Island Studies News | February 2022

Island Studies News | February 2022

A note from the editor:
Hello and welcome to the February issue of Island Studies News!
It's the shortest month of the year but it's still full of exciting announcements!

We are proud to announce the latest SSHRC award winners at UPEI! Check out our MAIS section to meet our winners and learn about their research.
We are excited to announce the long-awaited answer to the question: who will be filling the position of UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability now that Dr. Jim Randall has retired?

Thank you to everyone that attended our first webinar of the year last month. If you missed the live session, or want to revisit the talk, the full recording is now available on our youtube channel.

Join us next month to attend the second installment of our 2022 Island Lecture Series, featuring Shaina Sehgal! Don't forget to mark it on your calendar, March will be here before you know it!
Until next time, take care!
          - Megan Lane
Bright Spot: Supporting the Arts: 

To recover from the upheaval brought on by the pandemic, the Republic of Ireland is planning to pay the basic income of 2000 artists as they pursue creative projects.

Latest from Island Studies at UPEI

Institute of Island Studies

Island Lecture Series: Trade in the Nicobar Islands
With Shaina Sehgal

March 22nd, 1pm AST

In the second installment of the 2022 Island Lecture series, Shaina Sehgal will present 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 will sketch 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.

To register, please email 

Shaina is an interdisciplinary scholar who has studied the social and environmental issues across diverse and challenging terrains across India (mountains, forests, and islands) over the past decade as a graduate student and researcher at Ambedkar University Delhi, India. Her Ph.D. in Human Ecology examined trade, agriculture, development and governance in the Nicobar Islands, using archival research, quantitative data analysis, social network analysis, and ethnographic research.

Report: Two-year Timeline of COVID-19 Pandemic Impacting Islands Worldwide

From January 2020, the Global Islands Network (GIN) website began to source and feature articles on how COVID-19 was having disparate consequences upon islands worldwide. Over the next two years 1100 articles were posted on the GIN News Desk covering some 150 different countries, territories or local jurisdictions. All these are individually named and listed, together with regions (i.e. Caribbean, Pacific, SIDS), on the contents page so that readers can quickly identify them and their associated articles. In addition, the main purpose of this report is merely to act as a resource enabling all those who are interested to undertake further research. As you would expect, the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 upon islands predominate throughout this series of press articles. Whilst the repercussions for island tourism are manifest there are ten additional thematic areas listing articles covering multiple other topics that are specific to islands.

Read the report | Download PDF

Where were you in '92?

SST Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2, November 2022. Special section on ‘The Power of Jurisdiction: The 30th Anniversary of the 1992 "Island Living" International Conference hosted by the Institute of Island Studies in Prince Edward Island, Canada’

Deadline for 300-word abstract: February 15th, 2022.
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: April 15th, 2022.

Small States & Territories (SST) is pleased to announce a call for submissions of manuscripts in celebration of a unique international forum of island states and territories held in September 1992, almost exactly 30 years from this publication. The conference, hosted by the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), in Canada’s smallest province, was the first to bring academic, business, policy, and political leaders together to explore the role that jurisdiction plays in the economic destiny of about 25 sovereign and non-sovereign island territories in the North Atlantic theatre. Travelling north from Bermuda collecting islands along the eastern coast of the U.S. and Canada, thence to Greenland, Iceland, the Faroes, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey, then the Aland islands, the conference then headed south and west again across the Mediterranean drawing in the islands of Cyprus, Malta, Corsica, and finally the Azores.  

The main conference theme was an exploration of the importance of constitutional status and the respective strengths and weaknesses of jurisdiction and policy in the economic fortunes of small island states and territories. Was sovereignty essential, as in the case of Iceland and Malta? What did the non-sovereign islands have to say on the matter? How could each put their powers to work most effectively in a strategy for their economic development? Most important of all, could small island states and territories overcome vulnerability and chart their own development successfully? And if so, what lessons did one place have for another? Such were the big overarching questions. 

