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

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.

27th International Panorama Council Conference
September 19th – 21st, 2018, Istanbul, Turkey
Call for Papers

Hosted by the Panorama 1453 History Museum
With Support from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality


The focus of the 27th International Panorama Council Conference is to encourage participants to engage in a broad discussion around this year’s theme, Memory and the Panorama. Hosted by the Panorama 1453 History Museum in Istanbul, Turkey, the conference will take place September 19 – 21, 2018 with an optional post-conference excursion on September 22, 2018. Sponsorship is provided by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.

Since the panorama’s inception, many panoramic re-presentations have toyed with the concepts of time and memory. Whether historical or artistic, the panorama has been the product of perspective in the literal and figurative senses—feeding off of facts, visual accounts, or narratives (some more reliable than others), as its main sources of information. With this year’s conference theme, Memory and the Panorama, we seek to unearth the presence of memory and historical truth in the context of the panorama. How do panorama and historical truth reflect on each other, and on memory? What are the effects of using the panorama as a memory holder? How has memory—collective or individual—affected the reception of the panorama? How do memory and narrative shape each other, in the context of panoramas, and to what end?

Authors are invited to submit paper proposals centering around this year’s theme, Memory and the Panorama. This is an interdisciplinary conference and, as such, we welcome paper proposals from scholars and practitioners from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds. Abstracts addressing other themes and ideas relevant to the panorama (e.g. conservation, preservation, new/rediscovered panoramas, related artistic innovations, virtual reality, etc.) will also be considered.

Each paper proposal submission must be in Microsoft Word format and include:  title of paper; abstract (250-300 words); bio (200 words); author(s); organization affiliation(s); complete mailing address; email address; and keywords (four to five keywords). Conference language is in English.

Deadline for abstract submission: February 15, 2018.

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

Acceptance notifications will be emailed by March 31, 2018.

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

Conference Organizing Committee
Seth Thompson (Chair), American University of Sharjah, UAE
Ruby Carlson, The Velaslavasay Panorama, USA
Salih Doğan, Panorama 1453 History Museum, Turkey
Dominique Hanson, Musée Royale de l'Armée et d'Histoire Militaire, Belgium
Sara Velas, The Velaslavasay Panorama, USA

Conference Scientific Committee
Blagovesta Momchedjikova (Chair), New York University, USA
Molly Briggs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Salih Doğan, Panorama 1453 History Museum, Turkey
Thiago Leitão de Souza, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil