Hello and welcome to the November edition of the Institute of Island Studies Newsletter!
We are entering that odd time of year that's not quite Fall and not yet Winter. This month's newsletter should help to keep off the chill!
We have a couple more events happening here on PEI including a book launch and an art exhibition. And, if you aren't quite finished with the Halloween season, the hidden island podcast has a secretepisode for you about famous Island murderess, Minnie McGee! This is the kind of secret too good not to share, so tell your friends! Don't forget to check out our Arts and Media section on your way out to hear Dennis MacKenzie's latest single from his forthcoming album.
And if you haven't filled out our PEI Indicators of Wellbeing project survey yet, please do so now!
Until next time, take care!
- Megan Lane
Bright Spot: Halloween displays raise money in both Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador! Cape Breton, Nova Scotia: Brycen Boland is carrying on in his great-grandfather's footsteps — each year he builds a Halloween display outside their family home. But this year he's using the attraction to collect donations for the local SPCA! Checkout his Facebook page for more photos and updates!
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland & Labrador: In setting up a creepy Halloween display on their property, Chantelle and David Keen of Mount Pearl, N.L. do much more than simply entertain the hordes of children and adults who come by to admire their amazing setup. The couple’s Facebook group encourages its 1,000-plus members to come by and enjoy the display and drop off some non-perishable food items and toiletries in the box provided.
The Institute of Island Studies is embarking on a four-year study to better understand and assess the well-being and quality of life of Islanders.
If you are on Prince Edward Island, we would like you to be part of the initiative!
Want to participate (and be entered for a prize giveaway)?
Visit our webpage or go directly to the survey to share your thoughts on how island communities could be better places to live, work and play.
COP26 is upon us and all eyes are on Glasgow, Scotland. Island Studies at UPEI will be there - virtually, that is!
Dr. Jim Randall, Professor Emeritus at UPEI, is set to bring opening remarks on behalf of Island Studies at UPEI. The event is organized by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance with the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI and Island Innovation.
What lessons can we learn from the responses to COVID-19 when positioning islands to become more sustainable? This is what the COVID-19 Island Insights Series had set itself as a goal over the past year. As a final step, we are now hosting a session aimed at gathering island perspectives on climate change. From Scotland to the South Pacific, islands are in fact at the forefront of climate change. Islands, especially SIDS, have contributed the least to climate change, but are suffering the most. Islands in countries like Scotland have the potential of showing the way forward in promoting innovation when it comes to climate change mitigation and adaptation. In this session, a distinguished multidisciplinary line-up will discuss key challenges and opportunities for islands in relation to climate change.
You can find further information about the event, including how to register here.
All are welcome!
This joint event, hosted by Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance and the One Ocean Hub, and kindly supported by the Scottish government, focuses on the voices of young people in climate change discussions. In particular, coastal and island youth are considered within the context of COP26 and rights to a healthy ocean. Join us for an interactive session involving panel discussions, short film screenings, and group reflections. This event welcomes both in-person and online attendees.
These last two Insights of the COVID-19 Island Insights Series provide a snapshot of the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego that hosts two separate jurisdictions: a Chilean one and an Argentinian one. Both sides confirmed their first Covid-19 cases in early March 2020.
On the Chilean side, most decisions concerning the management of the pandemic were taken by the central government. During the first wave, lockdown measures were imposed, travelling to and from the island was strongly limited, and schools were moved to online teaching. After an apparently covid-free stage (May-July 2020), the pandemic hit again on the Chilean side of the island for a second wave.
On the Argentinian side, the first 2020 severe measures were taken by the Provincial government, which allowed for a quick and tailored response: lockdown style restrictions were imposed, and tourists were repatriated, while access to the island was allowed only for people returning home. About a year after, the second wave hit Argentina again, including Tierra del Fuego, with new national and provincial restrictions being imposed.
November Book Launch
Award-winning author Katherine Dewar is launching her new book We’ll Meet Again: Prince Edward Island Women of the Second World War in Summerside, PEI, on Sunday, November 7 at 2 pm.
Please call the Eptek Centre at (902) 888-8373 to reserve your seat as space is limited. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.
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!
Grounded: Seeking Connections is a juried group exhibition that features artworks by eight artists based on Prince Edward Island: Will Baker, Doug Dumais, Maggie J. Whitten Henry, Monica Lacey, Sarah Saunders, LiliAnne Webster, Jane Whitten, and Damien Worth. The exhibition is an exploration of place, the natural world, and the artist’s role within it.
