Island Studies News | January 2023

Island Studies News | January 2023

A note from the editor:
Hello and welcome to the January issue of Island Studies News.
2023 is here! It's a new year full of possibilities.

UPEI has a new Island Studies scholar in our midst! Say hello to Dr. Nick Mercer! Nick has joined the UPEI faculty as a professor of both Island Studies and Environmental Studies. To hear more about him and his work, check our Island Studies at UPEI section, and attend his Island Lecture on the 24th.
While you're perusing that section, look into Yarns and Yarns; a webinar series featuring knitting and storytelling across the North.

Looking for something else to watch? Lucky for you we've recently digitized the Island Studies Documentary Like the Back of My Hand, a journal of PEI naturalist Geoff Hogan. You can find it, and other recordings, on our Youtube channel. If you're on the go, the hidden island and Island Conversations podcasts both have new episodes for you to take with you.

Please remember that, if you want to participate in the Turning the Tide conference, abstract submissions close at the end of this month! By the time you see me in your inbox again it might be too late...

I hope you all have a happy and healthy 2023!

      - Megan Lane
Bright Spot: "Slow Checkouts" Provide Opportunity for Connection

Jumbo, the Dutch supermarket chain, recently introduced slow checkouts when it discovered some people enjoy chatting while paying for their goods. The added personal touch is helping many people, especially the elderly, deal with loneliness. The move has proven so successful that Jumbo plans to install what it calls Kletskassas in 200 stores.

Latest from Island Studies at UPEI

Towards Energy Sovereignty on Labrador’s Remote Island of Ponds | Island Lecture Series
January 24th, 7pm

Faculty Lounge SDU Main Building, UPEI

Newfoundland and Labrador is a global leader in the development of renewable energy. However, the electricity-generation mix differs dramatically in remote and Indigenous communities throughout the province, which remain almost exclusively reliant on diesel fuel, resulting in numerous energy inequities. While sustainable energies are often promoted for these isolated villages, emerging research demonstrates detrimental socio-economic and livelihood implications which emerge when development is led by outsiders or corporate interests. The presentation will focus on an 8+ year community-based research partnership between Dr. Nick Mercer and the NunatuKavut Inuit community of Black Tickle, located on the subarctic tundra Island of Ponds, in southern Labrador. The research focuses on identifying and addressing community needs, integrating local knowledge and sustainability values, and mobilizing community-led initiatives to enhance island energy resilience.
Welcome, Nick!
Dr. Nick Mercer is a recently appointed professor within UPEI’s Master of Island Studies [Sustainable Islands Specialization] and Environmental Studies programs.

Prior to joining the UPEI community, Dr. Mercer held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship within Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies. In this role, Dr. Mercer studied questions of energy justice in isolated northern communities, examining how [or if] communities have participated in energy-related decision-making, and how [or if] communities have benefitted from development.

Dr. Mercer has a long research relationship with remote and island communities, having conducted almost a decade of partnership research with the Island of Ponds in Labrador, on issues ranging from participatory energy planning, to water security, to gendered dimensions of resource access. Dr. Mercer serves as one of eight appointees to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Net Zero Advisory Committee and is a vocal advocate for community-led clean energy policy and practice.

Welcome to UPEI, Nick! We are happy to have you!
CoDel Awarded Best Blogpost in 2022 by the Regional Studies Association

Thomas Fisher and Theona Morrison of The Community Development Lens, an organization that seeks to shine a lens to redefine islands and rural communities in Scotland and beyond, were awarded "Best Blogpost of 2022" for their post "How remote communities turned the challenges of peripherality to their advantage during COVID-19".

This blog post was based in part on our IIS Report "Economic Impacts and Future Pathways: COVID-19 in Atlantic Canada" written by Marlene Chapman, Laurie Brinklow, and Alyssa Gillespie. 
Yarns and Yarns: a webinar series featuring knitting and storytelling from across the North

Island Studies at UPEI is part of the newly created Thematic Network on Northern and Arctic Island Studies Research, one of the thematic networks of the University of the Arctic. Led by Drs. Andrew Jennings (University of the Highlands and Islands) and Laurie Brinklow (UPEI), the thematic network (so far!) consists of members from Memorial University (Newfoundland and Labrador), Holar University (Iceland), TalTech Kuressaare (Saaremaa, Estonia), the Icelandic Tourism Research Institute (Akureyri, Iceland) and Universities of the Faroe Islands, Uppsala (Sweden), Northern British Columbia, and Greenland. The objective is to look at Northern and Arctic islands through the interdisciplinary lens of Island Studies and focus on issues such as island-appropriate economic development, tourism, peripherality, sustainability and climate change, and island cultures and histories, among others. Our goal is to work closely with island and Indigenous communities throughout the North.

