ISLANDS OF THE WORLD VII: NEW HORIZONS IN ISLAND STUDIES
University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
June 26-30, 2002
The International Small Islands Studies Association and the Institute of Island Studies invite papers for the seventh Islands of the World conference, to be hosted by the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, June 26-30, 2002.
The conference committee will consider proposals for presentations on a broad range of topics related to small islands, with a focus on islands in action and activities among islands, including small islands' internal, self-determining activities and their activities in relation to the wider world; and small islands' individual and collective actions to maximize their natural advantages and minimize vulnerabilities. Papers on the conference theme will be considered from both scholars and island enthusiasts, from research and experiential perspectives, from local and global outlooks, and from a variety of disciplines.
Sessions will reflect the diversity of the world's islands and the range of issues and opportunities in topic areas such as the following:
economics, environment, society, and culture
population, community, and development
health and education
energy, natural resources, and sustainable development
movement, migration, and identity
politics, public policy, governance, and international relations
islands-based organizations and institutions, including universities, governments, government agencies, and NGOs
cooperation and communication among islands
technology and knowledge development
Proposals for poster presentations, booth displays, and multimedia presentations will also be considered.
A number of conference sessions will be dedicated to asserting an active role for island studies within academic institutions. In these sessions, scholars working in island studies will discuss the validity and/or necessity of studying islands and will suggest practical models for developing the following:
the theoretical foundations for island studies
the practice of island studies
research methodologies for island studies
core curricula for island studies
Proposals on the general conference themes will be reviewed by an adjudication committee for their relevance and appropriateness to the themes. Proposals regarding island studies within academic institutions will be selected by an international advisory committee of academics currently contributing important scholarship in island studies. Members of the advisory committee have been selected by conference organizers to provide geographic and disciplinary balance.
Those interested in presenting papers should submit their proposed title and an abstract of not more than 300 words; those proposing displays or poster presentations should submit a presentation description of a similar length. If sufficient interest exists, a session or sessions in French will be organized. Please submit to the address noted above.
Submissions by e-mail are strongly recommended. The deadline date for submission of abstracts is January 31, 2002. If you require a confirmation of participation earlier than that date, please contact the Conference Secretariat.
Islands VII Conference Secretariat
Institute of Island Studies
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Canada C1A 4P3
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