Call for papers: Understanding the uses and impacts of iconic cultural images in the digital world

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Call for Papers
August 31, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Archival Science, Cultural History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Library and Information Science

Conference date: 27 September 2018

Conference venue: Department of Digital Humanities, Strand Campus, King’s College London

Event details

  • What makes a cultural image memorable?
  • Can memorability be transferred into the digital sphere?
  • Do iconic images function in the same way online as they do offline?

Through this collaborative event, we aim to explore why certain historical and cultural images are remembered and considered to be iconic. We also wish to understand how public engagement with these images changes once they are shared online. Through discussion of the various uses and impacts of cultural images online, we hope to understand better the relationships between images, memory and the digital.

The central purpose of this event is to create a collaborative space for academics and practitioners from cultural institutions to share knowledge and experience of the uses and impacts of historical and cultural images online. The event will host discussion between those from academic and cultural institutions, encourage collaboration and gather suggestions for future areas of research.

Themes and presentation topics

  1. Understanding cultural images: memory, fame and the iconic
    1. Meanings in images
    2. Cultural memory of images
    3. Iconic images
  2. Viewing cultural images: audiences, users and visitors
    1. Insights into visitors’ and web users’ engagement with museum/archive images
    2. Research into the effect of the internet on people’s engagement with cultural/historical images
    3. Labelling and interpretation of images in museums and galleries
  3. Managing and studying cultural images: new methods, systems and techniques
    1. Development of new digital image management or dissemination systems
    2. Development of cultural institution/archive public websites
    3. New digital methods to help track uses of cultural images online
    4. Open access and metadata
  4. Using cultural images: sales, promotion and education
    1. Insights into sales of cultural images online
    2. Insights into digitization, preservation and promotion of museum/archive images
    3. Uses and impacts of cultural images on social media
    4. Images use in education programmes
    5. Image use inside the museum and outside the museum


Contact Info: 

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers from anyone with academic or professional interests and experience in the conference topics. Please email proposals of no more than 250 words, along with a 150-word biography, by 31 August 2018 to Katherine Howells at

This event is organised by the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. Visit the website for more information.