The latest Island Studies news and updates
A note from the Institute of Island Studies team
Well, whether you're in the "already?!" camp or more of an "at last!" kind of person, September is here and is under way! As is typical here on PEI, the weather turned cool right after Old Home Week (third weekend of August) and, while the sun is still shining, the air is feeling crisp!

We are looking forward to welcoming our new and returning Master of Arts in Island students to campus, with our combination of online and in-person classes. We'll introduce them to you in upcoming newsletters.

This past week we hosted our first virtual event of the season: a virtual panel discussing Islands and COVID-19 Recovery Plans: Promoting Resilience and Sustainability. It was wonderful to have so many people from PEI and around the world joining us for such an important and engaging discussion. If you missed it, not to worry — the recording is now available to stream here!

This week's panel was part of a series of Virtual Hubs that are being hosted in partnership with Island Innovation in the lead-up to the Virtual Island Summit, which is taking place next week. There will be over 25 panels, round tables, and keynote sessions taking place, and we particularly hope that you can join us for our session on Tuesday September 8th. More details about this session and the Virtual Island Summit are below!

This week we also welcomed MAIS student Marlene Chapman to the Island Studies team. Marlene will be assisting Jim Randall with the various UNESCO Chair projects while he is on sabbatical. You'll be hearing more on those projects in future newsletters.

As always we welcome your feedback and suggestions for content.

In the meantime, stay well, stay safe.
Your newsletter editors, Laurie and Maggie

Virtual Island Summit 2020

September 7-13, 2020

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. 

Virtual Island Summit 2020 will feature over 25 interactive panels, round tables, 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, including:

  • 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.
Full list of speakers is available here.

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

For more information, head to


Towards Sustainable Island Futures: Comparing Small Island States And Subnational Island Jurisdictions – A Report

September 8, 2020 5:00PM-6:30PM ADT (UTC-3) 

Click here to register

Island jurisdictions are often viewed as vulnerable, poverty-stricken, and destitute, but research shows many of these islands are better described as innovative and entrepreneurial. This three-year project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSRHCC), brings together six representatives of small island states (Iceland, New Zealand, Mauritius, Palau, Cyprus, St. Lucia, and Grenada) and six representatives from non-sovereign, subnational island jurisdictions (Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, La Réunion, Lesbos, Guam, and Tobago). These groups will compare experiences, to see whether statehood is a boon or hindrance when implementing sustainable practices in social-political, cultural-artistic, economic, and environmental areas. 

This presentation is a report on findings to date, moderated by our own Dr. Laurie Brinklow and featuring:
  • Dr. Jim Randall (UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, University of Prince Edward Island; Principal Investigator)
  • Dr. John Telesford (T. A. Marryshow Community College; lead researcher for Grenada)
  • Dr. Preeya Mohan (University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus; lead researcher for Tobago)
  • Dr. Mark Stoddart (Memorial University of Newfoundland; lead researcher for Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Dr. Gerard Prinsen (Massey University, New Zealand; project methodology researcher)
To register for this session (and the Virtual Island Summit), go to

"Welcome to Island Studies" Webinar

Hosted by the Island and Seascape Research Cluster, Uppsala University (Gotland Campus), Sweden
September 23, 2020 · 2:00pm-4:00pm CEST (UTC+2)

In this webinar, three of the world’s leading island studies scholars, Godfrey Baldacchino, Adam Grydehøj, and Jonathan Pugh, will share with their perspectives and reflections on the history and development of Island studies, its centres and peripheries, and current frontlines and debates.

Click here for more information.

Earlier this week, we held our first virtual event of the season. In a virtual panel on Islands and COVID-19 Recovery Plans: Promoting Resilience and Sustainability, Dr Jim Randall (UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability) and Dr Francesco Sindico (Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance) were joined by representatives from islands around the world to share lessons on how islands are demonstrating resilience as they respond to COVID-19 and discuss the challenges and opportunities that communities are navigating around the world and right here on Prince Edward Island.

Moderated by Dr. Laurie Brinklow, the session featured contributions from:

Dr. Jim Randall UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, UPEI
Dr. Francesco Sindico Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) 
Dr. Giulia Sajeva (Egadi Islands, Italy) Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship holder with SCELG
Dr. John Telesford (Grenada) School of Continuing Education, T. A. Marryshow Community College
Dr. Andrew Jennings (Shetland Islands, Scotland) Institute for Northern Studies, University of Highlands and Islands
Jane Ledwell (Prince Edward Island) Executive Director, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

It was wonderful to have so many people from PEI and around the world joining us for such an important and engaging discussion. 

If you were unable to attend, or if you would like to revisit the session, you're in luck — the recording is now available for streaming on our (new!) YouTube channel! (Click here)
A new book by UPEI professor Michelle Evason is helping keep dogs and their owners safe. As the geographic ranges of ticks rapidly expand in Central, Eastern and Atlantic Canada, it is important to understand the different tick-borne diseases in dogs and how to treat them. Published by Island Studies Press, Tick-borne Disease in Dogs is an invaluable reference for veterinarians and dog owners.

