Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos | Funchal, Madeira - 2017 | ICUA 2017
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Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2017

08-12 November 2017, Funchal, Madeira


This conference brought together researchers from across the globe to explore urban life on islands and archipelagos.


Islands are often associated with peripherality, yet even remote, sparsely populated islands host urban centres. In the case of some small islands, physical separation from the mainland and spatial limitations can encourage dense urbanisation, the transport of products and ideas, improved defence infrastructure, construction of social capital, consolidation of political power, formation of vibrant cultures, population concentration, and ultimately the development of major cities.


Fostering dialogue between the fields of island studies and urban studies, this interdisciplinary conference will feature presentations that explore and critique the varied connections between the urban and the insular from a diversity of perspectives on culture, planning, politics, architecture, economy, and environment in island cities worldwide. We welcome papers and panels focusing on individual case studies as well comparative analyses and conceptual frames.


This conference was a collaboration between Island Dynamics and the University of Madeira’s Research Centre for Regional and Local Studies. Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2017 took place in association with the III INSULA International Colloquium: Beyond Nature & Artifice.


Keynote speakers.

May Joseph (Pratt Institute)

Irene Lucília Andrade (Literary Writer, Madeira)

Teresa M. G. Jardim (Artist and Writer, Madeira)

Márcia Manir (Universidade Federal do Maranhão, Brazil)

Nancy Duxbury (CES-Universidade de Coimbra &  Simon Fraser University)

Sophia Perdikaris (City University of New York & Brooklyn College)


About Funchal, Madeira.

The Autonomous Region of Madeira is an Atlantic archipelago to the west of Morocco. Madeira is a major tourism destination, but the islands are also famous for their wine, endemic flora and fauna, and natural beauty. Although remote from the Portuguese mainland, Madeira came to serve as a key point for transatlantic transport and exchange. Even today, the International Business Centre of Madeira free trade zone means that the islands have a financial reach extending far beyond their own coasts. Funchal (population 112,000) is Madeira’s capital. Founded in 1424, this historic city possesses a wealth of cultural heritage.