Nele Wynants is an art and theatre scholar at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (ARIA), University of Antwerp. Her research focusses on the interactions between performance, media and science and their overlapping histories. She is a member of the Young Academy of Belgium (Flanders) and the Project Management Board of B-magic, a large-scale research project on the magic lantern in Belgian history (www.B-magic.eu). She recently received an ERC Starting Grant for the project ‘Science at the Fair: Performing Knowledge and Technology in Western Europe, 1850-1914’ (www.scifair.eu). As editor in chief of FORUM+ for research and arts (www.forum-online.be) she is also involved in contemporary practice-based research and research in the arts.