4th International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media — Photography, Sound and Cinema Research
Lusofona University, Lisbon, 17—19 June 2021

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Photo credit: Centenary olive tree, by Carlos Relvas, 1873.
Stereoscopic albumen print. Casa dos Patudos - Museu de Alpiarça Collection

Call for papers — International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media # Issue 6

Full papers submission deadline: 31 July 2020
Communication of decision to authors: 15 October 2020
Publication: December 2020


The International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media (IJSIM) is an open access and peer-reviewed journal that reflects on our progressively immersive media culture. It has a historical and critical perspective about immersion by considering that it draws both on state of the art technologies and on old and discontinued media that have once stimulated and expanded our perception. While these technologies (from stereoviews to cinema, virtual reality or video gaming) have deeply strengthened the human relationship to virtual worlds, they have also made visual documents more engaging, offering them richer and inspiring interpretations of reality. This Journal aims at reflecting upon these topics and welcomes papers addressing one or more of the following themes:

1- Stereoscopic Photography and its Visual Cultures (19th to 21st Century);

2- Photography, Cinema and Sound Media Archaeologies;

3- Scientific and Social History of Early Immersive Media;

4- 3D Cinema, Virtual Reality and Video Gaming;

5- Media Arts (Visual/Sound) and Immersion;

6- Urban Sound Studies;

7- Performance and Visual Media;

8- Cultural Heritage and Digital Age;


Please find registration and submission informations at http://revistas.ulusofona.pt/index.php/stereo/information/authors


Journal Website: http://revistas.ulusofona.pt/index.php/stereo/

For any query, please contact: journalstereoimedia@ulusofona.pt


S&I Media postponed to June 2021

The S&I Media organizing committee has decided to postpone the conference to 17—19 June 2021 due to the ongoing travel restrictions and uncertainty across the globe.

We have received and accepted submissions from over 25 different countries, which means that the conference depends on an international stable global health in order to take place safely.

All submissions accepted in 2020 will remain valid and will not have to be resubmitted.
Considering this new scenario, we will extend our Early Bird registrations deadline to 8 March 2021 (registration link on our website). Regarding our call for 3D short films, the new deadline will be 30 March 2021.
The deadline for submitting your paper to our journal (https://revistas.ulusofona.pt/index.php/stereo) remains unchanged: 31st July 2020. We are considering to publish a larger number of submissions and to have this next issue both as a sign of resistance and as a stimulus for our next encounter!
Keep well and safe.

The S&I Media Organizing Committee

S&I Media Exhibition: Jorge Marçal da Silva – The Immersive Dimension

We are proud to announce the stereo photography exhibition to be visited during next S&I Media in September. ‘Jorge Marçal da Silva – The Immersive Dimension’ is an exhibition organized by the The Municipal Archive of Lisbon – Photographic and curated by Sofia Castro and Victor Gens.


Jorge Marçal da Silva (1878-1929) was a stereo photography enthusiast. He was a physician in Lisbon hospitals and a Professor at the nursing school. As an amateur, he has dedicated his leisure time to photograph his experiences and travels, mostly using a Verascope stereo camera which allowed him to explore the immersive potential of his images.

The Municipal Archive of Lisbon – Photographic presents a view over the exceptional aspects of nature and over the social activity that were part of the photographer’s life. The exhibition presents a set of images that transport us and make us explore a three-dimensional environment. The image selection conveys both the familiar context of viewing stereos in a Taxiphote, and the traditional motifs of the early 20th century, always keeping the sensory and challenging dimension of immersion.

Final submissions

We are quickly approaching our second round deadline: March 9.
Join us in Lisbon for this year’s Stereo & Immersive Media.
This stereo autochrome will be featured in one of our parallel events, the stereoscopic photography exhibition “Jorge Marçal da Silva – The Immersive” at Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa – Fotográfico.

Provisional Programme announced

The provisional programme for the 4th Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media, to be held at Lusofona University in Lisbon, is now available.

Registrations for the conference will open soon.

S&I Media 2020: last 7-day window to submit

We thought our final submission deadline should sound like a drum!

With ‘At the sound of the drum’, a stereoview by Michael Burr (1826-1912) gently provided by The London Stereoscopic Company, we remind you that our call for papers will be officially closed next Monday, March 9.

