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Island Studies Conferences Island Studies Research Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos


‘Indigenous Resources: Decolonization and Development’

30 September-04 October 2015, Nuuk

‘Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2016’

07-11 March 2016, Hong Kong (on ICUA website)

‘Vernacular Religion, Folk Belief, and Traditions of the Supernatural’ and ‘Supernatural in Literature and Film’

23-28 March 2015, Macau

Recent island studies articles.

‘Constructing a Centre on the Periphery’, Grydehøj, Island Studies Journal, 2014

‘Accidental and Ideal Island Cities’, Pigou-Dennis & Grydehøj, Island Studies Journal, 2014

‘Social and Economic Effects of Spatial Distribution in Island Communities’, Grydehøj & Hayward, Journal of Marine and Island Cultures, 2014

‘Informal Diplomacy in Norway’s Svalbard Policy’, Grydehøj, Global Change, Peace and Security, 2014

About Island Dynamics.

Island Dynamics promotes island studies, strengthening small island communities through knowledge exchange and cross-sectoral collaboration. Besides our research activities, we organise island studies conferences and publications.

We are expanding island studies research by combining small island studies with urban studies through Island Dynamics’ Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos research network. Our urban island studies research is leading the field in new directions and opening island studies up to new influences.

Island Dynamics’ conferences range from small, topically focused events to large-scale island studies conferences. We work with a range of institutional partners, from universities to local and national governmental bodies. We have organised conferences in Scotland, Malta, Cyprus, Norway, Denmark, Macau, Greenland, and Hong Kong.

Founded in Shetland in 2009, Island Dynamics is now based in the island city of Copenhagen, Denmark. For questions about Island Dynamics or to join the mailing list, contact director Adam Grydehøj at

About island studies.

Island studies is the comparative research of islands. Island studies may involve researrch into an individual island or archipelago with reference to other islands or research into relationships between various islands and mainlands. Island studies is inherently international and can concern cultural, political, economic, or environmental issues. Although island studies has traditionally focused on peripheral communities, the Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos research network is turning focus to urban island studies as well.

Other organisations devoted to island studies include:

• Island Studies Journal

• Shima: International Journal of Research into Island Cultures

• Journal of Marine and Island Cultures

• International Small Island Studies Association

• Global Islands Network