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WELCOME TO THE INSTITUTE OF ISLAND STUDIES!

Our vision:

  • to be the leading centre of excellence on issues related to island studies scholarship, public policy, and engagement.

Our mandate:

  • To encourage a deep knowledge, understanding, and expression of Prince Edward Island;
  • To serve as a bridge between the University and Island communities;
  • To contribute to the formulation of public policy in Prince Edward Island;
  • To undertake and facilitate island studies research and education at local, national, and global scales.

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The Island as a Carbon-Neutral Province?  Making the Case
Thursday, October 26, 2017 | 7-9 p.m. | MacKinnon Auditorium, Room 242 McDougall Hall, UPEI Campus | WATCH THE VIDEO | JIM RANDALL POWERPOINT |
BOB ASHLEY POWERPOINT

With so much in the news these days about monster hurricanes and other  unusually severe weather events, people are becoming more and more concerned about the long-term impact of climate change. Living on a small, low land-mass as we do, Islanders feel immediately vulnerable to sea-level rise. And so we ask ourselves what can be done about it; and also, how can we, on our own island, provide a model of positive action for elsewhere.

One possibility would be for us to make a concerted attempt to set an example for others – in Canada and beyond – by becoming Canada’s first carbon-neutral province.

How this might be done was the topic of a Public Symposium held at UPEI’s MacKinnon Auditorium, Room 242, McDougall Hall, on Thursday, October 26th, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

This event was sponsored by UPEI’s Institute of Island Studies, in conjunction with UPEI Research Services and the UPEI Climate Lab. The title of the Symposium was “Making the Case for Prince Edward Island to be Canada’s First Carbon-Neutral Province.”

The principal speaker was Dr. Catherine Potvin, a professor at McGill University and associate staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. In the wake of the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference on Confederation, Dr. Potvin was selected as one of 23 women visionaries for the future of Canada. She leads the group Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a voluntary initiative that mobilizes over 80 researchers from every province, with sustainability being at the heart of their research programs. The objective of Sustainable Canada Dialogues is to identify actions designed to have large, viable impacts to help Canadian governments at all levels to make thoughtful and ambitious commitments to greenhouse-gas emission reductions. Though the scale of the global challenge is enormous, more and more individuals, communities, industries and governments are stepping up to the task.

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Dr. Potvin was joined by Mr. Bob Ashley, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Summerside, which has implemented a number of initiatives, including generating its own electricity. His talk, “Summerside’s Renewable Energy Quest,” illustrated the critical value of a community-owned electric utility as an instrument of public energy policy. Other initiatives include storage for intermittent generation such as wind and solar, building a fleet of electric vehicles, implementing a “Living Lab” program, and a “smarter homes” initiative.

 

 

 

Dr. Jim Randall, the Chair of the Institute of Island Studies and UNESCO Co-chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, spoke about the experiences and challenges of other small islands of the world in their quest to achieve a version of “carbon-neutrality.” An economic and social geographer by training, Jim is a Professor in Island Studies and co-ordinator of the Master of Arts in Island Studies program.

The Symposium was chaired by Dr. Adam Fenech, Director of the UPEI Climate Lab.

 

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NEW BOOK FROM ISLAND STUDIES PRESS:

From Black Horses to White Steeds:
Building Community Resilience

Edited by Laurie Brinklow and Ryan Gibson
From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience celebrates and critiques the dynamics of innovation, governance, and culture in place. Case studies from both sides of the North Atlantic illustrate episodes of “turning around”; evolution, transformation, and visionary strategy that breathe new life into the term “think global, act local.”

The chapters explore how various dark horses including minorities, small towns, peripheries, Aboriginal communities, those with little money, status, voice, or political leverage can rise to the occasion and chart livable futures.
From Black Horses to White Steeds is a companion book to Remote Control (ISER 2009) and Place Peripheral (ISER 2015).

“Rural folks have always been both resilient and resourceful. The narratives in this book are truly inspiring in ways to deal with the current and future pace as new technology and environmental change presents challenges and opportunities. Local communities everywhere will benefit from the insights contained herein.”
 Hon. Diane Griffin, Senate of Canada

 

“Like so many collections of case studies, this book provides plenty of inspiring examples. Unlike many, however, it includes useful international comparisons with thoughtful interpretations, methodological transparency, and respect for the limits of the techniques that make the cases useful for critical analysis as well as activism.”
– Bill Reimer, Professor Emeritus, Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University

 

“That remote rural and island communities should thrive in this day and age might fly in the face of conventional wisdom. Yet, there is clear evidence of vibrant communities that creatively exploit the opportunities presented by their geographical predicament. No horsing around here: these are narratives of leadership, vitality, and resilience; crafted out of grit, imagination, and public / private / voluntary-sector partnerships.”
– Godfrey Baldacchino, UNESCO co-chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, UPEI, Canada



6×9, 378 pages with photos, charts, tables
Endnotes, Bibliography, and Index
ISBN 978-1-988692-07-4
Also available as a PDF
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Island Studies Press book picks up Atlantic Book Award nomination

The Atlantic Book Award Society recently announced the nominees for the 2017 Atlantic Book Awards. Among the shortlist for the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing was New London: The Lost Dream by John Cousins, published by Island Studies Press at UPEI. Although New London: The Lost Dream, was not the winner, we are honoured to have had one of our books in the running. Congratulations, John!

