EU Horizon 2020 Funding Received

We are happy to announce that the Cyprus University of Technology will be participating in the Innovative Training Network POEM (Participatory Memory Practices).



EU Horizon 2020


Innovative Training Network POEM


Project Leader: Prof. Dr. Gertraud Koch, University of Hamburg, Germany

Cyprus Coordinator: Dr. Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert, Cyprus University of Technology

Local supervisors: Dr. Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert & Prof. Panayiotis Zaphiris


Duration: 2018-2022


The Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Network POEM trains future experts for the heritage sector and studies participatory memory practices and digital heritage in Europe. POEM starts in April 2018 with the recruitment of early stage researchers for 13 projects. Two of the 13 projects are being led by the Cyprus University of Technology. The project receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie.


Participatory memory work is critical to understanding the inclusion of memories across nations and social situation (gender, wealth, education, migration) into institutional memory work and heritage building and thus to acknowledge them as a significant part of the history and contemporary life in Europe. Over four years, and through 13 different projects, we will research participatory memory work; i.e. the strategies and practices of both public memory institutions, like libraries, archives, and museums, as well as individuals and diverse groups, who take advantage of digital technologies and social media to connect publicly, share materials, and participate in a socially inclusive way to remember or celebrate our cultural legacy, such as events, persons and ideas.


The innovative training network (ITN), called POEM, addresses the qualification of experts in the heritage sector who are competent with working with the mediatized memory ecology, the changing socio-technical, organisational, legal, economic, and ethical frameworks for the use of cultural materials in digital times. POEM will see the Cyprus University of Technology work with 6 European partner organisations, including the University of Hamburg in Germany, the University of Glasgow in the UK, Uppsala University in Sweden, Aarhus University in Denmark, and heritage experts such as the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin, and Ashoka, civil society organization based in the UK. Support will also come from well-known international organizations and creative industries partners specializing in open knowledge, data and media literacy, social entrepreneurship and empowerment.


Funding comes from the European Union via Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), which supports high quality doctoral-level training and career development in and outside academia. As a European Training Network, the programme will train the next generation of researchers in methods necessary to make significant progress in understanding participatory memory work. The research and training will be structured around three themes to study how connectivities are built by institutions, people and groups, and by memory modalities for a socially inclusive, participatory heritage work and what facilitates or hinders collaboration.


COST Action COST-ARKWORK CA15201 Training School 2017 – Call for Trainees

Theme: Studying Archaeological fieldwork, knowledge production, and the digital environment

Date & Location: Athens, Greece,  6.-10. Nov 2017 (5 days)

Local Host: Digital Curation Unit/Athena Research Centre, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Association of Greek Archaeologists

Venue: Association of Greek Archaeologists

About this Training School

The training school aims to get participants acquainted with the goals, theories, concepts and methods of the study of archaeological practices, by examining state-of-the-art digital field methods and how these have changed archaeological knowledge production in science and heritage management. During the training school we will explore how archaeologists are conducting fieldwork and how they document their work and findings in different countries and contexts. We will further examine how this analysis of archaeological knowledge work can contribute to developing fieldwork practices and the use and usability of archaeological findings by different stakeholder groups.



More information here:

CALL for Short-term Scientific Missions – ARKWORK COST Action


We plan to fund approximately 10 STSMs over the period May 2017-April 2018, with an average funding/STSM of approximately €1500 (a maximum €2500 in total can be afforded to the grantee).

Please note that the financial support available via this scheme is a contribution towards the travel and subsistence cost of a STSM and may not necessarily cover all the costs. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals with a high benefit/cost ratio.

Criteria for Funding

  • The Applicant should be engaged in a research program as a post-graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or be employed in an institution in a ARKWORK member country; ARKWORK member countries can be found at: (Cyprus is one of the countries)
  • Applicants are responsible for obtaining the agreement of the host institution BEFORE the submission of their application;
  • The research subject of the STSM must be relevant for ARKWORK and the STSM must contribute to their aims of the network as described in its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU can be found at:
  • The Applicant and its host must be from two different ARKWORK member countries;
  • STSM funding is a contribution towards travel and subsistence costs, and cannot be used as a salary;
  • Duration of a standard STSM: a minimum of 5 working days and a maximum of 90 days, for ECIs the maximum length is 180 days.
  • All STSMs need to be carried out within their entirety within a single grant period and within the Action’s lifetime;
  • Geographical and gender balance issues will be taken into consideration;
  • Applications from ECIs will be privileged.


