You are warmly invited to attend the NEMA workshop on Experimental Media Archaeology in Paris on June 28 and to contribute to the discussion and presentations during the workshop. You are welcome to do so in any way you deem relevant. If you want to be lined up for a presentation during the workshop, please contact Andreas Fickers or Annie van den Oever.

Full texts are attached on the workshop as well as on the panel presentation with John Ellis, on July 1, 2017.

Warm regards,

Andreas Fickers and Annie van den Oever 


DATE Wednesday June 28 
TIME    13.30 -17.00h
LOCATION Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7

Workshop # 3 in Salle 789C, Campus Grands Moulins C Building, 7th floor


For details see the two documents below as well as (pre)conference events online:

NECS 2017 PANEL on Experimental Media Archaeology (PDF)

Pre-Conference Workshop at Paris 7 (PDF)


At the end of 2016, the final report of the project “Media Heritage” was published. Initiated by The Film Archive together with the University Library at the University of Groningen, this pilot project aimed at exploring innovative forms of education and research in the fields of Film Studies, Media Studies, Heritage Studies, History of Technology, Media Curating, and other areas that share a focus on material objects. New forms of representation of these objects were explored, to “retool the imagination”. Within the pilot project, the focus was on 3D technologies (e.g., scanners, printers, 360 degree photo cameras) on the market today.

 The objectives of the project were:

  • To create an open platform for the presentation of objects from the collection of apparatuses in the Film Archive, as well in partner collections, in support of education, research, and heritage studies.
  • To explore different forms of representation of a small group of prioritized objects form – e.g., 3D scans, 3D prints, 3D modeling (as in replicas), 360 degree photography – and to test limits and benefits for education and research.
  • To gather established knowledge as well as develop new practices with regard to enriching 3D representations of media objects on an open platform with metadata and related source material.
  • Recommending and possibly defining standard(s) for metadata in the field of Media Curating.
  • Explore forms of sharing information via the platform with partners, in particular with the universities and museums assembled in the Network for Experimental Media Archaeology NEMA.

Various members of the Network of Experimental Media Heritage shared their expertise with the project team. The results of the project are presented in the final report that can be downloaded via the link below. The report contains a chapter on the affordances of 3D representations for Research and Education, a description of the process to create the different 3D objects, and chapters on metadata and setting up a platform for sharing 3D media heritage objects and related sources. 

Download the report



Meeting in Trier

Dear colleagues and friends,

During our meeting in the Science Museum in London, February 2016, we announced to plan a new meeting for the Network of Experimental Media Archaeology, to discuss ongoing projects, and to assess opportunities to join forces w/r/t/ new joint projects and project / book proposals, and joint conference and research applications.

Andreas Fickers (cc) and I are planning our next NEMA meeting in Paris for the end of June, during the Pre-Conference of NECS (June 27th-28th). Please keep these dates: we will inform you asap of the exact date, place and time of the meeting.

Please note that the Pre-Conference will be well visited ad will be followed by the NECS Conference (June 29th - July 1st 2017), which will be attended by hundreds of film and media scholars from all over Europe. You are definitely welcome. Please also note that the deadline for handing in panel and paper proposals is still open. All information on the NECS Conference and Pre-Conference you will find at  - You will have to move fast.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Paris. With best regards, also on behalf of Andreas,


Contact details:


p.s.  If you want your workshop / panel to take place during the NECS Conference, it will have to last 1hr and 45 min, because it will take place at Paris 3 during one of the parallel sessions, at the same time as several other panels and workshops.

If instead you want the workshop to take place during the Pre-Conference, then it can last a little longer, for ex. 2hrs: in this case, it will take place at Paris 7, and not at Paris 3

If you choose the option of a workshop during the NECS Conference, then it would be important that you send your proposal through the Submission Form; if instead it is for the Pre-Conference, then it is enough to send the proposal to the official email address of the conference: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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 (
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dr. Sarah Dellmann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)