José Antonio Hernández Latas in S&I Media 2020

We are honored to present José Antonio Hernández Latas as our Invited Speaker for the Panel on Stereoscopic Photography and its Visual Cultures (19th to 21st Century). Jose Antonio Latas is a researcher at the foundation Agencia Aragonesa para la Investigación y el Desarrollo (ARAID) at the University of Zaragoza and is the organizer of the International Conference on Research in History of Photography, in Spain. In S&I Media 2020 Jose Antonio will present a talk about “The Monasterio de Piedra (Aragón) in professional stereoscopic photography, 19th and 20th centuries”.


More details about his talk will be disclosed soon. 

Manuel Vason in S&I Media 2020

S&I Media 2020 is proud to announce Manuel Vason as an Invited Speaker for the conference panel on Performance and Visual Media. Manuel Vason is an artist who explores the relationship between photography and performance. The collaborative nature of his practice shapes a unique, hybrid art form and has produced some of the most iconic images of performance. S&I Media 2002 panel on Performance and Visual Media is co-organised by PERPHOTO, a research project from the Centre of Theatre Studies, University of Lisbon, aiming to explore the interactions between photography and the performative arts.


More details about his talk will be disclosed soon. 

Carlos Teixidor will present the stereoscopic negatives by J. Laurent in Portugal (1869)

In the next S&I Media conference (18-20 June), Carlos Teixidor (Cultural Heritage Institute, Madrid) will present the photographs taken by Jean Laurent in Portugal in 1869. A unique opportunity to see these negatives (Lisbon, Batalha, Tomar, Coimbra, Porto, Setúbal and Évora), and  screened in 3D!

The stereoscopic negatives by J. Laurent. Views of Portugal in 1869

Jean (or Juan) Laurent started to work as a photographer in 1856 and by 1857 he was already taking stereoscopic views. Between 1861 and 1868 he was announced as the photographer for Queen Elizabeth II of Spain. In 1869 he traveled to Portugal to obtain city views and portrait the Portuguese royal family.
All his negatives from Portugal were made with the technique of wet collodion glass plates, using a small carriage as a photographic darkroom. Most of the prints were on albumin paper, but also some on leptographic paper. The Laurent archive is preserved in the Cultural Heritage Institute in Madrid. In total there are about 12,000 negatives by Laurent and his hired photographers. Among the stereoscopic negatives (13 x 18 cm format) there are 78 views of Portugal, mainly from Lisbon, Batalha, Tomar, Coimbra, Porto, Setúbal and Évora.

Carlos Teixidor Cadenas is the curator of historical photography at the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE), Ministry of Culture and Sports, in Madrid. He has published several books, such as “Photography in the Canary Islands and Madeira. The era of daguerreotype, collodion and albumen 1839-1900” and “The postcard in Spain. 1892-1915” (Espasa, 1999).

‘The not-so-veiled charms of stereo photography’

We are pleased to reveal the title, blurb and a charming stereoscopic daguerreotype of Denis Pellerin’s keynote presentation at S&I Media 2020, next June.

Nude photographs in general and stereoscopic daguerreotypes in particular are very popular among collectors. These images, usually beautifully made and very nicely tinted, are greatly enhanced by the sensation of depth the stereoscope provides. The viewers could imagine themselves very close to those voluptuous ladies and so great was the illusion that it only stopped short of actually being able to touch them. But who among those who enjoy those images knows the real story behind this artistic — and occasionally pornographic — production? Most exclusively made in France in the 1850s and 1860s these daguerreotypes may have cost the buyers a small fortune but they certainly cost the majority of the photographers who took them and the models who sat for them their freedom and more often than not their reputation.

Photo historian Denis Pellerin reveals some of the sad tales behind the mirror-like surfaces of these outstanding daguerreotypes. Much more than mere flesh, the persons who undressed in front of the camera were young women who were dreaming of a better life and did not always realise there was a huge price to pay for the easy money they were earning by flaunting their veil-less charms.

Next S&I Media: 15 days left to submit!

Our call for papers is closing in 15 days!

We are looking for proposals on one or more of the following themes:

1- Stereoscopic Photography and its Visual Cultures (19th to 21st Century);
2- Photography, Cinema and Sound Media Archaeologies;
3- Scientific and Social History of Early Immersive Media;
4- 3D Cinema, Virtual Reality and Video Gaming;
5- Media Arts (Visual/Sound) and Immersion;
6- Urban Sound Studies;
7- Performance and Visual Media;
8- Cultural Heritage and Digital Age;

We remind you that stereoscopic projection will be available at the conference. The conference will offer you the opportunity to present your talk in 3-D if you feel inclined to. The digital images for these 3D presentations will be expected by April 18, 2020.

