Island Studies News | June 2021

Island Studies News | June 2021

A note from the (new) editor:

June is here! This means summer has finally arrived here on Prince Edward Island and the sun has come out of hiding! With this sunny weather comes ample enthusiasm for all of the news and events we have to share this month. We hope that you will share in our excitement, readers. 

We are happy to see so much news on MAIS student involvement this month and plenty of newly published books cropping up. We have plenty of virtual events in the coming weeks, largely thanks to the upcoming ISISA 2021 Conference. Throughout different sections of this month’s newsletter, you will find notices promoting all of the exciting features taking place virtually in this year’s conference. With so many topics and presentations, there is something for everyone!

I am personally very excited to be sharing this newsletter with you all as this is my first edition after taking over for Maggie. I hope that you enjoy this change of pace and join me in wishing Maggie well in her future endeavours!

As always, if you have any upcoming events, publications, or general Island Studies news please send them our way so we can spread the word!

- Megan Lane

Bright spot: Additional Mi'kmaq Language signs installed across Epekwitk (PEI)
During Aboriginal Awareness Week in 2020, a special initiative to increase awareness and elevate the language was launched which saw a series of place name signs in the Mi’kmaq language installed in different locations across Epekwitk. Nine more have since been added in 2021!
To learn the meanings and pronunciations of these place names check out L'nuey PEI's Facebook or Twitter!
While you're there, join in celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Week 2021 by entering their contest!

Latest from Island Studies at UPEI

Institute of Island Studies

  • COVID-19 Island Insights Series
    The latest instalment of the COVID-19 Island Insights Series shares critical insights from the Canary Islands and Azores. How have these European archipelagos responded to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and what do their recovery plans hold for future resilience and sustainability?
    Read the reports to find out!
  • The following Island Studies professors will be presenting their research at ISISA 2021:
    - Godfrey Baldacchino 'Isolation: Blessing or Curse? An Islands Perspective'
    - Laurie Brinklow 'Postcards from Home: Islandness and The Literary Landscapes of LM Montgomery'
    - Andrew Halliday 'Come Find Your Island: The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Atlantic Bubble'
    Jean Mitchell 'Ritual, Relational and Aesthetic Responses to a "Category Five" Cyclone in Tanna, Vanuatu (SW Pacific)'
    - Jim Randall  & Stefano Moncada 'Building a Sustainable Island Futures project: The Process and the Results'

    There will also be presentations and discussions on the following books:
    • My island's the house I sleep in at night - Laurie Brinklow
    • Introduction to Island Studies - Jim Randall

See Upcoming Virtual Events for details

Island Studies in the news:
Future Prosperity Scholarships awarded to UPEI Island Studies students
- Report suggests reworking tourism in a post-COVID P.E.I.(CBC)

Island Studies Press

Island Studies Press authors Mo Duffy Cobb and Lori Mayne sat down with CBC Mainstreet to discuss their new book The Chemistry of Innovation: Regis Duffy and the Story of DCL. The book chronicles the history of Diagnostic Chemicals from a start-up in a basement lab to a multimillion-dollar biotech company. 

"It shows you what can be done" on a small island says Regis. The Guardian spoke with Regis and his daughter Mo Duffy Cobb about timing, profit sharing, and takeaways from a long career as an entrepreneur and philanthropist on PEI. The book is available for sale 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 and online!

UPEI Bookstore Online | Island Studies Press website

Research Associates

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:

Dr. Nand C. Bardouille
'Towards a Post-Brexit UK-Caribbean Relationship' Global Britain in a competitive age.  Click here to read.

Dr. C. Tyler DesRoches
'Modeling the precautionary principle with lexical utilities'
Paul Bartha & C. Tyler DesRoches
Synthese, click here to read the advance online publication. 

Dr. Natalie Dietrich Jones
'Against the tide? A Socio-legal Review of Caribbean SIDS’(non-) Ratification of and (non-) Compliance with International Agreements on Migrants and Refugees'
In Routledge Handbook of Governance in Small States
 Click here for more details and to purchase

Dr. Lynda Harling Stalker

'Scotland’s islands and cultural work: the ‘specialness’ of place'
Kathryn Burnett and Lynda Harling Stalker
In Scotland and Islandness: Explorations in Community, Economy and Culture 
View here

To learn more about the IIS Research Associate program and our current Research Associates, visit

Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) Students & Alumni

Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to the 2020 recipients of the Future Prosperity Scholarships: Greg Ellison, Eliza MacLauchlan, and Alyssa Gillespie!

