Island Studies News | March 2023

Island Studies News | March 2023

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

In place of my usual musings, I'd like to borrow a few words from Hattie Howard on this liminal space of a month:

March, thou month of varied weather!
Mild and frigid joined together—
"Winter," amorous poets sing,
"Ling'ring in the lap of Spring."
— Hattie Howard

If you'll be spending this March on the Island, I hope you'll catch our next Island Lecture Series on March 21st with Dr. Irené Novaczek.

If you're looking for something to listen to at home until then, our own Laurie Brinklow was featured in a new podcast episode on island studies; and you can read her latest journal article on the art of Tasmania and Newfoundland.

And speaking of art, our Artists Spotlight is back again this month with Arlene MacAusland.

Hopefully, the next time I'm in your inbox, it will be sunny spring weather!
Until next time, take care.
      - Megan Lane
Bright Spot: "Living Seawalls" provide habitat for displaced marine life 

Scientific research in Sydney Harbour has shown that after 1-2 years Living Seawalls (a form of eco-engineering that 3D prints structures designed specifically to mimic local marine habitat) already support at least 36% more species than plain, unmodified seawalls, with as many as 85 species of invertebrates, seaweeds and fish living and growing on the panels.

Living Seawalls has shown that despite marine construction being a large part of the problem, it can also be part of the solution. By blending ecological concepts and engineering in creative design, our team is reviving our increasingly urbanised oceans through the development of affordable, adaptable and scalable methods of ecologically enhancing structures.

Latest from Island Studies at UPEI

Island Lecture Series: Dr. Irené Novaczek  March 21st, 7pm Faculty Lounge SDU Main Building, UPEI
Join us March 21st for an Island Lecture from marine ecologist Dr. Irené Novaczek on the Ecosystem Restoration Project at Basin Head. Basin Head was designated as a "Marine Protected Area" under the Oceans Act in 2005, to conserve and protect a unique strain of Irish moss (Chondrus crispus) which is thought to exist only within the confines of Basin Head.

The talk will focus on adaptive management of the Marine Protected Area to ensure that the unique giant form of Irish moss at Basin Head is able to survive in the coastal lagoon environment which is challenged by impacts of local agriculture, invasive European green crabs and ongoing climate changes.

Stay tuned for details!

Meet Irené
Dr. Irené Novaczek has lived and worked on islands for most of her life, in Canada, Europe, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. A marine scientist, she has researched and worked extensively in coastal resources management, often focusing on seaweed, and community development on small islands.

"Studying islandness through the language of art"
Laurie Brinklow (Geographical Research, Vol 61, Issue 1)

This article presents research on islandness carried out in Tasmania and Newfoundland. It was based in interpretive and qualitative research methodologies and associated methods, participant-observation and interviews in particular. In addition, 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.


Island Studies Press

Forthcoming from Island Studies Press, Fall 2023 Time Flies: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island from the Air by Joshua MacFadyen

Time Flies offers an unprecedented view of one island province’s journey into modernity through a unique blend of aerial photography and historical synthesis. The book presents images of iconic landscapes on Prince Edward Island and traces how those communities and natural ecosystems have changed over 85 years (1935-2020). Each site's history illustrates and reflects on the nature of modern land use and land cover change in one of four chapters organized around primary resource economies, rural communities, urban development, and islands and coastal change. Time Flies offers a visually rich discussion of one island as the world and offers lessons that we can learn from the social and ecological transformation of PEI.  

Dr. Joshua MacFadyen is the Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities and an associate professor in the Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture program at the University of Prince Edward Island. His previous books include Flax Americana: A History of the Fibre and Oil That Covered a Continent and Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island.  

IIS Executive Committee

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

Dr. Michael van den Heuvel
Mike is UPEI’s Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity and a member of the Biology and Biomedical Sciences Departments. He studies the effects of agriculture and chemical use on freshwater and coastal environments, with a focus on the endocrine responses, immunotoxicology, and population health of fish. He is the principal investigator of a three-year research project funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to examine the potential impact of agricultural pesticide run-off on lobsters in the Northumberland Strait. He is also director of the Canadian Rivers Institute, and is working to develop methods and solutions to best monitor environmental problems and better protect rivers in Prince Edward Island.
To learn more about the governance of the IIS, visit

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

3-Minute Thesis
The Faculty of Graduate Studies will be hosting a 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) competition on Thursday, March 9th, 2023, starting at 5:00pm. This is an open call to anyone who would like to participate in this competition. First place will receive a trip to Dalhousie University (in Halifax) to compete in the Regional 3MT competition on TBA plus $350. Second place will be $250.00 and third place will receive $150.

