Film Studies at University College Cork is a vibrant community of staff, graduate and postdoctoral researchers working on a broad range of topics in film and new media. This active research environment has produced Alphaville, which offers a dynamic international forum open to the discussion of all aspects of film history, theory and criticism through multiple research methodologies and perspectives. Alphaville aims to cultivate inspiring, cutting-edge research, and particularly welcomes work produced by early career researchers in Film and Screen Media. We seek work that engages with current debates and we especially invite contributions that display a clear engagement with methodological issues.
The journal is open access to fully contribute to international debates in film and screen studies and beyond, and welcomes essays, festival and conference reports and book reviews, as well as print, audio and filmed interviews. We aim to utilise the online platform to its full capacity, and are interested in the interfaces between cinema and all new media.
Alphaville is the first fully peer-reviewed online film journal in Ireland. It is edited by staff and PhD and postdoctoral researchers in Film Studies at University College Cork. It is published twice a year, in Summer and Winter, with both open and themed issues that aim to provoke debate in the most topical issues in film and screen studies.
For more information on the Alphaville Inaugural Conference, which took place at UCC on 7-9 September 2012, see the Conference Website
Journal Directors: Laura Rascaroli, Gwenda Young
Current Editorial Team: Abigail Keating (Designer and Content Editor), Jill Murphy (Secretary of the Board), Laura Rascaroli (General Editor)
Current Editorial Board
Yuanyuan Chen is a PhD candidate in Film Studies at University College Cork under the supervision of Dr Laura Rascaroli; she is funded by a China-Ireland Scholarship. Her research topic is the influence of Western art, especially modernist art, on the Chinese School of animation. She completed a BA in Art Design, and an MA in Design Arts at Southeast University, with a dissertation entitled Experimental Features of Contemporary Ink Animation in China. Her writing has appeared in the Chinese-language publications Movie Literature, Movie Review and Beauty & Times. Her research interests include experimental animated film, the Chinese School of animation, and the animation industry.
Pierluigi Ercole is an IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Cork working on the project entitled Projecting the Nation: Italian Cinema, Propaganda and Little Fascist Italies in Britain and Ireland. Pierluigi has taught at the University of East Anglia and at the University of Sussex, and he has published a number of essays on US and Italian documentary filmmakers. His research on Italian diaspora, film culture and the circulation of Italian films during the silent period has been written up for a number of publications including M. Boria and L. Risso, Laboratorio di nuova ricerca: Investigating Gender, Translation and Culture in Italian Studies (2007), R. Maltby et al, Cinema, Audiences and Modernity: European Perspectives on Film Cultures and Cinema Going (2011) and G. Bertellini, Silent Italian Cinema: A Reader (forthcoming). Research areas include: early cinema, audiences and reception studies, race and ethnicity, Italian cinema, documentary, cinephilia and digital media.
Marian Hurley completed her PhD at University College Cork, and her thesis investigated the representation of the anti-Fascist Resistance in Italian film from the points of view of national identity and its dialogue with culture, and national film history. She has published on depictions of gender and national identity in Italian film, and her research interests include neorealism, political film, memory and identity in film, and urban and rural spaces in Italian cinema. Current research projects include a study of the representation of the city in 1960s popular Italian film and an appraisal of filmic and literary citation in recent cinematic representations of political violence in Italy.
Abigail Keating (Web Designer and Content Editor) is a final-year PhD candidate in Film Studies at University College Cork, with a thesis entitled "Locating the Transnational: Representations and Aesthetics of the City in Contemporary European Cinema". Her publications include articles on transnational film, cinematic Dublin, Italian documentary, Irish-language media, interactive home movies, and Web 2.0, as well as contributions to Intellect’s Directory of World Cinema series. She has worked as a video editor on a number of non-commercial projects, as a research assistant and video editor on the nationally funded Capturing the Nation: Irish Home Movies, 1930-1970, and teaches on the MA in Film Studies at UCC. Her research interests include: European cinema(s); space, place and the city in film; digital media; non-fiction; "dotcomumentary"; and Web 2.0.
Deborah Mellamphy completed her PhD at University College Cork in 2010. Her thesis is entitled Hollyweird: Gender Transgression in the Collaborations of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Film Studies at UCC, and has published journal articles in Widescreen and Film and Film Culture, as well as a book chapter in Dexter and Philosophy. She has written chapters in forthcoming publications on Mamma Mia!, on the links between video games and cinema, and on the cultural study of video games around the world. Her research interests include stardom and performance in Hollywood cinema, television studies, and video game studies.
Ian Murphy is a PhD in Film Studies candidate at University College Cork, where he teaches poetry, fiction, drama and film in the School of English and also tutors on the MA in Film Studies. His writing has featured in Jump Cut, Scope and Bright Lights Film Journal, and his research interests include aesthetics, narrative, performance and continental philosophy.
