The latest Island Studies news and updates
Happy New Year!
Welcome to new and returning members of our global Island Studies "family" - we're happy to see you! We look forward to sharing island news with you, and hearing your news, too. Please send along your notices of new island books, conferences, calls for papers - or interesting tidbits from your islands - either by email or via any of our social media channels!
This month we're delighted to host a presentation by Rory McCabe from Clare Island. He was lined up to do an in-person lecture in our Island Lecture Series last March when COVID scuttled our plans. So glad to be able to use video technology to Zoom him in from his home in Ireland - and to Zoom you in, too, from wherever you happen to be!
Here's hoping that 2021 brings us better news on the pandemic front, and that our islands continue to be safe havens.
Best wishes from your newsletter team.
The latest installments in the COVID-19 Island Insights Series come from two subnational island jurisdiction islands in the Pacific region: the Okinawa Islands of Japan (by Hiroshi Kakazu) and the U.S. overseas territory of Guam (by Romina King). 
For more details about the COVID-19 Island Insights Series and to read all of the publications so far, head to
Island Lecture Series · Virtual Event
Music-making and the experience of community life on an Irish island
with Rory McCabe 
Tuesday, January 19th · 1:00pm-2:00pm AST (UTC-4)

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This virtual session will feature Irish researcher Rory McCabe (Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway) joining us live from Clare Island, Ireland, to discuss music-making as a fundamental part of island community life and an important measure of island vitality. Following his presentation, Rory will be joined in conversation by Dr. Laurie Brinklow (Institute of Island Studies, UPEI), with an opportunity for questions from the audience. LEARN MORE

This virtual event is free to attend and all are welcome.
Advance registration is required – go to to reserve your spot.

Island Finance Forum 2021: Investment for Sustainable Development
April 14-15, 2021

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The Island Finance Forum brings together senior financiers, development partners, and regulators to share and exchange expertise on sustainable and inclusive financial structures in island communities. The Forum aims to highlight the unique financial challenges faced by global island communities and the solutions for sustainable economic recovery and inclusive growth in a post-pandemic world.

Organized by Island Innovation, this virtual event will be accessible to attendees from across the globe in a variety of interactive sessions, including networking opportunities to meet and exchange ideas face to face or in small groups. LEARN MORE

Speakers and agenda will be announced in the coming weeks.
Register now to reserve your spot and be the first to receive updates!
MARE Conference People & the Sea XI: Limits to Blue Growth?
June 28 - July 2, 2021

The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) annual conference will be held virtually this year, with the central theme of "Limits to Blue Growth?" and six conference streams: Making Blue Livelihoods; Knowing the Blue; Governing, Steering, and Managing the Blue Realm; Emerging Sectors in the Blue Space; Resisting Blue Appropriations; and Blue Crisis. LEARN MORE

Click here for the call for proposals (panels, papers, other conference formats).
Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2021 (GMT)
L.M. Montgomery and Re-vision 
The L.M. Montgomery Institute’s 15th Biennial International Conference
June 22-26, 2022

The theme for the L.M. Montgomery Institute 2022 conference plays off the “Vision” theme of the cancelled 2020 conference, but it also stands on its own, speaking to the editing of literary works and to reinventions within Montgomery’s own life. “Re-vision” might also suggest proposals on translations, new editions, or literary, dramatic, cinematic, musical, or new media adaptations; on revisionist scholarship or confronting orthodoxy; and/or on seeing Montgomery’s work and life anew. LEARN MORE

This conference invites proposals for research pertaining to L.M. Montgomery’s life, writings, and/or scholarship through the lens of “re-vision.”
Proposals due August 15, 2021.
Click here for full details
Atlantic Futures: Growing the Coastal Economy

January 20-21, 2021
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Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories
June 14-18, 2021 (Abstracts due Feb 28)
For full details, go to
In early 2020, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) put out a call to Canada’s network of UNESCO Chairs to contribute to a series of thought papers on Knowledge Mobilization (KMb). Our submission to look at KMb specifically as it relates to islands was one of seven selected for publication. 
The published collection, entitled Imagining the future of Knowledge Mobilization: Perspectives from UNESCO Chairs, is a joint effort by CCUNESCO and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Our contribution, Insular knowledge: Building a community of islands through knowledge mobilization, was authored by Jim Randall, Laurie Brinklow, and Marlene Chapman. 
READ MORE | Click here to download PDF
MAIS student Marlene Chapman recently spoke with CBC Island Morning about her thesis research, which looks at climate change adaptation in the PEI lobster fishery. Read the article here.

Marlene is currently recruiting fishermen to participate in her study through a 30-minute, anonymous telephone interview. Fishermen interested in participating can reach her by email. Recruitment is open until mid-March, 2021.


Lake Erie Islands History
Part of The Stewardship Network's monthly webcast series, this webinar featured Michael Gora, the Middle Bass Island historian for the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, discussing some of the history of the Lake Erie islands.
Watch now
The Problem of Indifference and Perceptions of Whaling with Dr. Russell Fielding 
Watch now
At TEDxNashville's recent virtual series, environmental geographer and long-time friend of Island Studies Dr. Russell Fielding discussed how your closest ally may be someone who holds vastly different views than your own, but who shares your level of passion.
NOTE: The IIS's Dr. Laurie Brinklow was a guest speaker in the discussion panel that followed this lecture. The panel discussion is unfortunately not included in the YouTube video linked here, but we are working on tracking down the recording and will be sure to share it when it becomes available!
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!


• Island as urban artifact/archipelago as urban model (B. McGrath)

• Seapower, geostrategic relations, and islandness: The World War II Destroyers for Bases deal (C. Flint)

The Anthropocene and Islands: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Resilience to Natural Hazards and Climate Change 
Miquel Grimalt Gelabert, Anton Micallef, & Joan Rossello Geli (Eds.); Preface by Ilan Kelman
Open-access e-book 
More details | Download e-book
The Urbanisation of the Sea: From Concepts and Analysis to Design
Nancy Couling & Carola Hein (Eds.)
More details | Available as Open-Access e-book
Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape
Cal Flynn
More detailsAvailable for pre-order
Island Studies Journal Special Issue: 'Utopian and dystopian imagination in island literature'
Guest Editors: Ping Su and Mingwen Xiao
Abstracts due February 28, 2021. 
In literary imagination, the island is a fertile land that can be fictionalized both as a utopia and a dystopia. This special section of Island Studies Journal aims to enrich the scholarship of this exciting field, bringing together the ideas of scholars from different academic disciplines and different parts of the globe. 
Click here for full details and submission guidelines

Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies Special Issue: 'L.M Montgomery and Mental Health'
Guest Editors: Dr. Lesley Clement and Dr. Jean Mitchell
Abstracts (all formats) due February 15, 2021. 
This special issue invites scholarly articles and creative work (written, visual, or audio-visual) on the topic of “L.M. Montgomery and Mental Health.” The focus may be on Montgomery’s art (fiction, poetry, life-writing, photography), adaptations of her art, and/or her life. All of these have helped the mental well-being of readers throughout the world during times of turbulence and calm, crisis and peace, through example, motivation, and inspiration, and have also helped us rethink or reframe mental health in a multitude of ways.
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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