Panoramas as Memory of the World

October 2 – 6, 2024
33rd International Panorama Conference
Location: EPFL Pavillon A (Pl. Cosandey, 1015, Lausanne, Switzerland) [map]
Organization: International Panorama Council and Laboratory for Experimental Museology

Section of the Rotunda, Leicester Square, in which is exhibited the Panorama, 1801. Etching and aquatint with hand-coloring. British Museum, 1880,1113.6025.

The International Panorama Council and the EPFL Laboratory for Experimental Museology invites scholars, artists, panorama/diorama enthusiasts and panorama/diorama practitioners to submit proposals 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. For more information, read our conference themes (below) and go to the IPC conference page to download the Call for Paper.

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.


December 15, 2023 – publication of the Call for Papers

March 1, 2024 – deadline for the submission of proposals

April 12, 2024 – acceptance notification

April 30, 2024 – opening of the registrations and release of the pre-program


The conference is co-organized by the International Panorama Council and Laboratory for Experimental Museology.

Update of February 15, 2024