Island States/Island Territories: An International Conference

The 1st International Conference on
Small Island States (SIS) and Subnational Island Jurisdictions (SNIJs)

Given the catastrophic impact of the hurricanes on Sint Maarten earlier in the fall, we’ve had to postpone our international conference, Island States/Island Territories. We had hoped to be able to find another location for it and keep the dates as is, but, given the amount of time that was needed to organize it properly, we decided after much soul-searching it just wasn’t fair to any organizer to have to pull something together so quickly.

We are optimistic that we will host the conference in 2019, and will be rallying our conference steering committee early in the New Year to begin planning afresh. Once we’ve determined the dates and location, we’ll be back to you with more details, with the hope that you’ll either submit an abstract or join us as a conference delegate.
We are sorry to have to bring this news… but we send our best wishes to you and to all our friends in the Caribbean – and in particularly Sint Maarten/Saint Martin – who have had their lives turned upside-down by the hurricanes.
If you have any questions, or comments, please don’t hesitate to be in touch (brinklow [at] We look forward to sending new details for 2019.

Sincerely, Laurie Brinklow
on behalf of the conference co-chairs, Jim Randall and Godfrey Baldacchino; the local organizing committee chairs. Geneve Phillip-Durham and Arjen Alberts; and the steering committee, Matthew Bishop, Peter Clegg, Jack Corbett, Jeanne de Bruin, Leo Huberts, and Wouter Veenendaal


CALL FOR PAPERS | We will reopen the CALL FOR PAPERS in 2018. If you are not on our mailing list already, and would like to be contacted for updates, please e-mail Laurie at brinklow [at] In the meantime, thanks to all who submitted abstracts. We will ask you to consider resubmitting when we have reopened the call.

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Hosted by the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability,
University of Prince Edward Island/University of Malta,
and The University of St Martin, Philipsburg


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