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In November, we launched the COVID-19 Island Insights Series, an initiative we are collaborating on with the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) and Island Innovation. Every two weeks, Island Innovation will release COVID-19 Island Insights Series publications from two different islands via their website (

→ Click on the images below for the most recent releases from Shetland & Åland (Nov 30) and Grenada & Trinidad and Tobago (Nov 16).

For more details about the COVID-19 Island Insights Series and to read all of the publications so far, head to
TEDx Nashville
Dr. Russell Fielding: 
The Problem of Indifference and Perceptions of Whaling
+ Q&A featuring Dr. Laurie Brinklow!
December 16th, 9:30pm AST (UTC-4)

As part of TEDx Nashville's 5-night virtual series, environmental geographer and long-time friend of Island Studies Dr. Russell Fielding will present a talk addressing how as conservationists we might strive to protect the oceans and save the whales, but what about those who make a living from whaling?

Following the talk, UPEI's Dr. Laurie Brinklow will join in on a live conversation and Q&A session with Dr. Fielding, along with host David Shiffman, an interdisciplinary conservation biologist; Chie Sakakibara, a geographer who studies whaling with the Iñupiaq communities of northern Alaska; Alistair Dove, Vice President of conservation and research at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta; and Sangeetha Puthigai, an environmental scientist who recently graduated from Texas A&M and grew up in Trinidad & Tobago.

Registration is free and all are welcome. For more information and to reserve your spot, head to
(NOTE: The registration site only shows Dec 2nd, but that one date's ticket is good for all five nights!)

ACPA/CAAP 2021: Atlantic Futures: Growing the Coastal Economy

January 20-21, 2021
From coast to coast to coast, policy professionals and business thinkers can come together to imagine what regional development on Canada's oceans might look like in the 20 years to come.
Call for papersACPA Graduate Student Paper Competition: This year's theme is "Regional economic development." Deadline for submissions is December 11, 2020.

For more info and free registration, visit

Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories

June 14-18, 2021
Abstracts due Feb 28, 2021
Click here to view call for abstracts

For full details, go to
Island Studies Press is sad to announce the passing of Dr. Hung-Min Chiang, author of Home Is Where the Water Is and Chinese Islanders: Making a Home in the New World. Dr. Chiang (1931-2020) was a beloved psychology professor at the University of Prince Edward Island, an avid gardener, and proud grandfather and great-grandfather. Messages of condolence can be left through the Hillsboro funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to UPEI - H. Min Chiang Award, an annual scholarship established in his honour. 
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 or call (902) 566-0386.
Each year the MAIS program awards scholarships to new and incoming Master of Arts in Island Studies students. They are, for 2020-21:
Entrance Scholarships
(Sponsored by the UPEI Faculty of Graduate Studies)
· Mary Siobhan Doyle
· Stephanie Hudson
· Dennis Lee
· Sandra Otu
· Ken Nguyen
· Courtney Sark
Future Prosperity Scholarships
(Sponsored by the Duffy Family Foundation and the Province of Prince Edward Island)
· Greg Ellison
· Alyssa Gillespie
· Eliza MacLauchlan
Donor-based Scholarships
(Sponsored by individual donors, as noted)

· Bill and Denise Andrew (Gold) Scholarship in Island Studies: Galina Liou
· Carnegie Foundation Graduate Scholarship in Island Studies: Orsa Beck
· Erwin and Joyce Andrew Memorial Scholarship in Island Studies:
   - Canadian
: Christina Fontaine
   - International: Michael Adebayo Olubiyi
· Dr. Peter and Mrs. Donna Meincke Graduate Scholarship in Island Studies: David Phillips

On behalf of the MAIS program, a huge congratulations to all scholarship winners! And kudos go to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the donors who give so generously to support our students. Thank you, all! We couldn’t do it without you.

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We are pleased to announce that three of our MAIS students are receiving awards from this year’s Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s Program Competition from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC)!
All three are thesis students who began their studies in the fall of 2019:

· Sarah Davison (An exploration of how tourism imagery in Prince Edward Island compares to and influences local arts and culture entrepreneurs’ understandings of self, place and business)
· Joyce Ferguson (Prince Edward Island and Renewable Energy: The Preconditions for a Sustainable Future)
· Megan Lane MacDonald (Islands of Words: An Analysis of Island Cultures through Their Poetic Works)

"These awards recognize top scholarship from across the country, and thus are indicative of the quality of the research being done by our students here at UPEI. We couldn’t be more proud of Sarah, Joyce, and Megan. Their research will make an important contribution to the culture and environment of Prince Edward Island, and serve as object lessons for other islands around the globe."

— Dr. Laurie Brinklow, Interim Co-ordinator of the MAIS program

Click here to read the full press release.

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Congratulations to three of our MAIS students whose book reviews were recently published in Island Studies Journal:

MAIS Student Maggie Henry was recently invited to speak at the Rural Talks to Rural Conference's Passport to Research session to discuss her research, which focuses on sense of place and community development in the context of the Newfoundland craft beer community.
Moderated by SEDRD's Prof. Ryan Gibson, this session invited four emerging rural scholars to share their connections to rural, describe the issues they are seeking to better understand, and describe the value of their research to rural community leaders, government, and businesses.

