The latest Island Studies news and updates
Learning from Financial Crisis: Towards Sustainable Island Futures for Iceland and Newfoundland & Labrador
For our March Island Lecture Series session, Prof. Mark Stoddart (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and Dr. Ásthildur Elva Bernharðsdóttir (Reykjavík Akademían; University of Iceland) discuss the financial crises of Iceland (2008–2009) and Newfoundland & Labrador (currently). What have these experiences had in common and what lessons can they teach us? Read more
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How have islands responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and what do their recovery plans hold for a sustainable future? Check out the latest installments in the COVID-19 Island Insights Series to learn more:
Island Insights #7: Jamaica and Barbados
Island Insights #8: Iceland, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Prince Edward Island
For more about the COVID-19 Island Insights Series and to read all of the releases so far, go to
The Institute of Island Studies was invited to submit an article to The Parliamentarian, the Journal of the Parliaments of the Commonwealth, for their recent issue, "Parliamentary democracy in the smallest Parliaments and Legislatures of the Commonwealth." This issue also includes other articles about islands, including one from our colleagues in Malta on "The importance of academic research in studying islands and small states."

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ISLAND LECTURE SERIES – Celebrating Poetry Month:
Laurie Brinklow and Bren Simmers in conversation with Richard Lemm
Tuesday, April 27, 2021  |  7-8PM ADT (UTC-3)

The Island Lecture Series April session celebrates National Poetry Month and features two Island poets in conversation with a third. Laurie Brinklow and Bren Simmers will read from their new books, My Island’s the house I sleep in at night (Island Studies Press, 2021) and If, When (Gaspereau Press, 2021), in a conversation hosted by Richard Lemm. Topics range from the role of story, place, and history in their poetry to their own poetic practices. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

As always, this virtual event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. The event will be hosted on Zoom, and advance registration is required – click here for more info and to reserve your spot!

5th International St Magnus Conference
Island Histories and Herstories

April 14–16, 2021

This three-day event will feature speakers from 10+ countries, and will explore the contribution of women and men in island communities from before the Viking age to the present, revealing the experiences of island life through research and storytelling. 
Click here for more details and to register

Island Feminisms Virtual Speaker Series:
Place, Justice, and Movement

April 16, 2021 | 1:00-2:00PM HST (UTC-10)
Click here to register
  • Unearthing the Toxic Weeds of White Supremacy: Reflections of a Pinay Scholar Warrior of Aloha in Decolonizing Social Work and Health – Alma M. Ouanesisouk Trinidad (Portland State University)
  • Issues of Resistance, Place, and Subversion: The Prison Songs of Lili‘uokalani – Cynthia Morris (American Musicological Society [AMS], Society for Ethnomusicology [SEM])
Visit for more details
Ontologies and cognitive aspects of Islands and Seascape

April 27, 2021 | 2pm–3:30pm CEST (UTC+2)
Hosted by the Interdisciplinary Island and Seascape Research Cluster, Uppsala University - Campus Gotland.
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CEDEC/CRRF 2021 Conference
Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges between Public-Private-Civil Society Sectors

September 30 – October 2, 2021
Abstracts due by April 19, 2021 
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Island Finance Forum 2021
Investment for Sustainable Development

April 14-15, 2021
Click here for full details and registration
8th Annual CELEBRATE ISLANDS: Let's Take Care of our Islands
May 18–23, 2021 · View flyer
Annual event promoting the small islands of the world, co-organized by PIM Initiative, SMILO, and the Conservatoire du littoral. For more details and to learn how you can take part, visit the PIM Initiative website and/or the CELEBRATE ISLANDS Facebook page.
ISISA Conference 2021
Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories

June 14-18, 2021
Program coming soon!
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MARE Conference People & the Sea XI: 
Limits to Blue Growth?