The exhibition was organised from an open call for submissions for recent artworks that are original, forward thinking, and incite conversation. The selected artworks are in a range of mediums, including photography, sculpture, textile, video, painting, and mixed media. Many of the artworks are introspective and personal reflections, often demonstrating a desire for deeper connection, an especially relevant subject in a time where many of us are distanced. The artworks further explore themes related to the natural world and ecological concerns, material juxtapositions, and revisiting and recording traces from the past.
The exhibition is a partnership between this town is small and Eptek Art & Culture Centre and is made possible with the support of the PEI Culture Action Plan through Innovation PEI.
Tuesday to Friday 10:00-4:00
Closed: Monday and Saturday
*Admission by donation*
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:
Ever thought about doing a master's degree?
Want to learn more about the MAIS program at UPEI?
Interim Coordinator Dr. Laurie Brinklow will host an information session for prospective students on November 24, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. ADT!
Learn more about this fascinating interdisciplinary program that focuses exclusively on islands. Dr. Laurie will be on hand to answer questions about coursework, work/study and thesis options, and how to apply. All are welcome.
To register for this event, prospective graduate students can follow this linkto create an account or sign into their pre-existing accounts. Students are encouraged to save their log-in information and use these credentials to sign in if/when they apply to UPEI.
Congratulations on graduating, Tai "Ken" Nguyen!
Tai "Ken" Nguyen graduated from the MAIS Sustainable Island Communities stream this past summer. Originally from Vietnam, Ken recently drove over from Moncton for the day to have graduation photos taken on campus. If you haven't done so already, check out his blog documenting his journey through the Island Studies program: kenatlantic.ca We are so proud to have you be part of our esteemed alumni, Ken!
Congratulations to Maggie J. Whitten Henry and Helena Ryan for presenting their research at this year's Graduate Research Conference at UPEI. You did the MAIS program proud with your hard work and brilliant presentations!
MAIS student Maggie J. Whitten Henry will have two bodies of artwork featured in Grounded, a contemporary art exhibition here in Epekwitk/PEI this month!
These works, one of which has direct ties to her ongoing thesis project, have emerged daily research-creative practice and engage the island (whether physical, metaphorical, and/or a liminal in-between) as a figure of generative, ongoing becoming: a site of recursive islandness and infinite possibility.
Simmering (Boiling frog syndrome)
The oceans have been experiencing significant warming for decades now — but what does that look like? Simmering is a series depicting the temperature change in the Arctic Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, and in Epekwitk/Prince Edward Island over the artist’s lifetime so far (1985–2020), based on temperature data visualizations created by climatologist Professor Ed Hawkins MBE using the Berkeley Earth temperature dataset (http://showyourstripes.info; #showyourstripes), this body of work was made using digitized pieces of fabric from the Whitten family stash, collected over the last 80+ years.
Recursion is a series of works exploring the entangled relationship of ‘sense of place’, islandness, heritage, and identity. Characterized by recurrence, reiteration, and refiguration, these works play with traditional quilting techniques in a digital context, staying true to their origins by making use of carefully selected existing materials to create digital patchworks, which have then been printed onto silk scarves, bringing the practice almost full-circle.
Graham, S.C. & Campbell, L. M. (2021). Island Tourism Brand Identities: A Review of Themes in Island Tourism Logos. Journal of Marine & Island Cultures, 10(1). DOI: 10.21463/jmic.2021.10.1.04
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 (projects.upei.ca/mais/graduate-profiles). All you have to do is send us your information and we will do the rest!
First-ever Coral Reef World Map in High-resolution is Ready
The mapping tool allows policymakers, conservationists and the public to understand the coral reef landscape across the world, with the aim of protecting it. Under threat from the climate crisis and coastal development, this coral reef map seeks to help determine which parts of reefs to preserve, and where to restore them too. The map needed over 450 research teams to produce and incorporated nearly two million satellite images.
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: https://islandstudies.ca/node/542
Upcoming Virtual Events
Annual Laurentic Forum Conference, Nov 2-4, 2021
The 13th Annual Laurentic Forum (2021) conference takes place virtually Nov. 2-4, 2021. The forum is focused on sustaining coastal communities by exploring the challenges and opportunities that lay before them. This year’s conference will address thematic key aspects of sustainable tourism and the value of the blue economy in the North Atlantic. The event will include themed collaborative sessions from regional and national stakeholders who represent the consortium’s four partner regions across the North Atlantic, including sector experts from Newfoundland and Labrador, Ireland, Iceland and Norway. Over the three days, the conference will explore topics such as cultural sustainability, the value of the blue economy, innovation and technology in the blue economy, sustainable wealth and health through blue bio-nutraceuticals and climate change, and will feature the Marine Institute’s Dr. Paul Winger, director, Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources, and Heather Burke, director, Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development, as speakers.
