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    created by Yadegar Asisi in 2016
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International Panorama Conferences

The yearly International Panorama Conferences are intense encounters, connecting the past, present and future of the panorama phenomenon worldwide. The conferences are the meeting place of IPC members: architects, artists, collectors, conservators, curators, historians and art historians, librarians, museum directors and staff, 360° photographers, researchers, scientists, spatial designers, and virtual and augmented reality specialists.

30th International Panorama Council Conference
September 15–18, 2021

Hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA


The International Panorama Council invites scholars, artists, and panorama specialists to submit proposals for presentations that explore the material and cultural significance of the panorama and panoramic media in light of our conference theme, Time and Travel. The 30th annual conference, our first to be anchored by a moving panorama, will be hosted by the New Bedford Whaling Museum (NBWM) in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. It will take place September 15–18, 2021, with an optional post-conference excursion on September 19, 2021.

After careful consideration and close consultation with our partners at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (NBWM), we have determined that the 2021 IPC Conference will be  be hosted virtually. The NBWM is not yet able to plan in-person events in the Museum, and there remains sufficient uncertainty with regard to international travel that a virtual event is the best option for an international group such as ours. As you may know, our 2020 conference was a success and we will build on that experience to craft an excellent 2021 conference.

Time and Travel
Panoramas and panoramic media have long been used for virtual explorations, surrogate travel, and wistful journeys. For example, The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World brought the rarefied seafaring experiences of whalers to broad audiences, and it continues to do so today. As a medium, the moving panorama’s close association with geographic movement, including whaling routes, alpine ascents, and trips down the Mississippi River, yields particularly time-based experiences. Circular panoramas condense time and space in other ways, for example as extended “moments.” Both panoramic forms offer/ed virtual “time travel” to other eras and historical viewpoints, and both afford/ed shared experiences and opportunities for finding common ground through being present together (co-presence).

We invite proposals for scholarly papers, field reports, and creative (i.e. artistic and/or performative) presentations of up to 20 minutes in length that explore the conference theme. As an interdisciplinary organization, we welcome proposals from scholars and practitioners across a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds. The conference will be of interest to academics, practitioners, artists, and students working in the fields of art, architecture, design, media, history, cultural heritage, museums, and conservation, as well as to panorama operators, panorama enthusiasts, and thinkers and makers from other disciplines with an interest in immersive media, mediated sensation, and/or the representation of maritime history.

Proposals addressing related themes and issues relevant to the panorama and immersive media, including conservation, preservation, new/rediscovered panoramas, related artifacts and artistic innovations, virtual reality, transporting contemporary media, etc., are also welcome, as are proposals for panel discussions.

Accepted speakers will be given the opportunity to publish peer-reviewed papers in the International Panorama Council Journal. If interested in submitting a paper to the Journal, please indicate so on your proposal.

Each presentation proposal must be in Microsoft Word format and include:

  • Title of presentation
  • Author’s name and affiliation
  • Abstract (250-300 words)
  • Four to five keywords
  • Author’s Bio (150-200 words)
  • Author’s complete mailing address
  • Author’s email address
  • Interest in publishing a paper in the IPC Journal (yes/no)

Deadline for proposal submission: March 12, 2021.

Please submit proposals and queries related to submissions to: secretariat@panoramacouncil.org

Acceptance decision letters were emailed by April 16, 2021. If you did not receive your letter, please contact secretariat@panoramacouncil.org.

Conference Organizing Committee
Sara Velas (Co-Chair), Velaslavasay Panorama, Los Angeles, USA
Molly Catherine Briggs (Co-Chair), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Dominique Hanson, Musée Royale de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire, Belgium (Retired)
Thiago Leitão de Souza, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Guy Thewes, Lëtzebuerg City Museum, Luxembourg

Conference Scientific Committee
Blagovesta Momchedjikova (Chair), New York University, USA
Molly Catherine Briggs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Melissa Wolfe, Saint Louis Art Museum, USA
Thiago Leitão de Souza, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (ex-officio)