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About Alphaville

Alphaville is a fully peer-reviewed online journal edited and published by staff, PhD and postdoctoral researchers in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, Ireland.

Alphaville offers a dynamic international forum open to the discussion of all aspects of film and screen media history, theory and criticism through multiple research methodologies and perspectives. It cultivates inspiring, cutting-edge research, and seeks work that displays a clear engagement with current debates and with methodological issues.

The journal is open access to make a full contribution to international debates in film and screen studies and beyond, and considers articles, book reviews and festival, exhibition and conference reports. We are interested in the interfaces between cinema and all new media, and aim to utilise the online platform to its full capacity.

Alphaville is published twice a year, in Summer and Winter, with both themed and open issues. It currently only accepts submissions in response to specific calls for papers that are advertised via the journal website and subject lists. There is no charge for authors to submit work to or publish in Alphaville.

Alphaville is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), WorldCat, and the Cork Open Research Archive (CORA), and indexed in the International Index to Film Periodicals (FIAF). Articles are archived in the Cork Open Research Archive (CORA).

The Alphaville Inaugural Conference took place at UCC on 7–9 September 2012, and the Second Alphaville Conference took place at UCC on 4–6 September 2014 (Conference Website).


Editorial Board

Journal Directors: Laura Rascaroli and Gwenda Young


General Editor: Laura Rascaroli

Secretary of the Board: Jill Murphy

Webmaster and Content Editor: Barry Reilly

Website Designer: Abigail Keating (Content Editor Issues 1-11).


Current Editorial Board

Davide Abbatescianni is a PhD candidate in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, where he holds an Excellence Doctoral Scholarship. His doctoral project is entitled Young Filmmakers in the Time of the Great Recession: A Focus on the Irish and Italian Film Industries and comprises an academic dissertation and the making of a feature documentary. He holds a Professional Diploma in Stage Directing (International Theatre Academy of the Adriatic), a BA in Communication Studies (University of Bari Aldo Moro) and an MA in Documentary Film Directing (Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media, Arts, and Communication School). His research interests principally focus on European cinema, the European film industry, creative practice and the documentary film. He currently works as a foreign correspondent for the EU-funded film magazine Cineuropa. He is also a film practitioner active as a director and assistant director.

Ciara Chambers is Lecturer in Contemporary Film and Media at University College Cork. Her research interests include newsreels, amateur film and the recycling of archival images. She has worked on a range of archival projects and digitization initiatives with the Irish Film Archive, Northern Ireland Screen, Belfast Exposed Photography, UTV, BBC, and the British Universities Film and Video Council. She is currently scriptwriter and associate producer on Ireland in the Newsreels, a six part television series broadcast on TG4.

Yuanyuan Chen is Lecturer in Animation History and Theory at Ulster University, UK. She received her PhD in Film Studies at University College Cork in 2016, with a thesis entitled “Reframing Chinese Animation: From Classicism to Postmodernism in Post-1949 Non-commercial Chinese Animated Films”. Her writing has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Modernism/modernity, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, and also in Chinese-language scholarly journals, including Movie Literature, Movie Review, and Beauty & Times. Her research interests include animation theory, Asian animation, animation narrative, modernism and postmodernism in animation, non-fiction animation, verisimilitude and authenticity in animation, and animation in virtual reality.

Pierluigi Ercole is a Lecturer in Cinema and Television History at De Montfort University (Leicester, UK). Much of his research is grounded in audience and reception studies, transnational cinema and the diaspora and his work focuses, in particular, on Italian cinema, cinema-going in Italy and Britain, Anglo-Italian film culture and the distribution and reception Italian films in the UK and Ireland. His publications include, among others, the edited volume Diviso in Due: Cesare Zavattini, Cinema e Culture Popolare (2002), the articles “Screening Fascism in the Free State”, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (Philip M. Taylor Routledge-IAMHIST Prize for best article, 2014); “The Greatest Film of the Fascist Era”, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media (2013, special issue on “Reframing Cinema Histories” co-edited with Gwenda Young). His work is also included in the edited collections Italian Silent Cinema: A Reader (2013) edited by G. Bertellini; Cinema, Audiences and Modernity: New Perspectives on European Cinema History (2011) edited by D. Biltereyst, R. Maltby and P. Meers.

Loretta Goff is a PhD in Film and Screen Media candidate at University College Cork, where she also teaches in the School of English. Her writing has featured in The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies, Estudios Irlandeses, and Film Ireland. Her research interests include the construction and performance of (hyphenated) identity in film and media, film as a cultural export, and contemporary representations of Irish-America.

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 is Lecturer in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, where she was also awarded her PhD in 2014. She has contributed essays and articles to several journals and anthologies, and is currently working on a book on the topic of control in the digital age. She has also worked in collaboration with the Irish Film Institute a number of times, through projects and lecture series, and as a freelance video editor and videographer for a number of national organisations. Her main research interests lie in the areas of women and media; place and identity in contemporary cinemas; contemporary documentary; pop culture; and digital media culture.