We are now undertaking our first project for the New Year: a series of webinars called "Yarns and Yarns," featuring knitting and storytelling from across the North. If you and your knitting group are interested in hosting an installment of Yarns & Yarns, please contact Laurie or Andrew. Stay tuned on our social media pages and in future newsletters for details!
If anyone is interested in learning more about the Network, check out Andrew's video describing our work! And if you'd like to join, please reach out to Andrew or Laurie.

Visit the webpage for more information 
Island Studies Documentary Like the Back of My Hand Now available on Youtube

Geoffrey Hogan was a well-respected naturalist and authority on PEI’s vegetation and wildlife, who resided in Springvale, PEI until his untimely death in 1992. His popular courses and nature tours, and his book Familiar Birds of Prince Edward Island, have profoundly influenced many people. Geoff had nurtured his property in Springvale into a gardener’s paradise which attracted birds and wildlife all year round. He had a profound awe for the natural beauty of the Island, and in his journals he wrote about what he saw out his kitchen window: how one season flowed into the other, how the birds, animals and plants shared this special place he called home, especially his garden which he said he knew “like the back of my hand.” The Institute of Island Studies at UPEI developed this delightful video from the journals and photos of Geoff Hogan. For lovers of nature and particularly gardeners, it will help will help illustrate the perennial passion that Islanders maintain for their landscapes, seascapes, farmland, woodland, and flora and fauna.

Watch Like the Back of My Hand: Journal of a Prince Edward Island Naturalist Geoff Hogan (1953-1992) on our Youtube channel now

IIS Executive Committee

Get to know the people behind the Institute of Island Studies at UPEI!

Dr. Jean Mitchell
Jean Mitchell is an associate professor of Anthropology and UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability at UPEI. In the role of UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability, Dr. Mitchell will take a broad perspective on small islands’ sustainability across the intersecting socio-economic, cultural, aesthetic, and environmental domains. She has been working in Vanuatu for over 20 years and has also conducted research in Kiribati and Solomon Islands. In Vanuatu, she started the Young People’s Project at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre. Her research interests include post-colonialism, youth, gender, health, migration, and the environment. She has, together with Vanuatu Cultural Centre, been working on a project on local knowledge, youth, and the ecologies of gardens in Tanna and Erromango. Over the past year she has researched the effects of extreme weather and climate change in southern Vanuatu. She has also edited and  co-edited several volumes of essays on L.M. Montgomery and has been researching the Presbyterian Missionary history that connects Vanuatu and Prince Edward Island.  
To learn more about the governance of the IIS, visit

Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) Students & Alumni

For the second year in a row, students (and guests) in Drs. Carla DiGiorgio and Laurie Brinklow's fall semester classes celebrated the end of the semester with a potluck supper. It was an  international feast with over 10 countries and their cuisines represented. Hats off to the chefs; thanks to Padmini for the photos; and a huge thanks to Dr. Carla for hosting! Looking forward to making this an annual tradition.
If you’re part of the fast-growing group of MAIS Alumni, we’d love to hear what you’re up to! Please send a note to

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program, visit

We are now accepting applications for September 2023!

PEI Community Announcements 

New Survey from Tourism PEI

Tourism PEI would like to invite you to participate in a winter travel and tourism survey. This survey will help us gain a better understanding of how you plan overnight, out-of-town pleasure, vacation or holiday trips during the winter season between December and March. Your participation is important and will help inform tourism-related policy, marketing, product development, and investment decisions on Prince Edward Island.
The survey should only take approximately 15 minutes to complete and as a thank you for your time, you’ll be entered into a draw for a chance to win one of five cash prizes, each worth $300!
Take the survey

Please be assured that this is a legitimate research study and note that Tourism PEI is conducting this survey. Your participation is strictly voluntary, no negative consequences will be incurred if you choose not to participate, and you can opt-out at any time.
Please be assured that all answers are kept strictly confidential. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Tourism PEI at

Thank you for your participation in this important survey.

News From Other Islands 

Icelandic Whiskey Producer Plans to Increase Production a Hundredfold

The operations of the Icelandic whiskey producer Eimverk are going on as in history. The company is unable to meet demand and find buyers for all the whiskey before the drink is tapped from the barrels.

