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Island Studies Network - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Island Exchanges, Environments, and Perceptions

Fachgebiet: Geographische Gesellschaft-Umwelt-Forschung, Regionale Geographie
Gefördert durch: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Projektleitung: , Dierksmeier, L., Schön, F.
Projektwissenschaftler: Dr. Jan Petzold, various external members

Laufzeit: 06/2021 - 12/2022

The study of islands between geographical isolation and cultural connectivity can contribute to current debates in and beyond academia. Researching islands provides insight into a long history of migrations and adaptations to climate and environmental changes, as well as the spread of ideas, technology, and epidemics. Due to their locations along transregional trade routes, island communities reveal practices of exchange, social integration, and intercultural communication. Islands can also be places where old customs, laws, or languages have been preserved. Thus, islands can be studied as both models for the future and as depositories of the past.

Given the amplitude of insight that can be obtained from studying islands, a new interdisciplinary field of “island studies” has emerged that operates in overlapping areas of traditional academic disciplines and often outside island-specific programs. This network brings together researchers from the disciplines of history, archaeology, anthropology, digital humanities, geography, literary studies, and philology to allow for a more thorough interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.

The main goals of the network are:

1. To overcome methodological challenges of interdisciplinary work on island studies,
2. to learn from the established island studies departments for institution building,
3. to serve as a multiplication platform for island research,
4. to promote early career scholars through networking with one another and with experts in the field, and
5. to generate, and publish results on the three thematic clusters:

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