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I work chiefly on comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of film.
My recent publications include Regarding the Real: Cinema, Documentary, and the Visual Arts; and Post-Conflict Performance, Film, and Visual Arts: Cities of Memory (with Mark Phelan). I have published in journals such as Film Quarterly, Studies in Documentary Film, Screen, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Kinema, Literature/Film Quarterly, and Screening the Past. I currently co-edit the Cinema Aesthetics series, and continue to publish on aspects of Irish film, visual culture, and contemporary literature. I am currently completing short book for the 'Theatre &' series, Theatre & Cinema (Palgrave, 120pp).
I am involved in the following externally funded research projects:
- Cities of Memory: Film, Performance, Visual Arts and the Post-Conflict City
- Framing Trauma: Mental Illness and the Documentary Image
- The Art of Reconciliation: Do Reconciliation-Funded Arts Projects Transform Conflict?
2017: AHRC Research Grant (CI)
2014: Wellcome Trust Small Grant (PI)
2013: Leverhulme Research Fellowship (PI)
2012: British Academy Small Grant (PI)
Selected Research Publications
Regarding the Real: Cinema, Documentary, and the Visual Arts (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016) 224p.
‘Voyage(s) to Sarajevo: Jean-Luc Godard and War of Images’, Post-Conflict Performance, Film and Visual Arts: Cities of Memory, O’Rawe, D. & Phelan, M. (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 336p.
‘Eclectic Dialectics: William Klein’s Documentary Method,’ Film Quarterly. 66.1. (2012), pp. 60-69.
‘(Pro)Motion Pictures: Len Lye in the Thirties,’ Quarterly Review of Film and Video. 29.1, 2012. pp. 64-75.
‘New York City: 12 December, 1980,’ Studies in Documentary Film. 5. 1 (2011), pp. 31-44.
‘Towards a Poetics of the Cinematographic Frame,’ Journal of Aesthetics and Culture. 3 (1) (2011), pp. 1-13.
‘Cinema Lucida: Johan van der Keuken and the Meaning of Loss,’ Screening the Past. 29 (2010).
‘The Fraternity of Metaphors: Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme,’ Kinema: Journal of Film and Media. 34.2 (2010), pp. 5-18.
‘Film Sound and the Poetics of Silence,’ in Sound and Music in Film and Visual Media: A Critical Overview. Harper, Graeme (ed.). London: Continuum Press. 2009. pp. 68-81.
‘Cinema of Masks: Commedia dell'Arte and Jean Renoir’s The Golden Coach,’ in Clowns, Fools and Picaros: Popular Forms in Theatre, Fiction and Film. Robb, D. (ed.). Rodopi Press (Amsterdam), 2007. pp. 147-161.
‘Inviolable Attachments: Kitano Takeshi’s Dolls,’ Screening the Past. 21. 2007.
‘The Great Secret: Silence, Cinema and Modernism,’ Screen. 47 (4) (2006), pp. 395-405.
‘Venice in Film: The Postcard and the Palimpsest,’ Literature Film Quarterly. 33 (3) (2005), pp. 224-232.
‘The Northern Other: Irish Cinema and the Troubles', in Representing the Troubles: Texts and Images, 1970-2000. Eibhear Walshe and Brian Cliff (eds.). Dublin: Four Courts. 93-105.
'Film Forms and Folklore Tales: Play Me Something’, in Ireland (Ulster) Scotland: Concepts, Contexts and Comparisons. Edna Longley, Eamonn Hughes and Des O’Rawe (eds.). Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics 7. Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona. 157-163.
‘At Home with Horror: Neil Jordan’s Gothic Variations’, Irish Studies Review. 11.2 (2003): 189-198.
‘Beyond Representation: I Could Read the Sky and Irish Cinema’, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. 28.2/29.1 (2003): 84-97.
PhD Supervision Experience (Primary)
Katrina Maguire: Reframing Perceptions of Place in Contemporary Ireland (2015-)
Seán Murray: Post-Conflict Trauma and the Documentary Image (2015-)
Richard O'Sullivan: Experimental Film and the Experience of Landscape (2014-)
Craig Smith: Motion Comic Aesthetics (2010-13)
Peter Jameson: Theatre and the Films of Joseph Losey (2009-13)
Bernard McCarron: Alfred Hitchcock and the Contemporary Arts (2009-13)
Michael Leonard: The Cinema of Philippe Garrel (2008-13)
Paula Blair: Film and Visual Culture in Contemporary N. Ireland (2008-11)
David Stevenson: Interwar Hollywood and European Cinema (2007-11)
2018-19: Current Modules: Convenor
FLM1002: Introduction to Film: 2
FLM2015: Cinema and Modernism
FLM7012: Political Cinema: Form and Conflict (MA)
2017-18: Current Modules: Contributor
FLM1005: Visual Studies: Theory and Practice
SCA7005: Research Methods and Skills in Film (MA)
FLM3010: Dissertation (BA)
FLM7006: Dissertation/Major Creative Research Project (MA)
Willingness to take PhD students
I am currently open to new PhD applications in the following areas:
- Cinema and the Visual Arts
- Political Cinema
- Documentary Film Studies
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Medfest 2016. "Framing Trauma": The use of film to educate medical students on PTSD and the impact of trauma on mental health
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1328-9756
Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.167 SNIP 0.648
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1533-8630
University of California Press
Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.14 SNIP 0.648
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Public lecture/debate/seminar
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in Festival/Exhibition
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Publication peer-review
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities