A Million Pictures

A Million Pictures

Magic Lantern Slides in the History of Learning
Edited by Sarah Dellmann and Frank Kessler
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 08/04/2020
ISBN: 978-0-86196-956-2
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Slides for the magic or optical lantern were a major tool for knowledge transfer in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Schools, universities, the church and many public and private institutions all over the world relied on the lantern for illustrated lectures and demonstrations. This volume brings together scholarly research on the educational uses of the optical lantern in different disciplines by international specialists, representing the state of the art of magic lantern research today. In addition, it contains a lab section with contributions by archivists and curators and performers reflecting on ways to preserve, present and re-use this immensely rich cultural heritage today.

Authors of this collection of essays will include Janelle Blankenship, Karin Bienek, Stephen Bottomore, Richard Crangle, Sarah Dellmann, Ine van Dooren, Claire Dupr La Tour, Jenny Durrant, Francisco Javier Frutos Esteban, Anna Katharina Graskamp, Emily Hayes, Erkki Huhtamo, Lydia Jakobs, Martyn Jolly, Joe Kember, Frank Kessler, Machiko Kusahara, Sabine Lenk, Carmen López San Segundo, Ariadna Lorenzo Sunyer, Maria Mnnig, Ana David Mendes, Daniela Mller-Kolb, Alina Novik, Daniel Pitarch, Jordi Pons, Montse Puigdeval, Anglique Quillay, Angel Quintana Morraja, Nadezhda Stanulevich, Vanessa Toulmin, Jennifer Tucker, Kurt Vanhoutte, Mrcia Vilarigues, Ludwig Vogl-Bienek, Joseph Wachelder, Artemis Willis, Lee Wing Ki, Irene Suk Mei Wong, and Nele Wynants.


Author Bio

Sarah Dellman is a media historian with an expertise in visual media of the 19th and early 20th centuries, mostly in Europe. She especially works on the magic lantern and early cinema, integrating archival, ethical, epistemological and intermedial perspectives as well as digital methods. After her PhD defense in 2015, Dellmann worked as researcher and coordinator in the research project A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning (2015–2018) and was chief organiser of the projects international conference. She is editor at Early Popular Visual Culture and author of Images of Dutchness: Popular Visual Culture, Early Cinema, and the Emergence of a National Clich, 1800–1914. Frank Kessler holds the chair of Media History at Utrecht University and is a former president of Domitor, the international association of research on early cinema.

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