Rethinking the Island
Series edited by Elaine Stratford, Godfrey Baldacchino and Elizabeth McMahon
Over the last three decades, academic and policy writing on islands has grown rapidly. To date, effort has focused on island ecologies and environments, on island heritage and culture, and on island vulnerabilities and resilience. In much of that work, characteristics such as isolation, insularity, small size, or dependency are presented uncritically and taken for granted.
This series seeks to unsettle such assumptions by comprehensively investigating the range of topological and topographical characteristics that lie at the heart of the idea of ‘islandness’. The books in this series work from a twin understanding that the island is central to Western conceptions of self, place, and planet, and that their idealization is upheld by strong associations between islands’ materialities and their status as powerful imaginaries. Each book considers a different characteristic of islandness at a depth hitherto unheard of in the field. Collectively, they make fundamental contributions to cutting edge theorizations in island studies which will be of wide application and interest among scholars in the humanities and social sciences.
All those proposing books in the series will be asked three questions so that the series central aims are honoured: namely, in the proposed volume:
• How are island geographies used imaginatively to map ourselves, or others, in/to the world ?
• How does ‘the island’ exploit its centrality to Western conceptions of self, place, and planet, whose idealization is upheld by strong associations between islands’ materialities and their status as powerful imaginaries?
• Is there a clear intersection between geography, the humanities, and islands, leading to a complicit domain of inquiry by which islands are understood on their own terms?