ISISA 2021: Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories

On March 11, 2020, the Harris Centre and ISISA agreed to postpone the 2020 conference due to evolving concerns surrounding coronavirus. 

We have made the decision to hold a virtual conference in June 2021, as COVID-19 still remains a global concern. More details on the timeline and schedule are forthcoming. Check back frequently for updates.

DATES: June 14-18, 2021.

From Bojan Furst, Manager of Knowledge Mobilization at the Harris Centre:

"We were supposed to spend some time together this summer in St. John's, Newfoundland, and instead we ended up organizing the very first Global Small Islands Webinar. The folks at the Harris Centre, the organizer of the 2021 ISISA conference, are determined that, even if we can't get together in person, we will get to show each other what we are up to online.

And we are building a fabulous lineup for you this June. We are excited to confirm a panel featuring actress Petrina Bromley and former mayor of Gander, Derm Flynn, who will join us to discuss the events of 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, that inspired the international musical sensation Come From Away. Just how good is Come From Away? Very, VERY, good. Here is a little taste of it.

Of course, there are going to be plenty of other presentations, panels, and talks. And there is still time for you to submit your idea. The link to do so is just below!

We are also particularly excited about our New Researchers forum, a special, facilitated session for newly minted researchers and current students who will have an opportunity to meet with their more seasoned colleagues and talk about island studies and challenges ahead of them.

For more information, continue to check this page and follow ISISA and the Harris Centre on social media. We will be making more exciting announcements throughout the winter."



Applicants from last year who were accepted to present at ISISA 2020 have recently been contacted about reserving their spot. This process is now closed.

We have re-opened the submission portal for new applications!
Click here to submit your abstract.

The deadline is February 28th, 2021.

Email with questions.

We are pleased to welcome delegates from around the world to the International Small Islands Studies Association 2021 Conference: Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories, hosted by Memorial's Harris Centre and taking place online! Please save the dates to attend. 

The island of Newfoundland is renowned for its literature and drama; its music and dance; its vibrant visual arts scene; and its Intangible Cultural Heritage, like storytelling and boat-building, its culinary traditions and festivals. It has a rich history of settlement and resettlement: through moving the inhabitants of its small islands and outports to the “mainland,” or through outmigration, mostly “out west.” It is rich in natural history, being one of the oldest geological formations on the planet. Being an island, it is at the heart of climate change, and climate-change resilience. It deals with connectivity issues, and, often as a result, food security issues. Now, island studies scholars and practitioners from NL and around the globe have an opportunity to hear these stories and lessons and share theirs.

The Conference's Key Themes:

- arts and culture of islands
- island depopulation, repopulation and gentrification
- natural history on islands
- climate change and governance on islands
- connections lost and gained
- Indigeneity and resilience
- impacts of COVID-19 on islands
- other island-themed papers, presentations, and panels are also welcome as they pertain to the discipline of Island Studies, especially those that engage with an “island imagination.”

Conference Program


Register Now to Attend! 

Regular Registration (non-students): $56.50
Students: $26.50 (includes just the cost for ISISA membership registration)
Lifetime members: $30 (just conference fees)
(All in Canadian $$)

Conference Timeline

A detailed program is forthcoming.

This website is under development. Check back frequently for updates.


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Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000