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Screen Culture and the Social Question: Poverty on Screen 1880–1914

1-3 December 2011

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Convenors: Prof. Dr. Andreas Gestrich (GHIL), Dr. Ludwig Vogl-Bienek (University of Trier)

This conference will bring together different international research approaches looking at how the optical lantern (‘art of projection’) and cinematography were used in the context of the Social Question around 1900. The media history relevance of the Social Question to the establishment of these new visual media has hardly so far been examined. Nor have these media been critically investigated as social history sources. The conference aims to make a fundamental contribution towards establishing an innovative field of research in the area where social history and media history overlap.

Special event: Professor Mervyn Heard’s Magic Lantern Show (2 December at the Foundling Museum)

Conference programme (PDF file)

Conference report (PDF file), published in: GHIL Bulletin 34 (2012), Vol 1

Related publication:
Screen Culture and the Social Question 1880-1914
Ed. by Ludwig Vogl-Bienek and Richard Crangle
New Barnet: John Libbey, 2013. - 276 p.
(Kintop Studies in Early Cinema ; 3)
ISBN 978-0-86196-709

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