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"It wasn't a night unless you danced a set!":
Music, change, and community on an Irish island

with Rory McCabe

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
7 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building
University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown

The Island Lecture Series March lecture features guest Irish researcher Rory McCabe speaking about music from an island in County Mayo. Entitled "’It wasn't a night unless you danced a set!’: Music, change, and community on an Irish island,” the lecture will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus.  
This talk will explore aspects of community-life and music-making on Clare Island, Co. Mayo (population 159) from the 1950s to the present. Grounded in ethnographic research, the lecture will analyze the changing contexts and settings of island music-making during this period. These changes reveal important aspects of community life often neglected in academic and popular discourse about Irish islands.

Rory McCabe, with Clare Island in the background

Rory McCabe (BMus, MA Ethnomusicology) is an Irish Research Council Scholar and PhD researcher at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. His research examines music-making and community-life on Clare Island located three miles off the Co. Mayo coastline. During March 2020 he will be an Ireland Canada University Foundation visiting scholar at the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI.
Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881.


Sessional Instructor - Island Studies
Faculty of Arts

The Island Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Prince Edward Island has an opening for a Sessional Instructor to teach IST 6200―Communications Management and Island Issues―Summer 2020. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

IST 6200:  Communications Management and Island Issues
Competition Number: 08SI20

This course examines the concepts, principles and application of interpersonal and small group communications, public relations, strategic planning, law, leadership and ethics and applies them to island organizations and governments. This is a capstone course in the course and work-study-based MA Island Studies program. Therefore, the topics covered in this course will be discussed in the context of what students have learned throughout their program, and especially in their two “Theory and Practice” placements. Note that this course is scheduled to be taught in a condensed format, Monday to Friday from July 6th to the 17th.                     

The successful applicant should have a minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline or area of study, including Island Studies and Communication Management. Experience in teaching one or more courses at a university or college level that incorporate(s) material from a range of topics as described above is preferred. The successful applicant should be able to demonstrate how their experience in these fields can be applied pedagogically to a variety of island contexts.

Preference will be given to qualified candidates with seniority on the UPEI Sessional Roster of the academic unit

Application Instructions:

Applications should submit an updated curriculum vitae and the names of two academic references, electronically, to:

Dr. Jim Randall
Coordinator, Master of Arts Island Studies Program
Faculty of Arts
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown PE C1A 4P3
Tel. (902) 620-5013

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.

Closing date for applications is March 5, 2020



News from the

UNESCO CHAIR has been renewed for another four years

The Institute of Island Studies is thrilled to announce that the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability has been renewed for another four years, until July 13, 2024.

Established in July 2016, the Chair was intended to expand academic and research programs on islands at home and around the world. To that end, over the past four years it has hosted conferences on small island governance and islands and climate change; launched a 12-island research project looking at governance and sustainability; produced several publications, including PEI Vital Signs 2019, in partnership with the Community Foundation of PEI, and Global Islands Report, in collaboration with the Foreign Affairs Office of the Government of Hainan Island, China; and many other activities.

The chair, originally held by Dr. Jim Randall (UPEI) and Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino (U of Malta), is one of 700 UNESCO chairs around the world and is the first in Atlantic Canada. With the stepping down of Godfrey, the renewed chair will continue to be held by Jim at UPEI.

The principal long-term mission of the Chair of Island Studies and Sustainability is to contribute to the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)—a UNESCO priority since the articulation of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000—and to extend this priority to Subnational Island Jurisdictions (SNIJs). The chair proposes to harness the insights and experience of island studies scholars, students, governments, and organizations worldwide.

Writes Peter Wells, Section Chief for Higher Education at UNESCO in Paris, "I am confident that the UNESO Chair will continue to work closely with UNESCO’s Secretariat and other partners to promote island studies and sustainability, and to contribute to the UNESCO SIDS Action Plan and to the Mid Term Review of the SAMOA Pathway, through training, research, networking, international scholarships, conferences and publications. The Chair is invited to further develop the South-South cooperation in all its areas of work."

