screen shot 2019-01-11 at 5.35.55 pmINNOVATIVE TRAINING NETWORK – POEM (EU Horizon 2020) (2018-2022)

The Horizon 2020 Innovative Training Network POEM trains future experts for the heritage sector, participatory memory practices and digital heritage in Europe. 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.

Two POEM researchers/ PhD stuedents – Lorenz Widmeier and Myrto Theocharidou – are based at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts.


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ARKWORK (Cost Action CA15201) (2016-2019)

Archaeology is everywhere. Archaeological knowledge and knowledge of archaeology is relevant in different sectors of life from scholarly research of the past and land development to schools, museums and local community groups. In spite of this, the current understanding of how archaeologists work and how archaeological knowledge is produced and used is fragmented and incomplete.

COST-ARKWORK is a network funded by the COST scheme that brings together the multidisciplinary work of researchers of archaeological practices in the field of archaeological knowledge production and use. The aim of the network is to make a major push forward in the current state-of-the-art in knowing how archaeological knowledge is produced, how it is used and how to maximise its positive impact in the society. The focus of ARKWORK is on training the next generation of scholars and stakeholders by involving future leaders of research but also high profile experts employed by the industry and public organisations through events and visits to foreign institutions is a key to the longevity of the outcomes.


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RISE (Research Centre on Interactive Media, Smart Systems, and Emerging Technologies)

RISE is the first Research centre in Cyprus focusing on Interactive media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies aiming to become a centre of excellence empowering knowledge and technology transfer in the region. It is a joint venture between the three public universities of Cyprus (University of Cyprus, Cyprus University of Technology, Open University of Cypurs), the Municipality of Nicosia, and two renowned international partners, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics (Germany) and University College London (UK). RISE is designed to act as an integrator of academic research and industrial innovation, towards the sustainable fuelling of the scientific, technological, and economic growth of Cyprus and Europe.  RISE will operate by embracing the motto “Inspired by Humans. Designed for Humans producing technologies to work “in the wild” as its guiding philosophy.




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 in both Greek and English versions. The Cyprus Museum Guide is a book that includes a wide range of information for a hundred two museums, located in the south part 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 Cyprus Museum Guide is 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.




A collaborations between Artos Foundation and the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts. Funding: Cultural Services, Ministry of Education and Culture

This project brings together a broad range of disciplinary perspectives to explore the dynamics of transdisciplinary collaborations that transcend the traditional boundaries of art and art-making. Ten visual artists (fine and applied) are paired with ten professionals from the sciences or
humanities to co-create a work, which took take visual, auditory, sensory or virtual form. The teams worked together over the course of 6 months on a creative project working through conceptual barriers, developing new skills and creative tools to carry out their project. The emphasis was on the thought-processes as well as the development of creative patterns and ideas.

These collaborations lead to an exhibition at the 2016 Pop-Up Festival in Nicosia where the outcomes of the projects were presented. Furthermore, visual and textual documentation was collected throughout and a booklet was produced.


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MUSEUMS AND VISITOR PHOTOGRAPHY: Redefining the Visitor Experience

Editor: Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert

Publisher: MuseumsEtc, 2016

With the development of photographic technologies and mobile devices billions of photographs are produced yearly in museums throughout the world with the number rising year by year. While museum visitors accumulate personal photographs from museum visits, the kind of photographs they produce, how, and for what reasons, is largely understudied.

Furthermore, with the help of online social networks and photo-sharing applications, vernacular photography has entered our economy of images dynamically and has a growing function to play in visually defining people and places. Perhaps for this reason, museums are increasingly using visitor photography in innovative and effective ways: to engage and involve their publics, reach out to new audiences, and facilitate new learning.

This book aims to be both a practical source of information and inspiration for museum professionals, and a valuable source of new research information.

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Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 9.06.31 AMTHE POLITICAL MUSEUM (2016)

Authors: Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert & Alexandra Bounia

Publisher: Routledge

Using the island of Cyprus as a case study, this book provides a thoughtful and critical examination of the relationship between museums, politics and national identity. It uses the museum scene in Cyprus as a case study in order to explore emerging issues which currently preoccupy museum studies literature all over the world. Furthermore, it offers a theoretical framework for how various power relations contribute to the birth of museums and how these museums help (re)shape national identities.

