The latest Island Studies news and updates
A note from the Institute of Island Studies team

As we swing into another glorious Prince Edward Island summer, changes are afoot here at the Institute of Island Studies!

Firstly, Dr. Jim Randall has begun a year of sabbatical (as of July 1), during which he will continue to serve in his role as UNESCO Chair. This sabbatical will be followed by a well-deserved retirement. Please join us in thanking Jim for everything that he has contributed to the Institute, to the MAIS program, and to Island Studies as a whole.

With Jim on sabbatical, Dr. Laurie Brinklow has been appointed Interim Coordinator of the MAIS Program and Chair of the Executive of the Institute of Island Studies.
Additionally, two MAIS students have been provided with Graduate Student Fellowships to continue the work of the Institute until such time as the current (pandemic-induced) UPEI hiring freeze has been ended. The first of those students, Maggie Henry, came on board in June, and the second, Marlene Chapman, will be joining us in September. 

You will notice a new look to our newsletter. This is thanks to Maggie's editorial and design expertise, as well as advice from James Ellsmoor at Island Innovation, who was a guest speaker at our recent joint Executive/Advisory Committee meeting. James did a 'deep dive' into how we do communications, and came up with some excellent - and eminently doable - suggestions for a make-over. One of them includes shorter newsletters sent more frequently, providing more bite-sized pieces to you, our reader. So watch your in-boxes! And thanks, James, for your dedication to all things 'island'!

As always we welcome your feedback and suggestions for content.

In the meantime, stay well, stay safe.
Your newsletter editors, Laurie and Maggie
'P.E.I. lockdown brings out unkind behaviours' (Journal Pioneer, June 5)

Laurie Brinklow and Jim Randall were recently interviewed for an article in the Journal Pioneer, where they discussed aspects of islandness and the roles that these can play in community responses to the COVID-19 pandemic - some for better, and others for worse.
“The boundedness of islands, as they are surrounded by water, leads to a strong sense of place. Because it’s bounded, it’s very intensified. People’s passions can be very intensified – the worst and the best parts – so that’s where we’re seeing the worst parts of ‘islandness’.” - Dr. Laurie Brinklow
The full article is available to Saltwire subscribers here
If you are not a subscriber, please contact us and we will see what we can do!
'Mammals of Prince Edward Island...' wins PEI Book Award
The PEI Book Awards were presented on June 6 at an online event in partnership with the PEI Writers’ Guild Island Literary Awards.

The award for Non-Fiction went to Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Waters, by Rosemary Curley, Pierre-Yves Daoust, Donald F. McAlpine, Kimberly Riehl, and J. Dan McAskill.
Congratulations to all involved! Click here to read more about this fantastic "reference meets coffee table" book!
You can also read a recent review in the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists Bulletin here
Atlantic Book Awards
As reported in our last newsletter, Marian Bruce's Listening for the Dead Bells was shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award, in the category of Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing. Unfortunately, our book didn't take home the top prize; but Island Studies would like to congratulate the winner, Dangerous Enemy Sympathizers: Canadian Internment Camp B, 1940-1945 by Andrew Theobald (Goose Lane Editions). We were delighted to have been nominated and congratulations once again to author Marian Bruce!
You can find the full list of Atlantic Book Award-winners at
SSHRC Exchange Publication Awards
Two faculty members at the University of Prince Edward Island, Laurie Brinklow and Lori Mayne, have been awarded SSHRC Exchange Publication Awards. Two $5,000 awards are given out annually to support the publication of manuscripts written or edited by UPEI faculty in the social sciences and humanities.

Laurie Brinklow's manuscript is a collection of poetry titled, My island’s the house I sleep in at night. Drawn from interviews with writers, artists, and musicians from Newfoundland and Tasmania, the manuscript weaves their words with her own poetic imaginings and explores the theme of 'islandness'. 

Lori Mayne teaches in the English department at UPEI. Her manuscript, co-authored with Mo Duffy-Cobb, is The Chemistry of Innovation: Regis Duffy and the Story of DCL, which shares the story behind one of Prince Edward Island’s most successful companies and brilliant entrepreneurs.
Both of these books will be published by Island Studies Press in 2021.
Island Studies Press would like to congratulate the award recipients and thank the University of Prince Edward Island for supporting for faculty publications.
Click here for the full press release.
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, in select gift shops, and online. Click here to shop or browse!

For more information about any Island Studies Press books, please contact Bren at or call (902) 566-0386.
THE 1st ISISA GLOBAL STUDIES WEBINAR: "A 31-hour nissological marathon"

The 1st ISISA Global Island Studies Webinar (GISW-1) ran on Wednesday June 24, 2020, and was a festival of contributions from around and about our 'world of islands' over 31 hours, using Cisco Webex platform technology.

ISISA thanks the Harris Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada, for providing the IT infrastructure and support to make this webinar possible... and for offering a taste of the same professionalism, organisational flair and quality we can expect when MUN hosts the ISISA Conference in June 2021.

There were 220 unique viewers over the course of GISW-1, many of whom returned multiple times during the course of the event.

The word cloud you see here, courtesy of Evangelia Papoutsaki, is the result of the processing of the text in the book of abstracts for the June 24 Webinar (with due apologies to the islanders of Tasmania).
The complete book of abstracts for all 62 presentations is available here (as pdf), and the complete programme of the event (with multiple time zones as reference) is available here.
We are thrilled to announce that the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability has been renewed for another four years, until July 13, 2024.

The chair, originally held by Dr. Jim Randall (UPEI) and Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino (U of Malta), is one of 700 UNESCO chairs around the world and is the first in Atlantic Canada. With the stepping down of Godfrey, the renewed chair will continue to be held by Jim at UPEI, where it will continue in its work of expanding academic and research programs on islands at home and around the world. 

Read the full announcement
Successful thesis defense

We are delighted to report that Pooja Kumar successfully defended her MA Island Studies thesis entitled Evolving perspectives on urban wildlife and their implications for policy-making in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The Examination Committee felt that no revisions were necessary. The committee included Godfrey Baldacchino, Carolyn Peach Brown, and supervisor Marina Silva-Opps. External examiner was Dr. Mark Lapping from the University of Southern Maine.

Congratulations to Pooja for joining the ranks of the MAIS alumni!

The team at UPEI's GeoREACH Lab is still looking for volunteers to participate in the Back 50 Project, their interactive mapping exercise about rural land use change on PEI over the past 50 years. For more information, please visit
Virtual Island Summit
September 7-13, 2020
Full program announcement coming soon! 

The Virtual Island Summit is a free and entirely online event designed to connect global islands to share their common experiences through a digital platform. Join islanders from around the world to share ideas, good practices and solutions. 

Registration is FREE, but spaces are limited, so reserve your spot now:

For more information, visit the Virtual Island Summit website.

UPDATE: Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public, Private and Civil Society Sectors [RESCHEDULED]
Fall 2021 - Rimouski, Québec

In the interest of the health and wellbeing of participants, organizers, and the host community during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public, Private and Civil Society Sectors will now take place during the Fall 2021 in the beautiful City of Rimouski, Québec. 
For updates, please keep an eye on the Creative Inclusive Economies website. As details are confirmed, the website will be updated and CEDEC and CRRF will distribute news through their respective social media and other communication channels.
In our May/June newsletter, we introduced this 'special section' compiling key reports, webinars, and other resources relating to the impacts of COVID-19 in island and rural contexts. The most recent offerings on the topic are below.
For even more information and resources, you can revisit our last newsletter here
CRRF Rural Insights Series on COVID-19
The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) is producing a series of rural insights on key issues impacting rural communities as they face the challenges of managing the pandemic and look to future recovery. 
Rural Insights Series: COVID-19 reports will be published on a rolling basis throughout 2020.

