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International Panorama Conferences

Call For Presentations


31st International Panorama Council Conference

September 13 – 17, 2022, Luxembourg,

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

 Hosted by the Lëtzebuerg City Museum

The International Panorama Council invites scholars, artists, panorama/diorama enthusiasts and panorama/diorama practitioners to submit proposals that explore “IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE, FROM PANORAMA TO EXTENDED REALITY”, hosted by the Lëtzebuerg City Museum www.citymuseum.lu in Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The conference will take place September 13 - 16, 2022 with an optional post-conference excursion on September 17, 2022.

Immersive Experience, From Panorama to Extended Reality

Immersive experiences are becoming more and more central today with Facebook Reality Labs noting that AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) will soon “become as universal and essential as smartphones and personal computers are today.” Such inventions are rooted in the storyteller’s desire to compel their viewer, listener, or reader to suspend their disbelief and enter as fully as possible the imagined world of the story. This is true from the flickering of fireplaces that animated the magical bulls in a Palaeolithic cave to the digital technology of VR headsets today. It is as simple as the Slide Master viewers of the 1960s or as elaborate as the public spectacle of the panoramas of the 1800s. While each iteration of immersive media shares the desire for a more direct experience of its subject, the cultural contexts of the experiences they offer bring myriad nuances of imagined realities to both their makers and viewers.

As an interdisciplinary conference, we welcome presentations from scholars, practitioners and passionate people across a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds. Presentations addressing other themes and ideas relevant to the panorama and immersive media, including conservation, preservation, new/rediscovered panoramas, related artefacts and artistic innovations, virtual reality, etc. will also be considered.

This conference will be of interest to academics and students working in the fields of art, history and cultural heritage, panorama and museum practitioners, managers, artists, designers, architects and panorama enthusiasts.

Each proposal submission must be in Microsoft Word format and include: title of the presentation, abstract (250-300 words), bio (200 words), author(s), organization affiliation(s), complete mailing address, email address, four to five keywords and the session you are submitting for – virtual vs. in-person.

Conference Structure

Proposals for the conference can be submitted for two different types of sessions, one virtual and one on-site.

1. Virtual Conference Day

The conference will host one day of virtual sessions to be presented on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. Creative, research-based, or professional proposals will be accepted for either 15- or 20-minute presentations.

2. In-person Conference

The Luxembourg-based conference will host two days of in-person sessions to be presented on Thursday and Friday, September 15 - 16, 2022. Creative, research-based, or professional proposals will be accepted for either 15- or 20-minute presentations.

The Luxembourg-based conference will also host two professional round-table sessions, led by invited participants that will focus on the topics of marketing, outreach, and COVID-era challenges and strategies. These sessions are intended to foster audience-wide discussions and will be of particular interest to those working in professional areas associated with panoramas.

Deadline for presentation submission: EXTENDED TO MARCH 28, 2022.

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

Acceptance notifications will be emailed by May 2, 2022.

Conference Organizing Committee

  • Sara Velas (Co-Chair), Velaslavasay Panorama, Los Angeles, USA
  • Molly Catherine Briggs (Co-Chair), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Gabriele Koller, Jerusalem Panorama Kreuzegung Christi, Altötting, Germany
  • Guy Thewes, Luxembourg City History Museum, Luxembourg
  • Anne Hoffmann, Luxembourg City History Museum, Luxembourg
  • Dominique Hanson, Musée Royale de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire, Belgium (Retired)
  • Thiago Leitão de Souza, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Conference Scientific Committee

  • Melissa Wolfe (Chair), Saint Louis Art Museum,Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Sara Velas, Velaslavasay Panorama, Los Angeles, USA
  • Anja Coenen, Brussels, Belgium
  • Éloïse Paquette, Québec, Canada