We now invite thoughtful contributions from those who attended this conference, those who may have been impacted by its deliberations, and/or those who have reflected on its themes for any small state or territory. While we encourage papers on islands and their unique features, we do not restrict the call to island territories. The power of jurisdiction and policy, of course, can be pursued in any small territory.  

We are particularly interested in contributions that, for example:

  • reflect on the conference theme and demonstrate its importance in a ‘best’ case study of a small state/territory or a comparative study 

  • capture the history and show the development of this idea of 'policy trumping smallness' in the literature on small states and territories

  • discuss and illustrate success and/or failure of academic, business, policy and political elites in small state/territory strategies   

  • discuss the case for/against sovereignty and the politics of secession in the current state of world/regional governance systems.    

Manuscripts that are comparative in approach and thematically related to the 1992 conference themes are particularly welcome.

The special section editor (David Milne) invites interested authors to send an early abstract of around 300 words of their proposed submission to Small States & Territories Journal by February 15th, 2022. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is April 15th, 2022.

Island studies in the News

Cultural Heritage Report For Historic Bridge Doesn’t Capture Cultural Identity That Some Call “Island Time”

LITTLE CURRENT, Ont. – The recently released report on the cultural heritage value of the Little Current swing bridge gives those with Manitoulin Island connections pause, much like the iconic bridge itself.

Manitoulin Island, situated in Lake Huron, is the largest freshwater island, in a lake, in the world. The island is 160 kilometres long, covers an area of 2,766 square kilometres and has a population of just over 13,000.

The swing bridge provides the only year-round road access from Manitoulin Island to the mainland. Its 172-metre length crosses the North Channel of Lake Huron between Goat Island and the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands (NEMI). 

Built in 1913, the one-lane swing bridge is an Ontario heritage bridge.  In summer, the bridge swings open at the top of each daylight hour for 15 minutes to let waiting boat traffic pass through the North Channel.

Click here to read more of this article including an interview with our own Dr. Laurie Brinklow!

UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability  

Dr. Jean Mitchell named UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability
Dr. Katherine Gottschall-Pass, interim vice-president academic and research at UPEI, has announced the appointment of Dr. Jean Mitchell as the next UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability at the University. Dr. Mitchell is an associate professor of anthropology at UPEI with extensive research and project experience in Indonesia, India, and the South Pacific nations of Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. In the role as UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, Dr. Mitchell will take a broad perspective on small islands’ sustainability across the intersecting socio-economic, cultural, aesthetic, and environmental domains. Among other things, she will serve as an effective conduit for transferring innovative ideas; develop connections and collaborations; and contribute to research on small islands and the training of the next generation of island studies scholars and practitioners. The long-term mission of the UNESCO Chair at UPEI is to contribute to achieving the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). This has been a UNESCO priority since the articulation of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000. This priority was also extended to Sub-National Island Jurisdictions. The UNESCO chair is hosted by the Institute of Island Studies (IIS). Established in 1985, the IIS is a research and public policy institute based at the University of Prince Edward Island focusing on the culture, environment, and economy of small islands around the world, with emphasis on Prince Edward Island. Drs. Jim Randall and Godfrey Baldacchino were named co-chairs in 2016, and Dr. Randall took on the role of sole chair until his retirement in 2021. Details on the UNESCO Chair's work to date can be found at

Island Studies Press

"A recent recipient of the SSHRC Exchange Publication Award"

SSHRC Exchange Publication Awards – Spring 2022 Call for Applications 

The Vice-President Academic and Research will make available up to two awards to support the publication of manuscripts, written or edited by UPEI faculty, by Island Studies Press (ISP). These awards are being funded by a SSHRC Institutional Grant; therefore, the subject matter of the publication must be compatible with SSHRC’s mandate (see for more information).

The awards of $5,000 each will be disbursed to ISP to cover publication costs (including editing, photo and other permissions, design, printing, marketing, and other costs associated with publishing a book). Authors will be offered ISP’s standard publication contract, which ensures authorial copyright and includes a royalty structure. Authors will also see their manuscripts reviewed through a peer-review process where appropriate.

