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January 19, 2021 —
Island Lecture Series: Music-making and community life on an Irish island
Now streaming on YouTube

For our Island Lecture Series January session, Irish ethnomusicologist Dr. Rory McCabe joined 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 was joined in conversation by Dr. Laurie Brinklow (Institute of Island Studies, UPEI) to discuss the intersection of music-making and island studies and how this can help us to understand islandness, as well as taking questions from the audience.

If you weren’t able to join us, or would like to rewatch and share with friends, you’re in luck — the video is now up on our YouTube channel.
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January 6, 2021 —
Imagining the Future of Knowledge Mobilization

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 collection, entitled Imagining the future of Knowledge Mobilization: Perspectives from UNESCO Chairs, was published online in January 2021 and 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, with contributions from islanders and island communities across Canada.
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January 4, 2021 —
ISLAND LECTURE SERIES:
Music-making and the experience of community life on an Irish island with Rory McCabe
January 19 · 1-2pm AST (UTC-4)
We are excited to announce that Rory McCabe (Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway) will be joining us live from Clare Island, Ireland, for our upcoming Island Lecture Series virtual event on January 19th. READ MORE


December 14, 2020 —
COVID-19 ISLAND INSIGHTS SERIES: Okinawa Islands & Guam
The fourth installment of the COVID-19 Island Insights Series looks at pandemic recovery and long-term resilience and sustainability in the Okinawa Islands (Japan) and Guam.
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December 4, 2020 —
SURVEY & GIVEAWAY!
Share your feedback for a chance to win a book of your choice from Island Studies Press!
Complete our short survey at bit.ly/IISsurvey2020 and leave your email at the end to be entered in the draw. Giveaway/survey closes Dec 15th.
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November 30, 2020 —
COVID-19 ISLAND INSIGHTS SERIES: Shetland & The Åland Islands
The third installment of the COVID-19 Island Insights Series is here! This week, we are looking towards colder climates with insights from two sub-national island jurisdictions of Northern Europe: Shetland and Åland.
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November 16, 2020 —
COVID-19 ISLAND INSIGHTS SERIES: Grenada & Trinidad and Tobago
The second round of publications in the COVID-19 Island Insights Series is now live! This week’s reports focus on the Caribbean, with a insights from Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago.
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November 2, 2020 —
COVID-19 ISLAND INSIGHTS SERIES: Malta & Egadi Islands
The first of the COVID-19 Island Insights Series is now live! This week we’re in the Mediterranean, with a focus on Malta and the Egadi Islands in Italy.
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October 29, 2020 —
We are very pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the COVID-19 Island Insights Series, an initiative we are collaborating on with the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG) and Island Innovation. 
The initiative brings together critical assessments of how specific islands around the world have performed during the COVID-19 pandemic and the extent to which their recovery plans can promote resilience and sustainability in the long term.
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Island Lecture Series: Writing the Island with JoDee Samuelson
Now Streaming on YouTube

The first Island Lecture Series virtual event of the season was such a delight! October’s Island Lecture Series virtual event featured Prince Edward Island filmmaker, artist, and author, JoDee Samuelson, in conversation with Island Studies Press managing editor, Bren Simmers. JoDee read us a couple of her favourite excerpts from her book, ‘The Cove Journal’, a collection of essays about life on the South Shore of Prince Edward Island, and then she and Bren had a lovely and lively conversation about inspiration, the creative process, and the art of place-based writing.

If you weren’t able to join us, or would like to rewatch and share with friends, you’re in luck — the video is now up on our YouTube Channel.
Click here for more information and watch the recording!


Annual Report on Global Islands 2019 · Virtual Launch Event (Video)

The Annual Report on Global Islands 2019 was launched at a virtual event in September 2020 hosted by the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan Province. The launch video features interviews with a number of the authors from the 2019 Annual Report (in English), as well as presentations and commentary in Chinese with English subtitles.
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Virtual Hub · Islands and COVID-19 Recovery Plans: Promoting Resilience and Sustainability (September 1, 2020)

The Institute of Island Studies was delighted to kick off a season of online programming with a Virtual Hub event discussing Islands and COVID-19 Recovery Plans: Promoting Resilience and Sustainability, hosted via Zoom on September 1st. In this virtual panel, island representatives from around the world shared lessons on how islands are demonstrating resilience as they respond to COVID-19, discussed the challenges and opportunities that communities are navigating here on Prince Edward Island.
Click here for more information and to watch the video.


The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Islands Economic Global Forum Annual Report on Global Islands 2019 is now online

The Annual Report on Global Islands 2019, published by Island Studies Press in partnership with the Foreign Affairs Office of Hainan Province, was published in July 2020 and will be launched at an upcoming virtual event (to be announced). Executive Editor-in-Chief is Dr. James Randall, working with Editor Dr. Laurie Brinklow and Designer Joan Sinclair.

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SSHRC Exchange Publication Awards

Two faculty members at the University of Prince Edward Island, Laurie Brinklow and Lori Mayne, have been awarded SSHRC Exchange Publication Awards.
Two $5,000 awards are given out annually to support the publication of manuscripts written or edited by UPEI faculty in the social sciences and humanities.

Both of these books will be published by Island Studies Press in 2021. Island Studies Press would like to congratulate the award recipients and thank the University of Prince Edward Island for supporting faculty publications.

A photograph of Lori Mayne smiling

Lori Mayne‘s manuscript, co-authored with Mo Duffy-Cobb, is The Chemistry of Innovation: Regis Duffy and the Story of DCL, which shares the story behind one of Prince Edward Island’s most successful companies and brilliant entrepreneurs.

A photograph of Laurie Brinklow, simling

Laurie Brinklow‘s manuscript is a collection of poetry titled, My island’s the house I sleep in at night. Drawn from interviews with writers, artists, and musicians from Newfoundland and Tasmania, the manuscript weaves their words with her own poetic imaginings and explores the theme of ‘islandness’.

Click here for the full press release.


Insular knowledge: Building a community of islands through knowledge mobilization

James Randall, Laurie Brinklow, & Marlene Chapman · Click here for PDF

In January, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO put out a call to Canada’s network of 27 UNESCO Chairs to contribute to a series of thought papers on Knowledge Mobilization (KMb). Jim Randall submitted a Letter of Intent to look at KMb specifically as it relates to islands, and we were one of six submissions selected. Working to a tight deadline, we carried out focus groups in the Atlantic region, the central Great Lakes region, and Canada’s west coast asking questions about the ways and means island groups and organizations get research results and other information out to the general public. We wanted to find out if KMb on islands is different on islands. We found that, yes, it is, and came up with some recommendations to address the gaps.

The paper underwent a rigorous peer-review process, with input from over 50 individuals from Canada and around the globe, and the project is now complete. The process embodies the spirit of knowledge mobilization. A huge thank you goes out to those islanders who contributed to the paper.


Island responses to COVID-19: An update

Over the past several weeks, friends at the University of Strathclyde have been gathering information from around the world about how islands have been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Fransceso Sindico, Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, along with James Ellsmoor from Island Innovation and several colleagues circulated a questionnaire as widely as possible.

We are pleased to share the latest version of the data collated by SCELG and Island Innovation on Islands and Covid-19, as well as a user-friendly guide to how islands around the world are dealing with the pandemic.


NEWS FROM ISLAND STUDIES PRESS

Island Studies Press books receive top awards

Listening for the Dead Bells by Marian Bruce received the Publication of the Year Award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation at the awards ceremony at Eptek Art & Culture Centre in Summerside on Islander Day, February 17. Each year this prize is awarded to an individual or group responsible for a publication or presentation making a significant contribution to the understanding of any aspect of the heritage of Prince Edward Island. Marian’s collection of folklore about ghosts, witches, seers, and forerunners aims to nurture the storytelling tradition on PEI and inspire others to collect more tales before they are forgotten. Congratulations, Marian!

Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Mammals by Rosemary Curley, Pierre-Yves Daoust, Donald F. McAlpine, Kimberly Riehl, and J. Dan McAskill won the 2020 City of Summerside Culture and Heritage Award – Natural Heritage Activities. The award was given out at the Mayor’s Annual Heritage Tea on February 21. Congratulations to Rosemary and team!

Summerside councillor Carrie Adams and Mayor Basil Stewart present the Natural Heritage Activity Award to Rosemary Curley, who headed up the research and publication of Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Waters alongside collaborators Kimberly Riehl and Pierre-Yves Daoust at City Hall on Friday, February 21. (Photo by Alison Jenkins)

Author and researcher Doug Sobey receives Award of Honour

Dr. Doug Sobey, co-author (with Earle Lockerby) of the award-winning Samuel Holland: His Work and Legacy (Island Studies Press, 2015), took home top prize at this year’s PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Awards: the prestigious Award of Honour. The award was presented in recognition of a lifetime of work studying and sharing the Island’s natural and human heritage.  Recognized for a long career researching the Island’s Acadian Forests, Doug has had a long association with the IIS, serving for many years as a dedicated IIS Research Associate. 

Click here to check out his interview with CBC Radio’s Matt Rainnie on March 2.

John Cousins wins Boyde Beck Memorial Award

John Cousins, IIS Research Associate and author of the award-winning New London: The Lost Dream (Island Studies Press, 2016) took home the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Boyde Beck Memorial Award in recognition of a lifetime of collecting, studying, and sharing folklore. A retired high school history teacher, John taught Island Folklore and Folksongs as part of UPEI’s Minor in Island Studies.


Vital Signs report provides snapshot of the quality of life on PEI

A new report from the IIS in partnership with the Community Foundation of PEI (CFPEI) provides a snapshot of the quality of life and well-being on Prince Edward Island. Vital Signs brings together publicly available research data, the analysis of subject experts, and focus group feedback from private, public, and not-for-profit sectors from different regions of the Island. The result is an easy-to-digest, comprehensive look at a wide range of interconnected topics from health to housing to education and the environment.  

To learn more and to read the report, visit islandstudies.com/vital-signs-signes-vitaux 


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