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.

Call for Papers

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 13 – June 16–19, 2017
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Islands are storied places. We want to hear the stories. We want to hear the ballads. We want to learn about island narratives. And we want to tell you a few stories of our own. The 13th International Small Island Cultures conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, from June 16–19, 2017 at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The main conference theme will be “Stories, Ballads and Island Narratives.”

We invite you to submit paper and panel proposals. The papers should be maximum 20 minutes in duration and delivered in English. Panels should be no more than 40 minutes in duration and have at least three panellists. We welcome papers and panels on contemporary and traditional island narratives, as well as of a more general nature.

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2017. Only the proposals using the online submission process will be considered. You can access the submission system at the following link: The system will guide you through the submission process. Your proposals should be maximum 300 words without bibliographic references.

The delegates will be invited to submit expanded versions of their papers on stories, ballads and island narratives for consideration for a themed double issue of Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures. Any specific questions regarding the journal submissions should be directed to the editor, Philip Hayward.

Travel and accommodation information can be found on the ISIC13 page.