The latest Island Studies news and updates
How have islands responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and what do their recovery plans hold for a sustainable future? The latest installments in the COVID-19 Island Insights Series come from Aotearoa New Zealand (by 
Gerard Prinsen) and Hawai'i (by Marina Karides), available now at
To learn more about the COVID-19 Island Insights Series and to read all of the releases thus far, visit
In a recent Financial Post piece by Joe O'Connor, our own Dr. Laurie Brinklow discusses islandness, return migration, and how "an island, while cut-off geographically, isn’t remote, but at the very centre of things."

→ Read now: Atlantic Canada is the next land of opportunity (even if the rest of Canada doesn't know it yet)

Calling all Prince Edward Islanders! Have you ever thought of completing a Master's degree in island tourism, sustainability, or international relations, all while staying right here on the Island?
If so, join us for an info session on UPEI's Master of Arts, Island Studies program this Thursday, March 4th, from 12:00pm-1:00pm AST.
Full details:
Do you have an island studies publication, upcoming event, new research, or other updates to share via our newsletter and/or social media channels? We would be delighted to share it with our global island studies network!

→ Submit details here:

Island Lecture Series - March 2021
Learning from Financial Crisis: Towards Sustainable Island Futures for Iceland and Newfoundland & Labrador
with Professor Mark Stoddart and Dr. Ásthildur Elva Bernharðsdóttir

Thursday, March 30, 2021
1–2pm ADT (UTC-3) via Zoom

As cold-water islands, Newfoundland and Iceland are often compared. Our March instalment of the Island Lecture Series will feature a presentation by Mark Stoddart and Ásthildur Elva Bernharðsdóttir comparing the financial crises that both islands have experienced: Iceland in 2008–2009, and Newfoundland currently. What have these experiences had in common and what lessons can they teach us? The presentation will be followed by a discussion, with opportunity for questions from the audience. For more information about this event and our speakers, visit

As always, this virtual event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
The session will be hosted on Zoom, and advance registration is required – click here to reserve your spot!
Webinar & Book Launch: "Governance in Small States"
Hosted by the Islands and Small States Institute, University of Malta
Thursday, March 4, 2021
11:00am-12:00pm AST (4:00-5:00pm CET) via Zoom

This webinar will launch the recently published "Handbook of Governance in Small States", edited by Lino Briguglio, Jessica Byron, Stefano Moncada, and Wouter Veenendaal and published by Routledge in December 2020. The webinar will feature presentations on different aspects of governance in small states, followed by a discussion.

Registration is free – click here to reserve your spot.
Island Feminisms Virtual Speaker Series:
Place, Justice, and Movement

Ongoing until April 16
Next sessions: March 5th & 16th
Click here for the detailed program
Island Finance Forum 2021
Investment for Sustainable Development

April 14-15, 2021
Click here for full details and registration
ISISA Conference 2021
Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories

June 14-18, 2021
Program coming soon!
Click here for full details
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
Dr. Hung-Min Chiang, author of Chinese Islanders and Home is Where the Water Is, was posthumously awarded a Heritage Recognition Award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation on February 18, 2021.
"His work illuminates where we have done well and humbly shines a light on where we could do more to uplift all human and natural life on this island." We miss you, Min.

The awards ceremony was streamed live via the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Facebook page; you can watch the recording here
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
MAIS Thesis defence: "Islandness: Factors influencing change in the Prince Edward Island Lobster Fishery" by Ian McIsaac

Thursday, March 4, 2021 · 2:30pm - 4:30pm AST
Hosted via Zoom · Pre-registration required

Ian McIsaac, a candidate in the MAIS program, will defend his thesis on Thursday, March 4th. The thesis is entitled "Islandness: Factors influencing change in the Prince Edward Island Lobster Fishery."

In 2015, the PEI Marketing Council created the Lobster Fishers of Prince Edward Island (LFPEI) Commodity Board after holding a plebiscite. Ian conducted research to better understand what factors led to the decision, and to discover if any aspect of islandness may have influenced this independent group of Island business men and women who compete with each other to catch the same fish.   

Ian's co-supervisors are Tim Carroll, Associate Professor, UPEI Faculty of Business, and Dr. Jim Randall, Professor, Island Studies @ UPEI. The external examiner is Dr. Melissa James, Associate Professor, UPEI Faculty of Business.

The defense involves a short presentation by Ian, followed by two rounds of questions from the external examiner and co-supervisors. Questions from the floor are entertained at the end.

All are welcome to attend! For more details and to reserve your spot, go to


We are very happy to share a selection of the latest publications and presentations from our Institute of Island Studies Research Associates!
Congratulations to IIS Research Associate Dr. Dacia Leslie, who received the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) Principal's Award for Best Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) Publication (2019/2020) for her book entitled "Recidivism in the Caribbean - Improving the reintegration of Jamaican Ex-prisoners". Learn more about Dr. Leslie and her research here.
IIS Research Associate Graeme Robertson has compiled a report titled One year timeline of COVID-19 pandemic impacting islands worldwide, which features over 600 articles documenting the impacts of COVID-19 on islands around the world from January 2020 to February 2021. The purpose of the report is to act as a resource enabling all those who are interested to undertake further research. Congratulations and thank you, Graeme, for all of the work that has gone into creating this valuable resource! Click here to learn more and download the report
To learn more about the IIS Research Associates program and our current Research Associates, visit


'Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene' with Mimi Sheller
Hosted by Caribbean Studies Network

This session featured Mimi Sheller (Drexel University) discussing and answering audience questions about her research, inspirations, and new book, Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene.
Click here to watch

Adapting Tourist Destinations for Remote Workers and Digital Nomads in 2021
Hosted by Island Innovation
Click here for full details and to watch the recording
Recovery and resilience: How to prepare for a sustainable and successful re-start of Chinese outbound tourism for island destinations
Hosted by Island Innovation
Click here for full details and to watch the recording

Call for Applications: L.M. Montgomery Visiting Scholar Program
L.M. Montgomery Institute, University of Prince Edward Island
Deadline for submission: April 6, 2021

The L.M. Montgomery Institute at the University of Prince Edward Island invites scholars active in research related to the work and life of L.M. Montgomery to submit an application for the L.M. Montgomery Visiting Scholar-Program (1 July, 2021 – 30 June, 2022). An extension of the appointment for one additional year is possible upon mutual agreement. 
Click here for full details

Call for Applicants: Island Fellows Program
Island Institute, Maine, USA
Deadline for submission: March 31, 2021

The Island Institute works to sustain Maine‘s island and coastal communities, and exchanges ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities in Maine and elsewhere.
The application period for the next cohort of Island Institute Fellows is now open! Click here for more information about the program and about becoming a fellow, including the qualifications and benefits of fellowship.
For those who are interested, the Island Institute is hosting an information session on Thursday, March 4th, from 4-5pm EST. More details here.

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!


Notes on an archipelagic ethnography: Ships, seas, and islands of relation in the Indian Ocean — Nidhi Mahajan

Teehuteatuaonoa aka ‘Jenny’, the most traveled woman on the Bounty: Chronicling female agency and island movements with Google Earth — Donald Patrick Albert

Geopolitics of the colonial prison island: The case of Poulo Condor (Con Dao) — Sophie Fuggle

Island archaeology, identity and resilience in Menorca through the Roman Epoch — Margaret A. Amundson

Marine biodiversity of a pristine coral reef in French Polynesia — David Lecchini, Frédéric Bertucci, Lily Fogg, Camille Gache, Pascal Ung, Yann Lacube, Cecile Berthe, Viliame Waqalevu, Alain Siu, & Tamatoa Bambridge

Beyond the vulnerability/resilience dichotomy: Perceptions of and responses to the climate crisis on Emau, Vanuatu — Sophie Ruehr

The stunning birth of tourism on the islands of Ibiza and Formentera — Joan Carles Cirer-Costa

Atolls of the Maldives: Nissology and Geography 
Edited by S. Malatesta, M. Schmidt di Friedberg, S. Zubair, D. Bowen, & M. Mohamed
This volume provides a spatial analysis on some key challenges the Maldivian society has to deal with, and guides the reader in the discovery of the human and environmental geography of this Indian Ocean archipelago. Click here to learn more
Island Studies Journal Special Section: Why is there no non-Western island studies theory?
Editors: Adam Grydehøj, Ping Su, Yaso Nadarajah, & Elena Burgos Martinez
Deadline for final submissions: November 30, 2021.

Taking its inspiration from Acharya and Buzan’s (2007) important work on ‘Why is there no non-Western international relations theory?’, this special section of Island Studies Journal questions why island studies has struggled to genuinely engage with non-Western theoretical approaches and considers what impacts this has had on both the research field and on island communities. Further developing Nadarajah and Grydehøj’s (2016) call for a ‘decolonial island studies’ and Gómez-Barris and Joseph’s (2019) emphasising of ‘coloniality and islands’, we ask how island studies can more effectively, more respectfully, and more openly approach non-Western perspectives, challenging rigid and exclusivist boundaries of island studies.

Click here for full details and submission guidelines

Small States and Territories Special Section: Critical Reflections on Governance and Resilience in Small Island Contexts
Guest Editors: Aideen Foley and Stefano Moncada
Submission deadline: March 26, 2021

This special section seeks contributions reflecting critically on governance and 'resilience' in small island jurisdictions (sovereign states or sub-national territories) with a particular emphasis on climate, environmental and sustainability challenges. 

Click here for full details and submission guidelines

Small States and Territories Special Section – Overseas Territories & Crown Dependencies: What Future in ‘Global Britain’?
Guest Editors: Matthew Benwell, Peter Clegg, Nichola Harmer, and Alasdair Pinkerton 
Submission deadline: October 31, 2021

This special section will provide a critical, timely and sober assessment of where the overseas territories and crown dependencies stand now in ‘Global/post-Brexit’ Britain, and the opportunities and challenges that face them going forward. This section offers the first ever comparative and comprehensive consideration of these two groups of territories. We also welcome submissions that offer non-British perspectives (i.e., how other regions and countries view the UK overseas territories and British crown dependencies). We would like to offer a cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary and global assessment of these small yet important, but often marginalised and sometimes forgotten, territories.

Click here for full details and submission guidelines

  • Applied Sciences Special Issue: Mediterranean Beach Morphodynamics Under Climate Change
    Submissions due March 31, 2021. More details and submission guidelines
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. Apply before March 31 and you will be eligible to be considered for a UPEI Entrance Scholarship.
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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