The latest Island Studies news and updates
We are very pleased to announce the launch of the COVID-19 Island Insights Series, an initiative we are collaborating on with the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) and Island Innovation. This initiative brings together critical assessments of how specific islands around the world have performed during the COVID-19 pandemic and the extent to which their recovery plans can promote resilience and sustainability in the long term. 

Every two weeks, Island Innovation will release COVID-19 Island Insights Series from two different islands via their website (

This week, we are in the Mediterranean, with a focus on Malta and the Egadi Islands in Italy. 

Dr. Jim Randall was on CBC Radio's Island Morning on Friday to announce the launch of the COVID-19 Island Insights Series - read the article here.

→ For more details about the COVID-19 Island Insights Series, head to
ISLAND LECTURE SERIES: Recording now online

We had such a blast with JoDee and Bren at our first Island Lecture Series event of the season a couple of weeks ago! Couldn't make it, or want to rewatch and share with friends? Head to our YouTube Channel!

We look forward to bringing you more Island Lecture Series virtual events in the near future. Be sure to keep an eye on our social media for announcements!

7th GTI e_Convention: Greening the Islands
24-27 November 2020

A global event dedicated to innovative solutions for the self-sufficiency and sustainability of islands. 
Click here for more information and free registration.
Researching Resilience in Islands
November 16th-17th, 2020
Click here to register

This series of virtual sessions, hosted over the course of two days, will bring together researchers with an interest in island studies to reflect on resilience in an island context or with an 'islandness' lens. 
Sessions will explore the economic, social, political, and geographical dynamics that drive climate change impacts, non-climate stressors, adaptation and resilience in island contexts, and how these are being captured in current research approaches.

Featured speakersLaurie Brinklow (Institute of Island Studies, UPEI), Godfrey Baldacchino (University of Malta [and formerly of IIS, UPEI]), Ilan Kelman (University College London & University of Adger, Norway), Stacy-ann Robinson (Colby College, USA), & Jack Corbett (University of Southampton). 

Click here for more information and to reserve your space!

Hosted by Birbeck, University of London, and organised as part of the NERC-funded SUNRISE project (Situated UNderstanding of Resilience in Island Societies and Environments).

12th Annual Laurentic Forum: Sustaining Coastal Communities
November 10th, 12th, 17th, & 19th, 2020

The Laurentic Forum conference will be held virtually this year and the agenda is packed with expert speakers from both Ireland and Newfoundland. Each day's 2 hour session will centre on a different aspect of the overarching theme of Sustaining Coastal Communities:

  • Overview of the EU Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme for 2021 with Potential Collaboration with Atlantic Canada (Nov 10th)
  • Digital Hubs & Social Enterprise: Advancing remote work in rural communities (Nov 12th)
  • Opportunities and Challenges in The Blue Economy (Nov 17th)
  • Tourism During a Time of COVID (Nov 19th)

Registration is free and all are welcome. For more information, the full program, and registration, head to
The Laurentic Forum is organized and facilitated by the Ulster Canada Initiative with funding, sponsorship, and support from organizations in Ireland and Newfoundland.

Tourism Transformations: Resilient Islands and Revitalized Communities
Hosted by the Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences
Sat, Nov 28th · 11:50am - 5:30pm Japan Standard Time (JST, GMT+9).
*Please note that this event will take place overnight in AST (UTC-4).*
Click here for full agenda

This symposium examines the relationship between tourism and the resilience and revitalization of island environments and island communities.
The Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences will hold the 2020 academic symposium as follows. We would like to invite you to join us. The presentations and discussions will be in English.

Free to attend and all are welcome. Click here for more information and registration.
ISISA Conference 2021: Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories

June 14-18, 2021
Abstracts due Feb 28, 2021
Click here to view call for abstracts

The International Small Island Studies Association (ISISA) has announced that the 2021 ISISA International Conference: Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories, will go ahead in June 2021 as a virtual conference, hosted by the Harris Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland. 

For full details, see

A new book by UPEI's Dr. Jim Randall offers up island studies as a tool to better understand our own world of islands. An Introduction to Island Studies is an approachable look at this interdisciplinary field – from islands as biodiversity hotspots, their settlement, human migration and occupation through to the place of islands in the popular imagination.

