In the 2013 anthology Viewpoint: Theoretic Perspectives on Irish Visual Texts, Emma Radley considers the rejection of the Irish horror film from the discourse of Irish cinema as representative of the exclusivity of the field.
This blog post will look at the maternal figure in Carmel Winters’ short film Limbo (Winters 2008). By means of this Irish film, this post will further develop E. Ann Kaplan’s originally American categorisation of motherhood in media to discover which maternal categories are of importance in this contemporary Irish film.
History, the cliché goes, is written by the winners.
“Can you hear me? Do you know where you are? Would you like to wake up from this dream? Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?”
The discourse surrounding the film Logan (2017) has emphasised its quality in contrast to, not only the films of the X-Men franchise, but comic book movies in general, for the reason that Hugh Jackman has imbued his character with a heretofore unseen ‘depth’.
Supporting Women In Geography (SWIG) is an international group which creates supportive networks for academics. There are numerous chapters across the US and Europe with SWIG Ireland emerging out of an informal woman’s networking group for postgraduates and staff of the Geography Department at Maynooth University.
The Listening Crowd, an international conference on new music and audiences, was hosted by The Contemporary Music Centre at NUI Galway on the 13th June 2016. Bringing together a wide variety of individuals immersed in music, its key aim was to examine why we listen, who is listening and how audiences are engaging across genres and around the world. PhD Candidate of Music at Maynooth University Stephanie Ford, tells us more about the interdisciplinary features of the conference and the different approaches now being fostered within humanities research in music.
Preserving and sharing the queer history of Cork is the aim of Orla Egan’s work as a PhD Candidate in UCC and curator of the Cork LGBT Archives. One of the key goals of Orla’s work and in particular, the www.corklgbtarchive.com is to preserve, digitise, share and display information in relation to the history of the LGBT communities in Cork. Queer Republic of Cork, a Cork LGBT Archive Exhibition, will be launched on 25 August at 6.30 in Camden Palace Cork as part of Heritage Week.
Recently, Meredith and Páraic attended an Audiovisual Essay workshop. Hosted by the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University, the workshop intended to help scholars rethink conventional critical forms of traditional research through what is becoming prominently referred to as practice based research. Both Meredith and Páraic provide some very interesting insights and reflections on their two days of engaging with the audiovisual essay.
‘You have to be with other people’, writes Philip K. Dick in his classic science fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968), ‘you can’t go from people to nonpeople’. To which I may respond: what are people?
The arts and humanities are widely acknowledged as encouraging creativity and critical thinking, challenging orthodoxy, promoting self-expression and understanding the human condition. Despite this, there seems to be an ‘obsession that in order to survive the global war on talent, our graduates must be herded in ever-greater numbers towards science, technology, engineering and maths subjects’ (The Irish Times, 2016).