Call for Papers: Small Island Cultures Research Initiative 2017 Conference

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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

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