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“Future Perspectives for Island Society: Sustainability and Self-Management”

Date: November 17-21, 2017

Venue: Researcher Exchange Facility, 50th Anniversary Memorial Hall,

University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

Hosted by Unversity of the Ryukyus

Organized by International Institute for Okinawan Studies(IIOS)

Suggested sub-themes:

* Island Economy and Its Sustainability

* Relationship with Externalities: “Mainlands,” “Great Powers,” and Other Islands

* Islanders and the Power of Local Communities

* Diversity in Island Perspective: Culture, Nature, Language, Gender, and Society

* Other Subjects Related to Islands

It is our great pleasure to announce that the RETI 2017 Symposium will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 17th and 18th, hosted by the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan. The Autumn School for graduate students will subsequently be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 20th and 21st. The theme of the 2017 symposium is “Future Perspectives for Island Society: Sustainability and Self-Management,” including several suggested sub-themes, to cover a wide range of topics regarding issues on “islands.” We expect that both researchers and graduate students who are already conducting research in the field of island studies or who have recently been having academic interests in “islands” will have opportunities to share research outcomes and discuss the issues related to “islands.” “RETI 2017 Okinawa Symposium” will be the first RETI conference to be held in Asia. We would like to encourage many researchers and students from both RETI- and non-RETI- member universities all over the world to participate in the symposium in Okinawa.

About RETI (Réseau d’Excellence des Territoires Insulaires)

In July 2010, at the initiative of the University of Corsica Pasquale Paoli, 19 island universities from all over the world came together to create a common environment for academic and scientific work from islands on the subject of island status. At present, 27 universities have joined RETI and the University of the Ryukyus is the only member university in Asia.


List of RETI Member Universities










Symposium: Nov. 17 (Fri)・18 (Sat)

Excursion: Nov. 19 (Sun)

Autumn School: Nov. 20 (Mon)・21 (Tue)

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R.S.V.P required

Early Registration Closes on Friday, September 15, 2017

Late Registration starts on Saturday, September 16, 2017

Student Support Programmes To encourage students to participate in RETI 2017, we are pleased to announce that student support programmes:

-Student Registration Fee Waivers (For all students)

-Accommodation Support for International Students (For students at RETI member university only)


Call for Proposals

RETI 2017 in Okinawa calls for the proposals of the panels and individual presentations.

Deadline for proposal submission: October 6,  2017

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Accommodation and Shuttle Bus Information

✧ We have secured a limited number of hotel rooms to make your trip to Okinawa, Japan affordable. ✧ Free shuttle bus services between downtown Naha and University of the Ryukyus will be provided for RETI 2017 participants during the event. Detailed information will be announced soon .  

Shuttle Bus Information ( Update Nov. 14 )

Directions / Campus Maps

Directions / Campus Maps  

Getting to Okinawa

Here is some useful information to help in planning your trip to Okinawa.  

General Information


Contact Information 】

International Collaboration Section, General Strategic Planning Division, University of the Ryukyus