For more information, please contact Dr. Jim Randall, UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability:


News from Island Studies Press

Island Studies Press books receive top awards


Listening for the Dead Bells by Marian Bruce received the Publication of the Year Award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation at the awards ceremony at Eptek Art & Culture Centre in Summerside on Islander Day, February 17. Each year this prize is awarded to an individual or group responsible for a publication or presentation making a significant contribution to the understanding of any aspect of the heritage of Prince Edward Island. Marian's collection of folklore about ghosts, witches, seers, and forerunners aims to nurture the storytelling tradition on PEI and inspire others to collect more tales before they are forgotten. Congratulations, Marian!

Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Mammals by Rosemary Curley, Pierre-Yves Daoust, Donald F. McAlpine, Kimberly Riehl, and J. Dan McAskill won the 2020 City of Summerside Culture and Heritage Award - Natural Heritage Activities. The award was given out at the Mayor's Annual Heritage Tea on February 21. Congratulations to Rosemary and team!

Summerside councillor Carrie Adams and Mayor Basil Stewart present the Natural Heritage Activity Award to Rosemary Curley, who headed up the research and publication of Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Waters alongside collaborators Kimberly Riehl and Pierre-Yves Daoust at City Hall on Friday, February 21. (Photo by Alison Jenkins)

In addition to bookstores and select gift shops, these and other Island Studies Press books are available for sale online.



Book chapters in
The Bridge Effect: Critical Reflections in the Age of Technological Solutionism

Edited by Dr. Laurie Brinklow, University of Prince Edward Island
Dr. Andrew Jennings, University of the Highlands and Islands


In 2007, Godfrey Baldacchino’s edited collection, Bridging Islands, was published, consisting of examples of bridges and tunnels from North America, Europe, the British Isles, and Singapore and focusing on the general sociocultural, economic, and political impacts of those bridges on their islands. The book set the stage for the debate as to how a permanent link between island and mainland might change people’s sense of identity: do islanders, once they are linked, still feel like islanders?

In the 13 years since its publication, more bridges and tunnels have been proposed and more permanent structures have been built―but there has been little or no study done on their impacts. Bridging an island is often a polarizing subject: an islander can cherish the bounded flavour that an island provides, or can valorize the benefits of a link―for instance, the convenience and monetary benefits of transporting people and goods on- and off-island. A permanent link might even allow an island to remain a viable place to live. And not all bridges are physical. In recent years, access to broadband is allowing islanders to be part of the global world but still make a living on their islands. In the case of Saint Helena, a new airport has finally allowed “Saints” timely access to the rest of the world.

This edited volume will consist of examples of bridged islands―both physical and metaphorical―from around the globe. From economic effects―positive AND negative―resulting from a link, to how islanders feel about themselves as islanders once they've been joined to a mainland or another island, we wish to explore if and how “islandness” or island living―and, ultimately, island identity―has changed on these small islands.

We invite scholars―established and emerging―to submit a proposal (a 250-word abstract) for a chapter.

  • Chapters must be original and unpublished
  • Submissions only accepted in English
  • Chapters between 5,000 and 7,000 words
  • Chapter to follow provided style guides
  • Editors and publisher (TBA) have the right to reject submissions
  • The volume will aim for thematic balance and geographic representation

Following is an approximate timeline:

  • Abstract deadline: May 31, 2020
  • Chapter deadline: November 30, 2020
  • Peer review process: December–February 2021
  • Revision of chapter: April 2021
  • Submission to publisher: September 2021
  • Expected publication: 2022

For additional information, or to run an idea past us, please contact Dr. Laurie Brinklow at and/or Dr. Andrew Jennings at



Sylvain Petit
and the Work of the Small Islands Organisation (SMILO)
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 14:00–15:30 GMT

