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.