Apparatuses simulating the world, from the 19th century until the present.

Inventing, testing and transforming reality

A3-ColloqueTransformerReel-5-6-7-092016_250px.pngThis international and interdisciplinary conference is about apparatuses (dispositifs) simulating the world, from the 19th century until today: under this term we propose to designating any installation stimulating the presence of the spectator in another space and/or another time, aiming to bring to life to the public a historic, geographic and/or physical experience. Examples include: panoramas, raised-relief maps, dioramas, cinemas, georamas, globes, optic devices such as the zoetrope, amusement and theme parks, reconstructions in miniature of geographic entities (neighborhoods, cities, countries) and museums. We will explore how these apparatuses—products of the rapid growth in technical and scientific knowledge as well as of leisure—contributed to transform societal visions of the world, and the relation of individuals to the world (their relations to the body, society, space, time, and unfamiliar places) from the end of the 19th century.

We will have the pleasure to welcome two keynote speakers:

  • Vanessa Schwartz, Professor of History, Art History and Critical Studies, University of Southern California ; director of Visual Studies Research Institute
  • Jean-Marc Besse, Agrégé de philosophie et docteur en histoire, Université Paris  1 Panthéon-Sorbonne ; directeur de recherche au CNRS


Scientific commitee

Jean-Marc Besse, Centre national de la recherche scientifique

Charlotte Bigg, Centre national de la recherche scientifique

Teresa Castro, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3

Federico Ferretti, Université de Genève/University College Dublin

Maria Gravari-Barbas, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Allison Huetz, Université de Genève

Olivier Lugon, Université de Lausanne

Michel Lussault, Université de Lyon - ENS de Lyon

Laurence Madeline, Musée d'art et d'histoire, Genève

Vanessa Schwartz, University of Southern California

Estelle Sohier, Université de Genève

Jean-François Staszak, Université de Genève

Kelley Wilder, De Montfort University (Photographic History Research Center)