysis of the latter sheds new light on two, interlinked sets of dynamics. First, there is an interplay between those enhanced relations and OECS members’ status-seeking behaviour – through recognition as pro-Rabat, Western Sahara agenda influencers – in a hierarchical system of sovereign states. Second, having regard to the subsequent benefits, the OECS bloc is taking a hard-nosed approach to aligning itself with and diplomatically backing Rabat, which could conflict with some long-established foreign policy tenets of these states.

Read full article here
Studying islandness through the language of art. Brinklow, L. (2022).
Geographical Research. DOI: 10.1111/1745-5871.12534

Phenomenology lends itself to the study of islandness, and because works by poets and painters are often rooted in place they are also highly amenable to phenomenological studies. In such studies, threads of similarity and connection in people’s experiences of living on islands are revealed in ways that are of interest to geographers as well as those in allied and complementary disciplines. This article describes research in Tasmania and Newfoundland by a poet and academic profoundly interested in place. Based in interpretive and qualitative research methodologies, the methods used in the study included participant-observation and semi-structured interviews with writers, artists, and musicians whose artistic practices were expressive of islandness and abductive analysis. In addition, poetic interpretations became part of an iterative process that enabled my engagement in phenomena shared with and by participants. Poetry became a way to creatively reimagine academic research and offered opportunities to deepen contextual understanding and insight into people’s understandings of islandness in ways not always possible through academic avenues.

Read full article here

Latest Journal Issues:

Island Studies Journal
Volume 17, Issue 1
Editorial: Special Section: Islands of refuge, islands of contagion
(Editor: May Joseph) See More!

Shima v16n1
This is Shima's biggest ever published volume and has some highly original, high-quality articles in it, including two thematic sections on Land/Water/Wetlands and Island Feminisms

Land/Water/Wetlands Section: See More.

Island Feminisms Section: Other Articles:
Okinawan Journal of Island Studies
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. 

Special section - After Brexit: The UK’s Overseas Territories and Britain’s Crown Dependencies

Other Papers

Book Reviews

Anthropological Forum, Volume 31, Issue 4 (2021)
The Art of Gardens: Views from Melanesia and Amazonia

Guest Editors: Jean Mitchell and Lissant Bolton

Calls for Papers and Submissions

“Tropical Materialisms: Poetics, Possibilities, Practices”
Deadline for full paper submissions: June 30th, 2022.

Tropical Materialisms concur on at least three things: humans are always entangled with non-human/material agents; such entanglement is necessary for any creative act to take place; and these same entanglements allow us to interrogate and re-evaluate preconceived notions about the world - from built and natural environments to the fabric of time-and-space.

This special issue aligns itself with the fields of critical posthumanism and new materialism. What is particularly exciting is the opportunity to rearticulate these fields in tropical terms, that is, with scholarly and creative practices from and about the tropical world. This focus is crucial given that the current scholarship in posthumanism and new materialism predominantly comes from European/temperate contexts and is informed by Western philosophies. In order to decolonize this ontological turn, the special issue recognizes not only that colonial knowledge systems impacted the tropics, but also that matter’s liveliness is understood within ‘animist materialism’. As such, this special issue welcomes materialisms informed by decolonizing intuitions.

"Tropical Materialisms” asks questions such as:
How can the tropics, both as a geographic zone and as pertaining to poetics (via "tropes"), theoretically inform and historically problematize new materialism and critical posthumanism? And, in turn, how can these fields also recalibrate tropical studies?
What particular terms from the tropics can be considered in relation to the growing vocabulary of new materialism and critical posthumanism? In other words, how can the languages of the tropics offer possibilities to revitalize the conversations in these fields?
What critical and creative material practices from the tropics can be instructive in thinking about these "tropical materialisms"? And in turn, how is new materialism and critical posthumanism influenced by traditional knowledges from the tropics?

This special issue looks at three things: theoretical engagements on new materialism and critical posthumanism; new vocabularies through which discourses on "tropical materialism" can be initiated; and varieties of practices across disciplinary fields which demonstrate what this "tropical materialism" may be.

We accept writings in disciplinary genres (the scholarly and the creative) and encourage hybrid forms. We also seek submissions engaging material elements—photographs, videos, art, music. In short, we call for poiesis: “an active engagement with the world, which is always creative.”

For instructions, see Call for Papers at
or contact cc.


