Keeping it Real: The Fictions and Non-Fictions of Film and Television in Modern Ireland
An international conference to be held at UCD School of Film/Centre for Film Studies University College Dublin and the Irish Film CentreApril 19 to 21, 2002.
Keynotes and Panelists confirmed to date:
Elizabeth Butler-Cullingford, Lance Pettitt, John Hill, Kevin Rockett, Martin McLoone, Luke Gibbons
This conference will interrogate cinematic and televisual fictional and non-fictional representations of contemporary Ireland. In the light of the supposed emergence of an affluent, multicultural, educated, and liberal-minded society, have things really changed? Has the Celtic Tiger made a difference to the film and television industries and to the kinds of images of Ireland that they continue to create? Is there such a thing as the new Ireland, or is it a case of dressing up old arguments and ideas in new clothing? What kinds of film and television programmes have made a difference to how we see the country today? Have more disparate and more radical voices been heard at last, or are the Irish still living in the shadow of the past?
One of the aims of this conference is to encourage the emergence of new voices in Irish film and television scholarship. It will provide a forum for dialogue between those eager to express new ideas on the subject and more established academics whose work has helped to define the field to date.
It is expected that the conference will lead to a publication.
Submissions for papers of 20 mins duration are invited from graduates, academics and industry practitioners.
Suggested topics might include:
Cool Ireland on screen: marketing ploy or a voice for change?
Diasporic visions of the motherland: is the auld country still green?
Digital Technology and 21st century media: the shape of things to come and the shadow of the past
Gender in Irish film and television
Is Ireland in Europe? Irish movies, European Cinema
The Peace Process films: making a difference or playing the same tunes?
TV comedy: the land of idiots and iconoclasts?
Documentary and public television: is there any other way to change the world?
Censorship: is the Irish past its precedent?
The fall of the church and the ascension of the media (who holds the moral high ground?)
Amoral Ireland: are they just kidding themselves?
Policy, political economy, and representation: getting your voice heard in Ireland today
The state of research and film scholarship
Film journalism and film writing in Ireland: the third generation
Archiving: holding the past, shaping the future
Race and racism: multiculturalism? don’t make me laugh!
Sporting Ireland: coverage, reportage, mythmaking: Boxers and Bikers in Irish Film
Tourism and the selling of 21st century Ireland
Ireland and postmodernism
Abstracts of no more than 300 words + a short bio should be sent before December 7, 2001 to the address below.
Dr. Ruth Barton/Dr. Harvey O’Brien
Centre for Film Studies, Arts Annexe,
University College Dublin,
Belfield, Dublin 4, Rep. of Ireland
email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Phone: 353 1 7168634, 7168351
Fax: 353 1 7168605
Information and updates may be found at the Film@ucd web site below.
Please forward this document to friends and colleagues.
Dr. Harvey O'Brien, Dr. Ruth Barton
UCD School of Film/Centre for Film Studies
University College Dublin
Ireland Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.ucd.ie/~film
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