The latest Island Studies news and updates
A note from the Institute of Island Studies team
This edition of our mid-month newsletter is small but mighty, and features events, recordings, reading material, and podcasts that we think will be of interest. We are particularly excited to announce the return of our Island Lecture Series, which will be hosted online this year!

Speaking of virtual events, it was great to 'see' so many of you at the Virtual Island Summit last week. We were honoured to be a sponsor of VIS2020 and are already looking forward to 2021! In the meantime, if you'd like to revisit any of the sessions, they're now available for streaming on the Island Innovation YouTube channel.

Anything we missed, or anything upcoming that we should keep an eye out for? Please let us know!

As always, stay well, stay safe.
Your newsletter editors, Laurie and Maggie
Island Lecture Series Virtual Event
Writing the Island with JoDee Samuelson
Tuesday, October 20th · 7:00pm-8:00pm ADT (UTC-3)

Click here to register

We are delighted to announce the return of our Island Lecture Series for the 2020-21 season, and this year we are going virtual!

The Island Lecture Series October event will feature JoDee Samuelson, author of The Cove Journal, reading from her collection of essays about life on the south shore of Prince Edward Island. Following her presentation, JoDee will be joined by Bren Simmers (Island Studies Press) for a conversation about her inspiration for the book, her writing process, and the art of place-based writing.

This virtual event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
The event will be hosted on Zoom, and advance registration is required – please visit for more information and to reserve your spot.


CRRF Virtual Conference 
Supporting Rural Recovery & Resilience

October 1-2, 2020 · 12:00PM to 5:30PM ADT (UTC-3)
Click here to register

The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) is hosting a 'Virtual Conference' this fall to discuss Supporting Rural Recovery and Resilience and share highlights from the CRRF Rural Insight Series: COVID-19.

The virtual conference will feature two days of FREE content and interactive discussions - you don't want to miss this jam-packed program of rural researchers and thought leaders as they share rural-specific lessons and insights about the challenges and opportunities posed by the pandemic.

The Virtual Conference is being offered 'a la carte' style, so you can choose the sessions that are most interesting to you and work with your schedule by registering for each session separately. Click here to download the 'program at a glance'.

We especially hope that you will join us for the Plenary Panel on Rural & Island Resilience (October 1st, 1pm-2pm ADT), featuring our own Dr. Laurie Brinklow!

For more information, the full program, and to reserve your spot, head to See you there!
"Welcome to Island Studies" Webinar
Hosted by the Island and Seascape Research Cluster, Uppsala University (Gotland Campus), Sweden
September 23, 2020 · 2:00pm-4:00pm CEST (UTC+2)

In this webinar, three of the world’s leading island studies scholars, Godfrey Baldacchino, Adam Grydehøj, and Jonathan Pugh, will share with their perspectives and reflections on the history and development of Island studies, its centres and peripheries, and current frontlines and debates.

Click here for more information.
Towards sustainable island futures: Comparing small island states and subnational island jurisdictions

In this Virtual Island Summit panel, researchers discuss findings on whether statehood impacts implementation of sustainable practices. The session was chaired by Dr. Laurie Brinklow (Institute of Island Studies, UPEI; lead researcher for Prince Edward Island), and presentations were followed by an engaging Q&A and discussion sparked by questions submitted from the audience.

Click here to watch the session on the Island Innovation YouTube Channel

Speakers: Principal Investigator Dr. Jim Randall (UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, University of Prince Edward Island); Dr. John Telesford (T. A. Marryshow Community College; lead researcher for Grenada); Dr. Preeya Mohan (University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus; lead researcher for Tobago); Dr. Mark Stoddart (Memorial University of Newfoundland; lead researcher for Newfoundland and Labrador); and Dr. Gerard Prinsen (Massey University, New Zealand; project methodology researcher).
Political roundtable of island leaders on responses to COVID-19
This roundtable session, part of Virtual Island Summit 2020, intended to ignite conversation around the coastal and environmental challenges faced by islands and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The session included discussion on the role of sub-national island jurisdictions in achieving and developing a sustainable future. 

