USM, Pond Island, Preparations are well under way, for The 1st International Conference on Small Island States (SIS) and Sub National Island Jurisdictions (SNIJs) co-hosted by the University of St. Martin, March 11-14th, 2018. USM is happy to announce the first of four (4) keynote speakers for the four-day Conference, which is the Honourable Mrs. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, Premier of Turks and Caicos Islands. Bahamian-born Cartwright Robinson, who is an attorney at law, assumed office as the first female premier of the British Overseas Territory, on 20 December, 2016.
USM’s Dean of Academics, Mrs. Genève Phillip-Durham described the Premier’s addition to the slate of keynote speakers as “symbolic and consistent with the aim of the conference, to highlight not only small island territories that are independent but to also bring to the forefront, the dynamics and jurisdictional capacity of non-independent small island territories”. As we approach the deadline for the call for papers on October 1st, we intend to announce one keynote speaker per month, beginning in June and ending in September.
The call for papers for the Conference is now in circulation and paper, panel and poster submissions which engage critically with multiple levels of island living can be submitted for consideration by October 1st, via the conference website http://projects.upei.ca/unescochair/call-for-papers/ The co-chairs of the local organizing committee can be contacted by email at Geneve.firstname.lastname@example.org or Arjen.email@example.com for consultation on abstract submission and preparation.