Prior to commencing my PhD, I took a BA (Hons) in Language and Cultural Studies at University College Cork and Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III, and MA in Film Studies also at UCC, with a dissertation on motherhood and spatial embodiment in the cinema of Pedro Almodóvar. The working title of my doctoral thesis, under the supervision of Dr Laura Rascaroli, is "Locating the Transnational: Representations and Aesthetics of the City in Contemporary European Cinema". My project focuses on the filmed places and the socio-cultural spaces of the cities of Dublin, Rome and Madrid, under the rubric of transnationalism. Outside of (but on occasion connected to) my doctoral work, I research digital and interactive media (in the realms of documentary, amateur video and pop culture), primarily in relation to questions of aesthetics, control/authorship, and individual and collective memory. I am co-founder, editor and web designer of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media. Also, I teach film analysis, film theory and multimedia skills at UCC. Other work and passions include video editing, experimental video, web design, photography, film review/criticism, and writing for/about independent and alternative music.
Main research and publishing interests include:
- Representations of the city
- Space in cinema
- Aesthetics (diegetic, post-productive)
- Representations of national, cultural and gender identity
- New media, interactivity and Web 2.0
- Non-fiction and "dotcomumentary"
- European Cinema(s), particularly Irish (including Irish-language), Italian, Spanish, French, Polish and Belgian
- Directors: Pedro Almodóvar, Lenny Abrahamson, Ondi Timoner, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Chantal Akerman and Robert Guédiguian
- Film and new media theory
- Visual anthropology and cultural studies
Editorship of Journal Issues
Abigail Keating, Deborah Mellamphy and Jill Murphy (eds), “Cinema in the Interstices”, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Issue 5 (Summer 2013, forthcoming). ISSN: 2009-4078.
Contributions to Journals and Edited Collections
"Video Making, Harlem Shaking: Theorising the Interactive Amateur", in New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film (forthcoming, 2014).
“Home Movies in the Age of Web 2.0: The Case of 'Star Wars Kid'”, in Barry Monahan, Laura Rascaroli and Gwenda Young (eds), Saving Private Reels: New Frameworks and Practices for the Amateur Moving Image. London, New York: Continuum (forthcoming, 2013).
“All Roads lead to Piazza Vittorio: Transnational Spaces in Agostino Ferrente’s Documusical”, in Studies in Documentary Film, 5:2&3 (2011). ISSN: 17503280. 197-209.
“Locating the City: Dublin and the Consumerist Journey in Recent Irish Cinema”, in Juan F. Elices and Marisol Morales (eds), Glocal Ireland: Current Perspectives on Literature and the Visual Arts. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011. 214-228.
“Romance: Love Story”, in Lincoln Geraghty (ed), Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood. Bristol: Intellect, 2011. 235-238.
“Drama: Philadelphia”, in Lincoln Geraghty (ed), Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood. Bristol: Intellect, 2011. 219-221.
“Animation: The Simpsons Movie”, in Lincoln Geraghty (ed), Directory of World Cinema: American Hollywood. Bristol: Intellect, 2011. 251-253.
Review of Katherine Thomson-Jones, Aesthetics and Film, in Film-Philosophy, 14:1 (2010), pp. 468-474. ISSN: 1466-4615.
Articles in Preparation
“Art versus Science: Aestheticising the Interstice in Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live in”.
“Digital Deceptions: Ondi Timoner’s We Live in Public as 'Dotcomumentary'”.“On the (non)Fluency of a Transnational Generation: Performing Identity in Contemporary Irish-language Media”.
Event Organisation and Assistance
Co-organiser of Cinema in the Interstices, Alphaville Inaugural Conference, University College Cork, 7-9 September 2012.
Co-organiser of the 8th Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar 2011: Space and Time in Film, University College Cork, 29-30 March 2011.
Conference assistant at Saving Private Reels: An International Conference on the Presentation, Appropriation and Re-contextualisation of the Amateur Moving Image, University College Cork, 17-19 September 2010.
Co-organiser of Transnational, Transcultural, Transmedial: European Cinema Today, An International Graduate Film Studies Conference, University College Cork, 14-15 May 2010.
Conference, Seminar and Workshop Presentations
"What’s in an Eponym? Embodied (non)Identity in 'Celtic Tiger' Irish Cinema". Cosmopolitan Screens, Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 28-30 June 2013.
"All About Adam and Paul: (Fore)Naming the Tiger in Recent Irish Cinema". Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts, University College Cork, 18-20 April 2013.
Invited Lecture on Pedro Almodóvar and Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius, Irish Film Institute, Dublin, 12 March 2013.
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"Art vs Science: Transmedial Aesthetics in the Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar". Invited Seminar. Queen's University Belfast, 19 February 2013.
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“Performing Identity in Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live in (2011)". Changing Times: Performances and Identities On Screen, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, 7-9 November 2012.
“Aestheticising the Interstice in Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live in (2011)”. Cinema in the Interstices, Alphaville Inaugural Conference, University College Cork, 7-9 September 2012.