James Mulvey is a PhD candidate in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork. He received a Master of Arts degree from University College Dublin in Philosophy and Literature, and a second MA in Film Studies at University College Cork. His research interests include film-philosophy, aesthetics, contemporary cinema and cosmopolitanism. He has also worked for several film festivals, including as programmer and catalogue editor for IndieCork.

Jill Murphy currently works as an assistant lecturer and postdoctoral researcher in Film Studies at University College Cork. She completed her PhD in Film Studies at UCC 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 has published articles, translations and reviews in various journals and edited collections. Her research interests principally focus on the relationship between film and art history, particularly as regards human figuration, and the work of Jean-Luc Nancy with respect to the representation of the body in visual media.

Dan O’Connell is Practitioner in Residence in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork. He is a filmmaker and has written and directed dozens of short films and documentaries, which have been screened and awarded at various international film festivals. He is Director at SUPEREGO, a high-quality video production company with large multinational clients, which aims to deliver promotional and event video to a growing online market. His research interests include gender, genre studies, cinematography, aesthetics, film style and design.

Stefano Odorico is Associate Senior Lecturer in Media at Leeds Trinity University (UK), where his work focuses primarily on interactive trans-media platforms. Stefano received a PhD in Film Studies at University College Cork (Ireland) in 2011. Before moving to Leeds Trinity University, he also lectured at University of Bremen (Germany), Leipzig University (Germany), 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 about Film and Media Theory, Theory of Film and Media Practice, Documentary Studies, Interactive Documentary, Visual Anthropology, New media, Digital Humanities and Trans-media.

Nicholas O’Riordan is a PhD Film Studies candidate at University College Cork, where he is also an undergraduate tutor in the School of English. Prior to this he completed a BA in English and Geography, and an MA in Film Studies, both in UCC, where his MA thesis was titled “Dublin’s Fair City?: Representations of Dublin City in Contemporary Irish Film”. His research interests include Irish cinema, urban space in cinema, sound and the voice in cinema, and representations of national identity in cinema. He also works as a 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, French travel cinema and the cinema of Michael Haneke and John Ford. He maintains a strong interest in film production and has directed, produced and edited several projects including documentary and festival films.

Laura Rascaroli is Professor of Film and Screen Media at University College Cork. Her research interests span art film, modernism and postmodernism, film theory, spatiality and geopolitics, nonfiction, the essay film, autobiographical and first-person cinema. She is the author and editor of several volumes, including How the Essay Film Thinks (Oxford UP 2017), The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film (Wallflower/Columbia UP 2009), Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (Wallflower/Columbia UP 2006), co-written with Ewa Mazierska, and Antonioni: Centenary Essays (BFI/Palgrave 2011), co-edited with John David Rhodes.

Humberto Saldanha is a PhD in Film and Screen Media candidate at University College Cork, where he is developing a study of the circulation of contemporary Brazilian cinema in Europe. He completed a BA in Communication Studies and an MRes in Communication and Contemporary Culture, both at Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. His research interests include contemporary Brazilian cinema, transnationalism and world cinema.

Caroline Schroeter is a PhD student at the School of English / Film and Screen Media at University College Cork. She received a Master of Arts degree at Clark University in Boston in English Language, Literature and Linguistics and a second MA in English, psychology and anthropology at Trier University in Germany. Caroline is also a trained teacher for English and German as a foreign Language and has taught at different institutes around the world. Currently, she teaches at the School of English as well as the German Department at UCC while working on a project about the mediatisation of the slave experience (e.g. Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave, Birth of a Nation (1915/2016), The Book of Negroes). Her research interests include: North American literature and film, mediation/mediatisation, cinematic education, African American representation in cinema, public awareness raising, anti-racism / anti-discrimination activism through film, audience reception, gender, identity and ethnicity in film.

Jessica Shine is currently a lecturer in the Department of Multimedia at Cork Institute of Technology. She completed her Doctorate on the topic of sound and music in Gus Van Sant's "Death Quartet" in the School of Music and Theater at University College Cork under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Morris (NUIM) and Dr Danijela Kulezic Wilson.  Her current research focuses on the use of sound and music in film and television with a particular interest in soundscapes, aesthetics and narrative. She holds an MA in Film Studies (also at UCC), with a dissertation topic on music and race in Disney’s cartoon musicals. She has presented her work at a range of international conferences including the Music for Audio-Visual media at the University of Leeds and at Music and the Moving Image in NYU.

Gwenda Young is 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

Dudley Andrew (Yale University)

Stefano Baschiera (Queen's University Belfast)

Stella Bruzzi (University of Warwick)

Francesco Casetti (Yale University)

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)

Catherine Grant (University of Sussex)

Liz Greene (Dublin City University)

Mette Hjort (Lingnan University)

Conn Holohan (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Michael Lawrence (University of Sussex)

Ewa Mazierska (University of Central Lancashire)

Laura McMahon (University of Cambridge)

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)

Phil Powrie (University of Surrey)

Maria Pramaggiore (Maynooth University)

Stephanie Rains (Maynooth University)

John David Rhodes (University of Cambridge)

Michael Witt (Roehampton University)


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