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Islands And Time - Island Temporalities In The Context Of Island Research

by Tomislav Oroz

Date: July 1st, 2022

Subject Fields: Anthropology, Literature, Philosophy, Social History / Studies, Social Sciences

In the context of the social sciences and humanities, research on islands from a variety of disciplines is primarily characterised by spatiality as a fundamental determinant of island cultures. The frequent emphasis on spatiality has resulted in representations of islands as constrained both in everyday life and geographically and marked by a historicised present and a belated modernity. In doing so, the transformative and dynamic character of culture has often been neglected, as well as the heterogeneity of the lived experience of island communities. By placing an analytical focus on island temporalities in relation to the frequently emphasised spatiality of the islands themselves, the intention of this thematic issue is to contribute to the expansion of knowledge on the complexities of island communities and their negotiations of temporalities, but also to engage in the current scientific debate on the poetics and politics of temporality.

Temporality is often uncritically taken to imply a singular and linear flow of time, one colloquially and metaphorically referred to as the passage of time, which overlooks the heterogeneity of temporal experiences and their complex relationship with space. Research inspired by the postcolonial approach has already problematized the phenomenon of temporality beyond deterministic structures of linearity and chronological causality by criticizing the temporal singularity resulting from Western hegemony and capitalist logic. In an attempt to move away from privileged spatialised approaches and guided by knowledge of culturally, historically, and socially shaped experiences of temporality, the temporal turn has opened up a number of stimulating research topics. Taking into account the entanglement of space, class, gender, identity, community, mobility, and culture proves to be a prerequisite for understanding the social production of time in specific cultural contexts. Based on many familiar examples, there is a growing concern for a critical understanding of temporality that goes further than our typical, abstract, clockwise-oriented conception of time. Contemporary time is experienced through radical contradictions as it dictates our everyday activities and marks our language. Notions of “me time” or “no time at all” fundamentally reconfigure our everyday life. “Time is money” parallelly co-exists with longing for “boredom” or “time at a slower pace”. Even now, in the “time of Covid-19” and ecological crises, we crave for relaxation and procrastination to escape possible dark thoughts of what sometimes feels like a not-so-bright future. Awash in a multitude of temporalities, now is the time for ethnographically grounded research that will enable us to think about and beyond the usual perception of time in our everyday lives.

In this thematic issue of Narodna umjetnost – Croatian Journal of Ethnology and Folklore Research, we approach temporality as a historically and socially situated process, or as a way of being that is created in mutually interconnected processes between individuals and their cultural contexts. Our aim is to provide new perspectives on the diversity of temporal experiences on islands, which are often reduced to essentialized notions of life on the islands, nostalgia for the lost “island tradition”, and rhetoric on depopulation coupled with dramatic appeals to save the remaining island cultural phenomena (traditional architecture, the economy, dialects, food culture, etc.).

We want to reflect on the heterogeneity of lived experiences through the prism of island temporalities conceived as specific historical, social, and cultural modalities of being. It is our goal to refresh our understanding of island temporalities by enriching the spatial perspective for different temporal modalities that shape the way islanders and non-islanders experience time (the role of seasonal rhythms, the echoes of development policies, the co-existence of multiple temporalities, including temporal fragments, expectations, boredom, static notions of time).

We invite you to contribute your papers and thus join us in reflecting on the analytical categories of temporality and developing the vocabulary for thinking about island temporalities. We offer additional thematic directions though the following research questions and topics:

• visions of island futures facing development changes,

• mobility and temporality, • temporality in artistic expression,

• precariousness and temporality,

• temporal distortion of the mainland and islands,

• tourist representations of temporality,

• multiple temporalities and vulnerabilities of island communities,

• environmental temporalities and environmental vulnerability

Narodna umjetnost – Croatian Journal of Ethnology and Folklore Research is an international peerreviewed, open access journal published by the Institute of Ethnology and Folkore Research. The journal is indexed in Anthropological Index Online (RAI), CEEOL – Central and Eastern European Online Library, DOAJ, EBSCO Humanities international complete, ERIH plus, IBBS – International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, MLA International Bibliography, MLA Directory of Periodicals, Open Folklore, RILM – Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, SCOPUS. Articles are published in English and Croatian in the fields of ethnology and cultural anthropology, folklore studies, philology, ethnomusicology, ethnochoreology and other similar disciplines. Narodna umjetnost is published both in print and online version.

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the NU submission guidelines.

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Guest editors: Tomislav Oroz, PhD (, Marina Blagaić Bergman, PhD (

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Shima Special Theme Issue - Coastal waterways, cultural heritage and environmental planning:
Uncertain boundaries among estuaries, deltas, lagoons and fluvial islands

Deadline for submission of 300-word abstract: July 20th 2022.

Deadline for submission of final papers: April 10th 2023

As rivers enter seas or lakes they produce coastal waterscapes of various types including alluvial lowlands that comprise dense webs of intersecting river branches that diverge before they reach their final destinations. These webs form lagoons and archipelagos, meander and change course, carry sediments that modify the layout of their beds, and interact with the sea and motion of the waves to create an extraordinary variety of sublittoral morphologies which, where not modified or fixed by human intervention, continue to represent a crucial environmental heritage, a refuge of biodiversity, and a vital opportunity to revive ecological awareness.

