Island Studies News | August 2021

Island Studies News | August 2021

A note from the editor:
Hello and welcome to the August edition of the Institute of Island Studies Newsletter!
I hope you are all having a lovely summer and this newsletter finds you well.
Perhaps some of you are already planning for the Fall season and gearing up for the new school year. Island Studies Press has a new book coming out this October for you to look forward to. We have plenty of events coming up this September and November, and even a couple this very week! These include a virtual poetry event on Thursday-Friday, and an in-person archaeological presentation on PEI this Saturday.
So be sure to check them out and pencil them into your calendar!
Until next time, take care!
          - Megan Lane

Bright spot: Astypalea, An Island In The Central Aegean Hopes To Become Greece’s First Carbon-free Tourist Destination.

The project, which will be implemented over six years, involves the gradual replacement of conventional private and public vehicles on the island with electric ones and the introduction of an innovative transportation system based on shared mobility. At the same time, the production of electricity from renewable energy sources in order to replace the current use of fossil fuels on the island is foreseen.

Latest from Island Studies at UPEI

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  • Economic Impacts and Future Pathways: COVID-19 in Atlantic Canada.
    – Marlene Chapman, Laurie Brinklow, and Alyssa Gillespie. Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island February 15, 2021
  • Island Innovation Introduces New Interactive Map Featuring COVID-19 Island Insights Series 
    Click on any of the islands tagged on the map to read a critical assessment on how that island has performed during the COVID-19 pandemic and the extent to which their recovery plans are able to promote long-term resilience and sustainability.

    The COVID-19 Island Insights Series is an initiative led by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) and the Institute of Island Studies (IIS) at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) in collaboration with Island Innovation. 

Island Studies Press

The Chemistry of Innovation book launch

On July 7th, Island Studies Press and the Development and Alumni Engagement Office hosted a book launch at UPEI.  Regis and Joan Duffy joined authors Mo Duffy Cobb and Lori Mayne for a conversation about innovation, entrepreneurship, and the history of Diagnostics Chemicals. "The important thing is that we did it here because the people are here. There's lots of talent on PEI," Regis said. He also had great advice for entrepreneurs on a small island: "Don't give up. Start early and get some advice as you go along. And stick with it." 

Forthcoming This Fall:

We'll Meet Again: Prince Edward Island Women of the Second World War by Katherine Dewar

From fire-watching during bombing raids in blacked-out London to surviving the sinking of a transport ship in the Mediterranean, We’ll Meet Again shares the incredible stories of nineteen women from Prince Edward Island who served in the Second World War. Drawn from interviews, diaries, letters, community histories, and archival research, Dewar demonstrates how the on- and off-duty experiences these women had in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Canadian Army Medical Corps, the South African Military Nursing Service, and the Red Cross tested their stamina, their courage, and their compassion.  

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:

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. Pete Hay

Original poem posted on
March 25, 2021

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Dr. Irené Novaczek

Basin Head’s unique Irish moss seeing growth thanks to restoration efforts 
(CBC News, November 5, 2020)
“Irené Novaczek, senior scientist for the Basin Head marine protected area, says the goal is to keep up restoration efforts with the hope that the moss reaches a point where it is able to sustain itself within the lagoon.”

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To learn more about the IIS Research Associate program and our current Research Associates, visit
Want to become a Research Associate?
Apply Here!

Do you have a new book, journal article, blog post, interview, podcast, video, or other publication to share?

Let us know so we can share your news with the community!

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

Recent publications from MAIS students and alumni:

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 Events

You're Invited!

The Glenaladale Heritage Trust invites you to a presentation given by
Dr Helen Kristmanson on the archaeological dig at Glenaladale.
She will share their discoveries and will have a selection of the over 5000 items they have recovered from the site.

Talk will take place at the Tracadie Community Centre on Saturday, August 7th at 7pm.
Please call 902-394-6131 to reserve a seat, as numbers are limited to 100 with Covid guidelines.

The Island Studies Journal has a new periodic section entitled ''Genders, Sexualities and Feminisms.'

Edited by: Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, Firouz Gaini, and Ramola Ramtohul. This themed section will be published once a year, get in touch with the editors if you would like to submit a proposal for an article.
For more info, see here:

Upcoming Virtual Events

Is it Shame or is it Water? Poetry and Research in Conversation

August 5-6, 2021
15:00 GMT (11 a.m. ADT)

This two-day symposium hosted by the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Oxford University brings together poets, researchers, researcher-poets and poet-researchers interested in exploring the intersections of poetry and research and to explore the questions we, as members of this growing field of inquiry, should be asking of our practices, our ethics, our outputs, and ourselves. 

Included in the program is Dr. Laurie Brinklow, presenting "My island’s the house I sleep in at night: Nissopoesis and island-making." In her latest book of poetry, Laurie blends her 'islandness' research in Tasmania and Newfoundland with poetry, weaving the voices of her interviewees into her own poetic imaginings to present a dialogue between the researcher and the artist, the scholarly and the poetic.

Island Innovation's annual Virtual Island Summit
Island Innovation is proud to announce their annual Virtual Island Summit for this year will be held September 6-12. This is a free online event designed to connect global islands and share their common experiences. Join islanders from around the world and share ideas, best practices and solutions.
The Virtual Island Summit 2021 offers:

  • Access to world-class sustainability experts
  • Interactive sessions
  • Viewpoints from a diverse range of speakers
  • Cross sector collaboration
  • A zero carbon conference experience
  • Insights and discussions about the SDGs

Click Here to register for free!

Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public, Private and Civil Society Sectors (CRRF)
In the interest of the health and well-being of participants, organizers and the host community during the continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF), slated for September 29-30, 2021, will be taking place virtually.
Stay tuned to their website for updates on event presentations, panels, and how to register as they are released!

Island representation at COP26

During COP26 we plan to create an “Island Space” where we will share key insights and developments related to remote, rural and island communities. Island Innovation wants to ensure that your communities are represented and that relevant information is made available to you. Given that 20% of UN member states are part of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), we expect there to be a number of conversations relating to islands. 
Stay Informed And Help Tackle Climate Change
November 1–12, 2021

Key topics to be covered during COP26 include:
  • Net zero emission targets
  • Adaptation to climate change for vulnerable populations and economies
  • Renewable energy and energy storage technologies
  • Transitioning to zero carbon transport
  • Green transformation of financial systems
Visit the Island Innovation website to learn more and sign up!

Pacific History Association Biennial Conference 2021:
‘In Their Own Words’
November 17–20, 2021 | Combined face-to-face/virtual conference
Call for papers – Submissions due by August 31, 2021

Strategically, the Pacific is at the centre of global debates on climate change and sustainable development, and there has been a resurgence in historical indigenous knowledge as a solution to contemporary challenges in our societies. How can history become more visible and more audible as a strong voice in public discourse on the environment, traditional knowledge, faith, migration, health, and education? The 2021 PHA is an opportunity for scholars, for historians in particular, both from the Pacific Islands and beyond, to reimagine, resource and reshape our region’s past, present and future.
Full details available at

Recent Webinar & Event Recordings

Outputs From the Virtual Scottish Rural Parliament 2021 Published!

For the 2021 Virtual Scottish Rural Parliament, Scottish Rural Action partnered with the Scottish Islands Federation in the Secretariat role, and nearly 100 organisations were involved in session curation and delivery. Over 500 delegates attended the 15 sessions in March 2021 to share their stories and discuss rural and island living. The 2021 VSRP was supported by the Scottish Rural Network and sponsored by South of Scotland Enterprise.

The reports, recordings and recommendations from all 15 sessions are now available to view and download from the Scottish Rural Action Website.

Missed the ISISA 2021 Live Sessions? View the Recordings!

Recent Podcast Recordings

Coastal Connections: Stories from the Atlantic
Episode 3: Empowering the future: women and youth in fisheries

There is something fishy about gender norms… Fishers = men, women, boys and girls.

In this episode, we hear from two superwomen who are breaking down barriers out on their fishing boats! Listen to hear about how female leadership brings creative new exposures for youth to participate in fishing activities and culture! Let’s not allow these traditional skills to disappear in our coastal communities. Let’s support the empowerment of the next generation!


World Island Network and Organisation Mapping

Since the beginning of 2020, SMILO has been identifying island networks and organisations around the globe that help protect the environment or cultural heritage of islands.

This mapping work enables us to analyse their roles, actions, scope and difficulties, and also to pinpoint opportunities for the different players to cooperate.

This initiative aims to identify geographical or thematical gaps, encourage new partnerships, and ultimately offer better answers to islands’ needs.

This document is a first draft representing the results of the first months of work, and is intended to be completed in the coming months. The aim will be to present a final report by the end of 2021.
Master’s and PhD opportunities: University of Malta
As of October 2021, the Islands and Small States Institute (ISSI) at the University of Malta is offering a fully online or blended Master by research in Islands and Small States studies (full-time or part-time), as well as a Ph.D. programme. More details

Anthropocene Islands Virtual Reading Group
-The Virtual Reading Group will be taking a break for the month of August-
Have a great Summer!


Anthropocene Islands: Early Career Analytical Study Space
Launching on June 27, 2021
These sessions will be a relaxed space where early career scholars can discuss the different ways in which islands and islanders are being thought about in broader Anthropocene debates and literatures. Full details here

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!

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!

The Island Studies Journal is now listed among top journals by the world’s two most prestigious and selective journal indices!

In the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), the Island Studies Journal has for the first time achieved Q1 (first quartile) status in the category of 'Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary' and Q2 status in the category of 'Geography'.
In Scimago Journal Ranking, ISJ is has Q1 status in all three of its categories: 'Geography, Planning and Development', 'Political Science and International Relations', and 'Sociology and Political Science'.

ISJ is offering a publication that is simultaneously highly accessible to both authors and readers AND is recognised as one of the top journals in the world. ISJ's radically open publishing model (launched by Editor Emeritus Godfrey Baldacchino and his colleagues at UPEI and now supported by our friends at the University of the Faroe Islands) helps bring high-prestige publication and reading opportunities within reach of researchers who are so often excluded from the systems of global academia.

Latest Journal Issues:


Calls for Papers and Submissions

SALISES 22nd Annual Conference (Virtual)

Re-imagining Development for Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Post-Pandemic Transformations
(Submissions due August 16, 2021)

Sustainability Special Issues:

Society and Ecology in Island & Coastal Archaeology Book Series

Series editors Victor D. Thompson and Scott M. Fitzpatrick are seeking new proposals for this book series, published through University Press of Florida. Books in this series explore the nature of humanity’s relationship to these environments from a global perspective.
Read more about the series here; contact the editors if interested.

Island Studies Journal thematic sections:
Ongoing calls:

Applications for our interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program are open for September 2021 and January 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.
Learn More
Do you have an island studies publication, upcoming event, new research, or other updates to share?
We would be delighted to share it with our global island studies network!
Submit details here
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