The latest Island Studies news and updates
A note from the Institute of Island Studies team
Here on Prince Edward Island we are in the dog days of summer: hot sunny days, fragrant balmy evenings, and with the exception of a few summer residents and some Atlantic Canadians who are in our "bubble," we have the island to ourselves. It is a strange time, with many businesses, restaurants, accommodations, and tourism operators struggling to stay open. Those of us who can are doing our best to "support local" with our staycations and shopping at mom-and-pop stores. Like farmers have been saying over the millennia: we can only hope for next year.

But here in Island Studies, we are keeping busy, as you'll see from the contents of this newsletter. We are looking forward to meeting our new students this fall and welcoming back the ones who never left. We are preparing for the
Virtual Island Summit in September, and, as one of the "hubs," we are planning a virtual event in advance of the Summit. We are even planning to bring our Island Lecture Series online this fall. Stay tuned for details! 

And most mornings you'll find us back in our offices in Main Building on campus, so please stop in to see us if you're in the neighbourhood. 

As always we welcome your feedback and suggestions for content.

In the meantime, stay well, stay safe.
Your newsletter editors, Laurie and Maggie
Book Trailer: Home Is Where the Water Is
Earlier this summer, we visited Hung-Min Chiang in his garden to talk about his new memoir Home Is Where the Water Is. In this video, he describes how he began the writing process by free-associating his memories. Over time, he started to see recurring themes emerge. This book spans his journey from Taiwan to PEI and shares the many lessons he learned along the way.
Click here to watch the trailer on YouTube.

To learn more about Home is Where the Water Is, visit the Island Studies Press website.
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, in select gift shops, and online. Click here to shop or browse!

For more information about any Island Studies Press books, please contact Bren at or call (902) 566-0386.

21st Century Maritime Silk Road Islands Economic Global Forum 
Annual Report on Global Islands 2019

The Annual Report on Global Islands 2019, published by Island Studies Press in partnership with the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan Province, was published in July 2020 and will be launched at an upcoming virtual event (to be announced). 

Released annually since 2017, the Annual Report on Global Islands series provides a summary and interpretation of the previous year’s The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road: Island Economic Cooperation Forum sessions, updated descriptions and interpretations of economic development on global islands, and chapters on the major issues and topics associated with island economic development written by international experts.

“The theme of this Annual Report, as well as the 2019 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Islands Economic Cooperation Forum, was to examine the role of international tourism and intermediary or producer services more generally for the sustainable development of islands."  - Dr. Jim Randall, Executive Editor-in-Chief

For more information, and to access a PDF of the report, please visit

Women Fishermen in Maine and Prince Edward Island

MAIS student and lobster fisher Marlene Chapman recently appeared on Coastal Conversations, a public affairs radio program based in Maine which explores current issues facing Maine’s coastal communities through conversations with people who live, work, and play on the Maine coast. July's show, Women Fishermen in Maine and Prince Edward Island, is a conversation about working a job that captivates your passion and curiosity, about love and family, and about the differences in how lobster is managed and fished in Maine vs. Canada. 

The program is available for streaming via the WERU Community Radio Archives here:

MAIS Students Celebrate!
The MAIS course-and-work-study-based stream celebrated its final class with lunch and cake! Four students finished the capstone class, Communications Management and Island Issues, on July 17 under the tutelage of Dr. Helen Kristmanson. Louise Campbell, Jacob Ashong, and Stefan Yang graduated with their degree in the Master of Arts in Island Studies - Tourism Stream, while Satyajit Sen graduated in the Sustainable Island Tourism stream. Congratulations, all, and welcome to the MAIS alumni!

From the Government of Prince Edward Island:
Share your ideas on ways to improve land use and land ownership on PEI. Get more information on the consultation process, or submit your comments online, here:

The team at UPEI's GeoREACH Lab is still looking for volunteers to participate in the Back 50 Project, their interactive mapping exercise about rural land use change on PEI over the past 50 years. For more information, please visit
A 2011 Institute of Island Studies social and cultural values mapping project report* recently came to the attention of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), based in Washington State, US, and has been incorporated in a major report: “OES-Environmental 2020 State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World.” The PNNL report is available here

Social and cultural values mapping as a decision-support tool for climate change adaptation (Novaczek, MacFadyen, Bardati, & MacEachern, 2011)
Update from the International Small Islands Studies Association
The latest International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA) newsletter is now available and will posted on their website ( soon. In the meantime, you can read it here:

Virtual Island Summit

September 7-13, 2020

The first sessions of the Virtual Island Summit 2020 have been announced, and the agenda is live and ready for you to explore!

This year, there will be over 25 interactive panels, roundtables, and keynote sessions all packed with networking opportunities and the chance for attendees to ask questions, have your say, and get involved in the discussions with world-class experts from across the globe. 

Sessions will collectively cover a variety of important topics for islands around economic recovery, sustainability, and good governance. Some of the first sessions announced include:

  • Towards Sustainable Island Futures: Comparing Small Island States and Subnational Island Jurisdictions
  • Clean Energy Development and Integrated Resource Planning (IRP)  
  • Democracy In The Islands: Political, Issue & Public Affairs Campaigns
  • Technology and Innovation Policy for Island Sustainability
  • Political Roundtable Of Island Political Leaders On Responses To COVID-19
Click here for the full agenda.
Be sure to keep an eye out as more speakers and sessions will be announced in the weeks ahead.

