The project will focus on Belgium, and its neighbouring countries France, The Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg over several decades and generations, allowing for a synchronic and diachronic analysis. These countries were at the forefront of the continent's industrialisation and include the most common and feasible itineraries within the scope of certain language areas. 

The period to be studied begins around 1850 – when industrial modernity marked a shift from rural and religious fairground traditions to prevailingly entertainment fairground culture – and ends in 1914 with the disruption caused by the First World War. 

The project will employ the term ‘science’ for abroad range of disciplines, including (visual) knowledge on anatomy, medicine, geography, history and technology.