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.

Information on St. John’s

From ice-bergs to humpback whales, to the beginning of the summer festival season, June is a great time to visit Newfoundland and Labrador and St. John’s.

With hiking trails that lead you from the heart of the city, through a traditional fishing village, and up to the highest peaks above the Atlantic Ocean, some of Canada’s best new restaurants, and a musical and cultural scene that never stops, you might want to consider staying a few extra days.

Quick Tips:

  • There is no way around it. We are in the middle of the North Atlantic and in the lower Arctic waters- you’ll want to bring a jacket. Even though it’s usually quite lovely here in June, our proximity to the sea means that a cool wind can whip up in no time.
  • If you’re looking to book a hotel or car, consider doing it early. St. John’s is a busy place during the tourism season, so it’s better to plan ahead rather than be disappointed.
  • If you are planning to make this into a bit of an extended trip, check out the Tourism Newfoundland and Labrador website for some ideas:
  • Get off the beaten path. This is a destination that is made for unusual adventures and new experiences. The people here really are friendly and the opportunities to jump in are pretty much endless!

St. John's

The conference venue

Memorial University of Newfoundland has four campuses. We are the largest university in Atlantic Canada with over 20,000 students. The conference will be held on St. John’s campus of Memorial University. The campus is located about a 30 minute walk from downtown and is well connected through public transportation network with almost any part of the city.

Travel and accommodation

You will arrive at the St. John’s International Airport. St. John’s is a globally connected city with direct flights to London, Dublin, Glasgow, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Ottawa. There is no public transportation or a shuttle service from the airport, but there are many taxis available, which, for about $25, will take you to your destination anywhere in the city.

We recommend booking accommodation on campus at the conference site. Accommodations are comprised of two bedroom suites sharing a washroom/shower. The cost is $60/room or $120/suite.

For more information and to make your booking, visit The Harris Centre ISIC 13 webpage.


The final registration deadline for accepted conference presenters is April 16, 2017.

The final registration deadline for delegates who are not presenting is May 16, 2017.

The final registration deadline to take part in any conference excursions is June 14, 2017.

Registration can be completed at The Harris Centre ISIC 13 webpage. Click here to register for ISIC 13.