More information here:


Book launch on May 18, 2017 (2nd renewed edition)



The Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab of the Cyprus University of Technology announces the launch of the 2nd edition of the Cyprus Museum Guide. The Greek edition of the guide will be available for the first time on Thursday, May 18 2017, during the International Museum Day, at the entrance of the Cyprus Museum (1 Museum street, Nicosia) between 7:00 and 9:00 pm. Furthermore, in June 2017, the Cyprus Museum Guide will be published for the first time in English thus filling an important gap in publications related to cultural tourism.

The Cyprus Museum Guide is a book that includes a wide range of information for a hundred two museums, located in the free areas of Cyprus and open to the public. The particular book is an extremely useful tool containing information about the type of each museum, its location, collections, working hours, contact details, entry/ or admission fee, accessibility for wheelchair users, possible organized guided tours, educational activities for adults and children and other activities taking place in the museum setting, the existence of a cafeteria and/ or a museum shop, as well as other important information, that both inform and facilitate museum visits. All the aforementioned information is accompanied and enhanced with rich photographic material, stylish design and practical classification, per district area and per theme. ­

The 2nd edition of the Cyprus Museum Guide is renewed and expanded compared to the 1st edition of 2014. Apart from containing updated information for all museums, it also includes nine newly established museums.

From June 1st, the Cyprus Museum Guide will be available for the price of 10 euros at all Mavromatis bookstores (tel.: 22456122), at selected museum stores and other bookstores. All net proceeds, from the sale of the guide, will be used for the purposes of research and promotion of Cypriot museums.


This Call invites artists who particularly work with photography to respond to the theme of the International Association of Photography and Theory’s first collaborative project entitled Ar(t)chaeology: Intersections of Photography and Archaeology. The project will run from May to December 2017 and will include regular meetings and a creative process that will result in an exhibition, a parallel one-day seminar, and a visual publication, which will negotiate themes that are considered central to this project.

 The project seeks to investigate the relationship between archaeology and contemporary art photography. Cyprus, an island, the identity of which was born out of contested histories and conflicting narratives, can serve as a case study for the examination of the connection between these two seemingly diverse fields of practice. On the one hand, archaeology in Cyprus is usually seen as the meticulous, objectivity-driven, study of objects, artifacts, and material culture, which o en uses photography as a tool for purposes of documentation, archiving, and representation. On the other hand, contemporary art photography can be seen as an entirely different practice to archaeological processes of presentation and preservation. Yet, both archaeology and contemporary art photography are connected by a common engagement with ideas beyond the tactile, and with an equally significant – often indirect – fascination with affect.

 More specifically, the project wishes to include works that:

  • Explore the role of the artist as archaeologist

  • View the photographic archive as a space of archaeological excavation

  • Address the politics of archaeology (and photography)

  • Involve processes of archaeology and photography

  • Investigate the relationship between museums, archaeology and photography

  • Address issues of authenticity, originality, the counterfeit and fictitious in archaeology and photography

  • Approach critically archaeological knowledge and narratives

  • Re-invent archaeological sites of knowledge through photographic practices

  • Offer alternative forms of preserving the past through photography

  • Explore notions of “extend” (space) and “duration” (time) in both archaeology and photography

  • Reflect critically on the intersections of photography, archaeology and ethnography

  • Engage with landscapes and other fabrics of heritage in photographs

  • Explore – and ‘exploit’ – ruins, absences and erasures through photography

Important Deadlines:

Phase I, DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS | Sunday, May 21st, 2017: 
Submission of proposals for existing ongoing works or new productions. Proposals need to be a maximum of 300 words and to clearly describe the proposed work, its concept and rationale, and its expected contribution to the general themes of the exhibition. They must also be accompanied by short biographies of participating artist(s) (up to 200 words) and, depending on the project, by visual material and technical specifications. All proposals must be submitted electronically
to [IAPT] at: The submitted proposals will be reviewed, and up to 15 proposals will be selected, by an invited Selection Committee based on artistic and conceptual merit. Artists will be notified on the selection by Sunday, June 9th, 2017. A small budget will be made available to the participants for the realization of their work.

Phase II, COLLABORATION / WORK PREPARATION | From June, 2017 to December, 2017:

Selected artists/photographers will then have six months to finalize their projects and prepare for the exhibition. The process of preparing for the exhibition will be based on a collaborative and dialogic exchange between artists and between artists and members of the selection committee and the exhibition coordinator. For this reason, at least four meetings will be scheduled which selected artists will have to attend. During these meetings, artists will be given the opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss their process and progress and offer their constructive feedback for the completion of all projects.