Dennis Lee wins Career Connections X TalentEgg Pitch Competition
This year’s theme was: How to attract more post-secondary students in Canada to join the insurance industry. In Dennis’s winning pitch, he suggested organizing a virtual Hackathon event targeting primarily the international students of UPEI and Holland College, who may face more employment challenges than domestic students. The main objective was to provide a platform for international students to directly demonstrate their multi-disciplinary skills and knowledge to the employers of the fast-growing insurance industry in Canada.  Click here to read Talent Egg's announcement.

We would also like to congratulate Dennis and his wife, Rose Huang, on the safe arrival of their son on May 26!
Introducing Cavin Lee, born in Charlottetown, weighing in at 2,600g or 5 lbs 7 oz. We are grateful that Dennis chose to come to Prince Edward Island and enroll in the MAIS program as we can now claim (partial) responsibility for having a "new Islander" in our midst!


Congratulations to MAIS student Tai “Ken” Nguyen and his team for winning Second Place in The City of Charlottetown’s Virtual Hackathon this May!

UPEI’s Experiential Education department and the City of Charlottetown partnered to host this hackathon, an event where students come together to hack a real-world problem, giving 24 UPEI students the opportunity to pitch their ideas on how Charlottetown can enable sustainable growth within the city.

Other members of Ken’s team included Julia Brown, a second-year Environmental Studies; YanKit Liu, second-year Computer Science; and Russel Peden, fourth-year Sustainable Design Engineering. The team proposed multi-prong solutions, combining high-, medium-, and low-density development with investment in strategic transportation infrastructure. Click here to read more.

MAIS Students Jenna Gaudet and Alyssa Gillespie place in the Island Literary Awards (ILA)
The ILA is an annual literary event put on by The PEI Writer’s Guild and sponsored by several local individuals, organizations, and businesses designed to recognize Island writers of all ages.

Jenna Gaudet took second in the creative non-fiction section for her 'The Walk on the Edge' assignment, an assignment that students of UPEI's Islandness: Culture, Change and Identity class undertake each year. Jenna has been accepted into the MAIS program and is set to begin the Sustainable Island Communities work-study course this Fall.

Click here to read Jenna's winning piece along with the works of other MAIS students dating back to 2015!

Thesis student Alyssa Gillespie placed third in the Richard Lemm and Lee Ellen Pottie Poetry Award section with her poetry collection 'Stretching Minutes Into Memories'.

MAIS Students Presenting at ISISA 2021:

- Catherine Gallant 'What is “Islandness” and “Island Identity”? A Contested Trope'
- Maggie Henry 'Tangled tales, entangled ales: Adventures in the recursive islandness of Newfoundland craft beer'.
Maggie will also be chairing the book launch and Q&A for Anthropocene Islands: Entangled Worlds by Jon Pugh and David Chandler 
- Patrick Lévêque 'The Political Ecology of Climate Change Policy on Prince Edward Island' 
-Tai "Ken" Nguyen 'COVID-19: A Shock for Human Beings, but a Grace Period for Small Island Development States’ Tourism Innovations 
-Izumi Nonaka 'Small Businesses on Small Islands: A Case Study from Malta'

See Upcoming Events for further details


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 ( All you have to do is send us your information and we will do the rest!

➔ Go to to submit your information

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program, visit

Upcoming Virtual Events

International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA) 2021: 
Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories
June 14–18, 2021
Virtual conference
Registration is now open!
Originally slated for St. John's, NL, Canada, last year, this virtual event runs entirely online June 14-18, 2021. With nearly 100 presentations (including a number of MAIS students, and UPEI Island Studies Professors), keynote speakers, book launches, cultural events, and the ISISA AGM, the conference is an Island Studies event not to be missed. Registration is now open with costs as follows:

  • Regular Registration (non-students): $56.50
  • Students: $26.50 (includes just the cost for ISISA membership registration)
  • Lifetime members: $30 (just conference fees)

More info & registration

 Creating Inclusive Economies: Building Bridges Between Public, Private and Civil Society Sectors (CRRF)
In the interest of the health and well-being of participants, organizers and the host community during the continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) slated for September 30 to October 1, 2021, will be taking place virtually.
Stay tuned to their website for updates on event presentations, panels, and how to register as they are released!