The focus of the book is on a specific geographical and cultural territory but the questions, themes and arguments apply to other places characterised by colonial heritage and post-colonial political turmoil. The intriguing example of Cyprus thus serves as an ideal test-ground for current debates relating to politics, museums and identity.




Editors: Elena Stylianou & Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert

Publisher: Routledge

Museum professionals are often faced with the complexities of displaying death through photography in a museum context. Aesthetic, political as well as ethical questions become prominent here. This edited volume combines a strong theoretical approach with about 20 international case studies in order to investigate the display of death in various types of museums (anthropology, history, art, ethnographic, and science museums). In doing so, it aims to significantly contribute to our understanding of the changing role of photography in museums, and of the shifting role of museums in engaging diverse audience with the narratives on display.


Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 9.10.03 PMPHOTOGRAPHY, ARTISTS AND MUSEUMS (2014)

A special issue of the journal photographies (September 2014). Available here:

Editors: Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert and Elena Stylianou

This special issue of photographies is dedicated to the intricate relationship between photography and museums. More specifically, it focuses on artistic practices that use photography to challenge the theoretical complexities of this relationship. The featured papers of this issue examine what happens when artists turn their lens on such museum practices as collecting, archiving, exhibiting, and interpreting.



The goal of this COST Action is to increase the understanding and to determine the role of culture in Sustainable Development (SD) based on multidisciplinary principles. The work will be carried out: 1) by investigating and mobilizing the concept of culture in the context of SD through multidisciplinary approaches and analyses; 2) by examining the best practices for bringing culture into policy and practical domains; and 3) by developing means and indicators for assessing the impacts of culture on SD.



Screen shot 2013-10-13 at 9.15.28 AMCYPRIOT MUSEUMS AND CULTURAL POLICY (2012-2013)

This research project examines the main stakeholders (the state, municipalities/ communities and individuals), types of museums (archaeological, art, ethnographic etc.) they establish and the forces influencing their decisions (such as politics, a sense of national identity, cultural tourism, economic revitalization and personal agendas) in order to map the Cypriot museum environment. It also identifies cultural sustainability strengths and gaps on a national level in order to make it easier for cultural policy makers to design appropriate cultural policies for museums.

The results of the study is published by the International Journal of Cultural Policy [Stylianou-Lambert, T., Boukas, N.  Yerali-Christodoulou M. (2014). Museums and Cultural Sustainability: Stakeholders, Forces and Cultural Policies. International Journal of Cultural Policy]


In an attempt to upgrade, improve and coordinate the cultural strategy of Limassol, the project “Limassol Cultural Mapping” was created in 2015 by the Coordinating Council of Limassol Cultural Associations in collaboration with the Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab (VSMS Lab) of the Cyprus University of Technology and the Municipality of Limassol, with the aim of creating an online map of the city, recording therefore the cultural identity of Limassol. The project, which started back in 2012, involved every social, cultural and political actor of the city (through an Open Call for participation, for both associations and independent artists).


This European research project titled “Eunamus – European national museums: Identity politics, the uses of the past and the European citizen, 2010-2013” examines the history of European national museums, their birth, development as well as the social and political conditions that shape them. The lab is involved in the analysis of national museums in Cyprus. EUNAMUS WEBSITE


POSING (2010-2012)

This project investigates the ways tourists choose to photograph themselves in front to the most popular landmarks of the world (ex. Eiffel tower, Egyptian pyramids, Athenian Acropolis etc.). Online photo-sharing applications (such as Flickr and Picasa) are used for the purposes of this research. The research database includes 3600 images from 12 of the most popular locations in the world.

Some of the results are published in a chapter in the book “The Photograph and the Album” (Museums Etc. 2013)



This project explores the reasons why tourists take photographs and how they choose to represent their destinations as well as themselves. Emphasis is placed on understanding the narrative aspects of the photographs but also of the stories and emotional responses forwarded by the participants.