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SICRI Advisory Board


Chair - Prof. Henry Johnson


Henry Johnson is a Professor at the University of Otago, Aotearoa New Zealand. He is Co-Director of the university's “Centre for Global Migrations”. His leadership roles have included: Coordinator of the Bachelor of Performing Arts (2019–2020), Associate Dean International (Division of Humanities (2014–2016), and Head of the Music Department (2006–2012). His research interests are in the anthropology of music and culture, Asian Studies, and Island Studies, and he has carried out field research in a number of locations in Europe, Asia, Australasia, and the Pacific. His books include The Koto (Hotei, 2004), Asia in the Making of New Zealand (Auckland UP, 2006; co-edited), Performing Japan (Global Oriental, 2008; co-edited), Cultural Transformations (Rodopi, 2010; co-edited), The Shamisen (Brill, 2010), The Shakuhachi (Brill, 2014), Migration, Education and Translation (Routledge, 2020; co-edited), and Nenes' Koza Dabasa(Bloomsbury, 2021). He has edited, guest edited or co-edited various journals, including Yearbook for Traditional Music, Perfect Beat, Musicology Australia, and New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies.

He studied as an undergraduate student in music at Dartington College of Arts, and then studied ethnomusicology at University of London. He holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford. His innovative research has been recognized as internationally significant with external research funding and awards from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange; Royal Society of New Zealand; European Cooperation in Science and Technology; Seikei University (Japan); and Kagoshima University (Japan). He is currently researching Chinese music in New Zealand. His publications in the field of Island Studies have appeared in various journals, including Shima, Journal of Marine and Island Cultures, Urban Island Studies, Area, and Island Studies Journal.


Some recent articles include:

“Beyond the Mainland: Okinawa, Palimpsestic Geography and Octogenarian Island Idols”, Popular Music and Society (2020): [ISSN: 0300-7766; 1740-1712]

“‘Island Drum’: Heritage and Transformation in Amami, Japan”, The Galpin Society Journal LXXII (2019): 158–159; 193–203 [ISSN 0072-0127]

“Islands of Design: Reshaping Land, Sea and Space”, Area (2018): 1–7 [ISSN 1475-4762]  

“North Meets South: Eisā and the Wrapping of Identity on Okinoerabu Island, Japan” (co-authored with Sueo Kuwahara), Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures 11 (2) (2017): 38–55 [ISSN 1834-6057]  

“Triangulations: Musicalized Drama, Folklore and Identity Construction in Nakae Yūji’s A Midsummer’s Okinawan Dream, Perfect Beat 18 (1) (2017): 7–28 [ISSN 1038-2909]  



Dr Helen Dawson


Helen Dawson is a Mediterranean archaeologist specializing in Comparative Island Archaeology and engaging with issues from the past that are relevant to contemporary island communities, particularly migration, globalization, and climate change. This entails an exploration of colonisation and abandonment processes, cultural interactions, networks and mobility, islander identities and sense of place, through a study of material culture and landscape. After leaving her native Sicily to study Mediterranean prehistory at Cambridge (MPhil 2000) and University College London (PhD 2005), she worked as a contract archaeologist in the UK and was affiliated to research projects in Sicily, the Cyclades (Greece), and Morocco. In 2013 she joined the Topoi Excellence Cluster of the Freie Universität Berlin as a Marie Curie – COFUND Research Fellow (2013-2015) and as a Gerda Henkel scholar (2015-2019). She is currently an affiliated research fellow at the Freie Universität and an adjunct professor at the University of Bologna. Since 2007, she has been a member of the editorial board of Shima. As of 2020, she is working with Sean Dettman (JICAS) to set up a new MA course in Island History and Archaeology, which will launch in Jersey in 2022. 


Selected publications:

Network science and island archaeology: advancing the debate. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology (published online ahead of print, 2020)

As good as it gets? “Optimal” marginality in the Longue Durée of the Mediterranean islands. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies 7(4), 2019: 451-465

Island Archaeology” (2019) in C. Smith (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology 

Introduction - Submergence: A special issue on Atlantis and related mythologies (with Phil Hayward), Shima 10(2) (2016) 1-9.

Mediterranean Voyages. The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment. Institute of Archaeology Series. Walnut Creek (CA): Left Coast Press/Routledge, 2014. 

Archaeology, Aquapelagos and Island Studies. Shima 6(1), (2012): 17-21. 

