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.



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


Registration will open later this Fall. Check back for more information. 

Conference Timeline

A detailed program is forthcoming.

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


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