International Small Islands Studies Association

Welcome to ISISA

ISISA is a voluntary, non-profit and independent organisation. Our objectives are to study islands on their own terms, and to encourage free scholarly discussion on small island related matters such as islandness, smallness, insularity, dependency, resource management and environment, and the nature of island life.


ISISA Conferences

Islands of the World XVI

For an Island Sense of Place

Leeuwarden and Terschelling, Frisian Islands, The Netherlands

June 10-14, 2018

Provisional Programme now available.

Islands of the World XV
Small Island Communities: Models for Global Survival
Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
2 – 7 July 2017

Islands of the World XIV (in collaboration with RETI: The Excellence Network of Island Universities)
Niss(i)ology and Utopia: Back to the Roots of Island Studies
University of the Aegean
Mytilini, Lesvos Island, Greece
23 – 27 May 2016

Opening Evening Programme - Conference Poster - Full Conference Programme

Islands of the World XVII

Memorial University, St John's Newfoundland, Canada

22 - 26 June 2020

(More details in due course)

ISISA Publications

Island Studies Journal   Latest ISISA Newsletter

Island Events

Conference on Oceanic Memory: Islands, Ecologies, Peoples in Christchurch, New Zealand - 30 Nov - 2 Dec 2017. 

Conference on 'Humans and Island Environments' - 16-20 April 2018. 

ISISA - 16th 'Islands of the World' Conference - Leuuwarden & Terschelling, The Netherlands - 10-14 June 2018.

ISISA - 17th 'Islands of the World' Conference - St John's, Newfoundland, Canada - 22-26 June 2020


Island News

 ISISA e-mail group