LATEST REPORTS: For past reports, more information about the series, and to keep up to date as new reports are published, visit
'Island Responses to COVID-19' 
Dr. Francesco Sindico gave an update on the 'Island Responses to COVID-19' survey and project during the Global Island Studies Webinar (GISW-1) on June 24. The abstract for his presentation is available here
To stay in the loop about the project, keep an eye on the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Governance's Islands and COVID-19 page.
Strengthening Island Resilience
Discussion examining responses to crises and risk reduction, with leaders from Hawai'i, the Atlantic Council, NOAA, and Dominica.

Data Tools and Innovation to Support Building Back Better
Discussion on the intersection of development, technology, access, and accountability, with leaders from Anguilla, the Pacific Island Development Program, shift7, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

OTOK Podcast

Episode 9 - Prince Edward Island and Laurie Brinklow

To keep up to date on OTOK episodes, keep an eye on the website ( or subscribe wherever you find your podcasts.
Shima ranks highly in latest SCImago global rankings

In the latest SCImago global Journal Rankings, Shima features:
- In the top 25% percentile cluster (Q1) for Cultural Studies.
- In the top 25% cluster (Q1) for History.  
- In the second 25% cluster (Q2) for Anthropology.  
And, in terms of open access journals in Cultural Studies, Shima is ranked in 25th position globally. 
"This excellent showing reflects the quality of contributors to Shima, the quality feedback offered by referees and the willingness of contributors to revise work to referee guidelines. My sincere thanks for all your efforts." - Dr Philip Hayward, Editor of Shima.
Studying islands, rethinking island methodologies

Elaine Stratford, Godfrey Baldacchino, Elizabeth McMahon, and Rosemary Gillespie

Our aim is to develop the first collection of provocative and thoughtful essays that critically consider the how of island and archipelagic studies. The book will bring together leading thinkers in island and allied studies to share critical and creative insights on the methodologies and associated practices, protocols, and field techniques they use in. their work. The text will fill significant gaps in the literature and reflect on research methodologies and associated methods - those in island studies proper and those about varied quantitative and qualitative approaches to research and scientific inquiry that engage somehow with islands, islanders, and/or island life. It will span disciplines and cover hemispheres and sociocultural, spacial, and other contexts. 

If this opportunity interests you, please contact as soon as possible to receive a copy of the full paper outlining how to propose your chapter for consideration. The deadline for the proposal is midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time on July 31, 2020.

Coolabah Special Issue: Mythical and Fictional Islands

Papers due September 15, 2020. 
Authors are encouraged to reach out to the editor with an abstract prior to submission. 

More information here.

Okinawan Journal of Island Studies (OJIS): Submissions for Volume 2. 
Submissions due August 10. 

More information here
We are accepting applications for our long-running Master of Arts in Island Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program that accepts students from all disciplinary backgrounds. All we ask is that you have a passion for islands. Thesis stream students may adopt a comparative approach to study islands or explore a topic or issue that is crucial to one island. Either way, the program will prepare students with the practical research skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a world increasingly defined by interconnections and interactions among peoples and regions. 
New stream for 2020-21 academic year
The MAIS program has a new offering for the 2020-21 academic year in the course/work-study program. In addition to Island Tourism and Sustainable Island Communities, we will offer International Relations and Island Public Policy. This is in addition to the long-running thesis program.
"Future Prosperity for PEI" scholarships
These scholarships are open to incoming students in the thesis program and are worth $12,500/year x 2 yrs. Students who are awarded one of these scholarships must agree to write their thesis generally on one of the following topics:
  • Enhancing Rural Labour Markets in an Era of Rural Population Challenges
  • The Development of Prince Edward Island as an All-Seasons Tourism Destination: Lessons from other Cold Water Small Islands
  • An Analysis of Entrepreneurship on Prince Edward Island: A Case Study of [insert a sector here]
  • PEI as a Living Lab for Renewable Energy: The Preconditions for a Sustainable Future
  • A Longitudinal Analysis of Newcomer Entrepreneurs on Prince Edward Island
  • Stories of Island Repatriation: A Qualitative Analysis of Islanders Who “Lived Away”
For more information, visit the Master of Arts in Island Studies program page or email
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