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 11 Gozo (Malta), June 22–25, 2015

Globalization, Identities and Island Cultures

Academics, scholars and researchers from any disciplinary field, as well as managers and practitioners who are interested in island issues, are invited to attend the 11th International Small Island Cultures Conference and engage in these debates.

The conference will consist of keynote presentations, round tables and a variety of oral presentations held in thematic sessions. The core conference sub-themes are:

  • Island Archaeology and Ancient History
  • Contemporary Developments in Island Studies

Inquiries can be addressed to Dr Arianne Reis (Southern Cross University, Australia), Co-Chair of Papers and Panels at:

Two types of paper will be considered:

  • Papers delivered orally should be of 20 minutes duration and will be programed in panels; and
  • Poster papers, which will be displayed together with scheduled discussion times at the main conference venue.

The organisers invite proposals addressing any of the Conference themes. Papers not aligning to these will also be considered if the schedule permits. Abstracts for papers should be submitted to the conference organiser Dr Arianne Reis: by March 31st 2015. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should include the author’s name, institution and email address.

All accepted papers will have their abstracts published in the Conference handbook. Attendees will also be invited to submit full versions of their papers for consideration for inclusion in a special issue of Shima: The International Journal of Research into island Cultures All papers will go through an anonymous peer-review process, normally involving at least two reviewers. Submission guidelines and further information will be provided to interested authors.

View conference details (PDF).