What Is 3-Minute Thesis? 
The Three-Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a skills development activity which challenges thesis-based graduate students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. 

Active Master’s or Ph.D. candidates are eligible to participate 

•Presentations must be based on the primary research the student has conducted in their graduate program 

•Students who have already defended their thesis but have not yet graduated are eligible 

•Students with uncompleted projects are eligible to participate 

•Students in course-based programs, visiting students, exchange students, and students on leave are not eligible 

•Graduates are ineligible for competition 

•Students must present in person, agree to be photographed and video-taped, and allow any recordings to be made public. 

Why Should You Participate? 
To develop presentation and communication skills
 - Learning to explain complex ideas to non-specialists is a valuable skill. This competition gives students the opportunity to practice making presentations in front of a large audience, without any gimmicks. 

To share your research - The competition will present a unique and rare opportunity for the university community (faculty, staff, fellow students) to learn what UPEI's graduate students are working on and for students to actually be able to share the results of their hard work with more than their defence committees. 

If you would like to read more about the 3Minute Thesis competition and previous winners, please go to National 3-MINUTE Thesis Competition | CAGS 

Deadline for registration: February 20th, 2023, at 12 Noon.
To register, please contact Colleen Gallant at

Summer Job Opportunity

The MacPhail Homestead will soon be advertising for staff – a cook and students. The cook position is 40 hours/week for most of the summer and will continue part-time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The summer students will be hired for 8 or 12 weeks based on funding availability. Job descriptions are available. If you know of someone who might be interested in the positions, please contact Site Manager, Gail Steele at 902-388-2193 or

Job Opportunity:
Cleantech Innovation Centre Director (PEI Government)

PEI Energy Corporation is seeking to hire an experienced Director for the province’s new Cleantech Innovation Centre.

The Government of PEI has committed to achieving net zero targets and building PEI’s cleantech sector. As part of this commitment, the Province will develop a suite of programs for business development or existing businesses to scale up in clean technology solutions; tax-free development zones that provide opportunities for cleantech businesses to cluster; and a research and development fund for ideas and solutions. The Cleantech Innovation Centre will be part of Cleantech Park based in Georgetown PEI, which shall support the Province’s journey to a net zero future.

The Cleantech Innovation Centre will be PEI’s future home for cleantech innovation, business, energy and education. The Centre will serve as a destination for students, industry, researchers and government to collaborate, learn and innovate and will also house the Cleantech Academy, a joint initiative of Holland College and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). The space will include graduate pods and incubation space as well as collaborative areas allowing students to connect and learn from industry. Through UPEI and Holland College, the Cleantech Academy and will offer a one-year post-graduate Certificate and a one-year Professional Master’s in Cleantech Leadership. The first intake of students for the certificate program offered through Holland College is intended for September 2024, while the first intake for the Master’s program offered through UPEI is intended for September 2025.

The salary range for this role is $130,000 - $150,000, depending on experience.

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 September 2023!

PEI News 

Macphail Homestead Is Closed for the Season

The Macphail Homestead is now closed for the season and will reopen in June. However, we are planning to offer our popular annual Mother’s Day lobster dinner. Gail Steele, will be available part-time to assist committees with their work and to work on special projects. Gail’s telephone number is 902-388-2193.

News From Other Islands 

Reducing Emissions from Waste

- Scottish Rural Network

Stopping plastics from being incinerated is one of the key recommendations of an independent review of decarbonising the treatment of residual waste.

The report follows last year’s independent review of the role of incineration in Scotland, which recommended placing a cap on future capacity and led to Ministers putting restrictions on the development of further incinerators.

The Rise of Community Tourism in the Resort-dominated Maldives

A decade on from the beginning of local island tourism, the lay of the land is changing in the paradisiacal Maldives...

