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New Publication - The Magic Lantern in Colonial Australia & New Zealand, by Elizabeth Hartrick

Thu, 9th March - Sun, 30th April

The Magic Lantern in Colonial Australia and New Zealand

By Elizabeth Hartrick (University of Melbourne) 

In a world awash with visual technologies, the curiously named magic lantern – the optical lantern or optical projector – and its fragile glass lantern slides has become largely invisible. Yet this powerful visual...

Magic Lantern Society Convention (UK)

Fri, 28th April - Sun, 30th April

The 10th Annual Magic Lantern Society Convention is a gathering of collectors, historians, performers, researchers and artists, with an interest in lantern slide culture and technology. The program for the Convention can be found here

Registration is now open:


Call for Papers: Magic Lantern Conference at Universiteit Utretch

Tue, 29th August - Fri, 1st September

Call for Contributions

The conference will present and discuss the outcomes of the Million Pictures project (University of Utretch) 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...

Technologies of Memory and Affect Exhibition and Conference - Flinders University

Thu, 16th February - Fri, 17th February

Technologies of Memory and Affect

‘Technologies of Memory and Affect’ is an interdisciplinary two day conference, a visual methodologies workshop, and an exhibition to be held in Adelaide immediately prior to the Adelaide Fringe Festival from February 16-17 2017

Keynotes: Professor Deb Verhoeven...

Hugh Rayner's Lantern Slide lecture and Reenactment at the Oriental Museum, Durham University

Tue, 13th December

A brief overview of Simla; as seen through the eyes of some of the first photographers, professional and amateur, to have worked there.

This lecture depicts the development of Simla from the mid 1850’s through to the 1900’s, illustrated with a range of rare photographs taken from the private collection of Hugh Rayner, a photographic...

Visualising Human Rights Conference

Mon, 5th December - Tue, 6th December

This event explores the powerful role of photography in shaping our understanding of human rights. Historically images have been a crucial way of disseminating ideas, creating a sense of proximity between peoples across the globe, and notions of a shared humanity.

In recent years scholars have begun to argue for new notions of photography that...

Magic Lantern Show Reenactment: The Tragic Drowning Fatality

Sat, 24th September

This magic lantern show tells the story of an actual double drowning in the Shoalhaven River at Bundanon. Local actors will read newspaper reports and give the testimony of eyewitnesses that were published in the Shoalhaven Telegraph on Wednesday 1 February 1922. The original magic lantern slides Martyn Jolly will project through two nineteenth century...

The Projected Image Heritage in Australia and New Zealand Symposium

Fri, 14th December

Notes from the symposium
The Projected Image Heritage of Australia and New Zealand symposium was held at the Research School of Humanities and the Arts, ANU, 14 December 2012.

Professor Paul Pickering from the Research School of Humanities and the Arts welcomed us with an overview of the magic lantern as an integral...

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