Join us for a new series of webinars set up to address the hunger in the Scottish islands to hear from experts based in other islands worldwide, and to help inform the UHI Islands’ Strategy. James Ellsmoor delivered the first of the Island Matters webinars. His talk inspired attendees to take islands seriously and it definitely set the tone for the series. Dr. Laurie Brinklow, Interim Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Island Studies program and Interim Chair of the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, followed up with a presentation on the work of UPEI's Island Studies constellation.
Next up, November 11th, is Professor Des Thompson, Principal Adviser on Science and Biodiversity at NatureScot; November 18th features Professor Chik Collins, Rector of the University of the Faroe Islands; and coming up next month, on December 2nd, is Professor Owe Ronström from the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology Uppsala University, based on Gotland. More details below.
This is the third in a series of webinars set up to address the hunger in the Scottish islands to hear from experts based in other islands worldwide, and to help inform the UHI Islands’ Strategy. Des is the Principal Adviser on Science and Biodiversity, Scottish Natural Heritage. He is from the Highland village of Culrain. He undertook his PhD at Nottingham University, publishing his research as a textbook on the behavioural ecology of bird flocks. After holding a Liverpool University Fellowship, he moved to the Nature Conservancy Council to begin leading upland conservation work for the government and its agencies. Now with Scottish Natural Heritage, he is the principal adviser on biodiversity and chairs several national and international groups. Des has published widely and collaboratively on topics covering birds of prey, shorebirds, mountain and moorland ecology, and the state of nature. He is Chairman of the Field Studies Council, the UK’s leading provider of outdoor environmental education, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
Webinar 4 with Professor Chik Collins, Rector of the University of the Faroe Islands November 18th 12pm - 1pm
This is the fourth in a series of webinars set up to address the hunger in the Scottish islands to hear from experts based in other islands worldwide, and to help inform the UHI Islands’ Strategy. Professor Chik Collins has been the Rector of the University of the Faroe Islands since September 2019 and Visiting Professor in the School of Education and Social Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland. Previously he was Professor of Applied Social Science and Interim Dean and the Assistant Dean in the School of Media, Culture and Society at the University of the West of Scotland. Chik has researched and published extensively on a range of issues, including language and social change, community development, urban regeneration, and over the past decade, on health and health inequalities – particularly, in collaboration with the NHS Health Scotland and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the phenomenon of ‘excess mortality’ in Scotland and Glasgow.
Between now and Christmas there will further talks by Professor Owe Ronström from the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology Uppsala University, based on Gotland, and Professor Des Thompson, Principal Adviser on Science and Biodiversity at NatureScot.
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
The surface water bodies have been impacted by numerous changes: environmental, political, economic, financial, administrative, technological, cultural, and social, such is the case of the lakes. The problems of appropriate management have been solved through local solutions.
The 2020 edition of the 18th World Lake Conference (WLC18) will be held in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. This conference will keep up with the efforts of benefiting governance, resilience, and sustainability of lakes through knowledge generation, information exchange, experiences, and best practices, proposing a meeting space for experts, authorities in charge of administration, users, technologists, scientists, professionals, students, and civil society members interested in spreading, learning and fomenting pertinent actions for comprehensive management of lakes.
Pacific History Association Biennial Conference 2021: ‘In Their Own Words’ November 17–20, 2021 | Combined face-to-face/virtual conference
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 pacifichistoryassociation.net/pha2021
Recent Webinar & Event Recordings
Miss the Visual Island Summit 2021? Want to revisit the sessions?
Check out the VIS2021 recordings!
Welcome to "Once upon an island - Green tourism", the podcast that highlights ecotourism on small islands. They fascinate us with their promise of peace and freedom, but did you know that small islands are pioneer territories for a more sustainable development? Each week, the podcast gives a voice to islanders, in particular women, to develop a tourism that respects the environment. They live off the British, Greek, Tunisian coasts, or off the French, Croatian and Norwegian coasts. They share their innovations and experiments with us, concrete and inspiring solutions that can be transposed to other islands and continents.
Meet Canada's most prolific woman murderer: Mary "Minnie" McGee. Minnie McGee was born on PEI in 1875, and she lived a quiet life until 1912 when 6 of her children suddenly died of poisoning.
