Prof. dr. Frank Kessler is professor in media history.

He teaches in the Research MA programme Media Arts Performance and in the undergraduate programme Media and Culture.

His research activities concern mainly the field of early cinema and visual media in the 19th and early 20th century. He successfully completed the research programme "The Nation and Its Other" (2010-2014) and acted as project leader for the European project  "A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Slide Heritage as Artefacts in the Common European History of Learning". He is a co-applicant and partner in the Belgian Excellence of Science project "B-Magic. The Magic Lantern and its Cultural Impact as a Visual Mass Medium in Belgium"(2018-2022) and project leader of "Projecting Knowledge – The Magic Lantern as a Tool for Mediated Science Communication in the Netherlands, 1880-1940" (2018-2023).

Kessler has been the director of the Institute of Media and Re/presentaion and then Head of Department Media and Culture Studies. From September 2011 until June 2013 he was director of the Research Institute for History and Culture (OGC) and from July 2013 until Sptember 2022 the director of the Research Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON). 

Kessler is one of the founders and editors of "KINtop. Jahrbuch zur Erforschung des frühen Films" and "Montage/AV".

Issue edited by Frank Kessler and Stephen Lowry

Timothy Barnard, Laurent Le Forestier, Frank Kessler

Ed. by Sarah Dellmann and Frank Kessler

Ed. by Frank Kessler, Jean-Marc Larrue, and Giusy Pisano

Edited by Annie van den Oever, Frank Kessler, Patricia Pisters, Steven Willemsen

Edited by Annie van den Oever, Frank Kessler, Philippe Meers, Patricia Pisters, Steven Willemsen

Special issue "Encounters across Borders" edited by Sarah Dellmann and Frank Kessler

Edited by Frank Kessler and Nanna Verhoeff

Special Issue "Visible Evidence - But of What?" edited by Frank Kessler

Yearbook on Early Cinema edited by Frank Kessler, Sabine Lenk, and Martin Loiperdinger. 14 volumes 1992-2006.
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