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Island Cities and Urban Archipelagos 2018
Islands, Resources, Tourism, and Society
Sustainable Development under Globalization and New Urbanization
This international, interdisciplinary conference brings together researchers from across the globe to explore the role of islands and archipelagos in our increasingly urbanized and globalized world.
Even in ancient times, humans engaged in long-
Neil Brenner speaks of a ‘planetary urbanization’ that draws the entire world into urban processes. Islands are experiencing increasing flows of inward and outward migration, as residents come and go in search of skilled or unskilled work, education, higher quality of life, or simply new experiences. Mainland cities depend on the resource-
Island destinations for mass tourism, adventure tourism, nature tourism, and cultural tourism are producing specialized tourism landscapes and built environments. As the forces of ‘development’ make themselves felt in even the most remote island communities, modern cities are constructed on the basis of mainland capital and expertise. Some resource-
This conference considers the roles and realities of islands in this age of globalization and urbanization as well as how we might envision sustainable island futures. What natural, social, political, financial, and human resources do islands contribute to global flows? Can an ecosystem services approach help us better value islands in the 21st Century, or should we seek to protect island peoples and environments from global markets? Can islands take on central roles in world systems without losing the insular characteristics that make them special? Can island cities simultaneously be global economic, political, and cultural leaders and contribute to local and global sustainability? Can small islands maintain local traditions in an age of global entertainment and cultural diffusion? Do resource-
For more information, contact conference coordinator Aki Høegh-
Godfrey Baldacchino (University of Malta)
Manulani Aluli Meyer (University of Hawaii, West Oahu)
Luisa Del Giudice (Public Folklorist)
Yue Wu (Zhejiang University)
Stephen J. Walsh (University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill)
How to make a presentation.
Presentations are welcome on any aspect of urban island studies, but we especially invite presentation on the conference theme of ‘Islands, Resources, and Society’.
Zhoushan is China’s largest coastal archipelago. The archipelago is regarded as peripheral and remote yet is just offshore from the major cities of Ningbo, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. On account of its spectacular scenery and sacred island of Putuoshan, Zhoushan has been a popular tourism destination for nature and religious tourism for centuries. Zhoushan is home to China’s largest fishery, yet the islands have also become a major innovation and shipping hub, with the Port of Ningbo-
About the conference.
Conference presentations will be held on 26-
Presenters are invited to submit papers for consideration at one the following online, open access journals: Urban Island Studies or Island Studies Journal. Because all papers are subject to peer review, publication is not guaranteed. There is no deadline for submission.
This conference is a collaboration of:
Ocean College, Zhejiang University
Department of Architecture & Planning, Zhejiang University
Zhejiang Putuo Economic Development Zone
College of Planning, Zhejiang University of Technology
Zhoushan Committee for Housing & Urban and Rural Construction
Zhejiang Academy of Marine Tourism
Adam Grydehøj (Island Dynamics) • Ruan Xiao (Ocean College)