Jill Murphy completed her PhD in Film Studies at University College Cork in 2012 with a thesis entitled Hoc est enim corpus meum: Christian Art and Passion Iconography in the work of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Jean-Luc Godard. She currently works as an assistant lecturer in Film Studies at UCC, and has published articles in the Journal of Screenwriting and Artefact: Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians, as well as a book chapter on Pasolini in Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema Vol II (Cambridge Scholars Press 2011).
Stefano Odorico is a research fellow in Film and Media Studies at the University of Bremen where his work focuses primarily on interactive documentaries. Before moving to the University of Bremen, where he lectures in film and media, Stefano also lectured at University College Cork (Ireland), Queen's University Belfast (UK) and University of Navarra (Spain). He has published a number of articles in international journals and anthologies on documentary studies, Film and Media Theory, Film Practice, Cinema Technology, European and Eastern European Cinema, Urban Spaces in film, New Media and Interactive documentaries. Stefano also works as a film producer and interactive filmmaker.
Aidan Power is a Research Fellow at the University of Bremen where his work focuses primarily on science fiction cinema and the European Union. He graduated from University College Cork in 2012 with a doctoral thesis entitled: “Continental Drifts: Movement, Margins and Transition in Twenty First Century European Cinema”. His research interests include genre cinema, movement and space in film, travel cinema, production studies, European cinema and transnational trends in film. His publications include articles on British science fiction and the cinema of Michael Haneke. He maintains a strong interest in film production and has directed, produced and edited several projects including documentary and festival films.
Laura Rascaroli (Journal Director and General Editor) is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at University College Cork. She is the author, in collaboration with Ewa Mazierska, of From Moscow to Madrid: European Cities, Postmodern Cinema (2003), The Cinema of Nanni Moretti: Dreams and Diaries (2004), and Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (2006). Her monograph, The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film, was published by Wallflower Press in 2009. Most recently, she has co-edited the volumes The Cause of Cosmopolitanism: Dispositions, Models, Transformations (Peter Lang, 2011) with Patrick O’Donovan, and Antonioni: Centenary Essays (BFI, 2011) with John David Rhodes. Research areas include modern and contemporary European cinema, filmic realism, communication, subjectivity, self-representation, authorship, spectatorship, and non-fiction film.
Jessica Shine is currently pursuing a PhD in University College Cork’s School of Music (under the supervision of Dr Christopher Morris) on the topic of music, noise and isolation in the films of Gus Van Sant. Prior to this, she completed a BA in History and English, and an MA in Film Studies at UCC, with a dissertation topic on music and race in Disney cartoons. She has presented her work on Van Sant at the Society for Musicology in Ireland, York St. John University UK, and at the College of Arts and Film Studies postgraduate conferences at UCC. She is currently working on a side project that focuses on music and murder in the television series Dexter. Her research interests include: music and race in film musicals; music, trauma and isolation in film and television; and animation and music.
Gwenda Young (Journal Director) a lecturer in Film Studies in University College Cork. She has contributed articles to a range of US and European journals and to the recent collections, American Cinema of the 1920s: Themes and Variations ed. Lucy Fischer (2009) and Screening Irish America ed. Ruth Barton (2009). Her monograph on American director Clarence Brown will be published in 2012. She has also co-edited a collection (with Eibhear Walshe) on the Anglo-Irish writer, Molly Keane (2005). Her research interests include: American silent cinema (especially 1920s); the Jazz Age in film; ethnicity in film; Irish American cinema; classical Hollywood cinema; American cinema post 1960; and selected directors such as Maurice Tourneur, Jacques Tourneur, Marshall Neilan, Clarence Brown, and David Cronenberg.
Founding Members: Marian Hurley, Abigail Keating, Deborah Mellamphy, Jill Moriarty, Jill Murphy, Stefano Odorico, Aidan Power, Laura Rascaroli, Gwenda Young
International Advisory Board
Stefano Baschiera (Queens University Belfast)
Stella Bruzzi (University of Warwick)
Maeve Connolly (Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology)
Elizabeth Cowie (University of Kent)
Angela Dalle Vacche (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Derek Duncan (University of St Andrews)
Catherine Fowler (University of Otago)
Mattias Frey (University of Kent)
Kathrina Glitre (University of the West of England)
Mette Hjort (Lingnan University)
Conn Holohan (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Ewa Mazierska (University of Central Lancashire)
Toby Miller (University of California Riverside)
Barry Monahan (University College Cork)
Douglas Morrey (University of Warwick)
Diane Negra (University College Dublin)
Dana Polan (Tisch School of the Arts, New York University)
John David Rhodes (University of Sussex)
Michael Witt (Roehampton University)
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