Island Studies News | November 2022

Island Studies News | November 2022

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

I hope everyone had a fun and spooky Halloween! 
A lot is happening this November so buckle up!

First up is COP27 which is being held in Egypt this year; next is the International Forum on Island Ecological Conservation; then the latest installment of our Island Lecture Series (Enshrined: Island Tourism and the Confederation Story with Dr. Ed MacDonald); and finally, a webinar from the University of the Highlands. More information on all of these events is in our Upcoming Events section.

Our MAIS students have been busy, so read our MAIS Students and Alumni section to find out what they've been up to. If you're a student yourself, you may find some interesting opportunities while you're there.

Are you an educator interested in GCED? Check out Island Studies Press's November release Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainability! 
Looking for a book for children or expectant parents instead? We have a recommendation for you in our Artist's Spotlight section!

November can be quite dreary, and if you live in an area that changes its clocks this month, then you might be in for a rough transition; so I hope this issue of Island Studies News puts a smile on your face and you all get as much sunlight as you can!

Until next time, take care!
          - Megan Lane

Bright Spot: Huge win for oceans against deepsea mining

The government of New Zealand announced last week that the country will support a moratorium on seabed mining in international waters.

Latest from Island Studies at UPEI

Island Lecture Series | 
Enshrined: Island Tourism and the Confederation Story with Dr. Ed MacDonald

7 pm, November 15th, 2022

SDU Faculty Lounge, UPEI
For over a century, the three staple constants in Prince Edward Island tourism have been our pastoral landscape, Anne of Green Gables, and the Island's claim as the "Birthplace of Confederation." But becoming the "Cradle of Confederation" was not as easy as it sounds, and the story of how Island tourism promoters recognized the tourism potential of that claim, then gradually convinced Canadians that it was both true and important presents a fascinating case study of "site sacralization" and branding in Canada's Garden Province. For this lecture, Dr. Ed MacDonald will draw upon research conducted by him and his co-author, Dr. Alan MacEachern, for their new book, The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island.
Island Studies mourns the passing of Craig Mackie
Craig Mackie, who served on the Executive Committee (EC) of the Institute of Island Studies from 2013 to 2020, passed away peacefully at this home November 2. He was 71.
As Executive Director of the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (now Immigrant and Refugee Services Association), Craig served on the EC as a community representative. He could always be counted on to bring the newcomer perspective to our discussions about how best to contribute to the formulation of public policy on Prince Edward Island. Indeed, his contribution to our report Vital Signs 2019 focused on the significant and invaluable impact newcomers have made to the Island over the years. A former journalist, Craig always had a story for us and a knack for making us laugh. The Island will miss his bright spirit, captured in words and images - particularly the spectacular photos he took of his beloved Lakeside. Sincere condolences go to his partner Mary Phelan and the rest of his family.

In the News

UPEI Institute of Island Studies to host public lecture about Anticosti Island

The Guardian and CBC Radio interviewed our visiting scholar Matthew Hatvany prior to his segment in our Island Lecture Series! 


Island Studies Press

Available November 2022:
Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainability: From Theory to Practice by Linyuan Guo-Brennan

This book aims to empower educators to translate education for global citizenship and sustainable development into teaching and leadership actions at K–20 levels. Themes such as sustainable development goals, human and children’s rights, social justice, image and perception, conflict resolution, and digital citizenship skills are discussed at length, and each chapter offers activities and recommended resources.   

Rather than see GCED as another subject to be taught, Guo-Brennan demonstrates how it can be infused or integrated into existing subjects. By incorporating global citizenship education (GCED) into the 21st-century classroom, learners of all ages can understand the issues impacting local and global contexts and become active promoters of more peaceful, inclusive, and sustainable communities.  

Linyuan Guo-Brennan is a Professor of International and Global Education in the Faculty of Education at the University
of Prince Edward Island, Canada. She has been engaged in empowering globally competent citizens, educators, and leaders for three decades and was recognized as one of 100 Lead Global Thinkers on Education for Global Citizenship by the Global Citizenship Foundation.

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

IIS Executive Committee

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

Kathleen Brennan
Kathleen is a Senior Advisor on Strategic Initiatives with the Climate Action Secretariat in the provincial government. She holds a Master of Public Health Science from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, undergraduate degrees from St. Francis Xavier University in both Biology and Human Nutrition, and is a Registered Dietitian. 
As a civil servant for over a decade, Ms. Brennan has practical experience and strong aptitudes in the area of government relations and a solid appreciation for the complexities of building public policies while working in collaborative, multi‐sectoral environments. An Islander-by-choice since 2008, she is passionate about creating healthy communities, food security, and climate change. She currently also serves on committees with the Town of Stratford and is a Council Member of the College of Dietitians of PEI.
To learn more about the governance of the IIS, visit

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

BACK ROW (l-r): Mah Ara Ahmadi, Akinkunle Akinbinu, Yue "Craig" Su;
MIDDLE ROW: Paul Lin, Hung-En "Henry" Liao;
FRONT ROW: Tianxiang Zhou, Philip Palafox, Matthew Hatvany (IIS Research Associate).
Dr. Laurie Brinklow's Island Tourism students visited Beaconsfield in Charlottetown on October 27 to tour the site and learn from Director Dr. Matthew McRae and Site Manager Nicholas Longaphy about the significance of heritage tourism on Prince Edward Island.
Land, Air, Water 2.0 goes to Lennox Island
Several students from the MAIS program and guests met in Lennox Island October 28 to be part of Land, Air, Water 2.0, which was a follow-up to a similar activity in Cavendish last spring. The Cavendish event was funded by UPEI's Office of Work Integrated Learning.
The idea for "Land, Air, Water," created by MAIS instructor Dr. Phil Davison, is for our students to experience aspects of Prince Edward Island's land, air, and water in situ. There they engage in outdoor and indoor learning activities that focus on cultural awareness, understandings, and archaeological work related to our Indigenous communities. For this interation, we travelled to Lennox Island First Nation to meet with Jamie Thomas, Director of Culture and Tourism, and enjoy a day learning about Mi'kmaq culture and experience in First Nations community based on an island off an island. As writer and MAIS alumna Louise Campbell reported so poignantly, "The entire audience was spellbound as she described the history of the Mi’kmaq people, the evolution of the Indian Act, and the trauma experienced by those in residential schools and their descendants. Very powerful."
We also heard from Dr. Pelin Kinay, postdoctoral researcher and instructor at UPEI's Canadian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation in St. Peter's, presenting some statistics on climate change on PEI and Atlantic Canada, as well as plans for climate change co-research with Indigenous communities in the region. And Dr. Helen Kristmanson from L'Nuey sent along the video Pituamkek – A Mi’kmaq Heritage Landscape, which captures the story behind Pituamkek (also known as Hog Island and the Sandhills, also located in Malpeque Bay) becoming part of the PEI National Park. 
Our day coincided with the official opening of a brand-new playground at the John J. Sark Memorial School, the location of the event. It was heartwarming and distracting - in a good way! - to see so many children playing outside our windows.
Thanks to Jamie for opening up your home to us. And thanks to The Shoppe for a delicious lunch.
Based on the success of these events, plans for Land, Air, Water 3.0 are in the works!

Summer 2023 Mental Health Impact Studentships 

Mitacs and Mental Health Research Canada have partnered on this funding opportunity for Canadian university & college students across the country to work on a mental health research project with their academic supervisor and community partner. 

The successful applicant will be awarded $15,000 for a four- or six-month term; funds will be paid directly to the student’s academic institution and held by the student’s supervisor. The project would begin in May 2023.  

Eligible students must: 

  1. A Canadian citizen and/or permanent resident; 
  2. Be enrolled in a Masters, College or PhD program at an accredited Canadian University or College with a background in psychology or related field; 
  3. Be seeking to conduct a mental health research project in collaboration with both an academic supervisor and an eligible community partner. Preference will be given to projects addressing the unique needs of diverse and/or vulnerable populations in Canada 

For more information: 

WANTED: Institutional Biosafety Committee graduate student representative
Deadline: Friday, November 18.
  • Are you a current UPEI/AVC graduate student?
  • Do you work with biohazardous material as part of your research?
  • Do you want to contribute to the research community and biosafety at UPEI?
  • Would you like to gain valuable experience (looks great on a CV!) and be the student voice on a committee composed of UPEI Faculty and staff?
The UPEI Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is seeking a volunteer graduate student member to join the IBC for a two-year term! The IBC meets monthly to review Biosafety Permit applications and discuss other issues related to biosafety on campus.

For more information on this exciting opportunity, or to express your interest, please contact Stephanie Palmer, Research Compliance Coordinator (, by Friday, November 18.

2023 AOSIS Fellowship Applications
Deadline: November 18th 2022

Download Application Form


AOSIS Fellowship

Designed to meet the specific needs of SIDS, the AOSIS Fellowship Programme is a unique opportunity for young professionals from Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) countries to get hands-on training and experience on issues of law, policy, and science, and to build enduring capacity in AOSIS member governments to engage in international processes.During the yearlong Fellowship Programme, Fellows will work at their UN Permanent Mission in New York, receive comprehensive training on climate change, oceans, environmental protection, and sustainable development issues, and gain real-world negotiation experience working with their national delegations and AOSIS at related UN conferences.

At the conclusion of the Programme, Fellows will return to their home country having developed the skills and knowledge needed to continue to engage on these issues and in the international process—as many former Fellows have continued to do.

Learn more...

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 January 2023!

News From Other Islands 

Cost of living pressures spark creative local solutions in Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula

Against the current: This kayaking filmmaker captures community-led solutions for the environment

Cook Islands partners up to counter climate change

Upcoming Island-centric Events 

COP 27
November 6th – 18th, 2022

What is COP27?
A defining moment in the fight against climate change.

Science has established beyond doubt that the window for action is closing rapidly. In November 2022, Egypt will host the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, with a view to building on previous successes and paving the way for future ambition.

A golden opportunity for all stakeholders to rise to the occasion and tackle effectively the global challenge of climate change facilitated by Egypt on the African continent.

It is the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

Goals and Vision for COP27

Inclusive, rules based and ambitious, substantive outcomes, commensurate with the challenge based on science and guided by principles building on agreements, decisions, pledges and commitments, from RIO 1992 to Glasgow 2021. We seek to accelerate global climate action through emissions reduction, scaled-up adaptation efforts and enhanced flows of appropriate finance. We recognize that ‘just transition’ remains a priority for developing countries worldwide.

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:
Islands Matter 'Scottish Islands as sustainable development transition zones?' Adele Lidderdale
12.00PM Thu 17 November

Adele Lidderdale graduated from Orkney College, UHI, with a Bsc in Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) in 2012 then completing a Msc in the same subject in 2022 where she completed her dissertation on the experience of women in green jobs in rural areas. She has had a fulfilling career here in the Isles working in the renewables industry for EMEC and Orkney Islands Council in various roles including data technician, hydrogen project manager and Climate Change Officer. She has recently embarked on a PhD to evaluate the implementation and efficacy of the Scottish National Islands plan in supporting the Islands development aspirations.

The Islands Matter webinars are the result of a collaboration between Dr Andrew Jennings Institute for Northern Studies UHI, Professor Frank Rennie UHI Outer Hebrides and Dr Beth Mouat UHI Shetland . 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.

Register here.
Islands Matter 'Mental Health Research and Scottish Islands' with Professor Sarah-Anne Munoz
12.00PM Thu 08 December

Previous UHI research has shown that many island interviewees, both healthcare professionals and community members, perceived gaps in mental health services and they highlighted the difficulty of accessing specialist services and facilities, which are often based in Inverness, particularly in crises.

Prof. Munoz has worked with researchers from Texas A & M University in Kingsville to pilot the use of a modified Delphi method to bring community members together and facilitate discussion so that the community members can identify needs and solutions in their areas. This method has recently been piloted by a UHI team within the Western Isles. This seminar will reflect on the modified Delphi method’s use in the Western Isles, the findings from the pilot and the research gaps in island mental health research more generally.

The Scottish pilot was funded by the Scottish Rural Health Partnership.

Presenter: Prof. Sarah-Anne Munoz, Professor of Rural Health, UHI

Co-authors: Dr. Liz Ellis, Research Fellow, UHI; Dr. Sara Bradley, Research Fellow, UHI; Hereward Proops, Lecturer, UHI Outer Hebrides; Rachel Erskine, Lecturer, UHI Outer Hebrides

The Islands Matter webinars are the result of a collaboration between Dr Andrew Jennings Institute for Northern Studies UHI, Professor Frank Rennie UHI Outer Hebrides and Dr Beth Mouat UHI Shetland . 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.

Register here.

Recent Webinar & Event Recordings

Island Lecture Series featuring Dr. Donald Rothwell:  “What’s law got to do with it! Islands And Their Status In International Law”
Our September 13 lecture featured Dr. Donald Rothman exploring the international conversation on the legal status of islands, a notion increasingly contested in various parts of the world. Can international law resolve these issues or just make them more contentious? 
Find it online:

'First a wudd, and syne a sea Scottish stories of memorable landscape change' Professor Patrick Nunn

GLISPA Bright Spot: Local Solutions in Action
In April 2022, GLISPA launched its inaugural Bright Spots Fellowship to help further showcase inspired, home-grown island solutions. This initiative brought together ten community champions, created a platform to share their stories and provided the opportunity to dialogue with influential global policymakers to discuss how their interventions can be scaled and sustained.  On October 25th, they presented to their community and friends six of their fellows who told their stories in their own words. Though looking through different lenses, each of these stories spoke to building trust through science, education, engagement, and the power of collaboration to inspire hope.

Watch now...

Recent Podcast Recordings

the hidden island
Season 3, Episode 2: PEI’s 1970s: the decade that changed everything – part 2

In part two of PEI’s wild and wacky 1970s, we learn about The Kitten Club. It opened in 1970, and it was something like a Playboy Bunny Club that operated in Brudenell. Yes, you read right. We also discuss the Ark – an experimental bio-shelter built at Spry Point and designed to be a world-leader in renewable energy. Finally, we celebrate the founding of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.

