International Small Islands Studies Association




Islands of the World X


Islands of the World X
Globalizing Islands; Sustainable Culture, Peace, Resources and Sustainability
Jeju Island, South Korea
25 – 29 August 2008

Scholars, experts, and activists who study issues and problems concerning small islands will make presentations, lead discussions, and interact with international colleagues. The general theme of the
World X is °Globalizing Islands; Sustainable Culture, Peace, and Resources’.

The Jeju Island venue is Seogwipo KAL Hotel convention halls, surrounded by breathtaking sceneries of Mt. Halla (South Korea’s highest peak at 1,950 m), the Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches, subtropical plants, and surrounding islets.

There will be an emphasis on the interconnected topics of °Moon Wha’ (culture), ‘Pyung Wha’ (peace), and ‘Jawon’ (resources) for the creation of Island Cultural Waves for island societies.

It is hoped that discussion of these thematic topics will contribute to our understanding of not only islands’ physical worlds but also toward a realization of the inner world of ‘Ieo-do’ (an ideal island society on the Earth taken from the myth of Jeju Island). Additionally, the Islands of the World X conference hopes to project the uniqueness and vitality of island societies and their peacefulness for the conservation of precious resources and environments for people everywhere. To emphasize this notion of it being a conference based on Jeju and drawing on Jeju culture and history it is built around the basic interconnected themes.

We can taste cultural identity through creation of Somryu (Island Cultural Waves by islanders for islanders) together with events such as the Peace Island School Workshop ( August 19 -25, 2008) and the 1st World Islands Film Festival : WIFF ( August 23 – 25, 2008) at Seogwipo city.

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