Stuart Kenny, Much Better Adventures

The Rise of the Yaghan, Indigenous People of Tierra del Fuego Once Declared ‘Extinct’

Long relegated to historical oblivion, this reinvigorated community is now pursuing deeper stories about their ancestors.
By Jude Isabella, Atlas Obscura

Rural and Islands College Merger proposal: consultation

- Scottish Rural Network

The Boards of Management of the three colleges, North Highland College (UHI North Highland), West Highland College (UHI West Highland) and Lews Castle College (UHI Outer Hebrides), have proposed the merged college be re-named as UHI North, West and Hebrides. Section 3(4) of the 1992 Act provides that the governing body of a college of further education may, with the consent of the Scottish Ministers, change the name of the college or of the governing body.

Upcoming Island-centric Events 

Scottish Island Futures 2050 and Beyond

With the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 and the current £100 million Islands Growth Deal, Scottish society is becoming more aware of the importance of the Scottish islands. However, what future awaits them? Four themed workshops will research potential futures, exploring their demographic challenges, their large-scale renewable power generation projects, space centres, rich cultural heritages, and creative industries. The workshops will involve expert island researchers from Scotland, Ireland, and members of the UArctic Thematic Network Arctic and Northern Islands Research from the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Canada and Finland. The experts will engage with islanders during the workshops, conference and on the Institute for Northern Studies UHI website.

The experts will discuss the topics together in the mornings and in the afternoons the sessions will be streamed.

The following core questions will be addressed:

  1. How will vibrant, successful island populations be maintained into the future?
  2. What level of autonomy will best serve the island communities going forward?
  3. How can the islanders best engage with the changing environment?
  4. How can islands become sustainable, and how can large-scale developments be absorbed by small island communities?
  5. What role will island cultures and languages have in future scenarios?

The four workshops will be as follows:

  • The Future of Core Periphery Relationships 3 February 2023

This workshop will be held in Shetland and will focus on island governance. Participants will explore relationships between islands and their metropoles i.e. Edinburgh and London. Are there better models of governance? Is island autonomy a goal to be strived for

  • Speaking of the Future – the Role of Language, Culture and Heritage 3 March 2023

This workshop will be held in the Outer Hebrides and will examine the role of the indigenous culture and languages in supporting vibrant communities. Is there a future for Gaelic and the Northern Isles dialects?

  • Future Sustainable Communities – exploring the scope and scale of island development 21 April 2023

This workshop will be held in Orkney and will examine the optimum level of development for islands. Ought they to be industrialised, or should the focus be on small scale development, such as support for the creative industries?

  • Networking for the Future – islands doing it for themselves 12 May 2023

This online workshop will focus on inter-island discourse, and the creation of island focussed networks. Island communities can establish links with each other, without involving the centre. What will be the future for islands if this trend continues?

The workshops are intended to have a direct impact on Scottish island communities, bolstering islander agency, supporting islanders to make informed decisions and to maximise their potential, while minimising the effects of future threats, and helping them to chart a course to a sustainable, vibrant future. They are also intended to have an impact on policy makers and informing local and National Government policies.

Links to the workshops will be released soon.

Island Feminisms Virtual Speaker Series Spring 2023

“Female & Afro-Diasporic Resilience: lntersectional Crossroads in a Post-Colonial Context”
with Eva Silot Bravo
23 March, 1:00 PM (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)
Register here!

“Afrofeminismos: activismo político y sanación en la lucha por la equidad racial en Puerto Rico” (Presentation in Spanish with English Interpreter)
with Bárbara Abadía-Rexach
21 April, 1:00 PM (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)
Register here!


Key Debates in Island Studies Reading Group

This new island studies reading group, led by Kasia Mika and Jonathan Pugh, will be meeting monthly to discuss ‘Key debates in Island Studies’.
Building upon the last few years of the Anthropocene Islands reading group, each month, they will take a single, important topic for contemporary island-related studies and circulate a published paper on this topic beforehand to stimulate thinking and discussion. The explicit purpose of the group is to provide a space to slow down and draw out in more precise ways the analytical and conceptual frameworks which are today being adopted in critical debates in island studies; dissecting in detail framings of, for example, decolonizing the university, positionally and ethnography, relational ontologies, the more-than-human, extractivist opacity, understandings of blackness, contemporary poetics and island literature, as these are being developed in today’s islands-related research. 