The book tells the remarkable true story of the Quaker settlement, which existed on PEI’s North Shore between 1773-1795, at French River. The settlement’s leader was Robert Clark, a wealthy Quaker from London, England. Rather than farming or fishing, Clark wanted to create a commercial outpost on what he considered the doorstep to the new world. He named the settlement New London, after the city he had left, and brought with him fellow Quaker tradespeople and artisans, who had never experienced wilderness, and certainly never the harsh weather of PEI’s north shore in winter. How they survived, and occasionally thrived—the settlement numbered more than 100 at its peak—is related in this remarkable book by author and historian John Cousins, of Bloomfield, PEI.

Cousins recreated the rise and fall of this Quaker community through new and old sources, including three diaries written by settlers and correspondence with England.

John Cousins is a descendant of two of those settlers, John Cousins and Mary Townsend. As well as being a retired teacher and school administrator, he is a well-respected Island historian and taught folklore at UPEI for many years.


Ed MacDonald receives Award of Honour

Congratulations to Ed MacDonald, associate professor of History at UPEI, who was presented with the Award of Honour at this year’s PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation awards, held February 21 at Beaconsfield Carriage House.

Ed Award of Honor PEIMHFThe Award of Honour recognizes outstanding service and continued contribution to the heritage activities of Prince Edward Island. Ed MacDonald has become the “go-to historical guy” on PEI for his wide-ranging knowledge of Island history, and his generosity in sharing it through his teaching at UPEI, his participation in public events which mark our Island history, and his encouragement of many others to research, write, and publish historical articles or manuscripts on Prince Edward Island.

MacDonald was one of three editors of Time and a Place, An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island, which received a Heritage Activity award for 2016 at the awards evening.

Ed MacDonald has written other titles of particular historical value to PEI:  If You’re Stronghearted: PEI in the Twentieth Century (2000), and he was co-author of The Landscapes of Confederation (2010).

Here he accepts his award from Hon. Frank Lewis, Lt. Gov. of PEI.

PHOTO COURTESY GOV’T OF PEI / BRIAN L. SIMPSON


Time and a Place wins Award for Heritage Activity

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PEI’s new environmental history, Time and a Place was honoured recently with a Heritage Activity award by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.

 

 

Congratulations to Irene Novaczek, left, and Ed MacDonald, centre, two of the book’s three editors as they receive their certificates from Hon. Frank Lewis, Lt. Gov. of Prince Edward Island. The final editor is Josh MacFadyen.

Time and a Place is the first-ever environmental history of any province in Canada, and was co-published in 2016 by Island Studies Press and McGill-Queens University Press. It is available in print by clicking here.


“New London” wins Publication of the Year Award

Cousins Publication of the YearCongratulations to John Cousins, author of New London: The Lost Dream, for winning the Publication of the Year Award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.

This prestigious award was presented at the PEI MHF’s annual awards night, held February 21 in Charlottetown. Author John Cousins, left, accepts his award from Hon. Frank Lewis, Lt. Gov. of PEI.

New London: The Lost Dream tells the story of the rise and fall of the Quaker settlement which existed on PEI’s North Shore from 1773 to 1795. It is available as both a print and digital book, by clicking here.

PHOTO COURTESY GOV’T OF PEI / BRIAN L. SIMPSON


IIS Research Associate Dr. Tiber Falzett wins award for Heritage Activity

Tiber Heritage Activity award

 

Congratulations to Dr. Tiber Falzett, an Institute of Island Studies Research Associate, for taking home a Heritage Activity Award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation on February 21.

Dr. Falzett was recognized for the work he has done celebrating the legacy and encouraging renewal of the Scottish Gaelic language on Prince Edward Island.

Here he accepts his award from accepts his award from Hon. Frank Lewis, Lt. Gov. of PEI.

PHOTO COURTESY GOV’T OF PEI / BRIAN L. SIMPSON


November 4, 2016
A Tribute to George McRobie by Practical Action, UK

George McRobie 2010On November 4, 2016, Practical Action, a UK-based NGO founded by E.F. Schumacher 50 years ago, held a celebration of the life and work of one of its founders George McRobie, a close associate of E F. Schumacher and chairman from 1977 to 1983. Family and friends gathered at St Andrew, Holborn, along with many former Practical Action colleagues, to remember a man who was crucial to the development of the organisation over many decades. Download a slideshow of images from the event or listen to the tributes, including one from his wife, Susanne Manovill, who made generous mention of the Institute of Island Studies. MORE


October 27, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS to Diane Griffin, Institute of Island Studies Advisory Council Member, who has been appointed to the Senate of Canada!

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Diane has been a long-time supporter of the Institute, having served on its Advisory Board and as Chair of many of our Public Forums over the years. We applaud her appointment wholeheartedly.

Diane will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Red Chamber – along with her passion for all things Prince Edward Island.

 

 

 

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July 22, 2016
A Tribute to Long-time Friend of the Institute of Island Studies: Dr. George McRobie
by Harry Baglole

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Dr. George McRobie died in Charlottetown on Friday, July 2, 2016. The trajectory of his remarkable life took him from his birthplace of Moscow (1925), through his childhood in northern Scotland, his highly successful career in London and throughout the world, and finally here to Prince Edward Island, his half-time home since 2009. He was a man of great personal warmth and charm, much beloved by his many friends on the Island. READ MORE


Two good friends of the Institute of Island Studies receive awards at the 2016 Congress in Calgary!

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Congratulations go out to Dr. Lisa Chilton and Dr. Edward MacDonald of UPEI’s history department, who were nationally recognized for excellence in research and service. READ MORE…


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