The latest Island Studies news and updates
Welcome to our mid-August update! There's always lots happening in the world of Island Studies, so last month we launched our new snack-sized mid-month  newsletter to keep you all in the loop.

Big news this month - besides getting ready to welcome our new MAIS students - is the Virtual Island Summit, which we've mentioned in a few of our previous newsletters. In the lead-up to the Summit, we are excited to host our own Virtual Hub event on September 1, focusing on sharing lessons about how islands are demonstrating resilience as they respond to COVID-19. Details are below... we hope to 'see' you there!

As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions for content!
In the meantime, stay well, stay safe.
Your newsletter editors,
Laurie and Maggie
Islands and COVID-19 Recovery Plans: Promoting Resilience and Sustainability
Virtual Panel Session & Discussion

Monday, September 1st
11:00am - 12:30pm ADT

Hosted by the Institute of Island Studies, the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG), and Island Innovation

In the lead-up to this year's Virtual Island Summit (more details below), pre-events called Virtual Hubs are being organized with the support of Island Innovation, with the hope of taking this global concept and making concrete local links and strategies to benefit local communities.

This Virtual Hub event will be an opportunity to share lessons on how islands are demonstrating resilience as they respond to COVID-19, and bring a collection of local voices together to discuss the challenges and opportunities that we are navigating here on Prince Edward Island.

The full program will be announced in late August, but we are happy to be able to introduce our key speakers: 
  • Dr Jim Randall, UPEI, UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability
  • Dr Francesco Sindico, Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG)
  • Dr. Giulia Sajeva, Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship holder with SCELG
Our panelists will lead the discussion, and will be joined by representatives from Prince Edward Island and island communities around the world.
Advance registration is now open - click here to reserve your space!
Virtual Island Summit
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.

The first sessions have been announced, and the agenda is live and ready for you to explore! 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.

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

For more information, visit the Virtual Island Summit website.

Nature-based Solutions & Coastal Community Food Security
Wednesday, August 26th

Discussion highlighting key nature-based solutions and ecosystem-based adaptation measures for building back better through a Green Recovery Process.
Click here for more information and to register.

Becky George is a master’s student studying sustainable cultural heritage at the American University of Rome. She is currently in the process of gathering research for her thesis and could use your help! Becky's research focuses on determining the cultural, economic, and social values of lighthouses in Prince Edward Island from the local perspective. She has created an online survey which is open to all PEI residents aged 18 or older.

If you would like to participate, please click on the link below. Feel free to share this with any PEI residents who you think may be interested! The survey will be open until August 24th.

Survey link:

Thank you in advance to those who participate. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated! 
Are there oysters near you? Photographic artist Debbie Brady wants to create a collection of Oyster Art showcasing the unique characteristics of oyster shells from islands around the world!

Debbie lives on Prince Edward Island, home to Canada’s world renowned Malpeque oysters. Her Oyster Art celebrates that reputation by showcasing the shapes, texture, and colours hidden in the surface oyster shells that resemble aerial photographs of island landscapes. Debbie uses specialized equipment for the photomacrography work involved in creating Oyster Art, and provides perspective by taking a photo of the entire shell and highlighting the tiny area captured in her art.

Oyster Art with its unique story creates a paradigm shift in the definition of an island landscape. You can contribute to Debbie's collection of island oyster shells by mailing some to her in a padded envelope (no box needed). On the customs label applied at the post office, simply indicate "EMPTY OYSTER SHELLS (free from animal matter or plant debris; not crushed or ground)" with a $0 value. Some countries may ask for the Harmonized System Code, which is 0508. Please include your contact info and details about the shell (i.e., where found, farmed, or fished).

Mailing address: 
Debbie Brady Photographic Art
PO Box #113 Tyne Valley, PE
Canada C0B 2C0

For more information and to see more of Debbie's incredible work, please visit
From the Government of Prince Edward Island:
Prince Edward Islanders are invited to provide feedback to the Premier’s Council for Recovery and Growth to guide the development of a plan to move Prince Edward Island forward over the next one, two, five and ten years.

COVID-19 has shown the resiliency and adaptability of Islanders in the face of a significant global crisis. We must seize this opportunity to learn from this period and renew PEI as a place where we:

  • foster a culture of competitiveness where businesses thrive;
  • create a future where every sector succeeds;
  • offer world-class education and training where people excel;
  • become a sustainability leader where all of PEI benefits; and
  • build connected communities where people want to be.
Islanders can help shape Prince Edward Island’s future by offering the bold, innovative and sustainable ideas needed to meet this opportunity.
Click here for more information and to participate
We've gathered together a few recent publications that we think will be of interest. Anything we missed, or anything upcoming that we should keep an eye out for? Let us know!
Latest from the CRRF Rural Insights Series
• Island Responses to COVID-19 (Laurie Brinklow with Maggie J. Whitten Henry)
• Challenges with Rural Drinking Water Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance in Rural Newfoundland and Labrador During COVID-19 (Sarah Minnes, Kelly Vodden, Deatra Walsh, Kathleen Parewick, Michael Asamoah-Boaheng, & Amy Hudson)
Urban Studies
Locating the interstitial island: Integration of Zhoushan Archipelago into the Yangtze River Delta urban agglomeration

Huan Zhang and Adam Grydehøj
Available to read online here

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

Free access:
Download PDF here

The Conversation
'Letterkenny' and 'Schitt's Creek' are love letters to rural Canada

S. Ashleigh Weeden, Maggie J. Whitten Henry, and Laurie Brinklow
Island Studies Journal Special Section: Anthropocene Islands
Submissions due January 31, 2021. 
Click here for more information and submission guidelines.

To date, no special issue/section of a leading journal—or indeed any other journal for that matter—has been produced on the figure of the island in the Anthropocene. The papers in this special section will answer three key questions:
  1. Why has the figure of the island emerged as one of the most emblematic figures of the Anthropocene?
  2. How are islands being reconfigured and appropriated in debates about the Anthropocene?
  3. Given the centrality of the figure of the island, what does this reconfiguring of islands in the Anthropocene tell us about how the stakes of the Anthropocene itself are more broadly being approached and engaged?
EXCITING UPDATE! The response for this special section has been so high that 'Anthropocene Islands' will now be an ongoing periodic section of Island Studies Journal. For more information, visit

Library and Information Sciences for Arctic and Northern Studies
Chapter proposals due August 31, 2020.

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.

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. 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 4 course/work-study stream options: Island Tourism, Sustainable Island Communities, International Relations, and 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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