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Guest editorial introduction. The idea of the archipelago: contemplating island relations
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-26, 08:27 authored by Elaine StratfordElaine Stratford
Creative, innovative, and timely research on islands and island futures is warranted and pressing, not least because island(er)s are poorly served by established tropes of them as subordinate to continents or mainlands. Opportunities exist to provide a more thoroughgoing account of island life and island relations, and the seven papers in this special issue address that task. In works that consider islands in the Timor Sea, the Caribbean, the Pacific, Atlantic and Southern Oceans, and that span several different disciplinary frames‚ÄövÑvÆarchival-historical, critical theoretical, literary, cultural, geopolitical, sociological and artistic‚ÄövÑvÆthese papers evidence both the diversity of approach to thinking with the archipelago, and numerous points in common. Among the latter is an understanding that island relations are built on connection, assemblage, mobility, and multiplicity, and a commitment to critically examine the ways in which these entanglements affect and give effect to island life. The models of island relationality brought to light by this collective focus on the archipelago reveal new and diverse connections of island peoples with their physical and cultural environments, and with the world beyond; create spaces for growing resilience, association and engagement; and invite further study.
Publication titleIsland Studies Journal
PublisherUniversity of Prince Edward Island
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