CFP: [Gender Studies] Visualising Ireland (Theory, Culture, Image)

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Dr Emma Radley
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Symposium: Visualising Ireland (Theory, Culture, Image)

University College Dublin
4-6 July, 2008

Plenary speakers: Professor Gerardine Meaney (UCD), Dr Colin Graham (NUIM),
Dr Lance Pettitt (Leeds Metropolitan University).

The last two decades has seen a growing awareness of the integral position
of film and media studies within Irish culture, particularly in (though not
confined to) a contemporary environment. The increased scholarly
investigation of Irish visual culture has, however, exposed a division in
the subject on theoretical and aesthetic grounds: between the general field
of Irish Studies, which has embraced an approach which engages openly with
critical and cultural theory, and the established discipline of Irish Film
Studies, which has tended to resist such interrogation, preferring to
privilege political, national and historical registers. The aim of this
symposium is to bridge this gap; to explore the intersections of a
peculiarly Irish visual culture and theoretical considerations of the same;
to contemplate what might be the scope, and significance, of this
deliberate and sustained exposure of Irish film and media to paradigms of
critical and cultural theory.

The organisers of this symposium welcome abstracts and panel proposals on
any conjunction of Irish visual culture and theory. Topics include, but are
not limited to:

• Film Theory and Irish Cinema/Media
• Cultural Theory and Irish Cinema/Media
• Photography
• Animation
• Advertising
• Film Genres
• The Institutionalisation of Irish Film Studies

Abstracts should be approximately 200-250 words, and should reach the
organisers by 9 May 2008.

Abstracts and queries to: Dr. Emma Radley, Irish Studies, UCD School of
English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin, emma.radley

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