THE SMALL ISLAND CULTURES RESEARCH INITIATIVE
The Institute of Island Studies welcomed scholars from around the world to the third international conference of the Small Island Cultures Research Initiative. From June 28th through July 2nd more than 40 presenters, two art exhibits, poetry readings, story telling, live music and the best of PEI cuisine delighted and informed participants from as far away as Fiji, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia and Japan, and as near as Maine, Cape Breton and Newfoundland.
Fascinating and important research was presented that dealt with island governance structures and processes, cultural identity and symbolism, literature, the politics of island infrastructure, economic and cultural impacts of tourism, immigration and emigration and islands as terrains of fear, longing and self discovery. The audience learned about how island traditions are becoming a tourist product in Gotland Sweden, Cape Breton, Newfoundland and the Eran Islands in Ireland. Island musical traditions were the focus of presentations from the Aeolian Islands, Vanuatu, Jersy, and the Shetland Isles. Language and media were the focus of presentations from Rotuma, Samoa, Tahiti, and Cape Breton. Globalization and climate change featured in presentations from the Isle of Man, Fiji, Indonesia and Chuuk Atoll. Other presenters dealt more broadly with small island myths, politics and economic development. A photo gallery of the conference will be available soon.
INSTITUTE OF ISLAND STUDIES PUBLIC CONSULTATION REPORT ON PEI MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE NOW AVAILABLE
INSTITUTE OF ISLAND STUDIES IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A WORLD OF ISLANDS "AN ISLAND STUDIES READER"
"A World of Islands" Edited by Canada Research Chair in Island Studies, Dr. Godfrey Baldacchino provides a global, research-based, comprehensive and pluri-disciplinary overview of the study of islands. The expertise and insights of 42 scholars and contributors offer a unique collection of theoretical principles, ideas, observations and policy proposals from, and for, the study of islands and island life.
This is a 640 page, 150,000 word, soft-bound text, with various black and white maps, figures and prints. It is divided into four sub-sections and sixteen chapters (see more below), respecting the physical and the human approach to the subject identified in the title.
Each chapter includes arguments, explanations, figures and diagrams representing island life froma specific disciplinary perspective; most have an annotated, island-specific, case study that would serve as an application of the chapter’s arguments. For additional information please click here
INSTITUTE OF ISLAND STUDIES WORKING WITH THE NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT ECOSYSTEM INITIATIVE WORKING GROUP
The Northumberland Strait in the Southern Gulf of St Lawrence is undergoing profound change, signaled by poor lobster catches and a general decline in the abundance of many important marine organisms. People who live near and work in and on the water know about inshore marine ecosystems and the rivers that flow into them, and share a concern for their health. All who live or work in a coastal watershed also share responsibility for these changes as we pursue economic development. It is therefore logical and necessary for people living in coastal watersheds to be involved in identifying and resolving these environmental sociological and economic problems.
ISLAND STUDIES JOURNAL NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
The Institute of island Studies is pleased to announce the online publication of the Island Studies Journal, a scholarly journal dedicated to the pluri-disciplinary study of our "world of islands." The core of "island studies" is the construction of "islandness" and its putative influence/impact on ecology, human or species behavior, any of the areas handled by relevant disciplines (such as archaeology, geography, economics, literature or political science), and/or upon policy foci and issues (such as waste disposal, fisheries management, sustainable tourism, governance, transportation, migration, or social capital).
IIS COORDINATES NEW STUDIES ON THE ATLANTIC SOCIAL ECONOMY
The Atlantic Research Network on the Social Economy is made up of a coordinating team led by Dr. Leslie Brown at Mount Saint Vincent University, and six research groups, each focused on a different area of inquiry. They will examine the challenges faced by the region in the context of the work of the social economy: eg co-ops, non profits and community development movements. (including an aging population, youth unemployment, and aboriginal issues) The goal is to uncover the true value of the social economy and help participating organizations to share knowledge and strategies and build capacity.
The PEI section of the research network is coordinated by the Institute of Island Studies (IIS) at UPEI. "Our network will focus on research dealing with inclusion and empowerment in the social economy," says Dr. Irene Novaczek, IIS Director. "UPEI faculty in Island Studies, History, Anthropology, Nursing, Psychology and Philosophy will collaborate with PEI community organizations that work to advance the well-being of low income people, single mothers, seniors, aboriginal people and others who tend to be marginalized in society."
