International Small Islands Studies Association

Welcome to ISISA

ISISA is a voluntary, non-profit and independent organisation. Our objectives are to study islands on their own terms, and to encourage free scholarly discussion on small island related matters such as islandness, smallness, insularity, dependency, resource management and environment, and the nature of island life.


ISISA Conferences

Islands of the World XIX 

Lombok Island, Indonesia: 25-29 June 2024

(Note: This web site was temporarily down, but is now running properly again.)

Conference Theme details here.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is being extended to November 30th 2023

More details to follow.


Islands of the World XVIII: Islands: Nature and Culture

Host: University of Zadar, Croatia - 13-17 June 2022.

Conference Web Site: -

Book of Abstracts and Conference Poster are available.

ISISA General Meeting was held on Friday, 17th June.  A New Executive was elected. All relevant documents are here.


Islands of the World XVII: Sharing Lessons, Sharing Stories

(Virtual) Host: Memorial University, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada: June 17-21, 2021

Recording of Opening Session (with Dr Rob Greenwood, Dr Godfrey Baldacchino, novelist Michael Crummey and moderator Dr Bojan Furst):


First ISISA Global Island Studies Webinar: June 2020

The first ISISA Global Island Studies Webinar (GISW) ran non-stop on Wednesday June 24, 2020 for 31 hours.

ISISA thanks the Harris Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada, for providing the IT infrastructure and support to make this webinar possible. Programme of Event (With Multiple Time Zones as reference) is available hereBook of Abstracts for all 62 presentations is available here (as pdf). There were 220 unique viewers during GISW-1.


Islands of the World XVI: For an Island Sense of Place

Leeuwarden and Terschelling, Frisian Islands, The Netherlands
June 10-14, 2018

Full Conference Programme and Abstracts

Islands of the World XV: Small Island Communities: Models for Global Survival
Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
2 – 7 July 2017

Islands of the World XIV: (with RETI: Excellence Network of Island Universities)
Niss(i)ology and Utopia: Back to the Roots of Island Studies
University of the Aegean
Mytilini, Lesvos Island, Greece
23 – 27 May 2016

Opening Evening Programme - Conference Poster - Full Conference Programme


ISISA Publications

Island Studies Journal        Latest ISISA Newsletter


GRANT E. McCALL (1943 - 2023)

ISISA President (1998 - 2014)

ISISA sends its condolences to his family and friends.

Obituary: Grant Edwin McCall (1943-2023) here


SMILO Report on Island Networks and Organisations available here.


COVID-19 Island Insights Series led by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance

and the University of Prince Edward Island's Institute of Island Studies in collaboration with Island Innovation: here



Island Events

Accepting bids to host 20th 'Islands of the World' Conference in 2026.


The Executive of ISISA

 ISISA e-mail group