The latest Island Studies news and updates
NEW RESEARCH: Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Northern Periphery and Arctic Communities

We are thrilled to be partners in this groundbreaking research that will speak to a better post-pandemic world. Led by CoDeL, this European-funded project looks at the economic impacts of COVID-19 on communities from Finland to Canada, with our contribution providing a focus on Atlantic Canada. 

Here is a sneak peek video:
To learn more about the project, visit

For our latest Island Lecture Series session, Irish ethnomusicologist Dr. Rory McCabe joined us live from his home on Clare Island to discuss music-making as a fundamental part of island community life and an important measure of island vitality. Rory's presentation was followed by a discussion with our own Dr. Laurie Brinklow about the intersection of music-making and island studies and how this can help us to understand islandness, along with some great questions from our audience!

If you weren’t able to join us, or would like to rewatch and share with friends, you’re in luck — the video is now up on our YouTube channel!
Click here to watch

• Getting the word out: How knowledge gets shared on islands (UPEI News)
• Researcher looks to add fishery voices to climate change research (CBC)
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Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories
June 14-18, 2021
Abstracts and proposals are due February 28

The International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA) 2021 conference will be held virtually, hosted by the Harris Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland. 
For full details, go to
ISISA 2021 - Session call for abstracts: 'Anthropocene Islands'
If you would like to submit an abstract to the 'Anthropocene Islands' sessions at the ISISA conference, please email Jonathan Pugh directly ( For more details, check out his recent Facebook post here

Island Feminisms: Place, Justice, and Movement
2021 Virtual Speaker Series

Ongoing (January 29 - April 16)
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Engage with scholars and activists working in island and feminist studies to spark collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue on social justice for islands and islanders. Click here for detailed program

For more info and free registration, go to
Community Recovery: Building a community of practice through information and resource sharing (Webinar Series)
Hosted by the British Columbia Association of Emergency Managers (BCAEM)
Ongoing (January 27 - April 7) 
These short presentations, followed by breakout rooms, will encourage discussion around the four pillars of community ​recovery (social, economic, environmental and infrastructure), with a focus on rural communities.
Click here for more details | View poster
Adapting Tourist Destinations For Remote Workers & Digital Nomads In 2021
Hosted by Island Innovation
February 9, 2021 | Free to attend
Click here for full details and registration
Island Finance Forum 2021
Investment for Sustainable Development

April 14-15, 2021
Click here for full details and registration
MARE Conference People & the Sea XI: 
Limits to Blue Growth?

June 28 - July 2, 2021
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
My island's the house I sleep in at night
A collection of poems by Laurie Brinklow

Drawn from interviews with artists, writers, and musicians from Newfoundland and Tasmania, these poems capture what it means to be an islander. To know every rock and tickle, “the sea your road/the hole in the sky/your light to travel by.” 

Featuring cover art by Fogo Island artist Adam Young (Young Studios)
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 contact Bren at
PEI Climate Stories: Impacts and adaptation strategies
MAIS student Eric Gilbert is part of PEI Climate Stories, a new series of short videos produced by UPEI's Climate Lab in partnership with Climate Sense that explore the impacts of climate change on Prince Edward Island and the adaptation strategies being implemented by Prince Edward Islanders. 
Eric's thesis focuses on climate change and cacao cultivation, and in this video filmed in his home of Victoria-by-the-Sea (PEI) he discusses the environmental challenges and adaptation approaches to climate change at a small, rural municipality.
To watch Eric's story, and check out the full PEI Climate Stories series, go to
UPEI Faculty Association Master's Medal
MAIS student Joyce Ferguson was recently awarded the UPEI Faculty Association Master's medal, given to a student who has completed at least one academic of full-time equivalent Master’s study and displays academic achievement and scholarly promise.
Joyce's research into community responses to large-scale infrastructure and its socio-technical effects in Eastern Kings is entitled "Prince Edward Island and Renewable Energy: The Preconditions for a Sustainable Future."
Says her co-supervisor, Dr. Udo Krautwurst (Sociology-Anthropology), "The UPEIFA Master's Medal award greatly affirms the value of Joyce's most interesting and relevant research project. Joyce clearly is a very gifted thinker. It comes as no surprise that she received a Future Prosperity Scholarship, the SSHRC Master's scholarship, and now the UPEIFA's Master's medal."
Congratulations, Joyce!


