Current Projects

20161216_131931FUSION IS THE FUTURE (2016-2017)

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.

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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.

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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.

COST Action IS1007- Investigating Cultural Sustainability (2011-2014) 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.



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The Cyprus Museum Guide is a VSMS Lab publication with the financial support of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The complete guide can be found on a dedicated website ( The guide is currently available in Greek only. An English version is expected to be completed in 2015.



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]

Cultural Μapping of Limassol (2012-2015)

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).

EUNAMUS: European national museums: Identity politics, the uses of the past and the European citizen (7th Framework, EU, 2010-2013) 
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)

Tourist Photography: Performance, memory and narrative (2010-2011)
 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.