Island Studies News | May 2022

Island Studies News | May 2022

A note from the editor:
Hello and welcome to the May issue of Island Studies News!
We have some very exciting updates concerning UPEI this month, including an official announcement of our new Island Studies Chair/MAIS Coordinator, a new Island Studies Press publication, and an end-of-year event for our MAIS students!

If you'll be on PEI this summer, make sure to mark your calendars for the local events and publications coming up this summer including the Glenaladale 250th-anniversary celebration, and The Summer Trade exhibition and book release.

And this month's featured artist is Olivier Bodart, a visual artist and author from Paris, France now living on PEI. 

Until next time, take care!
          - Megan Lane
Bright Spot: The Raine Island Recovery Project: a success story for green turtles

In a remote, northern corner of the Great Barrier Reef, restoration work on a small island has helped save hundreds of green turtles and ensured hundreds of thousands of hatchlings have successfully scurried to the ocean.

Latest from Island Studies at UPEI

Institute of Island Studies

Dr. Laurie Brinklow takes over
as Island Studies Chair/MAIS Coordinator!

The University of Prince Edward Island is pleased to announce the appointment of Assistant Professor Dr. Laurie Brinklow as the new Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program and Chair of the Institute of Island Studies (IIS). She has been carrying out the roles in an interim capacity since May 1, 2020, with the retirement of Dr. James Randall. 

Dr. Brinklow is no stranger to Island Studies, serving as IIS Publishing Coordinator and research project administrator in the 1990s and 2000s, Coordinator of the IIS and UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability from 2014 to 2020, and as a sessional instructor in the MAIS program since 2014. She herself completed the Master of Arts in Island Studies program in 2007 and went on to do her PhD in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania. Founder of Charlottetown’s Acorn Press, she has published widely in academia and has two volumes of poetry, the most recent being My island’s the house I sleep in at night (Island Studies Press). She is Secretary of the International Small Island Studies Association and Iceland’s Honorary Consul to Prince Edward Island.  

Says Dr. Brinklow, “I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those who came before me with their own visions for Island Studies: people like Harry Baglole, Brent MacLaine, Godfrey Baldacchino, Jim Randall, Ed MacDonald, Jean Mitchell. They are my mentors and inspirations in this Island Studies journey. And getting to meet islanders from around the world, to be part of a huge Island Studies family – what better way to spend one’s life?”  

As MAIS Coordinator, she hopes to continue to grow the program, solidifying UPEI’s reputation as the premier academic institution in Island Studies. Boasting over 60 graduates and 65 local and international students coming from as far away as England, Taiwan, Egypt, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Nigeria, the interdisciplinary program focuses on island tourism, sustainability, international relations, and public policy on Prince Edward Island and other islands. As Chair of the IIS, she will continue to build on networks and collaborations with UPEI colleagues, government departments, and other institutions in Canada and around the world, being a bridge between the University and the community and focusing on PEI’s economic, environmental, and cultural health and well-being. She will continue to help Island Studies Press’s Bren Simmers produce award-winning publications that celebrate the Island’s culture and stories. And she will continue to work closely with Dr. Jean Mitchell, UPEI’s UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, to expand small islands’ sustainability across intersecting socio-economic, cultural, aesthetic, and environmental domains in the Pacific and Caribbean. Dr. Brinklow’s own research explores “islandness” and people’s attachment to islands through the language of art in Tasmania, Newfoundland, and other north Atlantic islands. 

The mother of two daughters and soon-to-be four grandchildren, Laurie lives in Charlottetown with her musician husband Michael Mooney and cat Alvin– when she’s not travelling to other islands. 

For more information, please visit

Tenure Track Position - Island Studies / Environmental Studies - Faculty of Arts / Faculty of Science
Closing Date: May 30th, 2022

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), which is located on the unceded land of the Mi’kmaq Nation, of the Wabanaki Confederacy, in the traditional district of Epekwitk, welcomes applications for a cross-appointed tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Studies and Island Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 1, 2022, or as negotiated. This position is subject to budgetary approval. 

