Island Studies News | May 2021

Island Studies News | May 2021

A note from the Editor
As spring truly begins to spring here on Prince Edward Island, I wanted to say a quick hello and thank-you to all of you for your continued support of Island Studies at UPEI. It’s been a big and challenging year for us all (to say the least) but it’s been such a treat to be able to connect with folks all over the world with our transition to virtual events. Although we hosted our final Island Lecture Series session of the season last week, there are lots of other exciting events on the horizon – most notably, the ISISA 2021 conference coming up in June!
You may also have noticed that a few things are looking different lately. Our website ( has had a big refresh, and we hope that you’ll take some time to explore and see what’s new! This edition of our monthly newsletter also has a new look and, of course, it’s packed full of goodies as always. Enjoy!
As I wrap up my year as Interim Coordinator of the Institute of Island Studies (where has the time gone?!), I’d like to leave you with a little “bright spot” – an opportunity to carve out a few moments of relaxation (and a bit of silliness). You deserve it!
Stay healthy, stay safe, stay hydrated, and stay in touch,


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Latest from Island Studies at UPEI

Institute of Island Studies

Island Lecture Series: Celebrating Poetry Month
For our April instalment of the Island Lecture Series, we celebrated Poetry Month by launching new books of poetry from Laurie Brinklow and Bren Simmers! Laurie and Bren each read from their new books and were joined in conversation by fellow poet Richard Lemm, with lots of laughs and some great questions from our audience! Watch the video on YouTube
  • Institute of Island Studies: Contributing to Public Policy on PEI
    The latest addition to the IIS Publications Library provides an overview of the Institute's contributions to environmental policy education and research on PEI, with links to relevant projects, publications, and recordings. Read more
  • COVID-19 Island Insights Series
    The latest instalments of the COVID-19 Island Insights Series share critical insights from the Croatian Islands and Lesvos, Greece and St. Helena and Fernando de Noronha. How have these islands 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!
  • Island Studies on TV
    EastlinkTV in Nova Scotia and PEI will be airing an edited version of our March Island Lecture Series session on Podium TV from May 10–14. For more details about the session (or to watch the full version on YouTube), go to

Island Studies in the news:
- New island-specific policy recommendations for ‘building back better’ (UPEI)
- How Island Studies research became a book of poetry for UPEI prof (CBC)

UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability

Annual Report on Global Islands 2020

The latest edition in the Annual Report on Global Islands series was published on April 19 and is now available online.
The theme of this year’s report is public health on small islands, vulnerabilities and resilience, and global island networking.
Featuring chapters by James Randall & Marlene Chapman, Francesco Sindico, Robert Huish, Ilan Kelman, John N. Telesford, Huang Danying & Wang Sheng, Mathew Y.H. Wong, and Lin Heshan & Deng Yuncheng.

The Annual Report on Global Islands series is published by Island Studies Press in partnership with the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Hainan Province.
Learn more & Download PDF

To learn more about the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, visit

Island Studies Press

Available now!

The Chemistry of Innovation:
Regis Duffy and the Story of DCL

by Mo Duffy Cobb & Lori Mayne

How did a farm boy from Prince Edward Island become a successful businessman, mentor, and community philanthropist? In 1970, Regis Duffy—then dean of science at UPEI—started a small chemical reagent company to create summer jobs for his students. Diagnostic Chemicals and its offspring, BioVectra, soon grew into global competitors in the diagnostic and pharmaceutical industry, employed hundreds of Islanders, and provided a model for entrepreneurship and economic development in Canada's smallest province. The key to his success? As Regis once said, “Innovate or die; the alternative is not that appealing.”

The Chemistry of Innovation tells the behind-the-scenes story of DCL: the growing pains and leaps of faith of a community-minded business. Available now at Bookmark in Charlottetown and online through our distributor, Nimbus Publishing.

Laurie Brinklow was on CBC Radio Mainstreet PEI recently to discuss her new book of poetry, ‘My island’s the house I sleep in at night’, with CBC’s Matt Rainnie.
Click here to listen to the interview

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. Tiber F. M. Falzett

Presentation at the Celtic Studies Association of North America 2021 Conference:
”'S coigrich sinn us luchd cuairt’: Scottish Gaelic folk hymnody and nineteenth-century soundscapes in the North Carolina Gàidhealtachd"
View profile

Dr. Adam Grydehøj 葛陆海

An Expanding World of Islands: The Emergence of Chinese Island Studies
(Okinawan Journal of Island Studies)
This paper discusses how research fields form and develop, and the risks of taking English-language research as a global standard.
Click here to read

Dr. Deborah Paci

SISSCO Podcast (Italian Society for the Study of Contemporary History)
Ep. 3: Introduzione alla Digital Public History
Click here to listen (Italian)

Graeme Robertson

An updated version of Graeme's report, One year timeline of COVID-19 pandemic impacting islands worldwide, is now available on our website. An additional 150 articles have been added to the report, which now features a total of 800 articles documenting the impacts of COVID-19 on islands around the world from January 2020 to April 2021. The purpose of the report is to act as a resource enabling all those who are interested to undertake further research. 
Learn more & Download PDF

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

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

Recent publications from MAIS students and alumni:

