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Publications Update 2018

January 7, 2019

The book based on the Machines. Magie. Médias conference in Cerisy la Salle in August 2016 has been published recently, edited by Jean Marc Larrue, Giusy Pisano, and myself. Its more than thirty chapters present the complex interactions between the history of stage magic and media technologies. The book also contains a contribution written by […]

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Lecture in Groningen

November 15, 2017

            Ill.: La Nature 27 December 1890   Yesterday I gave a lecture at Groningen University on “Media Histories / Media Dispositifs: The Case of 3-D Technology”. I was invited by the group “Arts, Media, Moving Images” at the Research Centre for Arts in Society. My argument went as follows: rather […]

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Two Conferences in Montreal

June 6, 2017

  From May 18-20 Sabine Lenk and I participated at the 3rd conference of the International Society for Media Studies on the intriguing topic of “Authentic Artifice”, held at the Université de Montréal. We presented a paper entitled “‘Rendre réel aux yeux du public…’ – Stage Craft, Film Tricks, and the Féerie”. The genre of féerie […]

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Images Across Borders

February 6, 2017

Recently, two publications came out that are linked to the research project “The Nation and Its Other“, which I conducted from 2010 to 2014. One is Dafna Ruppin’s revised dissertation that was published by John Libbey as The Komedi Bioscoop: Early Cinema in Colonial Indonesia. This pioneering study retraces the history of moving pictures in […]

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Machines Magic Media

August 22, 2016

  The beautiful castle of Cerisy-la-Salle is an ideal place to discuss the complex interrelationships between media, magic and technology. I am one of the organisers of this conference which is part of an international research project (for more details look here). Academics and magicians explore together various aspects of this subject. Besides lectures and […]

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