Environmental issues typically do not respect traditional academic boundaries; instead, they are best addressed through a combination of scientific, technical, and social perspectives. As an interdisciplinary liberal arts and science program, the Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island provides students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge across academic fields and analyze current environmental concerns. In the classroom, field, and community, students are challenged to lead the way in finding innovative solutions and make a positive impact toward sustainability personally, locally, and globally.

The Island Studies constellation at UPEI is one of the leading global sites for Island Studies scholarship, teaching, and public engagement. The academic interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program offers thesis and course- and work-study tracks with specializations in Island Tourism, Sustainable Island Communities, and International Relations & Island Public Policy. The Sustainable Island Communities specialization focuses on the interdependence of physical, ecological, economic, political, cultural, and social issues and is for students who wish to strengthen their abilities to become effective agents of community change. Internationally, this focus area is the first of its kind to combine concepts of community development with practices of sustainability on islands in areas such as community economic development, natural resources management, sustainable agriculture, rural and land-use planning, and renewable and alternative energy management. Students learn to take concepts, skills, solutions, and strategies learned in the classroom and test them against real-world situations on islands throughout the world.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Geography, Island Studies, Environmental Studies/Sciences, or closely related field. They will have an understanding of the interaction of social, economic, and ecological forces on sustainability and resilience in the context of islands. Candidates will teach undergraduate courses in the Environmental Studies program and graduate courses in the MAIS program’s Sustainable Island Communities specialization. Undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching will focus in the areas of sustainability, political ecology, ecological evaluation, the blue/green economy, and environmental stresses on island communities.

The successful candidate would be expected to maintain an active research program and contribute to university service. They would also participate in planning and implementation of curriculum in support of Environmental Studies and Island Studies programs. Therefore, it is important that the successful candidate demonstrates the ability to strengthen collegial and collaborative relationships across two faculties and disciplines.

In alignment with the UPEI Strategic Plan, the successful candidate must be committed to providing programming and learning opportunities that enable our students to reach their full potential in both the classroom and the community. This includes the ability to provide strong mentorship and supervision for students in research in the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts.

Start date: September 1, 2022 (or as negotiated)

Application Instructions:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and experience, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a one-page statement on how the applicant will implement the principles of reconciliation, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in their teaching, research, and scholarly work and the names and contact information of three references to the address below. An application package including and addressing all the elements listed above must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to:

Sharon Martin, Administrative Assistant Environmental Studies
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PEI
Canada C1A 4P3
Telephone: (902) 566-0301

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation, and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

UPEI will require all students, staff, and faculty to comply with the Covid 19 attestation and vaccination requirements as set out under the UPEI Covid 19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.

The closing date for applications is May 30, 2022; however, the competition will remain open until the position is filled. 

Island Studies Press

Caught in a Changing Society: St. Dunstan's University 1950-1969 is in stores now!

You can pick up a copy at your favourite bookstore or order it online
SAVE THE DATE: The book launch will be held on June 8, 2022, at 3:30 pm at UPEI in the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering classroom 128. 

The book chronicles the golden years of expansion at an esteemed Catholic University. Campus life was tight knit, with students participating in sports teams, drama and music performances, social activities, and mandatory classes and religious services under the watchful eyes of the priests and Sisters. As social mores changed and mini-skirts appeared on campus in the mid-1960s, students demanded free­doms and direct representation, while the administra­tion fought for much needed government subsidies and faced the challenges of an uncertain future. With Prince of Wales College becoming a university, the province couldn’t support two post-secondary institutions. The ensuing debate led to the closure of the 114-year-old St. Dunstan’s University and the creation of the University of Prince Edward Island in 1969.  

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. Tiber F. M. Falzett
Dr. Tiber Falzett has conducted over fifteen years of fieldwork among Scottish Gaelic speakers in Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia), Prince Edward Island, and the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. His research explores the relationship between language, music, and the construction of community through socially-rooted forms of local knowledge as expressed, transmitted, and maintained by Gaels on both sides of the Atlantic.

Dr. Falzett’s research program includes establishing fruitful cooperative relationships with individuals and organizations interested in the legacy and renewal of the Scottish Gaelic language alongside its associated intangible cultural heritage.