  • Op-ed: “Islandness: A COVID-19 superpower?” (The Guardian)
    In this opinion piece, MAIS student and IIS Interim Coordinator Marlene Chapman discusses the characteristics of islandness and how they have contributed to community resilience on Prince Edward Island – and in Atlantic Canada more broadly – in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
  • The United States Navy's FONOPs and the Inveterate Politics behind Maritime Relations in the Indo-Pacific
    New critical commentary from MAIS Alumnus Satyajit Sen on the US Navy Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) in the Indo-Pacific region, especially in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone. Click here to read

Congratulations to MAIS thesis student Megan Lane MacDonald who was recently awarded the Canadian Federation of University Women Graduate Studies Scholarship in Arts or Education! Megan's research is focused on the poetry of PEI women throughout history, and analyses themes of nature, modernization, and gender roles. Learn more

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

SRUC Rural Policy Centre Islands Webinar:
Delivering research and tertiary education in island contexts
Tuesday May 18, 2021
10:00am-11:30am ADT (UTC-3)

Dr. Laurie Brinklow, Dr. Andrew Jennings, Prof. Owe Ronström, and Prof. Frank Rennie will discuss the various challenges and opportunities of delivering research and tertiary education in an island contextFree to attend and all are welcome!
Click here for full details and registration

International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA) 2021: 
Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories
June 14–18, 2021
Virtual conference
Registration is now open!
Program details coming soon.
More info & registration

Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference
Chair’s theme: Borders, borderlands, and bordering
August 31 – September 3, 2021
Full details:

Sustainable Ocean Conference — “Seeing Beyond the Shoreline”
September 23–25, 2021
Sustainable Ocean is the annual conference organized by Master of Marine Management students of the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University, hosted online and based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. This year's conference will explore the theme of Seeing Beyond the Shoreline, bringing together a diverse audience of students, faculty, members of the marine community, and the public.
Visit for full details

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

  • Brexit: Implications for the Caribbean and the Future of UK-Caribbean Relations
    Webinar hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean (DAOC)
    Proceedings and recording of the webinar are available here.

  • Innovative Responses to Climate Change in Islands and Small States
    Hosted by the Archipelagic & Island States (AIS) Forum
    Featuring Dr. Stefano Moncada, Dr. Aideen Foley, Prof. Patrick Nunn, & Prof. Godfrey Baldacchino.
    Click here for more details and video

  • Island Finance Forum 2021 – Hosted by Island Innovation
    The inaugural Island Finance Forum helped 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. The Forum brought together senior financiers, development partners, regulators, top-level island political leaders, and business leaders to share and exchange expertise on sustainable and inclusive financial structures in island communities.
    A full report on the Forum and recordings of the key sessions are available at

  • Island Lecture Series: Celebrating Poetry Month with Laurie Brinklow, Bren Simmers, and Richard Lemm
    PEI poets Laurie Brinklow and Bren Simmer read from their new books and field questions from host Richard Lemm and a captive audience!
    More info | Watch video

  • Memorial Presents: Icelandic Banking Sector Collapse vs. Muskrat Falls
    A must-watch for those who enjoyed our March Island Lecture Series!
    Iceland and Newfoundland & Labrador both faced moments of financial reckoning in their recent histories, but the policy & governance approach in each case was vastly different. Join Prof. Mark Stoddart, Dr. Ásthildur Elva Bernharðsdóttir, and Dr. Cole Atlin in conversation with Dr. Rob Greenwood as they discuss the different ways these places responded to crisis.
    Watch now on YouTube:

  • Successfully Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic in Prison: The Experiences of Caribbean SIDS
    Public forum hosted by the Crime Prevention and Offender Management (CPOM) Research Cluster at Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), University of the West Indies, in collaboration with the Institute of Island Studies at University of Prince Edward Island.
    Featuring presentations from Dr. Jim Randall and IIS Research Associate Dr. Dacia Leslie. The video is available at


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

Anthropocene Islands Virtual Reading Group
Next sessions: May 27, 2021
This group is open to all! The May session will discuss “The Ocean in Us”: Navigating the Blue Humanities and Diasporic Chamoru Poetry by Craig Santos Perez. Click here for full details

Book launch: My island’s the house I sleep in at night and If, When
Saturday, May 15, 2021 -  3–5pm & 7–9pm
Laurie Brinklow and Bren Simmers will be launching their brand-new poetry books at a small in-person event on May 15th at the Beaconsfield Carriage House in Charlottetown. If you would like to attend, please email Bren Simmers at Spaces are very limited! Full details are available here.

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!

Latest Journal Issues:

Scotland and Islandness: Explorations in Community, Economy and Culture
K.A. Burnett, R. Burnett, & M. Danson (Eds.)
Interdisciplinary volume featuring chapters by Francesco Sindico & Nicola Crook, Andrew Jennings, Kathryn Burnett & Lynda Harling Stalker, Rosie Alexander, and more.
Click here for more details and to purchase

Calls for Papers and Submissions

Interventions économiques / Papers in Political Economy Special Issue
Living Labs: Social Innovation Spaces for the Economic and Social Development of Territories and Populations
Proposals due June 25, 2021Full details
Sustainability Special Issues:

  • Cities, Climate Change and Human Health in Asia
    Submissions due June 31, 2021Full details
  • Overtourism Impacts, Climate Change and Global Warming on Islands
    Submissions due September 30, 2021Full details
  • Indigenous People and Sustainable Development in the Arctic
    Submissions due December 31, 2021 - Full details
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.
Read more about the series here; contact the editors if interested.
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!

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.
Learn More
Do you have an island studies publication, upcoming event, new research, or other updates to share?
We would be delighted to share it with our global island studies network!
Submit details here
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