“The Interactive Home Movie: Individual and Collective Memory in the Age of Web 2.0”. Time Networks: Screen Media and Memory, NECS 2012, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, 21-23 June 2012.
“Digital Deceptions: Aesthetics of the Dotcomumentary”. Invited Presentation. Digital Humanities Workshop, University College Cork, 25 May 2012.
“Documentary in Transit: On the Movement and Aesthetics of a Cinematic Cyberspace”. Genres in Transit: Re-thinking Genre in Contemporary Cinemas, Trinity College Dublin, 20-21 April 2012.
“Conceptualising the Dotcomumentary: Timoner’s We Live in Public (2009)”. College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference, University College Cork, 14 November 2011.
“Corporeality and Identity Movement in Contemporary Cinematic Dublin”. Invited Seminar. Department of Italian Research Seminar, University College Cork, 27 October 2011.
“On the (Non-)Fluency of a Transnational Generation: Performing Identity in Contemporary Irish-language Media”. Sonic Futures: Soundscapes and the Languages of Screen Media, NECS 2011, Birkbeck College and King’s College, University of London, England, 23-26 June 2011.
“A/politicising the Eternal City: Representation, Immigration and a Docu- Agenda”. 8th Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar: Space and Time in Film, University College Cork, 29-30 March 2011.
“Setting up an Online Academic Journal”. Invited Presentation. Early Career Researchers’ Journal Committee, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University College Cork, 8 February 2011.
“Ferrente’s Fleeting Other: L’orchestra di Piazza Vittorio (2006)”. College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference, University College Cork, 20 November 2010.
“Private Places, Global Spaces: Subverting the Amateur Aesthetic of Recent YouTube Phenomena”. Saving Private Reels: An International Conference on the Presentation, Appropriation and Re-contextualisation of the Amateur Moving Image, University College Cork, 17-19 September 2010.
“Transnational European Cinema: An Irish Context”. The Europeanness of European Cinema, King’s College London, England, 4 June 2010.
“On the Transnationality of Filmic Space: A Reconsideration of Almodóvar’s Global Cities”. Transnational, Transcultural, Transmedial: European Cinema Today, An International Graduate Film Studies Conference, University College Cork, 14-15 May 2010.
“Where the Hell is ... YouTube?”. 7th Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar, Trinity College Dublin, 22-23 April 2010.
“Transnational European Cinema: Aesthetics and the Urban Space”. College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference, University College Cork, 14 November 2009.
“To the Centre and Back: Dublin and the Consumerist Journey in Recent Irish Cinema”. Metropolitan Desires: Cultural Reconfigurations of the European City Space, Manchester Metropolitan University, England, 8-9 September 2009.
“Contrasting Spaces? Representations of Motherhood and the (Urban) Village in Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver”. Locating Media, NECS 2009, University of Lund, Sweden, 25-28 June 2009.
“Peripheral Cubs: Cinematic Representations and Aesthetics of the Other in Celtic Tiger Ireland”. From Local Ireland to Global Ireland: The Reality Beyond, VIII International Conference of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain, 28-30 May 2009.
“Women on the Verge: Mothers and Margins in the Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar”. De-Marginalising the Marginal, Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin, 1 April 2009.
Video, Writing, Web and Graphics
- I have a number of years of experience in SD/HD videography and digital editing, and have been using DSLR for the past two years. I have worked freelance as a video editor and camera operator; most of my employment in this area has come from event, factual and promotional work. To date, the largest project I have been involved in has been the nationally funded Capturing the Nation: Irish Home Movies, 1930-1970, a collaboration between UCC and the Irish Film Institute, Dublin.
- Prior to undertaking a PhD, I worked as a commercial web writer, and I have been involved in graphic design on the web and in print for several years (poster, CD, DVD, journal designs). Also, I have worked as a promotional and press kit writer for independent and alternative music (including FIFA Records).
- I am the web designer and content editor for Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, along with a number of other academic websites.
- Practical interests include: video editing, DSLR cinematography, grading, experimental video, digital photography, digital graphics, and web design.
- Tools of choice are: Canon DSLR and HD/V, Adobe Master Collection CS6 and 5.5, Final Cut Pro Suite, and all types of Mac.
Editorial and Advisory Positions
- Co-founder and Member of the Editorial Board of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media. ISSN: 2009-4078.
- English-language proofreader for Cinéma & Cie: International Film Studies Journal. ISSN: 2036-461X.
- I have worked as a Tutor and Lecturer on the MA in Film Studies at UCC since 2009, where I teach Advanced Film Analysis and Theory, Film Analysis and Terminology, and Multimedia Skills.
- I have worked as an Evening Lecturer for Film Studies at UCC since 2010, where I have taught the following courses, among others: Space and Time in Film; Masters of the Cinema; Genre in the 21st Century; Contemporary World Cinema; Contemporary European Cinema; Women Directors.
- NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies)
- MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association)
- Cork Film Centre