From 29 August 2017 09:00 to 1 September 2017 16:00

History, Archiving, and Creative Re-use of Educational Magic Lantern Slides

International conference: A Million Pictures

Prof. Erkki Huhtamo with his L. J. Marcy dissolving magic lantern pair (Philadelphia, c. 1870). Photo: David Leonard
Prof. Erkki Huhtamo with his L. J. Marcy dissolving magic lantern pair (Philadelphia, c. 1870). Photo: David Leonard

The magic lantern was an important visual entertainment and means of instruction in nineteenth-century Europe and its former colonies; it was used in popular and academic teaching until the 1950s. However, despite its pervasiveness across multiple scientific, educational and popular contexts, magic lantern slides remain under-researched.

The project and the conference engage with magic lantern slides on several levels:
 

  • studying the historical importance of magic lantern slides, projection apparatus, readings, and other paraphernalia as tools in the history of learning in a wide range of fields
  • exchanging archival practices and discussing tools for cataloguing, archiving and giving access to magic lantern slides held in heritage institutions and other collections
  • stimulating the re-use of this form of cultural heritage in scholarly, artistic, documentary, cultural and other creative practices.

The conference will present and discuss the outcomes of the Million Pictures project and share them with all those interested in the magic lantern and lantern slides from a scholarly, historical, archival, curatorial, artistic, museological, educational or practical point of view.

A keynote will be given by media historian Prof. Erkki Huhtamo (UCLA) and a closing statement by Prof. Vanessa Toulmin (University of Sheffield).

The programme also contains performances, roundtables, poster presentations and demonstrations of digital tools.

Start date and time
29 August 2017 09:00
End date and time
1 September 2017 16:00
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