ELIGIBILITY: Manuscripts that are written and/or edited by UPEI faculty, including contract and sessional faculty, are eligible. The manuscripts may be single- or multi-authored results of academic research projects; textbooks; edited proceedings of a conference; or works of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, or drama that pertain to the author's or authors' discipline. The subject matter of the manuscript must meet SSHRC’s mandate.



Recent recipients include:

Time Flies: Landscapes and Change on Prince Edward Island, 19352020 by Josh MacFadyen (forthcoming 2023)

Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainability: A Practical Guide for Educators by Linyuan Guo-Brennan (forthcoming 2022)

The Chemistry of Innovation: Regis Duffy and the Story of DCL by Lori Mayne and Mo Duffy Cobb (June 2021)

My island’s the house I sleep in at night by Laurie Brinklow (May 2021)

An Introduction to Island Studies by James E. Randall (November 2020)

The Philosopher: One-Act Plays by Malcolm Murray (April 2019)

Crossing Troubled Waters: Abortion in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Prince Edward Islandedited by Colleen MacQuarrie (October 2018)

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. John N. Telesford

Dr. John N. Telesford is Associate Dean of the School of Continuing Education at the T. A. Marryshow Community College, St. George, Grenada. His research interest lies at the interface of policy and resource use (focus on energy) in small island states and jurisdictions, leading towards sustainable island futures and achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). He applies tools from Industrial Ecology, such as material and energy flows and socio-economic metabolism to analyze impacts on island sustainability in the context of the pressures of climate change. He also conducts research on education and learning for island communities’ sustainable development. 

Elgie, A. R., Singh, S. J., & Telesford, J. N. (2021). You can’t manage what you can’t measure: The potential for circularity in Grenada’s waste management system. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 164, 105170.

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

We are pleased to announce that two of our MAIS students, Greg Elison and Alyssa M. J. Gillespie, are receiving awards from last year’s Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s Program Competition from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)!
Congratulations, Alyssa and Greg!
Greg Elison: MAIS Thesis Student. Thesis title "The Path to Carbon Neutrality - Community Based Renewable Energy on Prince Edward Island"
Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Greg received his Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Mount Allison University in International Relations, and a double minor in Economics and History. As a thesis student in the MAIS program, he has chosen to focus his research on regional development, economic decarbonization, and Islandness with the hopes of utilizing this interdisciplinary approach to explore the socio-economic factors that facilitate community renewable energy expansion on Prince Edward Island.
Alyssa M. J. Gillespie: MAIS Thesis student. Thesis title "Roots, Routes, and Rural Youth Retention on Prince Edward Island".

Alyssa is a born and raised P.E.Islander with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and English from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). As a Master of Arts in Island Studies thesis student, she is applying her degree to the study of rural youth on Prince Edward Island and their migratory habits.
Alyssa’s scholarly pursuits are anchored in her passion for child and youth studies, culture, and relation to place, and she has a particular interest in creative writing, specifically poetry. She has worked with the L.M. Montgomery Institute, housed in the Robertson Library of UPEI, since the fall of 2019 as an editorial assistant for the Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies.
Further congratulations to Alyssa for the publication of her book review for Pete Hay’s anthology! Alyssa's review will be published this February in the online journal Otoliths.
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.
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

PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Seeking Public Input

Deadline to complete the survey: Friday, February 28 at 5 p.m.

Island residents and visitors are invited to participate in a survey to help develop a strategic plan for the provincial museums system.
The strategic plan will provide direction on the seven provincial museums, inform future investments in the system and strengthen the heritage sector across Prince Edward Island.
“Our provincial museum and heritage system is at a crossroads. We need the input of Islanders and visitors in order to move forward,” said Matthew McRae, Executive Director of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. “We want to know what experiences, exhibitions and programs will best help Islanders and visitors build meaningful connections to our amazing human and natural heritage.”

