• Panorama Rouen 1431
    created by Yadegar Asisi in 2016
    photo © asisi

Panoramas as Memory of the World


The 33rd International Panorama Council Conference

hosted by the

Laboratory for Experimental Museology

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)

Lausanne, Switzerland | October 02–06, 2024




The International Panorama Council and the EPFL Laboratory for Experimental Museology formally invites scholars, artists, panorama/diorama enthusiasts and panorama/diorama practitioners to submit proposals for presentations that explore the theme of “Panoramas as Memory of the World.” Panoramas, in their various forms, seek to create an immersive experience by transporting visitors into another space. They commemorate events or celebrate memorable landscapes. Through their installations in staged ecosystems and their tailored mechanisms of illusion, they also create memories. The pioneering role of panoramas as the first immersive media in the nineteenth century can be assessed in the light of technological developments, from mechanical analog back then to computer-assisted digital today. By exploring painted panoramas from a media archaeology perspective, we gain a richer understanding of the historical trajectories of media technologies, aesthetics, and cultural practices, many of which continue to influence our media landscape today. We are also able to establish the basis for UNESCO Memory of the World listing by examining these pertinent issues.

We welcome proposals for field reports, creative presentations, media presentations, and scholarly papers of up to 20 minutes in length that focus on the memorial aspect of the panorama's media form, including the socio-cultural and political roles of panoramic memories; the mechanics of illusion from analog to digital; the digitization and conservation of panoramas and their archives; the Memory of the World Unesco program and panoramas; and other topics related to the conference theme.  A detailed thematic conference outline from EPFL is available here — Panoramas as Memory of the World – Conference themes.

The IPC conference will present a diverse range of session topics based on the proposals, as well as workshops and roundtables. It will be of interest to academics, professionals, students, and enthusiasts of art, architecture, art history, conservation and preservation, cultural heritage, design, history, media, museum practice, panorama management, restoration, virtual reality, and visual culture, as well as to thinkers and makers from other disciplines or whose work is transdisciplinary with an interest in immersive media, mediated sensation, or any other related field of research.

Presentation proposals must be submitted to IPC using this GOOGLE FORM

  • Title of the presentation
  • Abstract (250–300 words)
  • Author’s name(s), organization affiliation(s), complete mailing address, email address
  • Author’s biography (up to 200 words)
  • Four to five keywords
  • Please indicate whether you prefer to present from a Mac or a PC, and what software program(s) you might use (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote, or other software programs); this will help us plan ahead for all presenters’ needs. 

The final conference program with abstracts and keywords will be published in the “Conference Report” section of the Panoramic and Immersive Media Studies (PIMS) Yearbook, Volume 2, 2024. Presenters will also have the opportunity to contribute full-length works for publication consideration in other sections of the PIMS Yearbook. Learn more by exploring the PIMS Yearbook page.

The conference will take place October 02–04, 2024, with an optional post-conference excursion on October 5–6, 2024.

Deadline for proposal submission: March 1, 2024.
Acceptance notifications will be emailed by April 12, 2024.

Please submit all Presentation proposals to IPC using this GOOGLE FORM

Please direct queries related to submissions to the IPC Secretariat - secretariat@panoramacouncil.org
For more information about the International Panorama Council and the Conference, please visit: http://panoramacouncil.org/ and the webpage of the conference at the EPFL website

Conference Registration will open by early May 2024.