We are very happy to share a selection of the latest publications and presentations from our Institute of Island Studies Research Associates!
IIS Research Associate Natalie Dietrich Jones's chapter "Against the tide? A socio-legal review of Caribbean SIDS’ (non)-compliance with international agreements on migrants and refugees and the protection of vulnerable migrants" appears in the new book, Routlege International Handbook of Governance in Small States, edited by Lino Briguglio, Jessica Byron, Stefano Moncada, and Wouter Veenendaal (Routlege, 2021). This volume covers a wide spectrum of governance issues relating to small states in a global context. Congratulations, Natalie!

More from Natalie:
Book Review: Deporting Black Britons: Portraits of Deportation to Jamaica by Luke de Noronha
IIS Research Associates Mark Lapping and Peter Buker's chapter "Democracy and Social Empowerment in Small Island Jurisdictions" appears in the new book, Shaping the Future of Small Islands: Roadmap for Sustainable Development, edited by John Laing Roberts, Shyam Nath, Satya Paul, and Yeti Nisha Madhoo (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).
This book provides a fresh look at the issues of sustainable development, degradation of natural resources and vulnerability to climate change in Small Island developing states (SIDS). It documents the deteriorating state of SIDS and adaptation efforts made to address the impending crisis of unsustainable economic growth with international, national and community support. Congratulations, Mark and Peter!
IIS Research Associate Dr. Andrew Jennings' chapter "Shetland's Norse Identity: 'Da Norn is lang gien, but hit’s left a waageng'" will appear in the book Scotland and Islandness: Explorations in Economy and Culture, edited by Kathryn Burnett (Peter Lang, 2021/in press). Congratulations, Andrew!
The book is currently in press, but you can get a sneak peek at Andrew's chapter here.

More from Andrew: 
Recorded lecture: "Hebrideans in the Viking Sagas" hosted by Museum & Tasglann nan Eilean Stornoway
To learn more about the IIS Research Associates program and our current Research Associates, visit
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!


Riverine Complexity: Islandness, socio-spatial perceptions and modification—a case study of the lower Richmond River — Christian Fleury & Philip Hayward

The impeded archipelago of Corsica and Sardinia — Marcel A. Farinelli

Island tourism carrying capacity in the UNESCO Site Laurisilva of Madeira — Luís Mota, Mara Franco, & Rossana Santos

Resilience and autonomy at stake: The public construct of the Paf gambling company in the Åland Islands community — Tuulia Lerkkanen & Matilda Hellman

Electoral politics, party performance, and governance in Greenland: Parties, personalities, and cleavages in an autonomous subnational island jurisdiction — Yi Zhang, Xinyuan Wei, & Adam Grydehøj

The Caribbean Blue Economy (Routlege)
Edited by Peter Clegg, Robin Mahon, Patrick McConney, & Hazel A. Oxenford

This volume explores the opportunities, threats and risks involved in operationalising the Blue Economy in the Wider Caribbean Region, defined as northern Brazil to the USA and all mainland and island countries and territories in-between. Click here to learn more
Call for book proposals: 'Ocean and Island Studies' Book Series (Routledge)
Co-Editors: May Joseph, Adam Grydehøj, Philip Hayward, Sudipta Sen, and Lisa Bloom. 
Ocean and Island Studies is an interdisciplinary series concerning the role of oceans and islands in thought, theory, practice, and method, past, present and future. This series explores the ways in which people use, envision, and construct marine, aquatic, littoral, island, and archipelagic geographies.
More details here
Proposals for monographs and short-form titles are welcome

The Round Table, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs Special Issue: 'Falklands Islands – 40 Years after the War'
Guest Editors: Peter Clegg and Kate Matheson
Contributions due November 1, 2021
As we build-up to the fortieth anniversary of the Falklands War, it provides an opportune moment to reflect on the nature of the Falkland Islands at that time and the impact of the war, not just on the Falklands itself, but on the Commonwealth and the international community more generally. It is important to also recognise and evaluate the contemporary Falklands and its aspirations and challenges going forward. The special issue will offer a detailed and nuanced assessment of the modern Falklands and how it has been framed and its progress driven by the legacy of the war.
Click here for full details and submission guidelines
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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