For more information, visit: Development of a Strategic Plan for the Provincial Museums System. Individuals can also complete the survey at any provincial public library across the province.
For more information on the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, visit PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.


Island Innovation Awards
You have until February 15th to apply or nominate a person or an organization to the Island Innovation Awards. In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Awards will give deserved recognition to individuals and businesses making a positive difference in the island and rural communities across the globe. There are 12 different categories related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
If you believe you contribute to sustainable development through your work, we strongly encourage you to apply to the Awards.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Island Studies International Conference 2022 “Creativity, Ingenuity, and Practice” content “Creativity, Ingenuity, and Practice”

Early Bird Registration: 15 February 2022

Final Registration Date: 15 March 2022

Conference: 22 - 25 June 2022

Islands have long been centres of creativity, ingenuity, and innovation. This conference seeks to share knowledge of and celebrate facets of island creativity. We invite proposals for papers, panels, posters, roundtables and (creative) workshops that highlight the many ways island societies put their manifold creative skills into practice, from their distinct responses to political, environmental, economic and social challenges, to the development of island creative economies and the promotion of community well-being.

In line with this theme, we welcome submissions on the following topics:

  1. Creative Economy on Islands
  2. Experience of the Island-based Creative Practitioner
  3. Creative Entrepreneurship on Islands
  4. Creative Approaches to Island Political, Environmental, Economic and Social Challenges
  5. Creative Approaches to Sustainable Island Tourism
  6. Other themes relating to islands studies will also be considered

ISIC, the annual conference of the Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI), will be hosted by the Centre for Island Creativity (CIC).

Registration Fees: £160

Early Bird: UK£135

Online Presentation Fee: £130

Students: UK£100 (5 Scholarships Available)

All presenters are required to register and pay to attend the conference.


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Dr Evangelia Papoutsaki | Email:

Dr Meng Qu | Email:

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.

Recent Webinar & Event Recordings

Island Lecture Series: Art and Climate Change Adaptation
1pm AST January 18th, 2022

In the first installment of the 2022 Island Lecture series, Ilse van Dijk presented the findings of the research she conducted as an intern with Island Studies and the School of Climate Change and Adaptation at UPEI. The research was funded by the Climate Sense project.  In her research project, Ilse aimed to identify possibilities for the integration of artistic processes into climate change adaptation policies on Prince Edward Island.

Climate change and climate change adaptation are increasingly represented in the arts. Previous research has to some extent established that the resulting ‘climate art’ can perform a variety of functions, in addition to its artistic value, such as articulating difficult emotions and translating complex information. However, policymaking for climate change and adaptation does not utilize the potential of climate art. In her research project, Ilse developed a concept for the integration of artistic processes into adaptation policymaking on Prince Edward Island. The research is based on qualitative data, gathered through in-depth interviews with artists, cultural experts and climate change adaptation policymakers on Prince Edward Island.

Watch the full recording on our Youtube channel!

Recent Podcast Recordings

Once upon an island - Green tourism

4: Brownsea (United Kingdom): How to keep the balance between desirable tourism, which induces economic development, and its status as a biodiversity sanctuary island?Episode

If you are nature lover and sensitive to the conservation of biodiversity, Brownsea Island is the perfect place for an outdoor and adventurous experience. If you stay long enough on the Island, you may feel the special spirit that drives the islanders and visitors. Brownsea is reputed for its outstanding biodiversity. The whole island is a nature reserve punctuated by woodland and heath, hills, and with a wide variety of species. Brownsea is a nature reserve with a large number of protection status (Conservation area for heathlands, Protection area for birds). 
Brownsea draws about 140,000 visitors per year, mainly between March and October. It is closed the rest of the year. 

