• 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.


Time Session
09:00-09:30 Registration
09:30-09:50 Introduction and opening remarks

Katherine Howells and Professor Simon Tanner


Understanding cultural images: memory, fame and the iconic

Peirce and the Digital Transformation of Signs
William J. Littlefield II, Case Western Reserve University

What makes an image iconic? Tracking the uses and meanings of Second World War propaganda posters in the digital world
Katherine Howells, King’s College London

10:55-11:05 Break

Viewing cultural images: audiences, users and visitors

Seas of red: the flood of Tower of London Poppies images in 2014
Megan Gooch, Historic Royal Palaces

The Image of Aylan Kurdi and the Cultural Memory of the 21st Century Refugee Crisis
Diviani Chaudhuri, Shiv Nadar University

12:10-13:10 Lunch

Using cultural images: sales, promotion and education

Dorothea Lange and Japanese American internment
Rachel Pistol, King’s College London

The First Roll of History: Press Photographs and The Bosnian War
Jackie Teale, Royal Holloway, University of London

14:15-14:30 Break

Managing and studying cultural images: new methods, systems and techniques

Metadata and Image Content in the Warburg Institute Iconographic Database
Rembrandt Duits and Richard Gartner, Warburg Institute

Looking for inspiration: the use of image libraries by art historians
Christina Kamposiori, University College London

15:35-16:20 Discussion session

Click here to register for the event. See the call for papers here.


Date and time

Wed 3 October 2018
9:30 – 16:30


FWB 2.81
Franklin-Wilkins Building
King’s College London
150 Stamford St

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