*Please note this episode contains explicit descriptions of infanticide, so it may not be suitable for all listeners.*
Features guest interview Dr. Sharon Myers.
What’s the deal with plastic pollution and how can we further prevent our oceans from further becoming plastic soup? We now know the impact of our dependence on plastic has impacts to both marine life and human health and will be unravelling some of the mysteries, questions and innovative solutions of addressing plastic in the ocean in a three part mini-series. In Part 1 of our plastic ocean miniseries, we will focus on just one aspect of plastic pollution: SUPs. Not Stand Up Paddleboards… we mean Single-Use Plastics! The act of using a product once and throwing it away is occurring so rapidly around the world that some even say we are experiencing a ‘Plastic Pandemic’. So, what are we going to do about it? Hang tight as we are about to hear the story of how the Town of Lunenberg shifted away from plastics and how YOU can too! In this episode, we are joined by two women – Jennifer and Ariel – who prove that changing our individual habits and status-quo in business DO make a difference. In this episode, we heard from: Jennifer Constable with Plastic Free Lunenberg.
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!
Prospects for Deepening Africa-Caribbean Economic Relations
"Mythical and Fictional Islands (Special Issue on Island Studies)" in Coolabah, No. 31 (2021):
This special issue of Coolabah features a series of papers that explore how islands are imagined and articulated outside the geographical and biological parameters of reality. It is hoped this special thematic issue of Coolabah will introduce Island Studies to a new audience of interdisciplinary scholars and in doing so will encourage new debates and/or viewpoints to engage with the field of island research.
Guest editor: Sarah MacKinnon
University of the Islands and Highlands, Shetland, Scotland
Deadline for submissions 15 November 2021
Islands have long been centres of creativity, ingenuity, and innovation. This conference seeks to share knowledge of and celebrate facets of island creativity. We invite proposals for papers, panels, posters, roundtables and (creative) workshops that highlight the many ways island societies put their manifold creative skills into practice, from their distinct responses to political, environmental, economic and social challenges, to the development of island creative economies and the promotion of community well-being.
In line with this theme, we welcome submissions on the following topics:
Creative Economy on Islands
Experience of the Island-based Creative Practitioner
Creative Entrepreneurship on Islands
Creative Approaches to Island Political, Environmental, Economic and Social Challenges
Creative Approaches to Sustainable Island Tourism
Other themes relating to islands studies will also be considered
Water an Open Access Journal by MDPI
Special Issue: 'Water Resources Management and Water Security in Small Island Communities'
Deadline for expression of interest: December 31st, 2021
A Special Issue of Water, an Open Access Journal by MDPI (Impact Factor 3.1) will feature a collection of papers addressing the impending water security crisis faced by Small Island Communities. Over 70 percent of Small Island Developing States face the risk of water shortages leading to water insecurity, a condition only exacerbated with climate change. Groundwater depletion, for example, increases the risk of saltwater intrusion. Industrial expansion into island communities adds pressure to water supply and water quality. Added to this, historical water governance structures create complexity in local water management, particularly for small island communities experiencing rapid human population growth. The impending water crisis extends beyond the developing world. Equally problematic is pressure on water resources in the more developed world. The attraction of “island life” as an escape from post-pandemic urban living places additional demand on precious, but limited, local water resources.
This Special Issue of Water welcomes contributions from NGOs, government, professionals and academics. Please send expression of interest before 31 December 2021 to Dr. Robert Patrick, Guest Editor, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon SK, S7N 5C8 Canada. email@example.com
A P.E.I. Afghanistan War veteran, Dennis MacKenzie, is releasing an album that raises awareness about veteran suicide one day ahead of Remembrance Day.
Dennis MacKenzie is set to release his debut, full-length album titled The Guardian Angel Platoon on Nov. 10, announced in an Oct. 24 release.
The album is a chronological journey through MacKenzie’s journey as a soldier, from the training process through his difficulty coping with having friends die on and off the battlefield.
During his nine years in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, which included a deployment to Afghanistan, several of MacKenzie's friends died. When he returned home, more died from suicide. The music in The Guardian Angel Platoon is described as MacKenzie's way of dealing with the trauma he and other veterans experienced during war.
Lanterns, the first single off of the album, is a slow-folk ballad with a soft, local-inspired melody. The song is described as a haunting reminder that wars do not end on the battlefield and that the physical and mental effects of war take a toll on veterans.