2023 Icelandic Field Stations

Our integrated studies approach aims to enrich a transdisciplinary understanding of Icelandic culture-nature environments by engaging with conceptual, historical, and lived experiences of place. Through field studies and lectures by leading Icelandic and international scholars, place-based observations and site visits, exploring various visualization methods and literary research, examining historical records in relation to changes in landscape and climate, exchanging and building on environmental science and humanities knowledge, engaging with local communities, and discussing different multi-pillar perspectives to gain a deeper understanding of transformative issues at local, regional and global scales. Read more about Iceland on our places page, here.

Foundational Topics

  • Ecology and natural sciences (geology, biodiversity, glaciology, hydrology)
  • Climate change (glacial recession, changing landscapes)
  • Systems thinking (interconnection, complexity)
  • Socio-cultural dynamics (politics, economics, ecotourism, energy resources, and industry, comprehension of core issues and stakeholders)
  • Landscape dynamics (language of landscape, land-use history and planning, architecture and climate)
  • Communication studies (understanding of environmental records, narratives, and digital visualization techniques)
  • Environmental Arts and Humanities research (interpretation of historical records and literature, learning through creative practices)


Participants and faculty participate in daily activities, and are encouraged to develop their own agenda for inquiry within the framework set by the program team.

Each participant may develop a paper that connects to materials, concepts or experiences inspired by the IFS program. We highly encourage participants to submit these papers to considered for publication in a Special Issue of the Environmental Humanities journal, Ecocene, that IFS course leaders will guest edit.

Projects might develop from, for example: visualizations, drawings, narrative writing, recording and monitoring local conditions, analyzing ecosystemic changes, questioning representational strategies, exploring the restoration of physical and environmental spaces, examining food and energy pathways, engaging with ecocritical, arts and humanities studies, or establishing collaborative relationships with local actors.

Participants who have developed a prior proposal or agenda for inquiry in the region of study may pursue their own project during the workshop. Participants who do not have a prior project in the area may create one during the workshop, either independently or under the mentorship of faculty. This is not a mandatory requirement. Participants may engage with field station without having to develop an output if they so wish.

We welcome participants from any disciplinary background to wish to learn how multiple modes of thinking can aid in advancing an interdisciplinary understanding of place and professional practice.


Cost to Participants

A non-refundable tuition fee (US$990-US$1090) which will be payable to Wright-Ingraham Institute upon acceptance to the course. We estimate the 2023 Icelandic Field Stations’ to cost participants approximately $4200 USD in total based on shared accommodation (we will offer help organizing shared accommodations for participants).

NOTE: The Wright-Ingraham Institute and the Svartárkot Culture-Nature Project are non-profit entities. 100% of all costs associated with the program go toward producing the program. Our programs are designed for small pods or research clusters of up to 15 participants and require a minimum of 10 for the program to run.

See our Logistics and Costs page for more detailed information. Please see our FAQ page for more general info about the program.

Knowledge Sharing Policy

The IFS program encourages all participants and faculty to share knowledge freely, by allowing materials including photos, videos, presentations, publications, and other Field Stations outputs to reach a broader audience via our program websites, and by publishing via creative commons and open access agreements, rather than by proprietary means.