Island landscape can be viewed to have been formed through two agencies, nature and human, and transformed with contingent encounter and entanglement. We want to call this cohesiveness and transformation as 'islandscape', which needs to be studied through a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Islands are places that gather up various researchers simply because the landforms are restricted by the seawater. As we sometimes engages in field research on the same island in the same period, we can get a chance to know new knowledge and methodology of other academic domains next to each, if we do not hesitate to have such a dialogue. Islands are typical places of encounters and entanglements. It holds true not only for our personal experience but also for landscape of islands. As all land-dwelling creatures including human being cannot stop over in the vast ocean, a variety of animals, plants and things travel toward the restricted landform of an island, in particular along with human colonization. Here the island landscape can be viewed to have been formed as a 'meshwork' through two agencies, nature and human, and transformed with contingent encounter and entanglement. We want to call this cohesiveness and transformation, the main features of island, as 'islandscape'. Islandscape needs to be holistically studied, through a multi-disciplinary perspective that integrates environmental archaeology and history, cultural and ecological anthropology, geoscience and humanistic geography, and so on. Thus anyone interested in landscape of islands is welcome to join this panel. The following topics would be most relevant; sea level change, climatic disasters, portmanteau biota, exotic materials, anthropogenic degradation or enhancement of environment, encounter ethnography, MIRAB societies, social resilience to climate change.