SCMS 2018 Panel CFP: Irish Media Culture in Transnational Contexts

deadline for submissions: 
August 14, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Rachel Fabian, University of California Santa Barbara
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Irish Media Culture in Transnational Contexts

Society for Cinema and Media Studies: Toronto, March 14–18, 2018


This panel examines Irish film and media culture—encompassing mainstream, independent, and alternative sectors—in a transnational framework. In the last decade, Irish film and media scholars have increasingly considered the transnational terms through which Irish cultural identity and “critical regionalism” have been made legible. For instance, Martin McLoone notes that the first “wave” of indigenous filmmaking in Ireland in the 1970s-80s relied not only on local funding initiatives, but also transnational third cinema movements that critiqued Hollywood’s global dominance and established solidarities among filmmakers in postcolonial contexts. In his study of Irish media culture earlier in the twentieth century, Kevin Rockett points out that Irish migrant media workers exerted a disproportionate influence on cinema’s development in the US and UK, and thus were far from serving as “peripheral” players. Such historical projects point to the porosity of Irish film and media culture, while emphasizing indigenous media’s significance for supporting a vernacular modernism distinct from hegemonic cultural nationalisms.


The transnational turn in Irish media studies also has also offered a critical response to media industrial developments during the Celtic Tiger, resulting in the rebranding of Dublin as a global creative capitol as well as the rise of precarious labor schemes and deregulated trade zones. The global visibility of Ireland during the Celtic Tiger has opened new international markets for Irish productions, yet this panel argues that this development also poses important questions regarding the terms by which these forms of globalization “from above” might be countered by past and present efforts to engage more reciprocal forms of transnational media exchange. Furthermore, the continued impacts of the 2008 financial crisis, which have left the Republic of Ireland in a state of apparently permanent austerity, and the more recent consequences of “Brexit,” which have thrown the peace agreements between the North and the Republic into question, demand renewed attention to the transnational flows of Irish media culture in times of crisis. We welcome historical as well as contemporary examinations of the following themes and areas:


-Irish media workers as a global labor force

-Film and media produced in the Irish diaspora

-Irish landscapes and urban centers as both global visual icons and production sites

-Activist media production in Ireland addressing transnational social and cultural movements

-Debates in identity politics and Irish media representation

-Regional identity and media production in Northern Ireland

-Irish media policymaking and state-funded media initiatives

-Transnationally produced Irish film, broadcast media (TV and radio), and/or new media


Please submit a 2500-character paper proposal, a 3-5 source bibliography, and a 500-character author bio to Rachel Fabian at by August 14, 2017. Decisions will be sent via email by no later than August 16, 2017.