Massive Plastic Pollution in Eldey, Iceland

A mission was carried out in Eldey with a Coast Guard helicopter on December 6. The participants were Svenja Aughage from the Natural History Institute of Iceland, Sveinbjörn Steinþórsson from the University of Iceland, Julie Kermarec and Dagur Jónsson from the Environment Agency and Sindri Gíslason, director of the Southwest Natural History Institute.

New Testimony in Greenland's Birth Control Scandal

Thousands of women in Greenland, including some as young as 12, had a contraceptive device implanted in their womb - often without consent - as part of a Danish campaign to control Greenland's growing Inuit population in the 60s and 70s. The Danish government has announced an independent investigation into this so-called "Coil Campaign". But the BBC has gathered accounts from women about recent involuntary contraception, amid growing calls for the investigation to go further.

Upcoming Island-centric Events 

Education in the British Overseas Territories: Policy and Practice

January 25th  2023, 13:00 – 14:30 GMT

This event is part of the School of Education's Bristol Conversations in Education research seminar series. These seminars are free and open to the public.

Hosted by the Education in Small States Research Group (ESSRG) Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education (CIRE)

Chair: Peter Clegg (Professor in Politics and International Relations, and Head of the School of Social Sciences, UWE Bristol)


There are 14 British Overseas Territories scattered across the globe. Britain has ultimate political and constitutional responsibility, but the Territories have significant autonomy of action, including in the area of education. The seminar brings together three speakers with an intimate knowledge of education policy and practice in their respective territories. The seminar will cover issues such as educational policy-making in very small territories, funding and staffing, the nature of the curriculum, and links with external educational providers.

Up Helly Aa
Tuesday 31st January 2023

Up Helly Aa takes place in Lerwick, Shetland, on the last Tuesday in January every year. Up Helly Aa day involves a series of marches and visitations, culminating in a torch-lit procession and the burning of a Viking Long Ship.

Learn more about this year's Up Helly Aa...

Scottish Island Futures 2050 and Beyond

Scottish Island Futures - 2050 and Beyond content

Scottish Island Futures - 2050 and Beyond

Four Workshops in 2023 Exploring the Future of the Scottish Islands

With the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 and the current £100 million Islands Growth Deal, Scottish society is becoming more aware of the importance of the Scottish islands. However, what future awaits them? Four themed workshops will research potential futures, exploring their demographic challenges, their large-scale renewable power generation projects, space centres, rich cultural heritages, and creative industries. The workshops will involve expert island researchers from Scotland, Ireland, and members of the UArctic Thematic Network Arctic and Northern Islands Research from the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Canada and Finland. The experts will engage with islanders during the workshops, conference and on the Institute for Northern Studies UHI website.

The experts will discuss the topics together in the mornings and in the afternoons the sessions will be streamed.

The following core questions will be addressed:

  1. How will vibrant, successful island populations be maintained into the future?
  2. What level of autonomy will best serve the island communities going forward?
  3. How can the islanders best engage with the changing environment?
  4. How can islands become sustainable, and how can large-scale developments be absorbed by small island communities?
  5. What role will island cultures and languages have in future scenarios?

The four workshops will be as follows:

  • The Future of Core Periphery Relationships 3 February 2023

This workshop will be held in Shetland and will focus on island governance. Participants will explore relationships between islands and their metropoles i.e. Edinburgh and London. Are there better models of governance? Is island autonomy a goal to be strived for

  • Speaking of the Future – the Role of Language, Culture and Heritage 3 March 2023

This workshop will be held in the Outer Hebrides and will examine the role of the indigenous culture and languages in supporting vibrant communities. Is there a future for Gaelic and the Northern Isles dialects?

  • Future Sustainable Communities – exploring the scope and scale of island development 21 April 2023

This workshop will be held in Orkney and will examine the optimum level of development for islands. Ought they to be industrialised, or should the focus be on small scale development, such as support for the creative industries?

  • Networking for the Future – islands doing it for themselves 12 May 2023

This online workshop will focus on inter-island discourse, and the creation of island focussed networks. Island communities can establish links with each other, without involving the centre. What will be the future for islands if this trend continues?

The workshops are intended to have a direct impact on Scottish island communities, bolstering islander agency, supporting islanders to make informed decisions and to maximise their potential, while minimising the effects of future threats, and helping them to chart a course to a sustainable, vibrant future. They are also intended to have an impact on policy makers and informing local and National Government policies.

Links to the workshops will be released soon.