PDF Version below:


Ανοικτή συζήτηση: Μουσεία και Τεχνολογία


LECTURE: Photographic Perceptions and Perceptual Mechanisms: From everyday life to the museum, 10.03.2017 at 18:30 (in Greek)


Fresh off the press!

20170103_150347Fresh off the press!
“Museums and Photography: Displaying Death” was just published by Routledge Press. Elena Stylianou and Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert have been working on this book for the last few years since the International Conference of Photography and Theory 2014.

It’s a book about displaying death in museums and the different approaches museums use internationally. It includes 16 chapters from really interesting and talented academics and museum professionals.

Announcing the Spring 2017 VSMSlab Arts and Research Residents


@ the Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab

Cyprus University of Technology


Giuseppe Fanizza and Giulia Ticozzi, artists, Italy

Giuseppe Fanizza and Giulia Ticozzi are artists and photographers with academic background in Law and Geography respectively. Since December 2015 they are co-authors of “Borderlands Project”, a longterm visual research on European border landscapes, that so far includes images realized in Austria, Croatia, Georgia, Italy, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. For the Art & Research Residency Program 2017, they will realize a visual catalog of border devices, intended here as the set of physical elements, natural or manmade, official or informal, that are provided by the administrative institutions or perceived by the population as material signs of the presence of a frontier. The catalog will serve as a representation tool of the impact of the frontier on the visual definition and imagery of Cypriot landscape.

Project description:

We aim to realize a photographic investigation about border landscape in Cyprus, in the framework of Borderlands project, a long-term visual research using photography to depict contemporary landscape of European frontiers. In particular we investigate how the physical presence of frontiers contributes to the visual definition and the imagery of Cypriot landscape. We want to underline that we are interested in a strictly visual concept of “landscape”, thus limited to the visual perception of the territory by the populations and the visitors of Cyprus, in relation with border topography.





Maren Wickwire, anthropologist, filmmaker and human right advocate, Germany, USA

Based in Germany and the US, Maren Wickwire is a visual anthropologist, filmmaker and human right advocate. Her work is research oriented, involving fieldwork and long term engagement with local communities using participatory approaches. In her work she is looking at the growing movement of people worldwide in the context of various forms of human migration and explores social and cultural phenomena tied into the complex spatial and personal experiences of individuals locally and virtually. She represents her findings in multilayered installations, using a wide range of media including, video, audio, photography and texts. Her exhibitions and large outdoor installations have been well received internationally and granted the National Endowment for the Arts award in 2015. Wickwire holds a diploma in Visual Communication Design from the Folkwang University of the Arts in Germany and is a graduate candidate of the MA program Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie University Berlin.

Project description:  

This research project will examine how female migrants from the Philippines, who joined the reproductive labor force on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, fulfilling their financial and emotional obligations towards their children and extended family back home mediated through modern technology, while at the same time finding creative ways to overcome societal stigmatization by building a strong local network. The women negotiate their social and private meeting spaces, relationships and transnational identities in their immediate environment and preserving their own cultural and culinary practices in the diaspora.




Stephan Takkides, artist, Germany

Stephan Takkides is an artist who uses photography and video, working mostly with observational shots from human-made landscapes and the built environment. Following studies in New Media at Chelsea College in London, he completed an MFA at the Transart Institute, Plymouth University. For the past three years, he has lived in Bremen, Germany, where he has been working on a long-term photographic study on the effects of land reclamation and erosion on the North Sea coast. For the Art & Research Residency, he will make a new video work looking at the use of open space in the city in Limassol. He is particularly interested in undeveloped pockets of privately owned wasteland, which have become surrounded by buildings as the city has grown. His work will investigate how local people make use of this space and how it compares to officially designated public space.

Project description:

During this residency I’m working on producing a new video work looking at the use of open space in the city of Limassol. Within my definition of “open space”, I will include parkland and car parks, but the main focus is on plots of undeveloped “wasteland” – areas of privately owned land where urban-style construction is legally possible but has not taken place.


Landscape Photography

cut_1014_inv_lctr_photThe Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab of the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology, invites you to a lecture about Landscape Photography by Professor Liz Wells and Nicos Philippou.

Manufactured Landscapes

Liz Wells, Professor in Photographic Culture, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Plymouth University, UK

Sharqi: Topography and Identity (a project presentation)

Nicos Philippou, Communications Department, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

WHEN: Thursday, December 1st, 2016, 1:30 – 3:30pm

WHERE: Photography Studio (plateia Iroon), Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol