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. You can do that at this link:

The papers should be maximum 20 minutes in duration and delivered in English. Panels should be no more that 40 minutes in duration and have at least three panelists. We welcome papers and panels on contemporary and traditional island narratives.

The deadline for the early acceptance submissions is November 30, 2016. Provided that there are still sufficient schedule slots available, a further general call for papers will be made in early 2016. Please note that we anticipate a high degree of interest in this event and we encourage you to submit your proposal as early as possible.

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 Philip Hayward at

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 that for about $25 will take you to your destination anywhere in the city.

There are lots of accommodations options for a variety of budgets available in St. John’s. A good place to start exploring is the Destination St. John’s website:

For those of you who would like to stay close to the conference venue and take advantage of budget-friendly residence accommodations, you are more than welcome to stay on campus. Just follow this link: