Over the last decades the popularisation of science has become an important frame for studying the abundant use of magic lantern slides, and Victorian Britain often served as the backdrop of inquiry.¹ Although science popularisation provides a promising alternative for technologically focused ‘pre-cinema’ accounts, the study of magic lantern practices from such a popularisation perspective comes with new challenges. The very notion of ‘popularisation’ tends towards one-directional dissemination practices, whereas historians of science commonly embrace constructivist, contextual or network approaches to study the co-evolution of science and society. This paper proposes a focus on ‘science becoming popular’ in order to...
|Title of host publication||A Million Pictures|
|Subtitle of host publication||Magic Lantern Slides in the History of Learning|
|Editors||Sarah Dellmann, Frank Kessler|
|Place of Publication||New Barnet, Herts|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Series||KINtop Studies in Early Cinema|