Rowman and Littlefield International

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?

To learn more about submitting proposals for consideration, please contact Elaine Stratford ([email protected]); Godfrey Baldacchino ([email protected]); and Elizabeth McMahon ([email protected]).

Editorial Review Board

Ian Buchanan, Professor of Critical and Cultural Theory, University of Wollongong, Australia

Eric Clark, Professor of Human Geography, Lund University, Sweden

Peter Clegg, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of the West of England

Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Associate Professor, Humanities, UCLA, USA

Rod Edmond, Emeritus Professor, School of English, University of Kent, UK

Lisa Fletcher, Senior Lecturer, English, University of Tasmania

Brian Russell Roberts, Associate Professor, Department of English, Brigham Young University, USA

Stephen Royle, Professor of Island Geography, Queens University Belfast, UK

Mimi Sheller, Professor of Sociology, Drexel University, USA

James Sidaway, Professor of Political Geography, National University of Singapore

Vanessa Smith, Professor of English, University of Sydney, Australia

Philip Steinberg, Professor of Political Geography, Durham University, UK

Michelle Ann Stephens, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University

Phillip Vannini, Professor of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads University, Canada