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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Islands Ethnography: Reflecting “islandness” in the anthropocene


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 28 Aug 11:00 - 15:30


Room 3.129

"In recent years, islands have experienced a hype in various research areas: flight and migration (Bachis 2016; Nimführ 2016; Mountz 2011), tourism (Wang 2017), ecology – with special reference to climate change, interspecies, and «friction» in the Anthropocene (Tsing 2005) – heritage making (Bujis 2016, Welz 2017), island cities and urban archipelagos (Grydehøj 2015) etc. Furthermore, there is an increased scientific interest on various forms of solidarities within islands and beyond them (e.g. Guribye & Stalsberg Mydland 2018; Reckinger 2013). The objectives of the proposed panel are three-fold: 1) to link research interests that address the historical and/or current discourses on “islandness” and geographical location, (political) dependence, resource management, energy transition and ecology, as well as sociocultural forms of island life; 2) to develop theoretical and conceptual frameworks that can be used to build common approaches for research on and about islands, and 3) to promote and facilitate discussion, information exchange and cooperation between ‘island researchers’ at European and international level. This panel, therefore, invites scientists, who work on islands or are doing research about islands, to give insights on their island research. These can deal with the special features, challenges and opportunities of the island both content analytical and method-theoretical. Likewise, questions of comparison, in which differences, similarities and intertwines of island research are worked out, can be analysed. The session is open to contributions that focus more specifically on issues impacting on islands and island life as well as on methodological issues in research on and about islands.


  • P 28.1
    • Dr. Bachis, Francesco (University of Cagliari)
    • Ms. Meloni, Greca N. (University of Vienna)
    • Mr. Nimführ, Sarah (University of Vienna)
  • P 28.2
    • Dr. Bachis, Francesco (University of Cagliari)
    • Ms. Meloni, Greca N. (University of Vienna)
    • Mr. Nimführ, Sarah (University of Vienna)

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This paper presents some reflections on a network of people living in Sardinia (some native and some from continental Italy) composed of families, single men and women who are all related to (as associates, as supporters, or simply friends of…) the Sardinia Permaculture Association (SarPA). Their experiences and life-choices will be analyzed ethnographically as a community of practice which inco ... More
Presented by Dr. Maria Giovanna CASSA on 28/8/2019 at 12:45
In anthropocene, problems and opportunities related to the waste cycle can be thought of as ""total social facts"" that interconnect different areas, plans and levels of human action. These issues involve the deployment of resources of a technical-organizational, economic and legal, as well as cognitive, political and socio-cultural type. Furthermore, with increasing force, waste is shown to be a ... More
Presented by Irene FALCONIERI on 28/8/2019 at 12:05
The Isle of Pines is a part of the archipelago of New Caledonia which is a special collectivity of France. The economic development of the Isle of Pines is related to the general tendencies in the territory, whose economy is based on the mineral resources of New Caledonia. In places without nickel deposits tourism is seen as a lever for sustainable development. Nevertheless, high living costs and ... More
Presented by Karolina KANIA on 28/8/2019 at 12:25
Jeju Island, introduced at fist in the name of Quelpart to the West, is located below the southernmost tip of the Korean Peninsula. Islandness is characterized by relative isolation and limitation in size. This paper deals with the islandness, giving examples of what an anthropologist from the mainland experienced when moving into Jeju Island in 1984. The limited size of an island community leads ... More
Presented by Dr. Yoo CHUL-IN on 28/8/2019 at 11:45
Baldacchino (2007: 3) has detected an experience that some small islands share - the confrontation with a “continental obsession to claim” the islands territory and resources, the benefits of its geopolitical/-strategical location, or its potential as a touristic destination, etc. Taking this observation as a starting point, the paper aims to compare and discuss two cases in which ongoing co ... More
Presented by Corinna Angela DI STEFANO
The Cape Verdean identity has been described and analyzed first of all through its insularity. The sea, at Cape Verde, makes the islander open to the outside, but, at the same time, closed and prisoner within the limits of the island (Bettencourt, 1998). This element historically reconnects to the production of gender boundaries that saw the islands as feminine and the exterior as masculine. Since ... More
Presented by Martina GIUFFRÈ on 28/8/2019 at 11:20
Since the first steps of modern anthropology the islands and island communities have been one of the key locations to conduct an ethnographical research. Even though often perceived as isolated and remote, they are in fact deeply connected to the mainlands and other islands. Based on my ethnographic work in Iceland I will shed light on how the perceptions of both the island's location within the ( ... More
Presented by Ana SVETEL
"In the sixties years the politic of economic development and american militarization of Sicily were addressed to resolve the economic and soclal gap between of island with the rest of Italy, and the securitization of meditarranean area against the soviet army power. The solutions were found in the industrial modernization of several coastal area of island, and in the build of several military inf ... More
Presented by Alessandro LUTRI on 28/8/2019 at 11:00
The topographical uniqueness that provides islands their attraction has led since ancient times to the fact that the island motif has been an indispensable part of world literature and later also of the visual arts and film. As popular literary material, islands function as places of shipwrecks and adventures, of fear and terror, hope and salvation. Islands also gained an increased interest within ... More
Presented by Sarah NIMFÜHR on 28/8/2019 at 9:40
Located in the Indian Ocean, in the Mozambique Canal, the population of Mayotte is mainly of Bantu and Malagasy origin and the majority of the population speaks Shimaoré ; derived from the Swahili, and Kibushi ; derived from the Malagasy. While it is in an economic and social central position relative to the other islands of the archipelago of Comoros and Madagascar, Mayotte is located on the per ... More
Presented by Philippe CHARPENTIER on 28/8/2019 at 10:00
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