Coinciding with the publication of the first number of the directory of CEHA and a time of
renewal of the institution, with the ongoing changes in this year and in the framework of
the celebrations of 25 years of activity of the institution, it was for good pay this
volume for a wider debate on the expertise and knowledge of the islands. Here it is
intended to review the situation of studies since the eighties until the present moment,
and ask questions and guidelines on this and future research on the island universe.
Today, more than the relationship of the islands with the continent or the cities will
know the reality of their own islands. It was in this sense that emerged in the eighties
of last century the Nissology that want to be a reference to this debate we want to
Our concern and scope of action does not relate only to the Atlantic islands but cover all
the islands of the world, whose presence is most evident in our society. So we bring the
experts debate the Atlantic islands of the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Indian, and Pacific
The debate should not be restricted only to history but that is intended to be extended to
other sciences. The major themes that we propose for discussion is: the world of islands,
the mythic and fantastic islands, islands in fiction and literature, historiography,
geography, Ways and Methodologies: insular, identity, nissology.
The meeting will take place in Funchal (Madeira Island, Portugal) on 26 to 30 October
Accept registrations up to panels and speeches free until May 30, 2009.
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