• Professor Phoebe Koundouri (President Elect of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists; Co-chair UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network)
• Deputy Gavin St Pier (Chief Minister, Government of Guernsey)
• Senator Percy Downe (Senator, Senate of Canada)
• Grace O'Sullivan MEP (Member of the European Parliament, Republic of Ireland)

The session recording is now available for streaming on the Island Innovation YouTube Channel.
The Master of Arts in Island Studies program welcomed incoming MAIS students - and celebrated this year's record number of graduates - at an event held recently on the UPEI campus.

Joining Interim MAIS Coordinator Dr. Laurie Brinklow were MAIS Coordinator Dr. Jim Randall (on sabbatical), Dean of Arts Dr. Neb Kujundzic, and University of Malta/UPEI's Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino, who gave a 10-minute talk: "Why island studies?" This year's class - at 15 - is the largest on record.

Graduating in the academic year 2019-2020 are Jacob Ashong, Adam Brimacombe, Louise Campbell, Cheryl Carmichael, Chris Huang, Pooja Kumar, Emerald Naylor, Satyajit Sen, and Stefan Yang. Congratulations, all, and welcome to the MAIS Alumni!
Pictured here are some of the gifts that were presented to the grads who were able to attend, including a certificate in lieu of the official UPEI diploma which will be mailed to all graduates shortly!
(Photograph by Louise Campbell, used with permission)

Social FISHtancing
Coastal Routes Radio presents ‘Social FISHtancing’: a podcast covering the ongoing challenges created by COVID-19 on fisheries, and features stories about the impacts of the pandemic, as well as the innovative ways that small-scale fishers are responding to this challenge.

In the latest episode, ‘Island Time’, they explore stories from fishing folks on islands in the Pacific, Caribbean, and North Atlantic, and learn how their unique geography and fisheries have been challenged by COVID19.

To listen, head to or wherever you find your podcasts!

Goats on the Run
"Have you ever wondered what a story sounds like? The sound of the story is what this podcast is all about."

Goats on the Run is a new offering from our friends at Patched Heart (OTOK Podcast; 70/70) hosted by award-winning poet, author, and storyteller Michelle Porter.

In the first episode, 'The Sound of the Story: Peg Bearskin', Michelle talks with Peg Bearskin author Andy Jones and illustrator Denise Gallagher, to find out what their book (which is based on a traditional Newfoundland folk tale) sounds like.

CRRF Rural Insights Series
COVID-19 Implications for Food Security and Sovereignty

Kathleen Kevany & Susan O'Donnell
Available here
Migration and Development
Between a ‘Kingdom’ and a hard place: the Dutch Caribbean and the Venezuelan migration crisis

Natalie Deitrich Jones
Available here

History and Theory
From environmental case study to environmental kin study
Anja Kanngieser & Zoe Todd
(Explores the relationships among place, knowing, and being in environmental histories, in the context of the Pacific Islands and Western Canada.)
Available to download here
Critical Ethnic Studies Special Issue: Interventions in Pacific Islands Studies and Trans-Pacific Studies
Proposals due October 15, 2020.
(If accepted, full manuscript due December 1, 2020).

In this special issue of Critical Ethnic Studies we seek contributions that link the cultural, political, and social realities of the Pacific Islands with ongoing struggles against militarism, White supremacy, antiBlackness, gender based violence, environmental destruction, colonialism, and related phenomena across the US, Oceania, and Asia. This issue explores the conditions for and possibilities of solidarities and networks necessary to break the impasse that has emerged in Ethnic Studies when it comes to Pacific Islanders specifically, and Indigeneity more broadly.
Click here for full details and submission guidelines.

Island Studies Journal Special Section: Anthropocene Islands
Submissions due January 31, 2021. 
Click here for more information and submission guidelines.
Note: The response for this special section has been so high that 'Anthropocene Islands' will now be an ongoing periodic section of Island Studies Journal. See for more information.

Shima Special Issue: Transboundaries/Transboundary Waters
Proposal submission deadline: March 1, 2021.
More information and submission guidelines here.

Applied Sciences Special Issue: Mediterranean Beach Morphodynamics Under Climate Change
Submissions due March 31, 2021
Click here for full details and submission guidelines.
Applications for our interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) Program remain open. 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 now 3 course/work-study stream options: Island Tourism, Sustainable Island Communities, and International Relations & Island Public Policy. 
For more information about the program (and scholarship opportunities), please visit the Master of Arts in Island Studies program page or email
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