Imaging the Past

Collecting the Future:

Archive, Photography, Cinema, Museums

First International
"LYNX Center for the Interdisciplinary Analysis of Images" Conference
Lucca, Italy - June, 22-25 2016

Call For Papers

Fueled by the focus of the LYNX research center, specifically the interdisciplinary analysis of images, this conference proposes to investigate photographic and cinematographic images (as both lens-based products and the fruit of new media technologies) in terms of their form, the systems that produce them, the modes and techniques of perception associated with them and the processes and trajectories through which they circulate by exploring the multiple, diverse relations between these images and the primary spaces dedicated to their preservation and conservation, namely archives and museums.
While this conference is grounded in certain precise conceptual perspectives on the archive (Giorgio Agamben, Jacques Derrida), it is not intended to explore the discursive form of photographic and cinematographic archives and museums; rather, it proposes to analyze the various practices through which they are constructed and contested as well as the diverse functions and uses of archives and museums as physical and institutional sites (participation and access), both in terms of the content (material or non) they contain and the way this content is interpreted, (re)configured, (re)activated, (re)animated and (re)appropriated.
This conference proposes to employ diverse perspectives and methodological approaches to reflect on the relationships between archives, museums and memory (with particular emphasis on the role of the image as evidence, proof, documentation and memorandum). It also seeks to go beyond this nexus, however, by inviting participants to reflect on the relationship between images and power as a complex horizon that shapes analytical perspectives on operations of positioning and arranging images (photographic and cinematographic, in this case) within the institutions dedicated to preserving them. Indeed, any act of selecting, conserving and reproducing images might be seen as a specific articulation of the relationship between images and power.

Possible topics include:

  • The notion of archive and/or museum investigated through the history of specific photographic or cinematographic collections. The organizers welcome proposals analyzing collections of art or of the work of individuals artists as well as those investigating scientific, medical, criminological, legal, ethnographic collections; we also welcome studies of either private, amateur collections (photo albums or family films) or professional ones, including research focused on the possible relationships between these various types.
  • Fictional or non-fictional photographic/cinematographic/video representations that narrate the museum and/or museum practices, and the archive and/or practices of archiving.
  • Fictional or non-fictional photographic/cinematographic/video representations that explicitly engage the issue of constructing individual or collective memory with the implied construction of a space of memory (archive or museum, understood broadly).
  • The effects and consequences of web-based and digital technologies on archival and museum practices, in particular techniques of constructing/reconstructing memory.
  • The history and meaning of conserving or, even more so, destroying or rendering unusable, photographic and cinematographic archives and museums.
  • The history of photographic and cinematographic practices aimed at resisting archiving and musealization as well as practices of silence, absence and exclusion from the spaces of the archive and museum.

The schedule for the morning includes presentations by the Keynote speakers in the form of lessons/workshops, while the afternoon period is set aside for paper presentations. Although the conference welcomes papers from scholars at any stage of their career, it is especially aimed at MA and PhD students and early career researchers.

Proposal Submission Process

This call for papers is open to either single papers or panel proposals.
Proposals for individual papers should be no longer than 300 words, written in English and include a short CV (10 lines max). Final papers must fit within a 25-minute presentation time (including any audiovisual material used to complement the presentation). Proposals for pre-constituted panels should be submitted by the panel chair and consist of the collected individual paper proposals and authors’ CVs in addition to a brief overview of the panel.

Deadline for proposals: April 18th, 2016. Please submit proposals to:

Notifications about the status of the proposal will be sent in late April/early May.
Any questions about the process should also be sent to the address above

Conference Committee

Linda Bertelli (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Ginevra Addis (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Carla Ardis (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Lorenzo Borgonovo (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Hanin Issa Hannouch (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Rossella Catanese (Sapienza University of Rome)
Maria Luisa Catoni (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Marta Equi Pierazzini (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Giulia Golla Tunno (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)

Pakhee Kumar (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)s
Silvia Massa (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Maria Emanuela Oddo (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Elena Pontelli (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Manuela Ritondale (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Yesim Tonga (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Gemma Torre (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)
Valeria Volpe (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)

Information & Contacts

A registration fee (€30 + bank expenses) will be applied. Please Download Registration Forms below:
Registration Form (English)
Registration Form (Italian)
Deadline to send registration forms: May 26th, 2016
Participants are welcome to eat at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca Canteen for the duration of the conference for a cost of € 5.40 per meal.
A conference dinner (optional) is scheduled. The cost is €35 per person.


The conference will be held at the IMT campus, in the San Francesco complex, located in the historical centre of Lucca (Piazza San Francesco, 19).
More information on how to reach IMT can be found here.


There are several hotels and B&B’s nearby the conference venue.
We strongly recommend you to book your accommodation well in advance, as it will be very busy in Lucca during this period.
A list of suggested Hotels and B&Bs is provided below.

Hotel Ilaria 4* (Via del Fosso)
Hotel Celide 4* (Viale Giuseppe Giusti)
Hotel La Luna 3* (Via Fillungo)
A Palazzo Busdraghi (Via Fillungo)
B&B Dimora dei Guelfi (Piazza San Pietro Somaldi)
B&B Lucca in Villa (V.le Armando Diaz)
B&B Cento Passi dalle Mura (V.le Armando Diaz)
B&B Da Elisa Alle Sette Arti (Via Elisa) (10 rooms only)
Residence Santa Chiara (Via Santa Chiara) (5 rooms only)
B&B La Magnolia (Via Mordini)
B&B Anfiteatro (Via dell'Anfiteatro)


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