After a short hiatus, organizers at the Rural Policy Centre at Scotland's Rural College are pleased to be back, with an invitation to the sixth in their Island Webinar Series on Thursday, March 26, 2020, 14:00–15:30 GMT.
The Webinar will be presented by Sylvain Petit, Executive Secretary of the Small Islands Organisation (SMILO). SMILO is an NGO that supports small islands towards the sustainable management of their islands resources, in relation to water and sanitation, waste, energy, biodiversity, landscapes and heritage. The approach aims to guarantee that human development respects and fosters islands’ good ecological and environmental status, thanks to a shared governance (more information below). Sylvain will be presenting an overview of the organisation and provide some examples of their work.
Those people who are based in/near Edinburgh are once again welcome to come to SRUC to join the webinar if you wish (tea/coffee and light refreshments will be available). For those based outside Edinburgh, you will be able to access the webinar remotely through your PC or phone―we will send details on how to do this nearer the time. Please feel free to forward this email to any colleagues that may also be interested.
If you are keen to test the technology before the webinar, please get in touch and we can organise a suitable date/time to do this.
Please rsvp to to let us know if you wish to attend the webinar. In your email, please let us know whether you plan to come to SRUC in person or to access the webinar remotely.

Video recordings of previous webinars are available online.

First International Conference on Inland Waterways, Waterscapes and Cultural Heritage
Hue (Vietnam)
December 8–11, 2020

Inland waterways include rivers, canals, lakes, lagoons, floodplains, reservoirs, wetlands, and inland saline systems. A waterscape can be defined as a landscape in which water is a dominant feature and these can be very different, ranging from irrigated agricultural areas such as the terraced rice paddies of South East Asia, transport canal routes, urban waterfront developments, engineered lakes, lagoon and riverine environments and many others.
Keynote lectures will be given by Prof. Francesco Vallerani (Ca’ Foscari University, Venice) and Prof. Bruce Prideaux (Central Queensland University, Australia) plus others to be confirmed.
We welcome papers discussing:
  • Tangible and intangible cultural, industrial and environmental water heritage and history
  • Leisure, tourism and well-being on and near inland waters: boating, kayaking, canoeing, walking, running, hiking, cycling, angling, etc.
  • Identities and belonging on and near water
  • Discourses, representations and narratives of inland waters in cultural texts and arts (visual art, literature, film, TV, (social) media etc.)
  • Water transport and mobilities
  • (Potable) water use, sustainability and conservation patterns in agriculture, aquaculture, tourism, everyday life etc.
  • Flood (or drought) events and the everyday discourses of the climate crises
  • Hydropolitics and water management practices, systems and policies
  • Waterfront regeneration, redevelopment, planning and governance
  • Infrastructures and engineering: hydroelectrics, dams, canalization
Abstracts should be submitted to the organising committee:

Delegates presenting at the conference will be invited to submit expanded versions of their papers for inclusion in a themed issue of the refereed journal Shima that will be published in 2021.



DEADLINE: March 23, 2020


Fogo Island Arts is seeking applications for its international residency program from artists working in a wide range of disciplines. Residencies will take place in 2021 and 2022. Residencies Fogo Island Arts residencies provide opportunities for artists to live and work on Fogo Island for six to eight weeks. Artists-in-residence are provided with accommodation and studio space, a vehicle for on-island use, and a weekly stipend to offset the costs of materials and day-to-day living expenses. Most travel expenses are also covered. Artists-in-residence must give one public presentation, performance, workshop, or similar event during their residency. FIA residencies are intended for professional contemporary artists with specialized training, recognition among their peers, and a history of public presentation of their work in a professional context.

Residency Periods
Successful candidates will work with FIA staff to determine a six- to eight-week residency within the following periods: April 1 to June 15, 2021; September 1 to November 15, 2021; April 1 to June 15, 2022; September 1 to November 15, 2022. 

Selection Process
Six candidates will be selected by a jury which includes FIA Advisory Board members Eleanor Dawson; Katy Graham Debost; Fabrizio Gallanti, Elisa Nuyten, Silke Otto-Knapp, and Monika Szewczyk; as well as FIA Director of Programs and Exhibitions Alexandra McIntosh; and FIA Strategic Director Nicolaus Schafhausen as jury chair. Applicants will be notified of their status by July 1, 2020.