“’S coigrich sinn us luchd cuairt” (“We are strangers and travelers”): Scottish Gaelic Folk Hymnody and Nineteenth-Century Soundscapes in the North Carolina Gàidhealtachd
Celtic Studies Association of North America Conference 2021

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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

Calling all Graduate Students and Graduate Faculty! The UPEI Graduate Student Association invites you to the annual Grad Student and Faculty Mixer!
We are so happy to announce an in-person event for graduate students and faculty, which will be happening from 6 to 10 pm, Friday, May 6th, 2022 at the UPEI Fox and Crow (campus pub).
Come join us for food, drinks (one drink ticket will be provided for grad students), live music, and the chance to win LOTS of great prizes including a FREE COURSE, AirPods, and over $500 in gift cards!
Significant others are welcome to attend, as are children (until 9pm).
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at
We look forward to seeing you all there! “
Recent Publication:
Whitten Henry, M. J. (2022). Windrows: Entangled negotiations with fish, wind, and time in coastal Newfoundland/Ktaqmkuk. Okinawan Journal of Island Studies, 3(1), 203–212.

Abstract: Windrows is a series of visual artworks in conversation with the winds of coastal Newfoundland/Ktaqmkuk. Drawing on agricultural origins, the term “windrow” can be applied to a row or series of rows of any other materials that have been gathered for drying or collection or that have been clustered, displaced, carried, or otherwise shaped by the wind itself. This forum essay engages Windrows by thinking with the windblown island and its haunting synchronicity of abundance and loss.
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

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

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 

Fogo Island's last doctor is leaving. How many residents will follow?

Garrett Barry · CBC News

The doctor is set to leave his post on June 19. Central Health says it is working with locums to provide coverage over the summer and will update the community as their plans evolve.

Mayor Andrew Shea says this summer is set to be the first time since 1792 that the island has not had some sort of resident doctor.

It's the latest blow to the community, which is also losing its only bank branch and some other businesses.

And it's all happening against a backdrop of an exploding tourism industry. That's left some people scratching their heads.

Off Grid Electricity Backs Solengy’s Solar Products For Rural Haiti
Off Grid Electricity Fund, launched by the government of Haiti in 2019 with backing from the World Bank, aims to electrify 200,000 households over the next decade. The $17 million renewable energy fund has invested in Alina EnejiPalmis Eneji and Ekotek Energy to provide affordable solar power systems for households and businesses in rural areas, where electrification rates are as low as 5%.
Dominican Cacao Supplier Secures Seed Funding

Founded by Dominican American sisters Janett and Erika Liriano, Inaru is reimagining the cacao supply chain.  The startup has raised $1.5 million in seed capital from technology, venture and impact funds to build a vertically integrated ecosystem for production of organic cacao in the Dominican Republic.

Inaru has established an inclusive business model to empower growers through profit sharing and overhaul outdated farming practices that have constrained capacity of cocoa production in the Dominican Republic, according to its founders. The company has provided organic certification to more than 300 farmers, with a waitlist of 1,800 more, and has obtained exclusive contracts for 500 tonnes of cocoa. Inaru said it will use the funding to complete construction of a warehouse and installation of a cacao refinery this year, with plans to produce semi-finished and finished products entirely for the export market.

“Inaru can really prove beyond any potential doubt that the farmers are being paid what they are owed,” said Janett Liriano, chief executive officer.

Looking forward, the founders of Inaru are interested in applying its model to the coffee industry with a goal to “reframe commodities as essential foundational goods,” she said.

Investors include The Helm, 1517 Fund, MarsBio VC, West Ventures, Gaingels, Sorenson Impact Foundation and leaders from companies including The Hershey Co., Soylent, Unity Technologies and Robolox.

Courtesy of Monica Watrous of Food Business News
USAID Backs $6.3 Million Madagascan Sea Cucumber and Seaweed Project
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced 24 marine initiatives at the Our Ocean Conference, which took place in Palau this week.
The orgnization says that the initiatives are part of its effort “to elevate climate work and address the climate crisis”, by initiating new programs that address the conference themes.
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Upcoming Virtual Events

Islands Matter Webinar 8: Shetland’s Boats Origin, evolution and use by Dr. Marc Chivers

May 5th, Thursday, 12.00PM Thu 05 May
Dr. Marc Chivers discusses his new book Shetland's Boats: Origin, Evolution and Use.

