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) – www.scu.edu.au. The Division also supports the publication of the biannual online refereed publication Shima: The Internation Journal of Research into Island Cultures – www.shimajournal.org

ISIC 10, June 4–8, 2014

ISIC 10 will be held in the Fernando de Noronha Islands (Brazil) June 4–8, 2014
Submissions for papers are invited on the following topics:

  • Islands, environments and eco-tourism
  • Islands, local identities and identity markers

Papers on different island studies topics will also be considered if there is space in the schedule.

Two types of paper will be considered:

  • Papers delivered orally – these will be of a 20 minute duration and will be programed in panels
  • Poster papers – which will be displayed t(ogether with scheduled discussion times) at the main conference venue

All paper proposals will be peer refereed by an international panel.

Details as to transport, accommodation, schedules and related conference study trips will be posted on this site when they are finalised.

An early acceptance program will commence on September 1st 2013 (NB this is recommended as air travel to Brazil may need considerable advance booking as 2014 is also Soccer World Cup Year in Brazil).

As always, we will aim to keep registration fees as low as possible. We haven’t yet finalised a fee for 2014 but it should not be over $200 for the 3 day conference + additional cost for pre-conference study trip.
Accomodation options are currently being investigated.

Provisional inquiries can be addressed to Dr Arianne Reis (Southern Cross University), Co-Chair of Papers and Panels at: Arianne.Reis@scu.edu.au

Fernando de Noronha, Conceicao BeachFernando de Noronha, Brasil