International Small Islands Studies Association


Fogo Island Arts launches artist project focussed on food culture and sustainability

July 18, 2018 (Fogo Island) – Fogo Island Arts, in collaboration with Shorefast and the community of Fogo Island, is pleased to present Open Restaurant on Fogo Island, a project by artist Steffen Jagenburg involving local growers and producers, and knowledge inherent to place. First initiated by Jagenburg in Berlin in 2012, Open Restaurant is an ongoing project that brings people together around ideas of local and organic food. For the Fogo Island edition, Jagenburg will cook and host two suppers a week for invited guests during the month of August. Each meal will be sourced from local ingredients and shaped by food knowledge specific to the island’s...

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There is no 'away'

Laurie Brinklow

I was reading a blog post by the leader of Prince Edward Island’s Green Party, Peter Bevan-Baker, when a particular paragraph jumped off the page. Peter was writing about a controversy over a pulp mill in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada, which is planning to dump its 'treated' effluent into the Northumberland Strait that separates Nova Scotia from our island. This is because Northern Pulp is no longer allowed to dump it where they dump it now - a lagoon next door - because IT is contaminated. As you can imagine, it's a story of contested space with David and Goliath proportions.

This is the paragraph:

'We sometimes talk about throwing our garbage “away”,...

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A Walk on the Edge


My favourite assignment is to ask students in my University of Prince Edward Island IST 614 class: “Islandness: Culture, Change and Identity” to take a walk on the edge as part of our discussion around what “the edge” means to islanders. This is generally not a hardship when you live on Prince Edward Island: it usually means a welcome trip to the beach. However, when you ask them to do so in January or February… well… it’s not so much fun. But my students stepped up to the plate, and in wonderful fashion they tell us here what it’s like to walk the edge of Prince Edward Island – on a freezing cold day in early 2017.

And for "Walks on the Edge" from previous years, go to

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The crossing from hell

Laurie Brinklow

A friend from Prince Edward Island decided to visit the Galapagos Islands. She knew that I had been there in 2013 (it was a pilgrimage of sorts to the Island Studies "motherland"), so she asked for some travel and accommodation tips. I was happy to oblige... after all, someone had done the same for me. 

This morning she posted a video on Facebook of a snippet of her "crossing from hell" from Santa Cruz to Isabela Island, along with these words:

...journey to Isabella Island on a Galápagos "ferry". The "ferries" are 2 or 2 1/2 hour transfers in open ocean. My San Cristobol to Santa Cruz ride was just beautifully smooth so what were the words of caution all about? I am a wind in your hair kind of gal so no big deal, just another boat ride. In the afternoon onward to Isabella Island........well the video says it all! Thanks to Jeannie and Laurie for the heads up about these ferries......I...

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John Donne was wrong

Anders Källgård



One of the most famous island quotations, ”No man is an island,” originates from a beautiful 17th-century text written by the English poet John Donne:




No man is an Iland, intire of itselfe; 
every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine;
if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, 
as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine owne were; 
any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde;
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.

This text deserves to be analysed.

The use of the word ”man” for ”human...

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