Archaeological approaches to the cultural construction of islands. Shima 4(1), (2010): 1-2 (special issue co-edited with Reuben Grima, Aleks Pluskowski, and Krish Seetah)  

Caption: Oyster and wine tasting on Ile TatihouISIC 14, 2018 


Dr Solène Prince


Solène Prince will soon complete her postdoctoral research project, which was funded by Linnaeus University in Kalmar, Sweden. She is also an affiliated researcher at the European Research Institute (ETOUR). She obtained her PhD in tourism studies from Mid-Sweden University, (Östersund, Sweden) in 2017 during which she explored the livelihoods of community stakeholders involved in rural and alternative tourism. Her research and personal interest in islands and nordic places have taken her to an eco-village in rural Iceland and on the craft-art capital Bornholm in Denmark. She has published extensively in tourism journals on topics such as volunteer tourism, cultural landscapes, non-representational theory and sustainability. Over time, her interest in researching the lives of people involved in the formation of toured spaces has extended to the rural island of Öland in Sweden (close to Kalmar) and to the subantarctic archipelago of the Kerguelen Islands. Her postdoctoral research project is about the experiences of Swedish-Americans seeking their ancestral roots in Sweden and is featured in Annals of Tourism Research and Scandinavian Journal of Tourism and Hospitality. She has a master’s of science in sustainable development from Uppsala University, Sweden.


Selected publications:

Science and culture in the Kerguelen Islands: A relational approach to the spatial formation of a subantarctic archipelago. Island Studies Journal, 13(2), (2018), 129-144.

Dwelling in the tourist landscape: Embodiment and everyday life amongst the craft-artists of Bornholm. Tourist Studies, 18(1), (2018), 63-82.

Rural authenticity and agency on a cold-water island: Perspectives of contemporary craft-artists on Bornholm, Denmark. Shima – The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 11(1), (2017), 1-20.

Peng, G., Prince, S., & Strzelecka, M. (2020). Neolocalism and social sustainability: The case of Öland’s harvest festival, Sweden. In L.J. Ingram, S. Slocum & C.T. Cavaliere (Eds.), Neolocalism and tourism: Understanding a global movement(pp.164-184). Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers.

Clay, glass and everyday life: Craft-artists’ embodiment in the tourist landscape. In C. Palmer & H. Andrews (Eds.), Tourism and embodiment (pp.172-186), (2020), London: Routledge.


Caption: After a hike on Île Bonaventure, Québec on a sunny day (2019).


Dr Meghan Forsyth


Meghan Forsyth is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Acting Director of the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place (MMaP) at Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Her research examines music and dance traditions of the francophone North Atlantic, with particular focus on the Acadian diaspora, creativity, and secular pilgrimage. Since 2015, she has been engaged in collaborative research and publicly-engaged scholarship related to the songs and stories of woods work in Newfoundland and Labrador. She also works on a variety of applied ethnomusicology projects, ranging from digital archives and CDs to exhibits and public programming.


Meghan has published articles in MUSICultures, Journal of the Society for American Music, Island Magazine, and SHIMA: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, and has a chapter on improvisation in les Îles-de-la-Madeleine in Contemporary Musical Expressions and Cultural Resonances in Canada (2020). She is co-author, with Ursula A. Kelly, of The Music of Our Burnished Axes: Songs and Stories of the Woods Workers of Newfoundland and Labrador (2018), and co-producer of a traveling, multimedia exhibit and forthcoming website on the cultural legacies of Newfoundland and Labrador’s overseas forestry units of the First and Second World Wars. Meghan is producer of an award-winning multimedia exhibit and website on Acadian dance traditions on Prince Edward Island (Canada), as well as producer of and contributor to various media projects published by the MMaP Research Centre.


Meghan holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto and was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from Memorial University. Her research has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Memorial University, the Association of Sound Recording Collections, the Helen Creighton Folklore Society, and the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation.


Dr Glenda Tibe Bonifacio


Glenda Tibe Bonifacio is a natural-born Filipino who lives in Canada. In response to the massive destruction brought by super typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, she co-founded ReadWorld Foundation in 2014 to support schools affected by disasters rebuild library resources. In 2016,  Glenda co-founded SNAC+ (Support Network for Academics of Colour+) to promote racial justice and equity on campus. From 1991 to 2000, she was an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of the Philippines Visayas at Tacloban College. She completed her Ph.D. at the School of History and Politics, University of Wollongong in Australia. Glenda is a full professor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Her current research projects focus on the experiences of Filipinos during the COVID-19 pandemic  in Alberta and Hiroshima funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and gender equality and foreign aid in post-disaster communities in the Philippines funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC, Canada). She serves as one of the editors of the new periodic section on genders, sexualities, and feminisms of the Island Studies Journal.



Selected publications:

Author, Pinay on the Prairies: Filipino Women and transnational Identities (UBC Press, 2013)


Editor, Global Youth Migration and Gendered Modalities (Policy Press, 2019)


Editor, Global Currents in Gender and Feminisms: Canadian and International  Perspectives (Emerald Press, 2018)


Editor, Gender and Rural Migration: Realities, Conflict, and Change (Routledge, 2014)


Editor, Feminism and Migration: Cross-cultural Engagements (Springer, 2012)


Dr Sean Dettman

Sean was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois and studied History and Literature at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (B.A.) before undertaking his postgraduate work at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London. 


Sean has been involved in establishing JICAS (Jersey International Center of Advanced Studies) from the very early stages and was appointed director in 2018. He also serves as the programme coordinator for the MSc Island Biodiversity and Conservation. In addition to his position with JICAS, Sean lectures at University College Jersey. His main research interests are 20th Century US social history and 20th Century Anglo-American political and social history.

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