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Island Studies SPECIAL Lecture...

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats!

with David Earl

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7 p.m.
SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge, University of Prince Edward Island


A special guest lecture in the Island Studies Lecture Series takes place Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus. It features David Earl from Alderney, in the Channel Islands, speaking about Alderney: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats!

Alderney is the third largest of the British Channel Islands, which are UK Crown Dependencies. According to the results of a Census carried out in 2013, 50 per cent of the population (less than 2,000) is now aged 55 or over, while the number of young working-age persons on the Island has dropped by 47 per cent since 2001. More worrying, the number of children under 15 has dropped by 50 per cent over the same period. Despite a 17 per cent drop in the Island’s population in the period 2001‒2013, the States of Alderney (the Island's government) has, so far, failed to reverse the decline.

The aim of this lecture is to paint a picture of the island and its people, as well illustrating its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The lecture will be followed by an opportunity for questions, answers—and suggestions!

David Earl began his working life in the world of advertising and marketing but has spent much of his professional life in broadcast television and communications. He was recently awarded an MA in Modern War Studies from the University of Buckingham. David is visiting Prince Edward Island in order to learn more about the Island, and the work of the Institute of Island Studies.
Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881.




Island Studies MAY Lecture...

Anne of Charlottetown and Summerside:
L.M. Montgomery’s Urban PEI

featuring Dr. Kate Scarth

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 7 p.m.
SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge, University of Prince Edward Island


The regular May 2018 Island Studies Lecture takes place on Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus and will feature L.M. Montgomery scholar Dr. Kate Scarth speaking about Anne of Charlottetown and Summerside: L.M. Montgomery’s Urban PEI.

This presentation follows Anne of Green Gables to urban PEI: to Charlottetown and Summerside. In Anne of Green Gables, Anne goes to Queen’s College—a fictional version of Prince of Wales College—and in Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne is the principal of Summerside High School. Of course, Anne of Green Gables and its author L.M. Montgomery usually conjure up images of rural Avonlea and Cavendish, the beaches and farms of PEI’s north shore. Montgomery’s rural island is reflected in her own writings, and later film and TV adaptations and the many tourist sites like Green Gables that celebrate the author. While the rural looms large in her life and work, Montgomery was also a chronicler of urban Canada. She wrote journals and letters about her life in Charlottetown, Prince Albert, Halifax, and Toronto, while three novels, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, and Jane of Lantern Hill, have significant urban settings.

How does one of the most insightful writers of PEI and Canada’s literary landscapes grapple with the tensions between modernizing, globally linked, growing towns and a traditional rural, agriculturally based island? The presentation offers an urban dimension to a writer usually steeped in rural tradition, but who was writing about a Canada starting to become the urban nation it is today.

Dr. Kate Scarth is the Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies and Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (ACLC) at UPEI.  Her research focuses on English and Canadian literature written from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century and she is particularly interested in fiction about urbanism and the environment. Her book, Romantic Suburbs: Sensibility, Ecology, and Greater London, is under contract with the University of Toronto Press. She is also leading a digital humanities, public engagement project about literary Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

This concludes our regular lecture series for the spring―unless something too good to pass up comes our way! Watch for the series to resume in the fall. For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881.

Called to Serve: Georgina Pope
Canadian Nursing Military Heroine

by Katherine Dewar

Thursday, May 24,
 2018, 7 p.m.
The Carriage House, Beaconsfield, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 2 p.m.
Eptek Art & Culture Centre, 130 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside


Island Studies Press will launch its newest book, Called to Serve: Georgina Pope: Canadian Nursing Military Heroine, by Katherine Dewar in both Charlottetown and Summerside. The Charlottetown launch is Thursday, May 24, at the Carriage House at Beaconsfield, while the Summerside launch is Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m., at Eptek Art & Culture Centre.

Called to Serve documents the life and times of Prince Edward Island's Georgina Fane Pope (1862-1938), daughter of William Henry Pope and Helen Desbrisay Pope. Her journey takes us from Charlottetown, where, inspired by Florence Nightingale, she developed a "burning desire" to become an army nurse, to the Boston States where she trained, to the battlefields of Africa and Europe where she served as a nursing sister and Superintendent of Nurses, and helped establish the nursing corps of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Matron Pope was the first Canadian Nurse decorated with a Royal Red Cross by Queen Victoria. 

In 2007 Georgina Pope’s bronze bust became one of the fourteen heroic figures forming a part of the Valiants’ Memorial in Confederation Square, Ottawa.