The Virtual Island Summit is a free and entirely online event designed to connect global islands to share their common experiences through a digital platform. 

Registration is FREE, but spaces are limited, so reserve your spot now:

For more information, visit the Virtual Island Summit website.

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Annual Conference
Save the date
: October 1 - 2, 2020

This year, CRRF is trying something new! In place of our annual conference, we are going online. Save the date for online programming that will tackle some of the complex issues facing rural Canada during the pandemic.

More information coming soon!
In our May/June newsletter, we introduced this 'special section' compiling key reports, webinars, and other resources relating to the impacts of COVID-19 in island and rural contexts. The most recent offerings on the topic are below.
For even more information and resources, you can revisit our past newsletters here
Island Responses to COVID-19
The Islands and COVID-19 project, spearheaded by Dr. Francesco Sindico of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance in partnership with Island Innovation, sparked interest from around the globe. With the goal to "collate and share information of island responses to COVID-19 worldwide in order to better equip those islands who are in the midst of the crisis now and plan better for the future," a survey was circulated and a global database of island responses to COVID-19 was created.
We are happy to announce that the Final Report compiling the findings of the project has been released, and is now available online.
For more information about the project and to access additional resources and reports, visit the Islands and COVID-19 webpage.
CRRF Rural Insights Series on COVID-19
The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) is producing a series of rural insights on key issues impacting rural communities as they face the challenges of managing the pandemic and look to future recovery. 
Rural Insights Series: COVID-19 reports will be published on a rolling basis throughout 2020. For past reports, more information about the series, and to keep up to date as new reports are published, visit
Journal of Sustainable Tourism
Reconstructing tourism in the Caribbean: Connecting pandemic recovery, climate resilience and sustainable tourism through mobility justice

Mimi Sheller
Available to read online here and to download as PDF here.

Policy Options
Will post COVID-19 policies realize the full potential of rural Canada?

S. Ashleigh Weeden
Available to read online here

Nature-based Solutions & Coastal Community Food Security
Wednesday August 26, 2020
Click here to register

Islands and coastal communities are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and the realities of COVID-19 have now further exacerbated these food security, economic, and livelihood impacts. Coastal ocean waters, home to small-scale fisheries, provide food security, nutrition, and livelihoods for millions of people globally. As the negative impacts of the pandemic on national economies worsen, many more turn to the ocean as their lifeline for food and income. Subsequently the additional pressure on these fragile coastal ecosystems poses a direct risk to ecosystem integrity and livelihoods of millions in the long term.
This discussion will highlight key nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptation measures for building back better through a Green Recovery Process.
For more information:
Island & Indigenous Youth
Discussion with island youth, channeling their creativity and innovation towards a solution-oriented conversation for responding to COVID-19 and in building back better.

The Canadian Encyclopedia 
Call for contributions (articles and ideas)
Editor in Chief: Bronwyn Graves

The Canadian Encyclopedia
, a free, bilingual online resource on Canada’s history and culture, is calling on Canadians to contribute articles and ideas on topics from history and politics, to art and science, and everything in between. We are seeking both seasoned authors and emerging academics to help us present the stories, people and ideas that matter.

If you know of anyone involved in your organization or association that would be interested in becoming a contributor, please have them write us at with their areas of interest or study, a copy of their most recent CV, as well as a short writing sample. Those interested are also invited to submit ideas for new entries and updates to The Canadian Encyclopedia. Please feel free to share this information with others to whom it would be of interest.

Shima Special Issue: Mermaids, Mercultures, and the Aquapelagic Imaginary
Proposal submission deadline: August 10, 2020
Following Shima’s first theme issue on ‘Mermaids, Mercultures and the Aquapelagic Imaginary’ (v12 n2), this is a call for proposals for a follow up issue that address any of the following:
  • Theoretical considerations of aspects of mermaids/merwomen and related phenomena (particularly proposals that engage with perspectives presented in Shima v12 n2)
  • Case studies of mermaids/mermen and related phenomena in folkloric, cultural and/or media-loric contexts
  • Consideration of fantastic aquatic hybridities
  • Analyses of sea-serpents, kraken and related figures and their narratives
Full details:

Shima Special Issue: Transboundaries/Transboundary Waters
Proposal submission deadline: March 1, 2021
Transboundary waters are referred to by the United Nations as the aquifers, lake and river basins shared by two or more countries. In an era of accelerating water concerns, the issue of transboundaries has become crucial to understanding emerging local, regional and intra-national water conflicts, regional social unrests, geopolitical power differentials and the emerging water stresses affecting human populations around the world. What are the implications for island, coastal, lacustrine and riverine ecologies sharing water laws, water boundaries, water routes, water resources today?

This issue of Shima invites essays that explore the full range of issues raised by the increasingly volatile meta category of transboundaries as a system of understanding environmental, oceanic, ecological and climate issues affecting islands, archipelagoes, aquapelagos, shorelines, deltas, rivers and cryospheres around the world.

Full details and submission guidelines:

Okinawan Journal of Island Studies (OJIS): Submissions for Volume 2. 
Submissions due August 10
More information here

Library and Information Sciences for Arctic and Northern Studies
Chapter proposals due August 31.
For more information and submission guidelines here.

Coolabah Special Issue: Mythical and Fictional Islands
Papers due September 15, 2020. 
Authors are encouraged to reach out to the editor with an abstract prior to submission. 
More information here.
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. 
New stream for 2020-21 academic 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”
For more information, visit the Master of Arts in Island Studies program page or email
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