Past International Conferences

The Institute of Island Studies proudly hosts and sponsors many international conferences and events. Below is a list of conferences that the Institute has hosted and/or sponsored in previous years. Clicking on the conference titles will take you to conference websites.




June 14-18, 2021 | 17th Annual International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA) ‘World of Islands’ Conference: Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories
Virtual conference hosted by the Harris Centre, Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador.

April 14–16, 2021 | 5th International St Magnus Conference: Island Histories and Herstories
Virtual conference hosted by the Institute for Northern Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands, Lerwick, Shetland.


November 18-22, 2019 | Foodways and Identity | Copenhagen, Denmark
Conference on Food and Drink Traditions
Island Dynamics

October 1-15, 2019 | Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Annual Rural Conference/North Atlantic Forum
St. John’s, NL, Canada
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, Memorial University, the North Atlantic Forum, and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation

September 24-October 2, 2019 | Conference on ‘Folk Belief’ and ‘The Supernatural in Literature and Film’
Svaneti & Tbilisi, Georgia
Island Dynamics

September 10-18, 2019 | REMOTE: Rethinking Remoteness, Isolation, and Peripherality
Svaneti & Tbilisi, Georgia 
Island Dynamics

June 16-19, 2019 | Sustainable Island Geography  –  Geographies of Island Sustainability, at the 8th Nordic Geographers Meeting
Trondheim, Norway

April 29-May 3, 2019 | RETI 2019 Meetings and Conference
Gran Canaria and Tenerife 
Universidad de La Laguna / Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

March 26-29, 2019 | Island States/Island Territories: Sharing Stories of Island Life, Governance and Global Engagement. The 1st International Conference on Small Island States (SIS) and Subnational Island Jurisdictions (SNIJs)
Oranjestad, Arub
UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability at UPEI, The University of Aruba, and The Aruba Centre of Excellence (COE) for the Sustainability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

March 25-29, 2019 | Mixed Methods Conference
St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
University of the West Indies


June 10-14, 2018 | Leeuwarden – Terschelling, The Netherlands | Islands of the World XVI: The Changing Future of Islands
Hosted by International Small Island Studies Association (ISISA), Waddenacademie, University of Groningen, KITLV, Leeuwarden Cultural Capital of Europe 2018 and Oerol-Sense of Place

September 26-29, 2018 | Zhoushan, China | Islands, Resources and Society: Sustainable Development under Globalization and Urbanization
Hosted by Island Dynamics

October 1-5, 2018 | Pongso no Tao, Taiwan | Indigeneous Communities, Indigenous Spaces:Tradition and Change in a Globalising World
Hosted by Island Dynamics

October 10-12, 2-18 | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada | CRRF Rural Conference: Health & Shared Prosperity
Hosted by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, Saskatchewan Economic Development Association, and the University of Saskatchewan

October 25-27, 2018 | St. John’s, NL, Canada | People, Place and Public Engagement
Hosted by the Office of Public Engagement, Memorial University of Newfoundland

November 23-28, 2018 | St. John’s, NL, Canada | Engaging Islands: RETI Symposium 2018
Hosted by Memorial University of Newfoundland

November 30-December 3, 2018, Nuuk, Greenland |  Nuuk, Greenland 
Economics and Development in Microstates, Islands, and the Arctic
Island Dynamics and Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland’s Department of Economics and Business

January 21-25, 2018 | Longyearbyen, Svalbard | EXTREME: Rethinking the Limits to Community, Architecture, and Urbanism
Hosted by Island Dynamics


March 30-April 1 | Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York | Archipelagos and Aquapelagos – Conceptualizing Islands and Marine Spaces 
Hosted by The Pratt Institute

April 16-20, 2018 | Honolulu, Hawai’i |  7th International Conference on Environmental Future: Humans and Island Environments
Hosted by the Foundation for Environmental Conservation, the East-West Center, the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, and the Newcastle University Institute for Sustainability

July 10-14, 2017 | Dundee, Scotland | Island Invasives Conference 2017
Hosted by University of Dundee

September 13-16, 2017 | Bo, Norway | Traditions and transformations in the sustainability of rural communities
Hosted by North Atlantic Forum (NAF) and Telemark University

Working symposium September 29-30, 2017 | Reykjavik, Iceland | RTD-13: Tackling Overtourism – Local Responses
Hosted by University of Iceland

October 24-27, 2017 | Copenhagen, Denmark | Mermaids, Maritime Folklore, and Modernity
Hosted by Island Dynamics

October 24-27, 2017 | Funchal, Madeira | Senses & Sensibilities, Design Beyond Borders & Rhizomes
Hosted by Unidade de Investigação em Design e Comunicação (UNIDCOM/IADE) and Madeira University

November 8-12, 2017 | Funchal, Madeira | Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2017 
Hosted by Island Dynamics

November 8-12, 2017 | Funchal, Madeira | III Insula International Colloquium – Beyond Nature and Artifice
Hosted by CIERL-UMa – Centro de Investigação em Estudos Regionais e Locais (Research Centre for Regional and Local Studies), University of Madeira

November 17-21, 2017 | Okinawa, Japan | Externalities: “Mainlands, Great Powers, and Other Islands
Hosted by Reseau d’excellence des territoires insulaires (RETI) / University of the Ryukyus


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