Hydraulic knowledge has developed in such wet environments, leading to ever-larger and more complex interventions that have modified the natural layout of many watercourses in order to improve control and divert flood water needed for fertile soil, build canals for irrigation, ditches and drain manifolds, and create flatland areas, barriers and river banks to protect fields and houses from overflowing water. In this context, waterways represent a tangible heritage in relation to specific historic forms of water control, exploitation and representation (mills, dams, locks, dykes, bridges, inland harbours, canvas and historical cartography). Aside from their cultural significance as landscape features, the study of these waterways is crucial for developing sustainable cultural tourism and for improving the relationships between local communities and their heritage in such areas.

Many waterways no longer used for freight traffic have the most interesting and significant potential in terms of river tourism, a growing leisure sector due both to its attraction in terms of mobility, but also thanks to a number of significant ideological and cultural conditions emerging in line with sustainability goals. In this light, the importance of waterways shifts from a mere economic frame of reference to wider cultural and recreational contexts, and proves essential to any intervention of environmental planning. It is subsequently impossible to ignore the accumulation of drains, channels, and ditches toward shorelines. These are in turn connected to an extensive network of additional segments used not only for prevailing drainage needs, but also for the opposing - and increasingly urgent - demand for irrigation. While relationships with navigation were inseparable until the middle of the last century, we are now faced with an amphibious landscape whose anatomy and physiology are extensively formed by intensive agricultural production.

The issue aims to extend the understanding of the concept of waterways in a holistic perspective, pointing out how new perceptions and social attitudes interact with the recovery of ordinary landscapes. Similarly, tangible heritage linked to specific historic forms of water control, exploitation and representation (mills, dams, locks, dykes, bridges, inland harbours, canvas and historical cartography) will be considered as a crucial issue of investigation related to the natural and cultural landscapes that are aimed at boosting the potential of waterways to foster sustainable cultural tourism and improve the relationships between local communities and their heritage. The issue will explore how cultural geography interacts profitably with heritage studies to encourage a common conceptual frame, with strong methodological affinities. This special issue of the journal Shima seeks to bring together novel insights and interdisciplinary academic research from comparative regional case studies to examine the ways in which approaches to rivers and canals are affected by a spatial and cultural turn, focusing on the symbolic meaning of representation as well as an array of heritage practices and activist interventions.

We welcome submissions that engage with the multiple challenges faced by waterways and the role of water heritage — cultural memory, water, politics, art — in addressing urgent water use concerns at the uncertain thresholds of rivers, seas and lands.

Questions we intend to address, but not limited to, include:

Sub-topics include:

Coordinators: Francesco Vallerani and Ifor Duncan (Ca‘ Foscari University) and Philip Hayward (University of Technology Sydney).

Submission of papers

Scholars are invited to submit a 300 word abstract along with 3-4 keywords to (Ifor Duncan) & (Philip R. Hayward) by July 20th 2022.

The deadline for submission of final papers is April 10th 2023 (although earliest possible submission is encouraged). The abstract should clearly state the objective of the paper, the intended findings and their significance to the proceedings, and how these help advance knowledge in one of the special theme topics — or relevant alternatives. Submissions should be made via email and as Word documents.

The abstract should include: title, keywords, and a short bio of 3-4 lines including position, affiliation, and research interests.

  • What is the state of the art concerning the specific materiality of inland waterways environments that could be involved in strategies to foster innovative freshwater conservation?
  • What continuities and discontinuities shape the governance and management of these waterways, as they become increasingly visible sites of territorial regeneration?
  • What is the socio-economic potential of cultural heritage along minor river corridors and historic canals and how can this potential be used to improve regional and economic development?
  • What are the social benefits arising from renewed multiple functionalities of minor hydrography networks?
  • How can users of inland waterways — including, but not limited to, tourists, boat dwellers, fisher people, artists, activists, environmentalists — come together to balance their understandings of the waterways and their priorities for action in order to ensure water maintains its character of common good?
  • Oral history and cultural memory of waterways
  • Activist and spatial practices of water defense
  • Embodied and situated heritage and art practices and knowledges
  • River tourism and heritage
  • The tension between delta geomorphology and large-scale engineering interventions
  • Representations of changing deltaic and estuarine environments in: art literature, film, TV, (social) media;
  • More than human considerations and conceptual perspectives of amphibious terra-aqueous environments
  • Eco-pedagogical approaches to fostering contemporary water heritage knowledges
  • Aquatic conditions: sediment, chemistry, groundwater, flora and fauna
  • Speculative approaches to living and managing coastal waterways
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.
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