To accommodate different time zones, the new island studies reading group will meet on zoom between 5pm and 6pm (London time) on the last Thursday of each month. It will also meet 9.30am to 10.30am (London time) on the last Tuesday of each month.

The first meeting will be on May 23rd and May 25th where the group will be discussing 'decolonizing the university and island research'. An open-access paper will be used to get discussion going on the analytical framings which are being developed around this topic today.

If you would like to take part, have any questions, or further suggestions of texts the group might read, please email and

Global Britain, contested spaces, and the UK Overseas Territories

Online, March 9th 09:30 – March 10th 2023, 15:30 GMT

Since the decision of the UK to leave the EU, the UK Government has established and promoted the idea of ‘Global Britain’. Perhaps the clearest, but still largely unrecognised, manifestations of Global Britain are the UK’s Overseas Territories. They are scattered across the globe, and include thousands of small islands, vast areas of ocean, but also, in Antarctica, land six times the size of the UK. The territories provide the UK with significant global reach. However, the UK’s sovereignty over several of the territories is contested. This hybrid workshop brings together these two strands to consider how the UKOTs can support and enhance Global Britain, but also how the UK can best mitigate international tensions to effectively secure its global brand. The workshop takes place over two days and involves several keynote presentations and a range of plenary and smaller group discussions considering issues such as political and constitutional relations, social policy, security, the economy, and the environment. Chatham House rule will apply.


Recent Webinar & Event Recordings

Towards Energy Sovereignty on Labrador’s Remote Island of Ponds | Island Lecture Series
Recorded January 24th

Newfoundland and Labrador is a global leader in the development of renewable energy. However, the electricity-generation mix differs dramatically in remote and Indigenous communities throughout the province, which remain almost exclusively reliant on diesel fuel, resulting in numerous energy inequities. While sustainable energies are often promoted for these isolated villages, emerging research demonstrates detrimental socio-economic and livelihood implications which emerge when development is led by outsiders or corporate interests. The presentation will focus on an 8+ year community-based research partnership between Dr. Nick Mercer and the NunatuKavut Inuit community of Black Tickle, located on the subarctic tundra Island of Ponds, in southern Labrador. The research focuses on identifying and addressing community needs, integrating local knowledge and sustainability values, and mobilizing community-led initiatives to enhance island energy resilience.

Watch now...

Recent Podcast Recordings

Episode 12: Laurie Brinklow - Island Studies

Dr. Laurie Brinklow is a writer, editor, and former book publisher of Charlottetown’s Acorn Press. She is the Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program at the University of Prince Edward Island and Chair of the Institute of Island Studies Executive Committee. Her research focuses on 'islandness' and island identity, including the power of place and story. We discuss with her about recent changes to the rural region in Canada including immigration and coronavirus remote worker arrivals.

Listen now
the hidden island
Season 3, Episode 5: painting the gables ’green’

Anne of Green Gables isn’t exactly hidden history here on the Island, we know. It’s a timeless tale loved by many, and millions have visited ‘Anne’s Island’ over the years. But what about the real Green Gables? The story behind one of Canada’s most visited National Parks is a surprising one. It involves the unwilling expropriation of land from local residents, Maud Montgomery’s mixed feelings about the park, and a two-week eviction notice to the original owners of the Green Gables home.

Features guest interviews: Dr. Alan MacEachern and Carolyn Strom Collins.

Listen now

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!