Katherine Dewar is the author of the award-winning book, Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War, 1914-1918. Katherine is retired from a career as a nursing instructor at the PEI School of Nursing, and is now committed to researching PEI’s colourful nursing history. Those Splendid Girls was shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award, won the Publication of Year award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation and the City of Summerside’s Heritage and Culture department, and Katherine herself is the recipient of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Award of Honour for her outstanding contribution to Prince Edward Island Heritage.
The launch is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881.

Books will be on sale for $27.95 in bookstores in mid-May.

Folklore Studies Association of Canada
Conference, Charlottetown, May 25-27, 2018

The  University of Prince Edward Island is the host location of this year's Folklore Studies Association of Canada annual conference May 25-27. The conference, entitled Carried on the Waves: Contemporary Currents in Folklore and Ethnology, will feature 40-plus papers and presentations on folklore themes from all across Canada and the US.

Three sessions are free and open to the public:

5-6:30 p.m. Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building, UPEI
Official Welcome from VP Research and Dean of Arts, UPEI 
"Recueillir, conserver et partager la chanson traditionnelle acadienne de l’Île-du-Prince- Édouard," with Georges Arsenault, Member of the Order of Canada (CM)

5-6:30 p.m. Beaconsfield Carriage House, Beaconsfield, 2 Kent Street, Charlottetown
"The Witch & the Song Maker as Law Givers in Island Farming & Fishing Communities," with
John Cousins, Institute of Island Studies

11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Faculty Lounge, SDU Main Building, UPEI
“The garden behind the moon:” A Tribute to Edward ‘Sandy’ Ives and his Prince Edward Island Fieldwork," with
Pauleena MacDougall, Maine Folklife Center
John Cousins, Institute of Island Studies
Laurie Brinklow, Institute of Island Studies
Harry Baglole, Melissa Mullen, & Robert MacLean, Homestead Players, Prince Edward Island

For further information on the conference, please contact Dr. Tiber Falzett at 


Journal seeks reviewers:
Social and Economic Studies


Social and Economic Studies—SES for short(ISSN 0037-7651) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed
journal that has been published continuously since 1953. Produced by the Sir Arthur Lewis
Institute of Social and Economic Studies
(SALISES), it features articles reflecting current
academic research of a developmental nature on a wide range of issues in the Caribbean, Latin
America and the rest of the Global South. SES is multi-disciplinary in orientation and publishes
articles and research on agricultural, anthropological, demographic, economic, educational,
monetary, political and sociological questions with a view to analysing and discussing the
problems of less developed countries, particularly those in the Caribbean. The journal is indexed
by Scopus, PAIS Bulletin, Sociological Abstracts, Journal of Economic Literature, Abstracts in
Anthropology, Current Contents/ Social and Behavioural Sciences, ASSIA and is available in the
JSTOR, ProQuest and EBSCo databases.

SES is looking for qualified and willing reviewers to add to our database. Recent issues and their
contents can be examined online at

Please contact or if you’re willing to review
something for us. Reviewers will receive a free one-year subscription to the online portal.

And be sure to check out the forthcoming special issue: Social and Economic Studies: Small Nations, Dislocations, Transformations.



New journal launched:
Small States & Territories

Congratulations to Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino on launching his new journal, Small States & Territories, a scholarly, open-access journal dedicated exclusively to the study of the nature and workings of small sovereign states (however defined) and non-sovereign territories, and including the comparison between the two. With a world system that has only a few "large states," and over a hundred subnational jurisdictions spread over all continents and oceans – from Abkhazia to Zanzibar, and from Åland to Wallis and Futuna – there is no shortage of subject matter for the journal.

SST encourages a truly pluri-disciplinary approach to the study of small jurisdictions. Nevertheless, we also recognize the added relevance of specific disciplinary foci in the social sciences. Amongst these: geography, political science, economics, education, governance, international relations, public administration, international law and development studies. 

SST has its institutional home at the Islands and Small States Institute of the University of Malta, in Malta (itself a small state). All articles published in SST are rigorously peer reviewed.

To see the inaugural issue, or to get submission guidelines, please go to

News from our Research Associates

IIS Research Associate Dr. Tiber Falzett has accepted a post for the 2018-19 academic year at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Universally endorsed as an innovative teacher doing crucial work in the area of Scottish Gaelic ethnography, Dr. Falzett is the first appointee for the Scottish Heritage USA Scottish Gaelic Visiting Lectureship.

