Call for Contributions (deadline: 31 January 2017):
International Conference

A Million Pictures: History, Archiving, and Creative Re-use of Educational Magic Lantern Slides

29 August – 1 September 2017, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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.

It will also provide a platform for both presenting ongoing scholarly research on the magic lantern, with an emphasis on lantern slides as a teaching tool as well as for presenting activities in the fields of archiving and creative re-use.

A keynote will be given by media historian Prof. Erkki Huhtamo (UCLA – Design Media Arts / Film, Television, and Digital Media) and a closing statement by Prof. Vanessa Toulmin (University of Sheffield / Research Director of the National Fairground Archive). The programme will also contain magic lantern performances, roundtables and demonstrations.

The conference invites scholars, practitioners in the heritage sector, in the creative industries, in the arts and in cultural/museum education to participate and submit a contribution. Contributions can have the following formats:
• Scholarly Papers
• Poster Presentations
• Demonstrations and Presentations of Artistic Forms of Engaging with Lantern Slides
• Input to Roundtable Discussions
• 5 Minutes of Experience Talks

For specifications about the formats, please access the detailed Call for Contributions (available in PDF, DOCX or html) at the project website: .

The deadline for the submission of proposals is 31 January 2017.
Proposal should be submitted via the Submission form available via the webpage mentioned above.

More information about the conference will be regularly updated via the Conference page

Questions about the CfC can be directed to Prof. Frank E. Kessler (
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At the University of Groningen, we created a 3D printed replica of a Lumière Cinématographe, based on the original Cinématographe preserved by EYE Film Museum Amsterdam. We have now written a complete building plan for the replica, so anyone with a 3D printer can print their own version. The box itself is not printed but made of plywood - instructions for this can be in the building plan. The replica is useful to show the internal mechanism, especially the film transport and shutter - it doesn't have a lens, so you can't use it for projections. 
The building plan can be found on Thingiverse:
Replica of the Cinématographe
Off course, we hope that this is the start of a whole series of printable replicas of media apparatuses, created by enthusiasts all over the world... 



We invite all members of the NEMA to consider sharing their digital media heritage collections. These collections will be harvested according to the OAI-PMH protocol (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting), widely used for this kind of exchange of online data. Europeana for example, uses the OAI-PMH for harvesting huge volumes of content from numerous content providers in Europe. The aim is to have a single database where all these collections can be searched, however, each partner institution will still maintain its own database. Also, in our view, each partner should be able to embed the search functionality on their own website(s).

We (the University of Groningen) are doing a small survey to list all partners of the network that want to share their digital media collections (even if they are still in the process of setting up such a collection). We therefore kindly invite you to answer the following questions. This is just an inventory, in this stage there are no obligations to actually share your collections. 

Go to the survey

The second meeting of the Network for Experimental Media Archaeology will take place in the Dana Research Centre at the Science Museum in London on Thursday morning February 11, 2016 between 9 am and 1 am.

Dr Tim Boon, hosting the meeting as Head of Research & Public History in the Science Museum, will open the meeting.

The meeting will follow up on the "Hands-on Media History" conference organised by John Ellis and Nick Hall from Royal Holloway College on February 8-10 ; see

As the network springs from a close collaboration between universities, (technology) museums and (film and) media archives envisioning innovate research and curating practices on apparatus collections, the meeting’s first aim is to present ongoing hands-on research in the field of experimental media archaeology; to think about the collaboration between media scholars and cultural heritage institutions in doing hands-on experiments and re-enactment; to discuss combined applications to facilitate university / museum collaborations; and to plan further activities.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you in London!

Andreas Fickers & Annie van den Oever