‘Abyssal geography’ 
David Chandler, Jonathan Pugh


Today, we are held to live in the Anthropocene, bringing to an end modern binary imaginaries, such as the separation between Human and Nature, and with them Western assumptions of progress, linear causality and human exceptionalism. Much Western critical theory, from new or vital materialism to post- and more-than-human thinking, unsurprisingly reflects this internal crisis of faith in Eurocentric or Enlightenment reasoning. At the same time, a radically different critique of modernity has gained prominence in recent years, emerging from critical Black studies, which places the Caribbean at the centre of the development of a new and distinct mode of critical thought. In attempting to grasp the ways in which Caribbean thought and practice have been seen to enable a distinctive alternative non-Eurocentric imaginary, this paper heuristically sets out a paradigmatic framing of ‘abyssal geography’. We emphasize two key points. The first is that abyssal thought is not grounded in abstract and timeless philosophical assumptions but figuratively draws upon aspects of Caribbean practices of resistance and survival, for example, from the Middle Passage, Plantation, carnival, creolization, dance forms and speculative fiction. The second is that abyssal work engages the legacies of modernity and coloniality by explicitly seeking to question the lure of ontology: seeking to disrupt, suspend and to problematize the modern project of the human and the world.

More extended reflections on the abyssal analytic will be coming out in the next few weeks in the book 'The World as Abyss: the Caribbean and Critical Thought in the Anthropocene', which will also be open access. 

Latest Journal Issues:

Marine Policy
Island Studies Journal
Volume 17,  No. 2 See More!


Aquatic Mythologies and Monstrosities:

Okinawan Journal of Island Studies (OJIS ) 
Vol.3 Number 2 (March 2022)
Special Issue on Resilience & Vitality
PART IV: Military and Environment


Small States and Territories

Vol. 5, No. 2, November 2022

Anthropological Forum,
Volume 32, Issue 3 (2022)
Imagination, the Ordinary and the Extraordinary: COVID-19 in Aotearoa/New Zealand (Two-part Special Issue for Anthropological Forum)



Calls for Papers and Submissions

Island Gardens (A Book Proposal) From: Godfrey Baldacchino Deadline: 30 April 2023
This is a Call for Chapters ... for a book that explores gardens on small islands.
Would you like to write a short case study on gardens, gardening and gardeners on a small island? This is a great opportunity to contribute to a fascinating book on an underexplored topic.
Writing Guidelines We invite you to systematically address the following in around 1,000 words: 1 - Describe some gardens on your island, and how they have been created and maintained by their gardeners. 2 - Prepare a case study of one particular garden and its gardener. 3 - Answer the following question: What are the unique features of island gardens, gardening and gardeners; and why?
  Other Considerations 1 - The writing style should be a blend of storytelling, description and ‘gentle scholarly writing’. 2 - Please include some high-resolution colour photos of the garden/s in focus. To add human interest, include a photo of a gardener in her/his garden. 3 - If you draw gardening ideas and information from other sources, please include a Further Information list. This publication will be of broad interest to educated lay people, including gardeners, travellers, environmentalists as well as small island studies specialists. It is not proposed as an academic text.
Hopefully, it will inspire island writers to explore how a study of the unique qualities of small island gardens, gardeners and gardening can deepen our understanding of that elusive concept of ‘islandness’. We would like to see a book that informs, engages and delights its readers. Project Coordinator
Dr Jennie Teasdale, Independent Researcher, Kangaroo Island, Australia. ISISA member.
Project Advisers
Professor Godfrey Baldacchino, (ISISA Immediate Past President) and Dr Anna Baldacchino (Immediate Past Editor ISISA Newsletter) Contact the Project Coordinator Jennie Teasdale on (mobile +61 487 876 427) by 30 April 2023 if you are interested, willing and able to contribute a chapter, or if you require further information. 
Deadline: 30 April 2023

The Research Centre for Literary Tourism (TULE), based at the University for Foreigners of Perugia (Italy), welcomes proposals for the upcoming E-Dictionary of Literary Tourism.

This dictionary will aggregate texts on concepts, authors, places, products and experiences associated with literary touring and will be available online for all who wish to learn about this expanding tourism niche.

The list below shows the already assigned dictionary entries. Therefore, please, suggest other relevant entries (e.g., case studies of literary festivals, literary places, literary hotels and literary cities, among other concepts of tourism and literature studies).