To learn more about the session and to watch the recording, head to


Researching Resilience in Islands
This online conference took place November 16-17 2020 and was organized as part of the SUNRISE project. 
Contributions were divided into four themes: Envisioning and enacting island futures,Theorising 'islandness' and 'resilience', Island data-scapes and reflections on ‘doing’ island research, and Coping capacity and adaptation across islands.
Click here to learn more and to watch the session recordings
CRRF Virtual Conference 2020
Supporting Rural Recovery & Resilience

From October 1-2, 2020, the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) hosted a Virtual Conference to share highlights from the CRRF Rural Insight Series: COVID-19.
Copies of presentations and resources made available by the presenters are now available at
3rd Annual John Urry Lecture 
Covid-19, Mobilities & Futures:
 An Online Panel Discussion
What does a Mobilities lens have to offer to illuminate our current Covid-19 predicament? What issues, usually overlooked or neglected, does it bring to the fore, whether explanatory or normative? And what futures does it enable us to see or envision, for better or worse?

Featuring Prof Tim Cresswell (Edinburgh), Prof Mimi Sheller (Drexel), & Prof Noel Salazar (KU Leuven); Chaired by: Prof David Tyfield (LEC, Associate Director CeMoRe)

To learn more and to watch this year's lecture:
Funded PhD Opportunity:
Energy Humanities/Critical Ocean and Island Studies
Department of English, Memorial University 

Deadline for applications: January 15, 2021
Click here for full details

Research network: Metabolism of Islands (MoI)
MoI is a network of scholars conducting policy-relevant research to support island economies achieve resource security and self-reliance, and build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
More details:
Between articles, journal issues, and a bumper crop of books, there's lots to add to your reading list this month! 
'Island Aesthetics and the Anthropocene in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick' (D. Moore)
'Linking therapeutic (is)landscapes, experiences of digitality and the quest for wellbeing' (E. James & R. Kearns)
• 'Offshore Processing Arrangements: Effect on Treaty Ratifications of Receiving States' (M. Fourer, N. Dietrich Jones, & Y. Ciftci)
'Shealing: Post‐disaster slow healing and later recovery' (K. Mika & I. Kelman)
• 'You can't manage what you can't measure: The potential for circularity in Grenada's waste management system' (A.R. Elgie, S.J. Singh, & J.N. Telesford) 

Island Studies Journal 15(2)
The latest issue of Island Studies Journal is now online! This issue consists of 21 articles, including special sections on Islands, history, memory and Silk Road archipelagos: Islands of the Belt & Road Initiative, as well as eight book reviews.
Click here to read

Small States and Territories 3(2)
The latest issue of Small States and Territories is now online, featuring 11 articles, a special section on Gender, politics and development in Pacific small states and territories, and five book reviews.
→ Click here to read

An Introduction to Island Studies
James E. Randall

In case you missed our announcement last month, UPEI's Dr. Jim Randall has recently published An Introduction to Island Studies, an approachable look at this interdisciplinary field – from islands as biodiversity hotspots, their settlement, human migration and occupation through to the place of islands in the popular imagination.
Available now at Bookmark, the UPEI Bookstore, and online through Nimbus Publishing.
Handbook of Governance in Small States
Lino Briguglio, Jessica Byron, Stefano Moncada, & Wouter Veenendaal (Eds.)
Available for pre-order
Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene
Mimi Sheller
Available now
(Use discount code E20SHELL for 50% off!)
Shaping the Future of Small Islands: Roadmap for Sustainable Development
John Laing Roberts, Shyam Nath, Satya Paul, Yeti Nisha Madhoo (Eds.)
Available via Palgrave Macmillan
Desert Islands and the Liquid Modern
Barney Samson
Available via Palgrave Macmillan
The Challenges of Island Studies
Ayano Ginoza (Ed.)
Available via Springer

Featuring contributions from Ayano Ginoza, Ronni Alexander, Elizabeth DeLoughrey, James E. Randall, So Hatano, and Shigehisa Karimata.

Sustainability Special Issue: ‘Sustainable Island Tourism’
Guest Editor: Stephen Royle
Submissions due May 31, 2021. 
This Special Issue of Sustainability seeks to explore sustainable tourism within island settings. Papers are invited that cover sustainable island tourism in general or theoretical terms or that deal with aspects of the issue relating to specific island settings.
Click here for full details and submission guidelines

International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management Special Issue: Climate Change Concerns and Solutions from the Pacific Islands
Submissions due December 15, 2020. 
Click here for full details and submission guidelines.

Island Studies Journal Special Section: Anthropocene Islands
Submissions due January 31, 2021. 
Click here for more information and submission guidelines.

Island Studies Journal Special Section: ‘Islands of refuge, islands of contagion’
Guest Editor: May Joseph 
Submissions due January 31, 2021. 
Click here for full details and submission guidelines.

Shima Special Issue: Transboundaries/Transboundary Waters
Proposal submission deadline: March 1, 2021.
More information and submission guidelines here.

Applied Sciences Special Issue: Mediterranean Beach Morphodynamics Under Climate Change
Submissions due March 31, 2021
Click here for full details and submission guidelines.

Shima Special Issue: 'Aquatic Monstrosities'
Abstracts due June 18, 2021
Click here for full details and submission guidelines.
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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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