Pacific History Association Biennial Conference 2021:
‘In Their Own Words’
November 17–20, 2021 | Combined face-to-face/virtual conference
Call for papers – Submissions due by August 31, 2021

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

Recent Webinar & Event Recordings

  • Who’s your mother? Bringing women’s work to the fore on Prince Edward Island
    At the 5th International St. Magnus conference, hosted by the Institute for Northern Studies at UHI in April, Marlene Chapman and Dr. Laurie Brinklow discussed the important and evolving roles that PEI women play in the fisheries and the arts. The recording is now available to stream here
    For further recordings from this conference and others please visit The INS Youtube channel


Anthropocene Islands Virtual Reading Group
Next sessions: June 24
This group is open to all! The June session will discuss 'The constitution of assemblages and the aquapelagality of Haida Gwaii' by P. Hayward (Introduced by Christian Depraetere) in Shima 6(2) pages 1-8 available here.

Anthropocene Islands: Early Career Analytical Study Space
Launching on June 27, 2021
These sessions will be a relaxed space where early career scholars can discuss the different ways in which islands and islanders are being thought about in broader Anthropocene debates and literatures. Full details here

Master’s and PhD opportunities: University of Malta
As of October 2021, the Islands and Small States Institute (ISSI) at the University of Malta is offering a fully online or blended Master by research in Islands and Small States studies (full-time or part-time), as well as a Ph.D. programme. More details

Recent Publications

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!

  • ISISA Conference  Features Island Studies Press Books:
    This year's conference will host book launches for two of UPEI's own Island Studies authors
Laurie Brinklow's latest book of poetry, My island's the house I sleep in at night (Island Studies Press, 2021), will be featured in an online launch at the ISISA Conference, June 15, 3-4 p.m. (NDT). Hosted by Bojan Furst from the Harris Centre, the session also includes Veselina Tomova’s children's book The Wall and The Wind (Nimbus, 2020) and Priya Parrotta Natarajan’s To Dream Again: Imagining Island Solidarity through Music (Music & the Earth International, 2021).
Jim Randall's textbook, An Introduction to Island Studies, will be the subject of a panel entitled 'Author Meets Critics' on June 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon (NDT). Island studies scholars John Telesford, Andrew Jennings, Yoko Fujita, and Stefano Moncada will speak with the author about the book, to discuss its strengths and shortcomings, its omissions, and what still might be needed to allow the next generation of students to better understand, appreciate, and evaluate Island Studies.
Because organizers received so many books (a good problem to have!), they are hosting an additional launch June 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (NDT), also hosted by Bojan Furst, featuring:
  • Stefano Malatesta et al's Atolls of the Maldives: Nissology and Geography (Rethinking the Island Series, Rowman & Littlefield, 2021)
  • Firouz Gaini and Helene Pristed Nielsen's Gender and Island Communities
     (Routledge, 2020)
  • Nenad Starc’s The Notion of Near Islands: The Croatian Archipelago (Rethinking the Island Series, Rowman & Littlefield, 2020)
  • and Kathryn Burnett and Francesco Sindico’s Scotland and Islandness: Explorations in Community, Economy and Culture (Peter Lang, 2021).

Latest Journal Issues:

Calls for Papers and Submissions

Society and Ecology in Island & Coastal Archaeology Book Series

Series editors Victor D. Thompson and Scott M. Fitzpatrick are seeking new proposals for this book series, published through University Press of Florida. Books in this series explore the nature of humanity’s relationship to these environments from a global perspective.
Read more about the series here; contact the editors if interested.

Island Studies Journal thematic sections:
Ongoing calls: 

Applications for our interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program are open for September 2021 and January 2022

This program accepts students from all disciplinary backgrounds; all that we ask is that you have a passion for islands!

  • Fall application deadline: July 1
  • Winter application deadline: November 1

**All application materials, including all supplementary materials, must be received no later than July 8 (Fall term) and November 8 (Winter term).**

In addition to the long-running Thesis program, there are three course/work-study stream options: Island Tourism, Sustainable Island Communities, and International Relations & Island Public Policy.
For application and admission information and complete course descriptions, please visit the Master of Arts in Island Studies page on the University of Prince Edward Island website


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