The challenge today for the island is to keep the balance between desirable tourism, which induces economic development, and its status as  a biodiversity sanctuary island.

the hidden island

S2 Episode 4: rumrunning: an island tradition

Who doesn't love a great drinking story? For the final episode we go back to the late 1800s when prohibition was first introduced on PEI. Although prohibition lasted for 70 years on the island, you could still get your booze… if you knew where to go. From rumrunners to moonshine makers to speakeasy bars, we discover just how inventive islanders were in skirting the law for a good drink.


Features guest interviews: Dr. Heidi MacDonald, Reginald "Dutch" Thompson, J. Clint Morrison and Ken Mill.

Read the episode transcript and shownotes here.

Island Converstions

Episode 05 - Godfrey Baldacchino

In this podcast, we will be hearing from Professor Godfrey Baldacchino. One of the key figures in the field of Island Studies described as “having done more work than any other scholar to establish and promote Island Studies as a legitimate field of academic teaching and research” (quoting Lisa Fletcher). Godfrey is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Malta, where he served until recently as Pro-Rector for International Development and Quality Assurance. He also served as Canada Research Chair and UNESCO co-chair in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. And this year, he was appointed ambassador for the Republic of Malta, for islands and small states. He is the president of ISISA, one of the leading Island studies associations, and also the founding editor of Islands Studies Journal, one of the leading journals in this field, as well as the editor of a new open-access journal for Small States and Territories.


Read the episode transcript and shownotes here.

Upcoming Publications

The Caribbean on the Edge: The Political Stress of Stability, Equality, and Diplomacy Hardcover – April 22nd, 2022

In a time of persistent uncertainty, fragile eco-structures, the politics of "populism," and limits in institutional leadership, The Caribbean on the Edge acts as an analytical roadmap into a challenging era of globalization for the countries on the edge of history in the Caribbean, those often on a policy standstill pondering which way and how to turn. Winston Dookeran traces ideas evolved in development and diplomacy over the last decade to identify the path for new analytical leadership. The Caribbean on the Edge discusses the ideas central to leadership, including the political issues involved in development, governance, and diplomacy. Tracing the evolution of various schools of thought that influence policy choices, The Caribbean on the Edge introduces new approaches and risk factors that are aligned with the current realities in the region. Above all, this book is about the development of new practices that will usher in a radical shift in thinking, policy, and practice in order to unlock the paralysis of a Caribbean on the edge. Now available for pre-order!

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!

"Remote Region: Practicing and Researching Remote Religion in the Andaman Islands Raka Banerjee"
- Raka Banerjee
Journal of Marine and Island Cultures, Vol. 10 No. 2

Remoteness is an attribute that has often been negatively attached to island-spaces like the Andaman Islands, separated from the Indian mainland by the vast Bay of Bengal, located at the ‘liquid borderlands’ of South and Southeast Asia. The Covid-19 pandemic, on the other hand, has popularised the use of ‘remote’ methods of enabling religio-social interaction. The islanders of these geographically ‘remote’ locations use these ‘remote’ ways of connecting to perform their religious practices and maintain their faith networks, which is otherwise compromised due to the pandemic-induced restrictions on social gatherings. By exploring the ‘online’ global faith networks of the little-known Matua religion, as well as, the social, technical and logistical constraints in the devotees’ access to ‘remote’ religion, the paper addresses two questions: first, how do individuals play out their identities, both as islander and as devotee, ‘online’; second, what are the corresponding technological and logistical conditions that enable their ‘presence’ and who are the ‘absent’ actors. Drawing from remotely collected data, particularly online ethnography and telephonic interviews, the paper explores the mediating role of technology in destabilizing, as well as, solidifying concepts of remoteness and isolation, particularly in the peripheries of nation, during times of restricted mobility.

Latest Journal Issues:

Island Studies Journal -Ahead of Print Articles See More!

Shima v15n2 See More.

