SICRI Background & Mission

SICRI was established in 2004 to facilitate communication and collaboration between researchers and cultural practitioners working with small island communities.

SICRI’s principal aim is to research and assist the maintenance and development of the language, literature, music, dance, folkloric and media cultures of small island communities. It aims to identify potential research partners and appropriate strategies and funding sources to benefit small island cultures and those researching them.

Key to SICRI’s activities is the principle that external researchers should develop their projects in consultation with island communities and should reciprocate such co-operation with appropriate assistance and facilitation of local cultural initiatives.

SICRI operates with reference to broader concepts of cultural heritage [see UNESCO, 2003: What is Cultural Heritage and Types of Cultural Heritage]; consideration of island communities as (simultaneously) isolated and connected; and is concerned to address the impacts and potentials offered by tourism.

SCU Island Cultures Research Projects

SICRI is hosted by the Division of Research, Southern Cross University (Australia) – The Division also supports the publication of the biannual online refereed publication Shima: The Internation Journal of Research into Island Cultures –


ISIC 12 – June 17-20, 2016 Naha (Okinawa)

The 12th International Small Island Cultures conference will be held in Naha (Okinawa) from June 17th-20th 2016 at the Okinawa Prefectural University of the Arts. The main conference theme will be ‘Island Music and Dance’ and paper proposals will be invited on any aspect of this topic (traditional or modern).

Papers on others aspects of Island Cultures will also be considered and will be programmed separately.

Papers will be a maximum of 20 minutes in duration and will be delivered in English. Proposals for panels will also be considered.

A program of musical performances is also planned to accompany the event (and Naha’s lively music club area is easily accessible from the conference venue).

Conference co-ordinators – Professor Junko Konishi (Okinawa Prefectural University of the Arts) and Professor Philip Hayward (University of Technology, Sydney)

An early acceptance program is now open and proposals for papers should be submitted to by November 30th 2015 to access this (applications will be dealt with individually with a quick turnaround). Provided that there are still sufficient schedule slots available, a further general call for papers will be made in early 2016. Please note that we anticipate a high degree of interest in this event and paper proposers are advised to submit proposals as early as possible.

Paper proposals:

  • Should be 250-300 words long
  • Should not contain footnotes or bibliographic references
  • Should be in this format: title, author name, institution, email address, keywords (maximum 8), abstract

Delegates will be invited to submit expanded versions of their papers on island music and dance for consideration for a themed double issue of Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures.

Travel and accommodation information can be found on the ISIC12 page.

Information on Naha

Naha is the main city in Okinawa, in the south of Japan. It has a major airport served by regular flights from Osaka and Tokyo. There is a reliable and convenient rail line from the airport into the city. There is a range of accommodation options available. Naha is a safe city to visit, has an exceptionally lively local cultural scene, excellent cuisine and a warm climate.