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Relationality and Island Studies in the Anthropocene

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jonathan Pugh



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


The island has become arguably one of the most emblematic figures of the Anthropocene. It is regularly invoked as exemplary of the changing stakes of our planet. This generates a crucially important role for island studies’ scholars; to explore, question, but now perhaps also trouble, some fundamental debates about islands in the Anthropocene. This paper picks up a particularly recurrent theme for island scholarship in recent decades – relationality and islands – and reorientates this within the stakes of the Anthropocene; discussing some implications for island studies, island ontology and resilience ethics.

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Author(s): Pugh J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Island Studies Journal

Year: 2018

Volume: 13

Issue: 2

Pages: 93-110

Print publication date: 14/02/2018

Online publication date: 14/02/2018

Acceptance date: 14/02/2018

Date deposited: 19/02/2018

ISSN (electronic): 1715-2593

Publisher: University of Prince Edward Island


DOI: 10.24043/isj.48

Notes: This paper re-orientates the increasingly prominent relational and archipelagic turns in island studies within the new stakes of the Anthropocene. It offers a new approach to island studies foregrounding islands within vast multidimensional relations, a new island ontology and critique of dominant island ethics in the Anthropocene associated with resilience and the figure of the indigenous islander.


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