June 28 - July 2, 2021
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L.M. Montgomery Institute 15th Biennial International Conference: 
L.M. Montgomery and Re-vision 
June 22-26, 2022 | Proposals due August 15, 2021
Click here for full details
The Chemistry of Innovation: Regis Duffy and the Story of DCL
by Mo Duffy Cobb and Lori Mayne

How did a farm boy from Prince Edward Island become a successful businessman, mentor, and community philanthropist? In 1970, Regis Duffy — then Dean of Science at UPEI — started a small chemical reagent company to create summer jobs for his students. Diagnostic Chemicals and its offspring, BioVectra, soon grew into global competitors in the diagnostic and pharmaceutical industry, employed hundreds of Islanders, and provided a model for entrepreneurship and economic development in Canada’s smallest province. The key to his success? As Regis once said, “Innovate or die; the alternative is not that appealing."

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Looking for ways to scratch your travel itch from the comfort and safety of your own home? Anna and Godfrey Baldacchino's A Taste of Islands is just the ticket! Explore our world of islands with this collection of delicious recipes and historical-anthropological stories. 
Available on the Island Studies Press website

A Taste of Islands also makes a great gift!
Co-author Godfrey Baldacchino recently gave a copy to Malta's Head of State George Vella.
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 publications, please visit or contact Bren at
Congratulations to Ian McIsaac for successfully defending his Master of Arts in Island Studies thesis entitled "Factors influencing change in the Prince Edward Island Lobster Fishery." Welcome to the MAIS Alumni, Ian!  Read more here
The recording of Ian's defense is now available to stream on the Institute of Island Studies YouTube channel:

Congratulations to MAIS student Joyce Ferguson (pictured here with Dr. Laurie Brinklow) for winning this year’s UPEI Faculty Association’s Master’s medal for her work on “Prince Edward Island and Renewable Energy: The Preconditions for a Sustainable Future.”  Read more


We are very happy to share a selection of the latest publications and presentations from our Institute of Island Studies Research Associates!
Towards a Post-Brexit UK-Caribbean Relationship
Dr. Nand C. Bardouille
— Click here to read
This article analyzes emerging post-Brexit UK-Caribbean relations, focusing on the recently concluded Tenth United Kingdom-Caribbean Ministerial Forum and the UK’s ‘Integrated Review 2021’: Global Britain in a competitive age
More from our Research Associates:
To learn more about the IIS Research Associates program and our current Research Associates, visit


Webinar & Book Launch: "Governance in Small States"
Hosted by the Islands and Small States Institute, University of Malta
Click here to watch the recording


Rethinking Okinawan Indigeneity: Articulation and Activism
Dr. Megumi Chibana

Hosted by the Centre for Japanese Research, University of British Columbia
Click here to watch
Anthropocene Islands: A Critical Agenda for Ontopolitics in the Anthropocene
Prof. David Chandler & Dr. Jonathan Pugh
Hosted by One Resilient Earth
This talk explores how islands inspire radically new ways of thinking the Anthropocene beyond the modern framework: from resilience to patchworks, from correlation to storiation.
Click here to watch


Rural Routes Podcast
S3E12: Along the Baccalieu Trail

RRP host Bojan Fürst talks to Dale Jarvis and Natalie Dignam about intangible cultural heritage along Baccalieu Trail in Newfoundland and how it can create tourism opportunities for the region. They also talk about community radio, Newfoundland ponies, traditional skills, and why we need to start paying attention to local knowledge.
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S01E09: Jenny Litster and L.M. Montgomery’s Cultural Contexts

In this episode, host Dr. Brenton Dickieson chats with Jenny Litster, a cultural historian and LMM specialist, about L.M. Montgomery and her Scottish and Prince Edward Island roots. Click here to listen

S01E10: Rita Bode, Women Writers, and Editing L.M. Montgomery Scholarship
This episode features legendary Professor Rita Bode, a scholar of women writers, including L.M. Montgomery and American Women’s Regionalist Fiction.
Click here to listen
Living Heritage Podcast
Ep. 201: Shetland History and Folklore with Dr. Andrew Jennings