Global Britain, contested spaces, and the UK Overseas Territories

Online, March 9th 09:30 – March 10th 2023, 15:30 GMT

Since the decision of the UK to leave the EU, the UK Government has established and promoted the idea of ‘Global Britain’. Perhaps the clearest, but still largely unrecognised, manifestations of Global Britain are the UK’s Overseas Territories. They are scattered across the globe, and include thousands of small islands, vast areas of ocean, but also, in Antarctica, land six times the size of the UK. The territories provide the UK with significant global reach. However, the UK’s sovereignty over several of the territories is contested. This hybrid workshop brings together these two strands to consider how the UKOTs can support and enhance Global Britain, but also how the UK can best mitigate international tensions to effectively secure its global brand. The workshop takes place over two days and involves several keynote presentations and a range of plenary and smaller group discussions considering issues such as political and constitutional relations, social policy, security, the economy, and the environment. Chatham House rule will apply.


Recent Webinar & Event Recordings

Enshrined: Island Tourism and the Confederation Story with Dr. Ed MacDonald
Recorded November 15th, 2022 as part of our Island Lecture Series

**Due to technical difficulties, the video was cut off at 40 minutes. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.**

For over a century, the three staple constants in Prince Edward Island tourism have been our pastoral landscape, Anne of Green Gables, and the Island's claim as the "Birthplace of Confederation." But becoming the "Cradle of Confederation" was not as easy as it sounds, and the story of how Island tourism promoters recognized the tourism potential of that claim, then gradually convinced Canadians that it was both true and important presents a fascinating case study of "site sacralization" and branding in Canada's Garden Province. For this lecture, Dr. Ed MacDonald will draw upon research conducted by him and his co-author, Dr. Alan MacEachern, for their new book, The Summer Trade: A History of Tourism on Prince Edward Island.

Watch now...

Recent Podcast Recordings

the hidden island
Season 3, Episode 4: PEI’s Black history, present and future

In episode four, Tamara Steele, Executive Director with the Black Cultural Society of PEI, is hosting a panel with Aaron Sardinha and Debbie Langston. Listen to them chat about Black history on the Island, as well as an education initiative Aaron and Debbie are spearheading: The Black Women’s History Project.

Features: Tamara Steele, Aaron Sardinha, and Debbie Langston.  

Listen now

Island Conversations
Adam Grydehøj - Island Conversations

The aim of these podcasts is to highlight the work of island studies scholars and practitioners who make a significant contribution to islands’ research, arts, and culture landscape.

The podcasts are accompanied by a curated transcript that is edited to read as an independent piece.

Listen now

Do you have a new book, journal article, blog post, interview, podcast, video, or other publication to share?
Let us know so we can share your news with the community!

Recent Publications

As always, this is by no means an exhaustive list. If there's something that you think we've missed, or if you have any forthcoming publications that we should be aware of, please let us know!

2022 report of the World Island Networks

SMILO has been identifying island networks and organisations around the globe that help protect the environment or cultural heritage of islands, to start answering the need to know who does what and where.  

Since SMILO's last intermediary report in 2021: 

  • More than 40 new responses were submitted 
  • Missing information was identified: size of island organisations and networks (budget ranges, number of employees, etc.), type of funding, and detailed strategic objectives ranked by priority

The 2022 reports as well as additional information is available on SMILO's website 

Islandness of the Mind: The Study of Islanders
Ilan Kelman Ph.D.  (Psychology Today)

Islands are mysterious, romantic, dazzling, exquisite, paradisical, and inspiring. Or, at least, the myths claim this. Otherwise, they are isolated, tranquil, insular, marginalized, small, and remote. And, allegedly, islanders live in a laboratory to be studied as others.

Yet John Donne informed us in 1624, using the modern English version, “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” Similarly, no island is a person entire of itself; every island is a piece of the world, a part of the main.

Every human being is an individual and is part of the collective of humanity. We function in isolation and we function in togetherness. Too much solitude or too much collectiveness impacts our mental health, making solitary confinement a punishment as much as groupthink and peer pressure.


Reading and Mapping the Worldviews of Island States through National Anthems: Celebrating Deity, Identity, Landscapes and Unity
Abstract: National anthems, along with the national flag, stamps and monuments, are important features of a state’s identity. The lyrics and music instill patriotism and nationalism on holidays, at sporting events, and in children at school. This study examines the lyrics of 42 Caribbean, Pacific, African, Asian and European island state anthems to identify patterns and themes. While word frequencies differ between the regions, dominant themes reflect unity, hope, a spiritual/divine heritage, home and homeland, and pleasant environmental settings. Themes reflecting times of strife, struggles and conflict are also evident.