Featuring geopolitical, social and economic frameworks, Randall gives a bottom-up guide to this most modern area of study. From the struggles and concerns of the Anthropocene―climate change, vulnerability and resilience, sustainable development, through to policy making and local environments―island studies has the potential to change the debate.

An Introduction to Island Studies is co-published by Island Studies Press and Rowman & Littlefield. The book is available for sale at The Bookmark, the UPEI Bookstore, and online through the distributor, Nimbus Publishing.

For more details, visit
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.
Annual Report on Global Islands: Virtual Launch
The Annual Report on Global Islands 2019 was launched at a virtual event in September 2020 hosted by the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan Province. The official launch video, produced by the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan Province, is available to stream on the Institute of Island Studies YouTube Channel and features interviews with a number of the authors from the 2019 Annual Report (in English), as well as presentations and commentary in Chinese with English subtitles.

Watch now:
Click here for more information about the Annual Report on Global Islands and to download a PDF copy.
• COVID-19 & Climate Change Media Discourse: Research Brief (Mark C.J. Stoddart) 

• SRC Working Paper: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Caribbean: Economic, Governance and Political Contexts (Nand Bardouille)

CRRF Rural Insights Series
Identifying COVID-19 Stressors and Sources of Support of Rural Healthcare Workers ((Casandra Bryant & Al Lauzon)
For more info on the CRRF Rural Insights Series, see

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. The full 'ahead of print' collection is available (open access) on the Island Studies Journal website. Here's a taste of some of the most recent articles:

Jonathan Pugh and David Chandler recently launched the ‘Anthropocene Islands’ initiative. Through establishing a new monthly Zoom reading group (starting April 2021), special section of Island Studies Journal, streams at conferences, workshops, and producing agenda-setting publications and talks, the ‘Anthropocene Islands’ initiative will examine why and how engaging islands has become important for the generation of some of the core frameworks of contemporary Anthropocene thinking.
For more details, resources, and upcoming
events and publications, visit

This month, we have an exciting batch of new (and/or new-to-us) podcasts, which all come from right here on Prince Edward Island/Epekwitk!

Dialogue with Drake and Daboo
Click here to listen
A new podcast that takes a progressive look at policy, politics, and current events while trying to relate our reality to pop culture.
Hosts Sweta Daboo and Emma Drake were recently interviewed by CBC PEI - Read the article here.

This podcast series focuses on current matters in the Mi'kmaq Community, hosted by L'nuey Communications Officer Sean Doke. The most recent episode discusses (and answers) some questions that have been received in response to L'nuey's Mi'kmaq History Month Giveaway.
Click here to listen

Brought to you by the L.M. Montgomery Institute, the MaudCast aims to discover cutting edge scholarship about the life and works of Lucy Maud Montgomery, welcoming to the microphone leading academics, emerging scholars, local researchers, and imaginative readers and writers from around the world.
To listen, head to


Island Studies Journal Special Section: ‘Islands of refuge, islands of contagion’
Guest Editor: May Joseph 
Submissions due January 31, 2021. 
What are the shifting and morphing notions of refuge, respite, sanctuary, communitas, and infection emerging in light of this paradigm-shifting pandemic? As COVID-19 dramatically reconfigures our frameworks of proximity and distance, of island and mainland, of scales of isolation and connectedness, this ISJ Special Section invites engagements with all the contradictory ways in which both peripheral islands and archipelagic cities are coping with this moment and are forcing a rethinking of some of these historical categories.
Click here for full details and submission guidelines.

Shima Special Issue: 'Aquatic Monstrosities'
Abstracts due June 18, 2021
Across centuries and cultures, natural and human-made water bodies have been perceived as homes for monstrous fishes and fantastic creatures. In recent years these phenomena have been addressed by the development of Monster Theory and through discussions of the aquapelagic imaginary in recent issues of Shima. Complementing Shima’s previous published material on mermaids and mer-cultures (anthologised at:, this issue seeks to study human understandings of and relationships with water and the natural environment through the lens of water-related mythology, legends, and folklore.
Click here for full details and submission guidelines.


Coolabah Special Issue: Mythical and Fictional Islands
Papers due November 30, 2020 (Deadline extended)
Authors are encouraged to reach out to the editor with an abstract prior to submission. 
More information here.

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

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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