How to Apply
The program guidelines and application portal are available online at Fogo Island Arts:


The Islands and Small States Institute 
From a Programme to a Centre of Excellence

30th Anniversary Commemorative Publication
Edited by Joseph Caruana & Dominik Kalweit

Congratulations to the Islands and Small States institute at the University of Malta!

The Institute―home to many friends and colleagues including Godfrey Baldacchino, Lino Briguglio, and Stefano Moncada, to name a few―turns 30 this year. And to celebrate they've produced a beautiful commemorative booklet detailing their work and many accomplishments, which can be found here

Here's to another 30 years, friends!


Government of Prince Edward Island
looking for sustainable community champions

A collaborative approach to energy generation will help Island communities take the lead on how they fuel their homes and businesses. 

Building on lessons learned from sustainable energy models in Samsø Island and in Gottingen, Germany, the Government of Prince Edward Island is now looking for community champions to develop a local approach to sustainable community energy generation. 

“We want to help Islanders establish innovative community-led and community-based energy generation models. Participating communities will directly benefit through energy independence, local economic development, and long-term savings on their energy bills,” says Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Steven Myers.

Samsø is a carbon-neutral island in Denmark. They produce more energy than they use. Samsø has reduced their heating costs by 40 per cent and created local energy businesses that don’t rely on imported oil. In Samsø, they have four district heating plants, burning straw or waste wood and using solar or wind power. They buy the straw from local farmers at above market prices. The heat from straw goes to heat homes for a much lower price than burning fossil fuels. The waste from their district heating plant goes to fertilize crops to complete the sustainable cycle.

In Gottingen, Germany, government representatives toured a co-generation power plant that produces electricity and district heat from corn, to fuel two villages. This is one of 9,000 such plants in Germany.  Representatives also visited HAWK University, where scientists are researching ways to turn waste into power through highly efficient district heating systems―making district heating technology more viable than ever.

“We need to hear from Islanders on how they want to make community energy generation a reality in their towns, villages and neighborhoods,” said Minister Myers. “Communities will have direct involvement―and direct benefit―from the sustainable infrastructure that will power their homes, businesses and community centres for decades to come.”

More information on sustainable communities, including the request for expressions of interest, is available at Sustainable Communities Initiative. In the coming weeks, there will be community information sessions across the province to begin the dialogue on how communities make energy generation work for them. 

Master of Arts in Island Studies Program

March 31, 2020

We are accepting applications for our long-running Master of Arts in Island Studies Program, an interdisciplinary program that accepts students from all disciplinary backgrounds. All we ask is that you have a passion for islands. Thesis stream students may adopt a comparative approach to study islands or explore a topic or issue that is crucial to one island. Either way, the program will prepare students with the practical research skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a world increasingly defined by interconnections and interactions among peoples and regions. 

Apply by March 31 to be considered for an Entrance Scholarship.
New stream this year
The MAIS program has a new offering for the 2020-21 academic year in the course/work-study program. In addition to Island Tourism and Sustainable Island Communities, we will offer International Relations and Island Public Policy. This is in addition to the long-running thesis program.
"Future Prosperity for PEI" scholarships
These scholarships are open to incoming students in the thesis program and are worth $12,500/year x 2 yrs. Students who are awarded one of these scholarships must agree to write their thesis generally on one of the following topics:
  • Enhancing Rural Labour Markets in an Era of Rural Population Challenges
  • The Development of Prince Edward Island as an All-Seasons Tourism Destination: Lessons from other Cold Water Small Islands
  • An Analysis of Entrepreneurship on Prince Edward Island: A Case Study of [insert a sector here]
  • PEI as a Living Lab for Renewable Energy: The Preconditions for a Sustainable Future
  • A Longitudinal Analysis of Newcomer Entrepreneurs on Prince Edward Island
  • Stories of Island Repatriation: A Qualitative Analysis of Islanders Who “Lived Away”


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