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Nele Wynants is a postdoctoral researcher at the Université libre de Bruxelles (THEA Joint Research Group) and University of Antwerp (Research Centre for Visual Poetics). She graduated in Art History, Performance and Media Arts (UGent) and obtained a PhD in Theatre studies and Intermediality from the University of Antwerp. Her current project the Optics of Performance aims to historicize concepts and practices of intermedial theatre by focusing on the interplay of performance, science and technology in theatre and media history. In 2015 she was a visiting scholar at Université Paris 3 (LIRA, Laboratoire International de Recherches en Arts) where she conducted archival research on scientific theatre in the 19th century. She is involved in A Million Pictures, a European research project on the magic lantern as European cultural heritage, and she is a member of Spectacular Astronomy, a research network of theatre scholars and historians of science from Paris, Berlin, Utrecht and Strasbourg. She is editor in chief of Forum+ for research and arts, and she publishes on interactions between theater, media history and science. 




DE BINNENKANT VAN HET BEELD. Immersie en theatraliteit in de kunsten. Gent: MER. Paper Kunsthalle - 350 p. 2017. ISBN 978 94 9232 167 1


Recent publications:


“Spectral Illusions. Ghostly Presence in Phantasmagoria Shows.”

Framing Immersive Theatre and Performance. The Politics and Pragmatics of Participatory Performance. Edited by James Frieze, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp. 207-220.


“On the Passage of a Man of the Theatre through a Rather Brief Moment in Time:

Henri Robin, Performing Astronomy in Nineteenth Century Paris.” (with Kurt Vanhoutte)

Early Popular Visual Culture (special issue on Spectacular Astronomy), 15:2, May 2017, pp. 152-174, DOI: 10.1080/17460654.2017.1318520


 “Le théâtre du réel: une nouvelle vague flamande entre fiction et non-fiction.”

L’Annuaire théâtral, no. 58, Dec 2016, pp. 151–169, DOI: 10.7202/1038325ar


“Depictions of reality. Past, present and future in a fictional framework.”

AICA international association of art critics,, December 2016. 


full bibliography can be found on my University of Antwerp home page


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