Latest Journal Issues:

Marine Policy
Island Studies Journal
Volume 17,  No. 2

Scholarly Papers

See More!


Aquatic Mythologies and Monstrosities:

Okinawan Journal of Island Studies (OJIS ) 
Vol.3 Number 2 (March 2022)
Special Issue on Resilience & Vitality

PART II: Overcoming the Past

Small States and Territories

Vol. 5, No. 2, November 2022

Anthropological Forum,
Volume 32, Issue 1 (2022)
Revisiting Ideas of Power in Southeast Asia,
Guest Editor: Hjorleifur Jonsson

Calls for Papers and Submissions

Turning the Tide: Climate Change, Social Change, and Islandness – The Second International Conference on Small Island States and Sub-national Island Jurisdictions.

[Submissions close January 31st, 2023]

Islands are at the front lines of climate change. With close proximity to the oceans, they are often the first to experience land loss due to sea-level rise and erosion, the often catastrophic effects of extreme weather events, and the life-changing effects of changes in seasonality and temperature change on land and in the ocean. 

But what of social change on islands brought about by climate change? How are the effects of climate change impacting on islandness?

This transdisciplinary conference sets out to explore the theme of climate change and social change on islands through various sub-themes listed below.

  • Food sovereignty
  • Ocean health: ecosystem functionality (terrestrial, ocean, and the ecotone)
  • Diverse knowledges
  • Health and well-being
  • Material culture: lived experiences of the everyday
  • Climate and social justice
  • Methods: contextualising in context
  • Changing livelihoods
  • Gender and intergenerational framing

We want to share stories. We encourage academic papers, panels, roundtables, and non-traditional presentations (e.g., storytelling, interactive sessions, creative) from all disciplines, and we welcome submissions that look at the dynamics of climate change and social change on a case-by-case, island-by-island, or regional basis. All disciplinary perspectives are welcomed, but they must engage with notions of the lived experience of islandness. We are also keen to engage with presentations that adopt a more comparative framework or methodology in their critical analysis.


Abstracts of around 150 words each are invited on any of the above themes. These should be accompanied by the full name and institutional affiliation of the author/s.


History Speaks: Silenced Narratives & Social Change History Across the Disciplines Conference 2023

The Dalhousie Graduate History Society is delighted to present the 24th annual History Across the Disciplines Conference. It will be held in-person on March 24th-25th, 2023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Dalhousie University, located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. This year’s theme is “History Speaks: Silenced Narratives & Social Change.”

The conference aims to promote interdisciplinary discussion using History as a bridge. We welcome all scholarship that seeks to rethink, challenge, and complicate dominant narratives by exploring and giving space to marginalized voices. Please feel free to interpret the theme as you wish.

We invite graduate students from any disciplines to submit a 300-word abstract and a short personal biography to the conference committee no later than 11:59pm AST on Friday, February 11th, 2023. We also encourage a brief outline of how your work pertains to the theme. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks. The best paper presented at this conference, as decided by a panel of graduate students and faculty members, will win the John Flint Prize (a $250 honorarium). To be considered for this prize, applicants must provide the conference committee with their final paper by Monday, February 28th, 2023. Presentations may be up to twenty minutes in length and will be held in English.

Following the keynote speaker Friday evening and the panel discussion on Saturday, presenters are invited to experience local Halifax culture with us in an informal setting. Details to follow.

For more information, please feel free to contact the conference committee, at We look forward to reviewing your abstracts!

Deadline: 30 April 2023

The Research Centre for Literary Tourism (TULE), based at the University for Foreigners of Perugia (Italy), welcomes proposals for the upcoming E-Dictionary of Literary Tourism.

This dictionary will aggregate texts on concepts, authors, places, products and experiences associated with literary touring and will be available online for all who wish to learn about this expanding tourism niche.