PACIFIC VOICES: Equality & Sustainability in Pacific Island Fisheries Book Launch
IIS Research Associate, Dr. Irene Novaczek, along with UPEI anthropologist Dr. Jean Mitchell, was in the Pacific from 2002-2005 working with indigenous researchers to develop a book of case studies exploring gender and fisheries in the Pacific. The Website for this project, arises from this work , undertaken in partnership with the University of the South Pacific and with support from CIDA's C-SPODP program in the Pacific. Pacific Voices was launched at UPEI in January 2006, a limited number of the books are now available for purchase from Island Studies Press, for $30.
SOUTHERN ISLANDS SYMPOSIA
Conceived by a small group of PEI scholars and community leaders in
1982 and brought into being at UPEI in 1985, the Institute of Island
Studies has strived to improve the quality of life on Prince Edward
Island through practical applications of the scholarly field of Island
Studies. Over the past 20 years, the Institute has performed research;
facilitated public discussions; intervened in public policy debates
and supported cultural events. Under the name of Island Studies Press,
the Institute has published important books and videos dealing with
the history, culture, political life, and environment of PEI. These
include Them Times by David Weale, which
is a Canadian best-seller. For more information on the 20th anniversary
The IIS On-line Library has been updated with more than thirty newly digitized articles and reports that were previously out of print. This project was made possible by a grant from the Webster Foundation. For this we are very grateful. Take a peek!
The Public Forest Council has recently released their report entitled
Hold the Island Together" which was compiled from various
presentations across the Island including the Institute of Island
Studies presentation which can be found here.
With the increasing amount of public interest the Institute of Island
Studies is pleased to announce our Sustainable Forestry Exchange.
Public meetings on forestry practices which will be held this upcoming
fall in eastern, western and central P.E.I. featuring a guest speaker
from the model forest project in Chiloé,
Dr. Irené Novaczek along with Laura Fanning
presented a paper entitled " The Economic, Social and Environmental
Implications of Genetically Modified Crops on Islands" to the
Standing Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and the Environment
in May of 2005. The paper can be view here.
The University of Prince Edward Island is accepting
applications for the third intake of students in the Master of
Arts in Island Studies programme. Download our promotional
poster (in colour or black
and white). REMEMBER: International students must apply as soon
as possible, to allow time for accepted students' visas to be processed.
For more information, contact Laura Lee Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Institute of Island Architectural Studies and Conservation and the Institute of Island Studies invited the public to a lecture and visual presentation called "Towards a Smart Street: An Urban Design Approach," by Shiban Raina. Mr. Raina is with Public Works Canada and shared his experiences and his thoughts on how urban design might inform revitalization of Charlottetown's University Avenue. A question and answer session followed the lecture, moderated by Charlottetown City Counselor Kim Devine. Notes from the questions and comments portion of the evening are now available in the On-line Libary.
In celebration of CUSO's International AGM held on the UPEI campus,
CUSO joined with UPEI's Institute of Island Studies to host an international
panel discussion of "Coastal Communities in a Globalizing World"
on June 16 2004. The international panel's discussions of identity,
gender and generation, environment and resource management, and
nation-building in coastal communities paid particular attention
to Pacific Island issues, augmented by PEI and Caribbean perspectives.
The panel featured local researchers Dr. Jean Mitchell (Anthropology,
UPEI), Dr. Irene Novaczek (Research Associate, IIS), and Chris Milley
(Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI), joined by participants in the CUSO
AGM from the
Pacific and the Caribbean, namely Hannington Alatoa (CUSO Board
member and Ombudsman for the Republic of Vanuatu) and panel moderator
Horace Bennett (Executive Director of the Credit Organization for
Pre-Micro Enterprises Foundation in Kingston, Jamaica).
A database of conference papers from the international
conference Islands of the World VII: New Horizons in Island Studies(which
took place at the Institute from June 26 to 30, 2002) is available
online. For more information, see the conference
us know if there is information you can't locate on this Website.