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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.

Call for Papers
Deadline Extended: February 15, 2019

28th International Panorama Council Conference

September 26th – 27th, 2019
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Hosted by the Atlanta History Center

The focus of the 28th International Panorama Council Conference is to encourage participants to engage in a broad discussion around this year’s theme, Panoramic Ironies. Hosted by the Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, the conference will take place September 26 – 27, 2019 with an optional post-conference excursion on September 28, 2019.

Originating from Greek tragedy, irony is a literary device used to reveal the significance of a character’s actions or words to the audience even as they remain unknown to the character. The true meaning of these actions or words may be quite contrary to what the character intends, with amusing or tragic results. With this in mind, we aim to examine the notion of irony as it enlivens panoramas, both historical and contemporary, and in so doing, to reflect on the interplay between known and unknown, visible and invisible, intended and perceived in panoramas.

A portal to another location or era, the panorama is sometimes more reflective of the mores and values of the time and place that created it than the time and place depicted. From epic battle scenes that are experienced in the observer’s peacetime to the portrayal of “exotic” far-off lands that are experienced in contrast with the observer’s own locale, the panorama is a legitimate if understudied tool for exploring the notion of irony. This concept raises a variety of questions, including but not limited to: How have panoramas reflected or challenged period understandings of the past? How do they reflect or challenge present-day beliefs? When and how are discrepancies between fiction and reality (and other ironies) revealed (e.g., through close observation, on-site narration, behind-the-scenes tours), and does that render a representation less “panoramic”?

The International Panorama Council invites scholars, artists, and panorama practitioners to submit proposals for fifteen-minute presentations that explore the notion of irony as it enlivens or informs panoramas and related forms.

As an interdisciplinary conference, we welcome paper proposals from scholars and practitioners across a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds. Abstracts addressing other themes and ideas relevant to the panorama and immersive media, including conservation, preservation, new/rediscovered panoramas, related artifacts 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, artists, designers,
architects and panorama enthusiasts.

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 four to five keywords.

Deadline for abstract submission extended to: February 15, 2019.

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

Acceptance notifications will be emailed by March 31, 2019.

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

Conference Organizing Committee
Seth Thompson (Chair), American University of Sharjah, UAE
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 Briggs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Gordon Jones, Atlanta History Center, USA
Thiago Leitão de Souza, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (ex-officio)