Host Dale Jarvis is joined by IIS Research Associate Dr. Andrew Jennings (University of Highlands and Islands) to discuss the history and folklore of Shetland. 
Click here to listen
Dialogue with Drake & Daboo
This PEI-based podcast, hosted by Emma Drake and Sweta Daboo, is a progressive podcast on policy, politics and pop culture. There are new episodes weekly; click here to learn more and tune in
Congratulations to Professor Godfrey Baldacchino, who was recently appointed as Malta's Ambassador for Islands and Small States!
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Anthropocene Islands Virtual Reading Group
Starting April 29, 2021
As part of the Anthropocene Islands initiative, Dr. Kasia Mika and Dr. Jonathan Pugh will be leading a monthly virtual reading group. This group is open to all! The first sessions will be held on April 29, 2021. Click here for full details
Very exciting news: Today, April 1st, Ordnance Survey shared the first map of Hy-Breasal, a mysterious 'new' Scottish island that was lost to the sea centuries ago, but has recently risen out of the waves.
Click here to find out more about this island and the cartographer's process for this very special project. Interestingly, the Ghàidhlig name of the island's fortress, A' Ghiblean Amadan, translates as "April fool"!
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!


Demographic carrying capacity model: A tool for decision-making in Rapa Nui — Kay Bergamini, Roberto Moris, Piroska Ángel, Daniela Zaviezo, & Horacio Gilabert

Critiquing ‘islandness’ as immunity to COVID-19: A case exploration of the Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique archipelago in the Caribbean region — John N. Telesford

Embodying the Anthropocene: Embattled crustaceans, extractivism, and eco-tourism on Christmas Island (Indian Ocean) — Philip Hayward

Factors influencing the internationalization of small-sized textile firms in a Small Island Developing State: A Mauritian study — Rajesh Sannegadu, Alfred Henrico, & Louis van Staden

Dipping in to the North: Living, Working and Traveling in Sparsely Populated Areas
Edited by L. Lundmark, D. B. Carson, & M. Eimermann.
This volume explores how changing mobility and migration is affecting the social, economic, cultural, and environmental characteristics of sparsely populated areas of northern Sweden (and places like it), examining who lives in, works in, and visits the north; how and why this has changed over time; and what those changes mean for how the north might develop in the future. 
Ciick here to learn more

ICES Journal of Marine Science Themed Set: "Building the knowledge base to support blue growth in small island developing states (SIDS)"
Submission deadline: June 30, 2021

The objective of this themed set is to bring together contributions that provide strong and novel scientific knowledge in support of sustainability in maritime
economies, and/or enhance understanding of species, habitats, and natural
assets, in the world’s SIDS.
Click here for full details and submission guidelines

ARQUIPELAGO - Life and Marine Sciences 

Open Call: Arquipelago - Life and Marine Sciences is a free, open access journal based at the Universidade Dos Açores which publishes original scientific articles, short communications, and reviews on the terrestrial and marine environment of Atlantic oceanic islands and seamounts. 
More details available here and at

  • Sustainability Special Issue: ‘Sustainable Island Tourism’
    Submissions due May 31, 2021. More details and submission guidelines
  • Shima Special Issue: 'Aquatic Monstrosities'
    Abstracts due June 18, 2021. More details and submission guidelines
  • Small States and Territories Special Section – Overseas Territories & Crown Dependencies: What Future in ‘Global Britain’?
    Submissions due October 31, 2021. More details and submission guidelines
  • The Round Table, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs Special Issue: Falklands Islands – 40 Years after the War
    Contributions due November 1, 2021. More details and submission guidelines
  • Island Studies Journal Special Section: Why is there no non-Western island studies theory?
    Submissions due November 30, 2021. More details and submission guidelines
  • Call for book proposals: 'Ocean and Island Studies' Book Series (Routledge)
    Co-Editors: May Joseph, Adam Grydehøj, Philip Hayward, Sudipta Sen, and Lisa Bloom. Proposals for monographs and short-form titles are welcomeMore details here
Applications for our interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) Program are open for September 2021 and January 2022 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, please visit the Master of Arts in Island Studies program page or email
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