The latest Island Studies news and updates
A note from the Institute of Island Studies team

Here on Prince Edward Island, the leaves are turning, pumpkin spiced everything is back, and fall is on its way! We continue to be incredibly thankful for the relative safety of our island here in the 'Atlantic bubble' but, as COVID-19 cases climb across the country (and, indeed, the world), our thoughts are with our friends, family, colleagues, and fellow humans whose worlds may not be feeling quite as safe of late.

We have lots to highlight here for you this month and, with the semester now well underway, IIS has been busier than ever! After a trial run of adding a mid-month newsletter, we have decided to stick to our usual monthly digest going forward. We encourage everyone to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay in the loop with the Institute all month long!

Stay well, stay safe, and, as always, do let us know if there is anything upcoming that we should keep an eye out for!
Your newsletter editors, Laurie and Maggie
PEI Business Women's Association Annual Symposium
October 6th, 9am-4pm ADT

Key speakers include Shorefast CEO Zita Cobb, rural researcher Ashleigh Weeden, Mi'kmaq Poet Laureate Julie Pellissier-Lush, and more! Free to attend and all are welcome.
Click here for more info & registration.
CRRF Virtual Conference:
Supporting Rural Recovery & Resilience
October 1st & 2nd, 2020

For more information, the full program, and registration, head to
Island Lecture Series: Writing the Island with JoDee Samuelson
October 20th, 7-8pm ADT
Free to attend and all are welcome. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot.
Greening the Islands
7th GTI e_Convention 2020 International Conference and Exhibition
24-27 November 2020
GTI e_Convention is a global event dedicated to the innovative solutions for the self-sufficiency and sustainability of islands. At the 27th GTI e_Convention in November, islands around the world will connect with governments, corporates, and academia to share their common experiences through a digital platform and match island needs and innovative solutions.
The GTI e_Convention is free to attend and will be hosted on Hopin, a virtual platform. Click here for more information and to register!
Creative Obsessions
Confederation Centre Art Gallery
August 8, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Artisans working on PEI respond to the theme of “creative obsessions” with innovative works drawing on craft traditions to mark Craft Year 2020.
Click here for more information.

Featuring Jim Aquilani, Nancy Cole, Jamie Germaine, Arlene MacAusland, Rilla Marshall, Melissa Peter-Paul, Jody Racicot, Ayelet Stewart, Isako Suzuki, Jane Whitten, and Bette Young.
Rooted in Art
Art installations & self-guided tour

October 3-17

A new tree appreciation initiative intended to celebrate the importance and beauty of Charlottetown's urban forest. Five Island artists will use some of downtown Charlottetown's most distinctive and historic trees as inspiration for a temporary art installation.
To meet the trees and artists being showcased and for the 2.5km self-guided tour map, visit the City of Charlottetown website.
NEW: Tick-borne Diseases in Dogs: A Canadian Perspective
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. With easy-to-read charts, risk area maps, a glossary, and an extensive reference section, Tick-borne Disease in Dogs is an invaluable reference for veterinarians and dog owners.

The book is being released in conjunction with Animal Health Week, which takes place October 4-10. To raise awareness about dog health and to share this latest research, Island Studies Press will be giving away complimentary copies to PEI veterinary clinics. Clinics interested in obtaining a copy can contact Island Studies Press directly. The book is also available for sale at The Bookmark, the UPEI Bookstore, and online through the distributor, Nimbus Publishing.

For more information, visit the Island Studies Press website or 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!

For more information about any Island Studies Press books, please contact Bren at or call (902) 566-0386.
IN SEARCH OF: Island Studies textbooks
Jonathan Pugh (Reader in Island Studies, Newcastle University) is compiling a list of non-English and/or non-Western overview textbooks on island studies. If you have any suggestions or leads, please send him an email. Thank you!

Island Studies at UPEI is part of an ever-expanding network of island organizations from around the globe, some of whom, like us, produce regular newsletters full of island-related news and events. Here are a few of them. Click and subscribe if you're interested in finding out more!

• SMILO (Small Islands Organization): A cooperation program to support small islands towards sustainable management.

• Scottish Rural Network: Their weekly Rural Network News newsletter packed full of information on everything from farming to funding.


An Island Studies project from 20+ years ago brought back fond memories when it was mentioned in Nature PEI's recent Island Naturalist special issue, A Voice for Nature: The History of the Natural History Society of Prince Edward Island – Nature PEI Part II – 1989 to 2019. The project, a video based on Geoff Hogan's nature diaries, was produced by the Institute of Island Studies in 1994, a beautiful evocation of PEI's natural history.

To learn more about Like the Back of My Hand, visit the Island Studies Press website.

Island Studies: History and development, centers and peripheries, frontlines and debates
Hosted by the Island and Seascape Research Cluster based at Uppsala University - Campus Gotland in Visby, Sweden, this webinar featured island scholars Godfrey Baldacchino, Adam Grydehøj, and Jonathan Pugh. 
To request access to the webinar recording, get in touch via their Facebook page (more details below).

A version of Adam Grydehøj's presentation, Who cares about islands? Stakeholders and inheritors, natives and settlers, and contested island values, is available for streaming now on YouTube: click here to view.
To connect with the Island and Seascape Research Cluster and be notified about future seminars, join their Facebook group and/or join their email list by sending an email to their administrator.
CRRF Rural Insights Series
Rural Employment and Workforce Development: Impacts and Opportunities
Victoria Agyepong, Ryan Gibson, and Ray Bollman

Island Studies Journal: Ahead of print
The next issue of Island Studies Journal is just around the corner, and a number of articles have been published online ahead of print. Here's a taste of some of the most recent articles:

The full 'ahead of print' collection is available (open access) on the Island Studies Journal website

The latest issue of Shima on Islands and Aquapelagos in the Anthropocene is now available online:
The Observer (The Guardian)
'The irresistible lure of island life'

Gavin Francis 
Click here to read


Start a New Life Living on an Island
Island scholar and Shima editor Phil Hayward was a guest on a recent episode of the new podcast 'Starting a New Life Living on an Island', hosted by Rachael Krinks. Phil and Rachael discussed island emigration and the 'Missing Generation', our eternal fascination with mermaids, and more. 
Click here to listen

The Hidden Island 

The Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation recently launched a new podcast! The Hidden Island explores the hidden history of Prince Edward Island and how it's still relevant today.

Check it out on the PEI Museum website ( and wherever you get your podcasts!


International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management Special Issue: Climate Change Concerns and Solutions from the Pacific Islands
Submissions due December 15, 2020. 

This special issue of “Climate Change Concerns and Solutions from the Pacific Islands” aims to explore the significant concerns and sudden changes, in the Pacific islands region during the past five to ten decades (50 to 100 years), and highlights relevant climate change adaptation and mitigation innovations, and how some Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) are effectively coping with the impacts of climate change locally and regionally.

Click here for full details and submission guidelines.


Critical Ethnic Studies Special Issue: Interventions in Pacific Islands Studies and Trans-Pacific Studies
Proposals due October 15, 2020.
Click here for full details and submission guidelines.

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.

Applied Sciences Special Issue: Mediterranean Beach Morphodynamics Under Climate Change
Submissions due March 31, 2021
Click here for full details and submission guidelines.
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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