Literary tourism; literary tourist; literary place; literary geography; literary tourism product; literary museums; museums of national literature; writers’ home museums; literary museums in Switzerland; museum at Palazzo Alfieri in Asti; authenticity & literary tourism literary; trails/itineraries; literary cafés; literary parks; literary hotels; literary heritage & tourism; literary tourism and remembrance; literary tourism motivations; literary tourism & sustainability; dark literary tourism; literary tourism as media-induced tourism; literary tourism in Naples; literary tourism in Capri; literary tourism in Provence; travel writing; tourist literature; literary author; UNESCO Cities of Literature; the spatial turn; literary tours; the Grand Tour; the romantic movement & literary tourism; Marcel Proust’s literary places; literature, pilgrimage and religious tourism; Edmondo de Amicis; Giacomo Leopardi; Vittorio Alfieri.

Submission guidelines: Language: English
Please submit a 100-word-topic proposal, in English, to:
Deadline: 30 April 2023
After the proposal acceptance, TULE will invite the submission of the complete dictionary entry (1500 words) by 31 July 2023 (the guidelines will be later provided).

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Journal of Arctic Tourism

Dear fellow tourism scholars, 

We would like to draw your attention to a new peer reviewed tourism research journal focused on the Arctic and entitled Journal of Arctic Tourism (ArcTour), published by the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre (ITRC)  

The journal is a forum for interdisciplinary discussions on tourism in the Arctic, a topic of vital importance not least as tourism activities penetrate ever deeper into the Arctic realm, claiming spaces and lifeworlds in the process. Contributions from all scholarly disciplines are encouraged and welcomed as tourism needs to be understood from multiple perspectives. 

The journal also welcomes other materials such as research notes, conference announcements and reports, book reviews, interviews, obituaries etc. concerning tourism research in the Arctic. 

ArcTour is an open access journal published exclusively online free of charge. The journal is open for submission all year round. Papers are accepted both in English and Icelandic.  

The ArcTour editorial board looks forward to receiving your submissions! 

Special Section for Small States and Territories

The Epoch of Queen Elizabeth II: Continuity and Rupture in Small States and Territories

It is the aim of this special section in the SST 6(2), November 2023 issue of Small States & Territories to provide a critical and wide-ranging assessment of the influence, both directly and indirectly, on small states and territories of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

It is an opportune time to evaluate how small states and territories embraced, rejected and appropriated the role of the monarchy in different contexts over time. It is also a moment for reflection on the Queen’s legacy and what the future might hold for the Commonwealth, the 14 countries that retain the Monarch as the head of state and the position of the UK Overseas Territories, which remain strongly linked to the constitutional powers and symbolism of the Crown.

The special issue welcomes contributions from across disciplines (history, political science; international relations; anthropology sociology; geography; constitutional/legal studies; public administration; visual cultures etc.). Contributions can consider historical or contemporary is-sues across the Commonwealth, within particular small countries and territories, or cross-cut-ting themes such as memorialisation, constitutional change, social policy, human rights, na-ture of ‘Britishness’, and pageantry. The only required common denominator is the role and influence (or lack thereof) of Queen Elizabeth II and the Monarchy more generally.

We would like to offer a cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary and global assessment of these issues, at a time when the future of the Commonwealth and the Monarchy, within the prism of small states and territories, is at a critical juncture.

Manuscripts will be accepted up to the end of July 2023 and should be sent to: All submissions need to be according to the journal style (

If you have any questions prior to submission please contact one of the co-editors: Sarah Gray: Peter Clegg:

Ongoing calls:

Arts and Media

Arlene MacAusland

Arlene MacAusland is a textile artist operating out of her home studio in Charlottetown who describes herself as "a pattern designer and maker".

I like to create geometric patterns inspired by circles, traditional quilt patterns and folk-art designs of animals. Texture and fibre are important elements in my creations, whether it comes from added beads and velvets or the pattern of light as the sun pours through a sharp tin punch piece. Creating the desire to touch is equally important as creating a visual, and that is what makes CRAFT so special.
"The Quick Brown Fox" mobile | Twisted Knickers inc.
"Prettiest Ditches" tea towel | Twisted Knickers inc.
"Over the Hill" Wool felt applique kit featuring Point Prim Lighthouse - Malpeque Bay Harbour - Route 20 - My Little White House on the Hill in Kensington - County Line Road - Thunder Cove Beach | Twisted Knicker inc.
Find Arlene's work on her website,, or on Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tiktok

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

Application deadline (2023 Fall term): July 1st, 2023.

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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