Islands of the World XI
Celebrating Island Connectivities
23 – 26 August 2010
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Conference site proposal
The Centre for Regional and Tourism Research (CRT), on the island of Bornholm, Denmark, is pleased to invite scholars, students, policy makers and practitioners to the 11th ‘Islands of the World’ Conference, to be held from Monday, August 23rd to Thursday, August 26th, 2010 on the island of Bornholm, Denmark.
Although physically isolated, economically separated from markets, and having their distinct cultural identity, islands largely depend on, and are deeply embedded in, complex relations, intrinsic linkages and strategic connections to the surrounding world. These configurations of connectivities will be thematically organized around the pertinent issues of change facing the islands of the world today.
Abstracts of around 150-200 words each are therefore invited from scholars, students and practitioners interested in submitting a paper at ISISA XI. Papers will be organized around the following EIGHT themes, all of which are intended to be interdisciplinary. (Those submitting an abstract are encouraged to indicate ONE theme - ‘A’ up to ‘H’ below - that they feel best fits the subject matter of their proposed paper.) Papers drawing on a wide array of research techniques and methodologies are welcome. The themes are:
A: the engagement of islands in knowledge-driven economic development (including the role of higher education, skills upgrade, diaspora tapping, brain rotation and economic differentiation);
B: sectoral perspectives to island innovation (including the role of local creative industries, food, crafts, information technology, niche manufactures, tourism and the ‘experience economy’), and with special emphasis on small and medium scale businesses;
C: the challenges posed by global climate change on islands (and including the impact of sea level rise on low-lying islands and island states);
D: the challenges of switching to alternative and renewable energy on small islands in the search for sustainable futures (including green energy production, reduction of carbon footprints, and island eco-branding experiences);
E: land use planning and environmental stewardship on small islands (including the balance between natural and cultural assets; waterfront/coastal development; and conflict mitigation and management strategies)
F: transportation and the challenge of access (including comparative cost, regularity and choice in island-mainland links);
G: the role of the Arts, Culture, History and Heritage in island identity, character and resilience;
H: social services and economic opportunities (the provision of basic services as well as the promotion and development of opportunities to engage in a sustainable lifestyle, inclusive of wage employment, informal economic activity, subsistence and labour migration).
All abstracts will be adjudicated via a double-blind peer review.
The organizers reserve the right to reallocate papers to different themes, or to edit existing themes on the basis of interest and ‘goodness of fit’ with the conference program.
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