Features guest interviews Dr. Ed MacDonald, Catherine Hennessey and Dr. Alan MacEachern.

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!

Japan Island Depopulation: Lessons for Scotland

Published 21 September 2022

This research report - commissioned from a team based at Scotland's Rural College - explores policy approaches to depopulation on Japan's islands, and proposes a series of recommendations to the Scottish Government which may help inform the development of future island depopulation.


Latest Journal Issues:

Marine Policy
Island Studies Journal
Volume 17,  No. 2


Scholarly Papers

See More!

Shima v16n1


Aquatic Mythologies and Monstrosities:

Okinawan Journal of Island Studies (OJIS ) 
Vol.3 Number 2
 (March 2022)
Special Issue on Resilience & Vitality

PART I: Island Communities
Small States and Territories
Vol. 5, No. 1, May 2022

This volume features book reviews by two MAISers: Andrew Halliday and Laurie Brinklow! Andrew reviews Beate Ratter's Geography of Small Islands: Outposts of Globalisation, and Laurie reviews Laura J. Getty's Islands and Captivity In Popular Culture: A Critical Study of Film, Television and Literature. 

Other Papers

Anthropological Forum, Volume 32, Issue 1 (2022)
Revisiting Ideas of Power in Southeast Asia,
Guest Editor: Hjorleifur Jonsson

Calls for Papers and Submissions

Turning the Tide: Climate Change, Social Change, and Islandness – The Second International Conference on Small Island States and Sub-national Island Jurisdictions.

[Submissions close January 15th, 2023]

Islands are at the front lines of climate change. With close proximity to the oceans, they are often the first to experience land loss due to sea-level rise and erosion, the often catastrophic effects of extreme weather events, and the life-changing effects of changes in seasonality and temperature change on land and in the ocean. 

But what of social change on islands brought about by climate change? How are the effects of climate change impacting on islandness?

This transdisciplinary conference sets out to explore the theme of climate change and social change on islands through various sub-themes listed below.

  • Food sovereignty
  • Ocean health: ecosystem functionality (terrestrial, ocean, and the ecotone)
  • Diverse knowledges
  • Health and well-being
  • Material culture: lived experiences of the everyday
  • Climate and social justice
  • Methods: contextualising in context
  • Changing livelihoods
  • Gender and intergenerational framing

We want to share stories. We encourage academic papers, panels, roundtables, and non-traditional presentations (e.g., storytelling, interactive sessions, creative) from all disciplines, and we welcome submissions that look at the dynamics of climate change and social change on a case-by-case, island-by-island, or regional basis. All disciplinary perspectives are welcomed, but they must engage with notions of the lived experience of islandness. We are also keen to engage with presentations that adopt a more comparative framework or methodology in their critical analysis.


Abstracts of around 150 words each are invited on any of the above themes. These should be accompanied by the full name and institutional affiliation of the author/s.


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:

Call for papers 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:
Island Studies Journal thematic sections:

Arts and Media 

Emily Howard

Emily Howard is a visual artist from Prince Edward Island. Her intention is to create a "calming visual for the viewer to get lost in for a while, offering a quiet moment in a busy world."​ Emily finds her inspiration in the quiet landscapes of her home province of Prince Edward Island, translating the shades that surround her onto canvas. Her notes of realism and abstraction invite the viewer into her world, creating an endless variety of connections along the way.

All of my paintings are loosely tied to the magnificent colours and textures found all around this Island - at our beaches, across our shorelines, and in the flowers and fields. I find beauty and inspiration everywhere. I was raised here, and now I'm experience the gift of raising my own children here too.

Mostly I paint from memory. When I work, I just allow my mind to clear and let the paint tell its own story. Every painting is a small journal entry from the moment in my life when it was created.​


Check out Emily's new book The Morning We Met.
Full of wonder, The Morning We Met acknowledges the patience of parents everywhere, the ways our babies travel to us, and the absolute magic of holding them in our arms for the very first time.

Learn more...

Visit Emily's website, Facebook, and Instagram for more information.

While you're here, why not check out the Creative Well-being Initiative's Artist Survey or send it to an artist you know?

This survey aims to gauge the prevalence of mental health concerns among artists and arts workers based in Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island). As a result of this survey we will hopefully begin to determine what should be implemented to best support the mental health of artists. The survey will be anonymous, but the findings (including text based answers) may be shared publicly. The results of this survey will directly impact the draft strategic plan being created through The Creative Well-Being Initiative.

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

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.
Learn More
Do you have an island studies publication, upcoming event, new research, or other updates to share?
We would be delighted to share it with our global island studies network!
Submit details here
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