Dr. Falzett has most recently been a sessional lecturer in the Department of History at UPEI, where he taught “Introduction to Folklore” and “Scottish Heritage and Culture.” He is also the co-ordinator of this year's Folklore Studies Association of Canada annual conference and has been a featured lecturer in our Island Studies Lecture Series. Dr. Falzett has held a previous lecturer appointment in the Department of Celtic Studies, St. Francis Xavier University, where he had occasion to develop and teach a variety of other courses on the folklore and ethnology of the Gaelic communities of Scotland, Ireland, and Canada, as well as courses on Celtic Civilization and the Scottish Gaelic language.

He, his partner Dr. Giulia De Gasperi (PhD, Canadian Literature, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), and their dog Sofia look forward to their move to Chapel Hill, North Carolina from Prince Edward Island.

Congratulations, Tiber!


MAIS program uses video-conferencing technology to bring in guest speakers 

Dr. Laurie Brinklow invited three international guest speakers, Dr Gerard Prinsen from Massey University in New Zealand, Dr. Andrew Jennings from University of Highlands and Islands (UHI) in the Shetland Islands, and Guðrún Þóra Gunnarsdóttir from the Iceland Tourism Research Centre to her “Islandness” class this past semester. All three delivered well-received talks on island issues such as “islandian sovereignty” and governance, Vikings and all things Shetland, and Icelandic tourism. Dr. Laurie’s and Dr. Jennings’ classes also had a joint class using Zoom, where the twelve master's students shared experiences of islandness on both sides of the Atlantic.

Dr. Laurie and Dr. Prinsen also delivered seminars from Prince Edward Island to Dr. Jennings’ “Selling Cold Islands” module in the UHI MLitt in Island Studies. These seminars are part of a growing network of Island Studies scholarship that, literally, reaches north to south. Drs. Prinsen, Jennings, and Brinklow are preparing a joint research paper on a comparative analysis of early negotiations on islands' sovereignty, focusing on Prince Edward Island, New Zealand, and Shetland in the early 20th century. 


Drs. Laurie Brinklow and Jim Randall were thrilled to be invited discussants at the 7th International Conference on Environmental Futures: Humans and Island Environments in Honolulu, Hawai'i, April 16-20, 2018. Congrats and huge thanks go to Nicholas Polunin and his amazing organizing team for putting together such a thoughtful and beautifully run conference! Be sure to check out some of the sessions that were livestreamed at


UPEI seeks tenure-track faculty in International Climate Change Policy

The Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Prince Edward Island invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of International Climate Change Policy. UPEI is looking for someone to contribute to both the Department of Political Science and the UPEI’s new Bachelor of Science in Climate Change and Adaptation by teaching broadly in the areas of International Environmental Policy and Climate Change, and providing leadership in developing/promoting these areas of study and in research. Closing Date: Monday, May 14, 2018. For more information, visit:




Rural Policy Learning Commons 

Digital Lunch & Learn: New Researcher's Discussion Series
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 12:00pm CST
Lunch & Learn #1: Connecting Research with Policy
Your research is important, with many links to the agendas of local, provincial, and federal governments. But making the leap from research to policy isn’t an easy one. It requires something other than business as usual - thinking about your research differently, different approaches to communication, and different ways to engage.

The Rural Policy Learning Commons is starting a new, digital lunch & learn series aimed to help you connect your research with policy and policy makers. Each session will be a small group, informal discussion facilitated by experienced researchers and practitioners.

If you are a student, new researcher, or a practitioner interested in connecting research and policy then these sessions are for you.

The first session will be led by the Natural Resource Development network, and will focus on research and policy related to the development and management of natural resources.
Register soon – space is limited! Maximun 15 participants.
Dr. Heather Hall, assistant professor, University of Waterloo
Ruth Mealy, economic development specialist, Manitoba Growth Enterprise and Trade. 

Accepting applications in the
NEW Master of Arts in Island Studies launches at UPEI this August: Island Tourism


You may be familiar with the University of Prince Edward Island’s well-respected thesis-based Master of Arts in Island Studies postgraduate program. In August 2018 we are launching a brand-new course- and work-study-based MA program to complement this thesis option. 

In order to meet the growing global demand for professionals in the island tourism sector, the first cohort of 25 students will specialize in Island Tourism. This innovative program allows you to complete most of your classes online from anywhere in the world, with two short summer sessions on beautiful Prince Edward Island. Alternatively, you could complete your entire program on PEI. It also incorporates two work-study classes that allow you to work directly with island tourism organizations and companies. 

We are now accepting applications. For more information or to contact us about this new Island Tourism program or our other Island Studies specializations, click here: 

We will be scheduling an interactive webinar soon. Stay tuned for more information.


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