The Islands Matter webinars are the result of a collaboration between Dr Andrew Jennings Institute for Northern Studies UHI, Professor Frank Rennie Lews Castle College UHI and Dr Beth Mouat Shetland UHI. This series of webinars was set up to address the hunger in the Scottish islands to hear from experts based in other islands worldwide, and to help inform the UHI Islands’ Strategy.
His book explores the central role these four and six-oared boats played in everyday Shetland life, meeting boatbuilders and the people whose way of life was centred on, and dependent upon, these seaworthy craft.

Based on his PhD completed in 2017 with the Institute for Northern Studies. Dr Andrew Jennings was the Director of Studies for Marc’s PhD, which was joint funded by the Lerwick Port Authority and Shetland Amenity Trust. The idea for the PhD grew out a discussions with Jimmy Moncrieff chief executive of the Amenity Trust, while on a research trip to the Isle of Man.

Register Online

Hailing from Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, where as a child Marc developed a love for sailing, and spent many happy hours messing around in boats on the Thames Estuary. Marc graduated with an honours degree in fine art from Wimbledon School of Art, and had a career in healthcare education and training management that was halted by a desire to fulfil an ambition to learn how to build traditional wooden boats.

After completing a nine month full-time course at the Boatbuilding Academy in Lyme Regis Marc and his partner Rachel (Rae) spent five weeks in southern India, this was followed by a sailing trip, crewing on board a very old 38ft wooden Bristol Channel pilot cutter called Dolphin, which sailed from Ørnes in Norway to Svalbard. On their return to the UK Marc and Rae moved to Devon in their live-in van so that Marc could work for wooden boatbuilder Ash Butler. Marc and Rae were living on a 42ft yacht in Old Mill Creek on the river Dart when Marc saw an email advertising a fully funded PhD researching Shetland’s traditional small open boats. He applied and was accepted, and in September 2013, Marc and Rae moved to Burra, Shetland which is where they continue to live.
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 6: Meghan Forsyth

In this podcast we will hear from Meghan Forsyth from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. Meghan is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Music, and she's acting director of the Research Center for the Study of Music, Media and Place. She currently specializes in the instrumental music and dance traditions of the Acadian diaspora in Francophone North Atlantic.

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.

Upcoming Publications

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.

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!

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

Abstract: 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.
Nand C. Bardouille (2022) Turning to Rabat: Explaining the Elevation of Moroccan Relations with Caribbean Countries, 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.
Anthropological Forum, Volume 31, Issue 4 (2021)
The Art of Gardens: Views from Melanesia and Amazonia

Guest Editors: Jean Mitchell and Lissant Bolton

Latest Journal Issues:

Island Studies Journal - Ahead of Print Articles 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.

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Calls for Papers and Submissions

Call for contributions for an edited volume entitled Sea Change: Representations of Transformation in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. 

Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2022.

Seachange n. (from Shakespeare's The Tempest, I. ii. 403) 1: a profound or notable transformation 2: a substantial change in perspective, especially one which affects a group or society at large 3: archaic: a change brought about by the sea

The proposed volume, Sea Change: Representations of Transformation in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, will consider notable transformations in the context of the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas in the 20th and 21st centuries. We aim to bring together scholarly studies of cultural texts that depict changing human experiences examined through multiple lenses–corporal, psychological, environmental, (infra)structural, and others. Among the questions we encourage contributors to consider are

● how environmental factors influence cultural changes and exchanges in these two regions; ● to what extent cultural, physical, and ideological transformations of human experiences correlate with political and economic changes; ● how human experiences of the Caribbean and Mediterranean continually shape individual, communal, and national identities; ● what two-way exchanges result from contact, conflict, transit, and/or communication between shores and transatlantically between seas; and ● how cultural productions contribute to a greater consideration of human rights and human dignity.