The book begins with an introduction to tick types, distribution and relevance to dogs in Canada. The following chapters outline the various pathogens that cause Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis and discuss clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment. With easy-to-read charts, risk area maps, a glossary, and an extensive reference section, it is a great resource for further learning. This book concludes with a call to action for longitudinal studies and highlights the exciting research happening in Canada with the K-9 Lifetime (Lyme) Study.

Michelle Evason is an associate professor in small animal internal medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College and also works as an independent medical and nutrition consultant. She has a range of clinical research interests, some of which include infectious disease, antimicrobial stewardship, nutrition, and veterinary (and pet-owner) knowledge, attitudes and perceptions surrounding these topics. 

The book is available for purchase here. For more information about this book (or any others from Island Studies Press), please contact Bren at
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!
Introducing The Hidden Island: a new podcast from the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation, launching this Friday! This podcast will explore the hidden history of Prince Edward Island (and how it's still relevant today).

The Hidden Island will be available on the PEI Museum website ( and wherever you get your podcasts! 

Click here for a teaser trailer
We typically share a more comprehensive reading list in our mid-month newsletters, but wanted to highlight two items that we are particularly excited about!

Reflections on conspicuous sustainability: Creating Small Island Dependent States (SIDS) through Ostentatious Development Assistance (ODA)?
Adam Grydehøj and Ilan Kelman
Accessible via

This article explores the relationship between islandness and aid, using the concept of 'conspicuous sustainability' as a framework for understanding the propensity for aid to be directed toward small island territories.

In the lead-up to next week's Virtual Island Summit, James Ellsmoor of Island Innovation recently hosted a discussion with Adam Grydehøj, Ilan Kelman, and Genève Philip-Durham based on the above paper, which you can watch here:
The Greater Gulf: Essays on the Environmental History of the Gulf of St. Lawrence 
Edited by Claire Campbell, Edward MacDonald, and Brian Payne
This recent publication from McGill-Queen's University Press has a lot of 'island' content, including several chapters which focusing on PEI and one discussing fishery on Newfoundland's West coast.
From the back cover:
The largest estuary in the world, the Gulf of St. Lawrence is broadly defined by an ecology that stretches from the upper reaches of the St. Lawrence River to the Gulf Stream, and by a web of influences that reach from the heart of the continent to northern Europe. For more than a millennium, the gulf’s strategic location and rich marine resources have made it a destination and a gateway, a cockpit and a crossroads, and a highway and a home.

Click here for more information and to purchase a copy.
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
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

Recently published:
The Caribbean and the Coronavirus Crisis: Big Problems for Small States
22 September 2020 · 9:30am-12:30pm AST
Registration and payment deadline: September 16

The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean (DAOC) is pleased to call attention to its Webinar Series, which will kick off soon. This DAOC-moderated webinar, which will be held via Zoom teleconference, features the following panellists:
  • Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary General, Human and Social Development, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
  • Mr. Joseph Cox, Assistant Secretary General, Trade and Economic Integration, CARICOM Secretariat
  • Dr. Joy St. John, Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Michael Jones, Executive Director (Ag.), CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)
  • Ms. Elizabeth Riley, Executive Director (Ag.), Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
  • Captain (N) Errington R. Shurland, Executive Director, Regional Security System (RSS)
  • Mr. Ian Durant, Director (Ag.), Economics Department, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
For more information and to register, visit
Please note: Registration deadline is September 16. The registration fee is USD 21.43 (TTD 150.00) and participants will receive a certificate of attendance.
Nature-based Solutions & Coastal Community Food Security
Discussion highlighting key nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptation measures for building back better through a Green Recovery Process.
Applied Sciences Special Issue: Mediterranean Beach Morphodynamics Under Climate Change
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Sandro De Muro, Dr. Andrea Ruju, and Dr. Carla Buosi
Submissions due March 31, 2021

This Special Issue aims to collect contributions devoted to beach monitoring programs and coastal risk assessment. The focus is on wave-dominated Mediterranean shores and similar worldwide environments characterized by the presence of seagrass meadows in the nearshore, their forcing mechanisms and responses. Contributions that integrate different data collection and analysis approaches (for instance combined measurements and modeling) are particularly welcome.

Click here for full details and submission guidelines.

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.

Island Studies Journal Special Section: Anthropocene Islands
Submissions due January 31, 2021. 
Click here for more information and submission guidelines.
Note: The response for this special section has been so high that 'Anthropocene Islands' will now be an ongoing periodic section of Island Studies Journal. See for more information.

Shima Special Issue: Transboundaries/Transboundary Waters
Proposal submission deadline: March 1, 2021.
More information and submission guidelines here.

The Canadian Encyclopedia
Call for contributions (articles and ideas) - Ongoing.
Interested contributors please write to outlining areas of interest or study, a copy of most recent CV, as well as a short writing sample. 
Applications for our interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) Program remain open for January and September 2021 intakes. 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 now three course/work-study stream options: Island Tourism, Sustainable Island Communities, and International Relations & Island Public Policy. 

For more information about the program (and scholarship opportunities), please visit the Master of Arts in Island Studies program page or email
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