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.

Upcoming Conference

Archipelagos and Aquapelagos

March 30–April 1 2018, New York, United States

The conference Archipelagos and Aquapelagos – Conceptualising Islands and Marine Spaces will be held at The Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York March 30th-April 1st 2018.

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ISIC 14: “New Directions in Island Studies”

June 16–18 2018, Tatihou Island, Normandy, France

The Small Islands Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI) and the University of Caen–Normandy (Maison de la Recherche en Sciences Humaines MRSH, Centre for Interdisciplinary research in social sciences and the research lab ESOCaen/CNRS, France) welcome proposals for paper presentations from any disciplinary field, as well as from managers and practitioners who are interested in island issues, to the 14th International Small Island Cultures (ISIC) Conference – New Directions in Island Studies.

Those wishing to present papers on the theme “New Directions in Island Studies” should submit a 200-word abstract to onference coordinators Arianne Reis and Benoit Raoulx by 30 November 2017.

Travel and accommodation information can be found on the ISIC14 page.