Themes and sessions

Theme A: Identity and people


Living on heritage islands
Shared interests and competition between groups of islands
Island shared identities across national boundaries
Islands and emotions: how does insularity affect people?
Islands surrounded by land: the identity of former islands
Island photography: visual representation of islands
Islands and literature
Narrative structures of identity and insular ironies of homecoming

Theme B: Geography and nature


Unique ecological characteristics of islands
Island biogeography and implications for conservation
Natural resources on and around islandsIslands and climate change
Infrastructure, transportation and connectivity of islands
Remoteness of islands and interactions with the mainland
Disappearing islands / Islands and Climate change
Explorations in Relational and Archipelagic Island Studies
Climate change beyond Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Colonial and post-colonial islands
Discussion panel
Future of insular relict high mountain plants under global warming

Theme C: Economic development


Entrepreneurship, tourism and economic development
Visitor pressure on islands
Rethinking models for island development  
The future of island youth
Island agriculture, fisheries and conservation
Green /Blue Growth, sustainable development and climate change on islands
Islands as icons in sustainability discourses and laboratories for innovation

Theme D: Governance


Colonial and post-colonial islands
Islands as contested areas
Islands of the future, or artificial islands
Island disaster management and social impact analysis
Safety and security of islands
The legacy of European Capitals of Culture
Media in the Caribbean: Journalism in small (post)colonial societies

We also welcome papers that seek to advance island studies theory and discuss the state of (inter)disciplinary island studies.