Center for the Interdisciplinary Analysis of Images, Contexts, Cultural Heritage


LYNX - Center for the Interdisciplinary Analysis of Images, Contexts, Cultural Heritage is a research unit of the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca related to the Curricula in Analysis and Management of Cultural Heritage (AMCH) and Museum Studies (MUST) within the PhD Program in Cognitive and Cultural Systems.

Founded in 2011 as LYNX - Center for the Interdisciplinary Analysis of Images and renovated in 2022, LYNX promotes and carries out case study based research projects concerning the mechanisms of image production and their contextually specific reception and use. LYNX does not pose any limitation in terms of the cultural area, chronological period or medium to be addressed by the proposed research projects; it does, however, privilege projects that adopt multidisciplinary strategies of analysis, paying special attention, in particular, to approaches that are economic, sociological, architectural, urban-studies related, historical, art historical, philosophical, neuro-perceptive, behavioral, and media studies related.

LYNX aims at hosting, in the same setting and at the same time, both research projects dealing with contemporary phenomena and those addressing phenomena and contexts of the past.

LYNX is interested in both the domain of research and the industries and institutions that give a prominent role to the production, manipulation and reception of images (be they museum displays, urban spaces, single visual objects expressed in any medium, books, etc.). LYNX’s goal is to promote and carry out transversal reflection on the overall theme of “Objects, spaces, images: individual experience and social behaviors.”

Among our topics:

  • Role of Images, Objects and Spaces (Production, Contextual Reception, Uses, Tangible and Intangible Dimensions, from Antiquity onwards);

  • Image Tradition and Perception, Media (from Antiquity onwards, including Film Studies, Photography);

  • Difficult Heritage: Analysis, Management, Organization;

  • Digitization of Cultural Heritage;

  • Cultural Heritage Law and Globalization;

  • East and West (from Antiquity onwards);

  • Cultural Heritage Institutions, Museums Public Involvement;

  • Archaeological Excavations, Ancient Art, Ancient Societies;

  • Movement, Space, Representations (from Antiquity onwards);

  • Real and Virtual in Cultural Heritage;

  • UNESCO practices;

  • Cultural Diplomacy and Exchanges;

  • Art and Science (from Antiquity onwards);

  • Skills and Professions in Cultural Heritage and Creative Industries.