The juxtaposition of the Caribbean and Mediterranean in this volume offers new possibilities for understanding these regions by bringing to light their many parallels and connections. These seas–and the nations whose shores they touch–have witnessed centuries of migration, trade, and cultural contact, often accompanied by human conflict, suffering, and loss. During the late 20th and 21st centuries in particular, profound change has resulted from such interconnected factors as (post)colonial relations, immigration policies, xenophobia, economic exigencies, and tourism, as well as natural disasters and other environmental conditions.

We welcome analyses of cultural texts, including, but not limited to, fictional and nonfictional literature, film, television, theater/performance, and material and visual cultures. Papers should be written in English and may consider the portrayals of transformation in either region or through a transatlantic comparison, broadly defined. Abstracts of 250 words and a short bio of 100 words should be submitted to by May 1, 2022.

Timeline: - May 1, 2022: Abstract submissions due - June 1, 2022: Notification of acceptance - December 1, 2022: Complete essays due (up to 6,000 words, including notes and references) - February 1, 2023: Editors’ comments sent to contributors - April 1, 2023: Final revised essays due

Please use the email address to contact the editors: Jessica Boll, Ph.D. (Carroll University); Marilén Loyola, Ph.D. (Rockford University); Sharon Meilahn Bartlett, Ph.D. (Beloit College).

For more information, see and


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

Contact Info: 

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.
Send to the editor at:

Full details:
Ongoing calls:
Island Studies Journal thematic sections:

Arts and Media 

12 shadow boxes from Godart's "Sinkhole" series
RISK AREAS (2010-2020)

Olivier Bodart with his exhibit.
Photograph credit: The Guardian
Olivier Bodart is a French visual artist and author (novel Zones à risques, 2021) living in North America since 2012. His artworks and novels address issues around climate and environment along with the impact they have on individuals and communities. 

A visual arts graduate of Sorbonne University, Olivier Bodart taught Art and Literature in Paris for thirteen years before moving to Chicago in 2012. In 2019, Bodart and his partner, Kirsten Fenton, moved to the Sonoran desert of California which inspired his Imperial project but were forced to relocate to Los Angeles after climate change and a global pandemic made their home uninhabitable.

Fascinated by natural disasters, Bodart's artistic work is built around environmental catastrophes. He takes samples from places of natural disasters and uses them in artistic compositions, also making close-up photographs that deceive the viewer about the actual size of things.
"I'm fascinated by places we live in as we are made by them," said Bodart.

In the wake of the COVID19 pandemic, Bodart and Fenton settled into "Island life" on PEI. Bodart has expressed plans to write about PEI in the future as well.
Fenton told Saltwire, "We wanted to live near the ocean, so we decided — let's just do it! And the Island, it's so unique. In stories people always escape to islands, so the island aspect was attractive."

Bodart now splits his time between Canada and France.

Find Olivier Bodart on Instagram and Facebook, and visit his website for more.

IMPERIAL (2020-2021)

Imperial is the name of a county in the United States located at the far south end of California, in the Sonoran Desert. The sparsely populated area is very arid, although it does contain an immense polluted artificial lake. The evaporation of this lake represents a real ecological disaster. Life in this desert requires a certain will, or even a certain ingenuity.

IMPERIAL, the project, describes the year 2020 that Olivier Bodart spent in this county, blocked between the four walls of the new house he is renovating. A pandemic, fires, and pollution. Everything forces him to stay confined in the middle of North America's largest desert. Deprived of movement, he then sets up a project that would suggest a possibility of escape: while the natural elements of the exterior are gradually invited inside the building being repaired, the artist reproduces on the ground, a 3D map of Imperial County. A pile of sand gathered on the kitchen floor will become a dune, a stone washed up on the living room floor transformed into a cliff. This new panorama at ground level becomes the scene of a photographic stroll, the setting favorable to a phantasmagorical and artistic escapade through the landscapes of a reconstructed valley.

Join or our interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program! You can now apply for September 2022! 

Application deadline (2022 Fall term): July 1st, 2022.

Application deadline (2023 Winter term): November 1st, 2022.

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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