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 XX

South Korea - June 2026

Details soon


Islands of the World XIX 

Lombok Island, Indonesia: 25-29 June 2024

Conference Theme details here.

ISISA General Meeting 2024. All documents here


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 (held on Friday, 17th June).  A New Executive was elected. All 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 Rob Greenwood, 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

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

ISISA Publications

Island Studies Journal        Latest ISISA Newsletter

ISISA is a harassment-free zone, offering a welcoming and inclusive environment, where we respect each other, value diverse opinions, and speak and behave with decorum. If you should encounter any issues, please contact the President of ISISA, Dr. Laurie Brinklow (, at which time your concerns will be treated in confidence and with the utmost care. 

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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

Bids to host 'Islands of the World' Conferences are currently CLOSED.


The Executive of ISISA

 ISISA e-mail group