Also, if you are more interested in submitting short 3D films, you can do so until May 15.

Tom Gunning in Lisbon next June at S&I Media Conference

The International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media is honored to announce Tom Gunning as the opening keynote speaker of its next edition in Lisbon (18-20 June) with a talk entitled “3-D Images: Realistic Illusion or Perceptual Confusion?”


The presentation seeks to explore the ambiguities of the devices of stereoscopic imagery both moving and still. Since the invention of the stereoscope there has been the claim that stereoscopic images gave a more complete representation of their objects by adding an appearance of three dimensionality. However, it has also been acknowledged that stereoscopy creates merely an optical illusion of three dimensionality, one which presents its own perceptual ambiguities. Moving from the issues raised by Jonathan Crary in his discussion of stereoscopy in The Techniques of the Observer to the history 3-D films, I want to explore how the tension between an illusionist approach of fooling the senses into believing an image and an outright challenge to representation which fosters the contradictions of stereoscopic images has made 3-D a dynamic aesthetic form. I will discuss both commercial films, such as the late Transformers series, as well as avant-garde works by Godard, Ken Jacob and The OpenEnded Group (Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser).

Tom Gunning works on problems of film style and interpretation, film history and film culture. His published work has concentrated on early cinema as well as on the culture of modernity from which cinema arose. His concept of the “cinema of attractions” has tried to relate the development of cinema to other forces than storytelling, such as new experiences of space and time in modernity, and an emerging modern visual culture. The issues of film culture, the historical factors of exhibition and criticism and spectator’s experience throughout film history are recurrent themes in his work.

S&I Media 2020: Call for 3D short films

The International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media: Photography, Sound and Cinema Research will include 3D film screenings, creating an important platform for the display of 3D cinema.

3D films should explore and highlight the immersive features of stereoscopic technologies.

The films selected will be screened in the new Cinema Fernando Lopes at Universidade Lusófona in Lisbon, Portugal. During this screening, authors will be given the opportunity to present and discuss their films.

Closing date for proposal submissions: 15 May 2020.

Elisabeth Edwards in S&I Media 2020: ‘Immersive histories: photography and the absorption of the past’

The 4th International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media is pleased to announce Elizabeth Edwards as a 2020 Plenary Speaker. Elizabeth Edwards is a visual and historical anthropologist and is currently Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Victoria and Albert Museum Research Institute, London. She is Professor Emerita of Photographic History at De Montfort University, Leicester, where she was Director of the Photographic History Research Centre from 2011- 2016.

Elisabeth Edwards’s talk is entitled ‘Immersive histories: photography and the absorption of the past’ and will take place at the Carlos Relvas House-Studio in Golegã, a Nineteenth-Century luxurious and absolutely unique photographic studio, the second venue of our conference next June. See the blurb for her talk in this website

A unique venue for S&I Media’20: the 19th Century Studio-House of Carlos Relvas

The Studio-House of Carlos Relvas was conceived in 1873 as a temple dedicated to the art of photography and is the only of its kind worldwide. It’s a two-storey house with an iron and glass structure, fully restored in 2003 and in 2018, that includes a large Victorian photographic studio, labs, elegant lobbies and exhibition rooms, refined studio furniture and expensive 19th Century cameras. Carlos Relvas was a pioneer in the Portuguese photography and produced amazing collodion stereographs in the 1860’s. We are proud to have the last day of our conference in this historical studio!

More info: http://www.casarelvas.com

Talks in 3D!

Stereoscopic projection will be available at the conference. The conference will offer you the opportunity to present your talk in 3-D if you feel inclined to. Following the acceptance of your abstract, the digital images for your 3D presentation should be sent until April 18, 2020. Send us your images with a 1920 x 1080 dpi resolution to the email stereoimmersivemedia@ulusofona.pt

A Dag Studio at S&I Media 2020



The International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media will host a daguerreotype studio prepared by the Portuguese photographer Luís Pavão.   

Every conference delegate can have his/her daguerreotype portrait taken during the first two days of our conference. If inclined to, the sitter will be invited to polish the brass plate and finish the packaging of the plate in a case specifically designed for this event.    

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