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The 17th International Conference on Small Island Cultures


Date: June 20-26, 2023

Place: Miyajima, Hiroshima, Japan

Conference Theme: Island Innovation, Resilience, and Revitalization

Hosted by: Organized by SICRI and co-hosted by the Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences (JSGS) 

Key dates

Abstracts Open: October 1st – December 15th 2022

Acceptance Notification: January 31st 2023

Panel proposal deadline: March 15th 2023

Early Bird Registration: February 10th – March 20th 2023

Late Bird Registration: March 20th – April 30th 2023

Conference Program: May 22nd 2023

Pre-conference Islands Excursion: June 20th 2023

ISIC-17 Conference: June 21st – 23rd 2023

Post-conference Art Islands Hopping: June 24th – 26th 2023

Post-conference publication options

Publication of abstracts: Accepted abstracts will be posted on the conference website and in the conference program. Published conference proceedings options will be made available. 


Post-conference peer-reviewed publication

Option 1: After peer pre-selection, papers will be considered for publication as part of the special thematic issue on “island revitalization” of Shima journal v18 n1 (April 2024) (


Option 2: After peer pre-selection, papers will be considered for publication at Springer book series Geographies of Tourism and 

Global Change ISSN 2366-5610 (

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Co-hosted by


The Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI) is an international network that facilitates communication and collaboration between researchers and cultural practitioners working with small island communities. Its principal aim is to research and assist the maintenance and development of small island cultures. 


About JSGS

The Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences (JSGS, Chiri Kagaku Gakkai) was founded in 1961 with the aim to promote research in geography and its education, and to contribute to their progress. The Society is one of the leading academic geography associations in Japan, and is supported by some 400 members. The office of the Society has been located at the Department of Geography, Hiroshima University since its foundation.

Supported by


ISIC 2023 Conference on the World Heritage island - Miyajima

ISIC 2023 Conference Cultural Events Reservation

ISIC 2023 will feature a 3-day conference as well as cultural outings on Miyajima, Japan's sacred island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Seto Inland Sea. Miyajima is one of the top three most scenic sites in Japan. This small island is located less than an hour from Hiroshima. It is most well-known for its orange Great Torii Gate - Itsukushima Shrine, which appears to float on the water during high tide. It was initially constructed in the 12th century. On the island, there are also wild deer that are accustomed to people. Japanese cultural experiences such as Japanese Tea Ceremony and local Sake Tasting are also available as additional options.

* Participants will need to book and pay for these separately at venue on-site by cash.

Make an appointment:

June 21 20:00 - 21:30

June 23 13:00 - 14:30

Japanese sake knowledge 101 and tasting session (after welcome dinner). The session is designed to be a fun, interactive activity that will give you the basic knowledge to understand and enjoy Japanese sake. During the session you will also be able to taste 5 types of local Hiroshima sake. 

2,500 JPY; Approximately 18 USD

Pay at conference registration [cash only - JPY]

Japanese tea ceremony experience (full tea ceremony, matcha and traditional sweets) on the afternoon of June 23 from 13:00 to 14:30.

At the same time, you can communicate and learn with the tea ceremony teacher in English. Not just simply drinking tea.

2,500 JPY; Approximately 18 USD

Pay at conference registration [cash only - JPY]

ISIC late registration for participation (no presentation)

  • Conference participation $100 or ¥13000 JPY

  • Conference participation for JSGS member ¥3000 JPY (no food option) 

  • Online participation (no presentation) $30 or ¥4000 JPY​ (We do not recommend this option as there is no WiFi conncetion (but only with a pocket WiFi) provided at the event venue.)


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* Please mention your full name and the payment items in "What’s this payment for?" payment page.

* If you have difficulty paying, in keeping with our academic conference tradition in Japan, we also allow payment in cash (JPY) at full rate at the conference site (Before 12:00 of June 21, 2023). However, please make sure to contact the organizer in advance by email.

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