The list below shows the already assigned dictionary entries. Therefore, please, suggest other relevant entries (e.g., case studies of literary festivals, literary places, literary hotels and literary cities, among other concepts of tourism and literature studies).
Literary tourism; literary tourist; literary place; literary geography; literary tourism product; literary museums; museums of national literature; writers’ home museums; literary museums in Switzerland; museum at Palazzo Alfieri in Asti; authenticity & literary tourism literary; trails/itineraries; literary cafés; literary parks; literary hotels; literary heritage & tourism; literary tourism and remembrance; literary tourism motivations; literary tourism & sustainability; dark literary tourism; literary tourism as media-induced tourism; literary tourism in Naples; literary tourism in Capri; literary tourism in Provence; travel writing; tourist literature; literary author; UNESCO Cities of Literature; the spatial turn; literary tours; the Grand Tour; the romantic movement & literary tourism; Marcel Proust’s literary places; literature, pilgrimage and religious tourism; Edmondo de Amicis; Giacomo Leopardi; Vittorio Alfieri.

Submission guidelines: Language: English
Please submit a 100-word-topic proposal, in English, to:
Deadline: 30 April 2023
After the proposal acceptance, TULE will invite the submission of the complete dictionary entry (1500 words) by 31 July 2023 (the guidelines will be later provided).

View the PDF...

Special Section for Small States and Territories

The Epoch of Queen Elizabeth II: Continuity and Rupture in Small States and Territories

It is the aim of this special section in the SST 6(2), November 2023 issue of Small States & Territories to provide a critical and wide-ranging assessment of the influence, both directly and indirectly, on small states and territories of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

It is an opportune time to evaluate how small states and territories embraced, rejected and appropriated the role of the monarchy in different contexts over time. It is also a moment for reflection on the Queen’s legacy and what the future might hold for the Commonwealth, the 14 countries that retain the Monarch as the head of state and the position of the UK Overseas Territories, which remain strongly linked to the constitutional powers and symbolism of the Crown.

The special issue welcomes contributions from across disciplines (history, political science; international relations; anthropology sociology; geography; constitutional/legal studies; public administration; visual cultures etc.). Contributions can consider historical or contemporary is-sues across the Commonwealth, within particular small countries and territories, or cross-cut-ting themes such as memorialisation, constitutional change, social policy, human rights, na-ture of ‘Britishness’, and pageantry. The only required common denominator is the role and influence (or lack thereof) of Queen Elizabeth II and the Monarchy more generally.

We would like to offer a cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary and global assessment of these issues, at a time when the future of the Commonwealth and the Monarchy, within the prism of small states and territories, is at a critical juncture.

Manuscripts will be accepted up to the end of July 2023 and should be sent to: All submissions need to be according to the journal style (

If you have any questions prior to submission please contact one of the co-editors: Sarah Gray: Peter Clegg:

Ongoing calls:

Arts and Media

The Planet is Your Canvas
January 16th, 2023

OzonAction wants to promote the contribution of the Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment to fight the accelerated climate change, as well as to make visible and promote creative people from Latin America and the Caribbean, who work in areas such as digital illustration, drawing and painting, photography, and video.

About the art contest

This first edition will focus on highlighting the importance of the Montreal Protocol in reducing ozone-depleting substances and the impact of the Kigali Amendment on the reduction of greenhouse gases, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).


    Prepare your artwork and submit it using the application form. Take into account the information resources and remember to fill out all the fields.
    The OzonAction Evaluation Committee will review the requirements and the artworks received.
  3.  JURY VOTE (JANUARY 23 TO JANUARY 27, 2023)
    The jury, composed of artists and members of the United Nations System, will select 20 pieces of artwork; 5 per category. The jury vote will have a weight of 80%.
    Everyone in Latin America and the Caribbean will be able to vote for her/his favorite artwork. The public vote will have a weight of 20%.
    The four winners will be announced in February and the award ceremony will be held in Panama City, Panama.

The meeting be held in March 2023, where they will have the opportunity to exhibit their works of art to the National Ozone Officers of each country in the region.

Learn more...

While you're here, why not check out the Creative Well-being Initiative's Artist Survey or send it to an artist you know?

This survey aims to gauge the prevalence of mental health concerns among artists and arts workers based in Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island). As a result of this survey we will hopefully begin to determine what should be implemented to best support the mental health of artists. The survey will be anonymous, but the findings (including text based answers) may be shared publicly. The results of this survey will directly impact the draft strategic plan being created through The Creative Well-Being Initiative.

Join our interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Island Studies (MAIS) program! You can now apply for September 2023! 

Application deadline (2023 Fall term): July 1st, 2023.

This program accepts students from all disciplinary backgrounds; all that we ask is that you have a passion for islands!

In addition to the long-running Thesis program, there are three course/work-study stream options: Island Tourism, Sustainable Island Communities, and International Relations & Island Public Policy.
Learn More
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We would be delighted to share it with our global island studies network!
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