Island studies connecting anthropology and geography across time

Ilan Kelman (UCL and UiA)
Aideen Foley (Birkbeck, University of London)
Borders and Places

Short abstract:

Island studies has always been interdisciplinary with multi-media research products and processes. This panel encourages island studies to be self-reflexive to seek creative expressions of its theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions to, and gains from, anthropology-geography links.

Long abstract:

From its origins, island studies has been interdisciplinary and has always encouraged multi-media research processes and products. Examples from journals, books, and conferences are full-length academic papers and presentations, photo essays and exhibitions, performing arts and poetry, and short essays which might be fiction, reflections, or editorialising. This panel seeks contributions of any form suitable for an academic conference which are self-reflexive about island studies in order to link anthropology and geography through an island or islandness lens. Contributions may be presentations, audience interaction or games, performing or non-performing arts, or question-and-answer/discussion formulations. The core research presented could be theoretical, methodological, and/or empirical, but must examine island studies' contributions to, and gains from, connecting anthropology and geography. Explicit cross-overs between anthropology and geography are necessary. These could be through case studies of urban islands (island cities and city archipelagos), historical or archaeological evidence and approaches, contemporary and ongoing research projects, taking creative and critiquing views of the terms 'island' and 'islandness', or examinations of island and islandness pasts and futures. Conceptual, quantitative, qualitative, performative, and mixed methods are welcome. Island studies will be the baseline through which connections are made among pasts, presents, and futures as well as anthropologies and geographies.