Okinawan Journal of Island Studies, Volume 2 (March 2021) [Japanese]

Island Regional Science Volume 2 [Japanese]

Calls for Papers and Submissions

Call for papers for a special section of Island Studies Journal on ‘Policing and Justice in Island Communities’

First drafts deadline: March 15th, 2022
Formal submissions to ISJ deadline: May 31st, 2022

Research that focuses on policing and the justice systems from an island perspective is extremely rare. We wish to develop a thematic section of Island Studies Journal (ISJ) that addresses how island or archipelagic characteristics influence the nature, complexities, or potentials, and challenges of such issues as:
  • Police legitimacy
  • Incarceration and pre-trial detention
  • Policing the pandemic
  • Personalization of policing and criminal investigations
  • Use and abuse of force
  • Sentencing, punishment, and rehabilitation
  • Prison locations and prison conditions
  • Quality and type of police and justice services provided
We encourage the involvement of scholars working in various disciplines and different parts of the world, including scholars engaged in comparative island research. Researchers using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches are encouraged to submit their proposals for consideration. The first step in preparing this thematic section is to assemble a strong group of abstracts for consideration by the editors of ISJ. It is not possible for the guest editor to guarantee publication or at this stage even guarantee that the thematic section will move forward. However, the editor-in-chief of ISJ has offered encouragement regarding this proposal.

It is hoped that this special section will be published in the May 2023 issue of ISJ, but individual papers will be published online ahead of print as and when they complete the peer review and editorial process. For further information or in order to submit an abstract, please contact guest editors Wendell C. Wallace ( and Malisa Neptune-Figaro (

Interested authors are asked to send first drafts of their papers to the guest editors by the deadline of  March 15th, 2022 at the latest, using ‘Thematic Section on Policing and Justice in Island Communities’ as the subject of the e-mail. The guest editors will then undertake an initial analysis of the paper and recommend revisions if necessary. Authors whose draft papers have been approved will be invited to submit their formal submissions to ISJ by May 31st, 2022 through the journal’s online submission system:

All papers will be subject to peer review. Authors are expected to engage with the existing body of island studies and/or ocean studies literature, as found not only in ISJ but also in other journals and publications. Papers must be both theoretically informed and methodologically appropriate for their purpose. In order to be accepted for publication, articles must place island processes or ‘islandness’ at the center of their analyses as it is not enough for an article to simply concern a place that happens to be an island. Final manuscripts should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words, must be written in excellent English, and must be prepared in accordance with the ISJ submission guidelines:
Water an Open Access Journal by MDPI
Special Issue: 'Water Resources Management and Water Security in Small Island Communities'
Deadline for manuscript submission: March 31st, 2022

A Special Issue of Water, an Open Access Journal by MDPI (Impact Factor 3.1) will feature a collection of papers addressing the impending water security crisis faced by Small Island Communities. Over 70 percent of Small Island Developing States face the risk of water shortages leading to water insecurity, a condition only exacerbated with climate change. Groundwater depletion, for example, increases the risk of saltwater intrusion. Industrial expansion into island communities adds pressure to water supply and water quality. Added to this, historical water governance structures create complexity in local water management, particularly for small island communities experiencing rapid human population growth. The impending water crisis extends beyond the developing world. Equally problematic is pressure on water resources in the more developed world. The attraction of “island life” as an escape from post-pandemic urban living places additional demand on precious, but limited, local water resources.

This Special Issue of Water welcomes contributions from NGOs, government, professionals and academics.  Please send your submissions to Guest Editor Dr. Robert Patrick, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, S7N 5C8 Canada.
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 

Patricia Bourque

Patricia Bourque is a Canadian Mi’kmaw Photographer from Charlottetown, PEI. Bourque’s work is driven by her love and passion for Mi’kmaw traditional cultural events, live music performances, community events, Island life and the beautiful landscapes and characters around her. Patricia presently sitting on the board of directors for The Guild and the East Coast Music Association. As a photographer, Patricia has exhibited at The Guild, the Confederation of the Arts and Eptek Art & Culture Centre and is part of public collections on the Island and in the Confederation Centre of the Arts. She also has work hanging in a Senator’s Office in Ottawa, and in PEI’s Premier’s here in Charlottetown!

Check out her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more great photography!

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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