China and Ireland: From celluloid to new media


Upcoming history and Screen Media conference to mark the year of commemorations at UCC.




As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, UCC Lecturers Dr Armida de la Garza and Dr Finola Doyle O’Neill have organised a ground breaking conference which explores historical film in a transnational perspective. 

Themes will address issues of leadership and sacrifice, women, film music, among many. Presentations that consider Chinese and/or Irish versions of history on film or new media are invited.

Comparative approaches can generate new insights and new understandings by means of juxtaposition and synthesis. The organisers explain the unlikely comparison between Irish and Chinese Nationalism:


“At the furthest reach from Ireland, whether in terms of culture, size or geography, China might seem an unlikely parameter for this comparison. However, it is this very disjunction that allows us to perceive unexpected similarities between Irish and Chinese history, which include encounters with the British Empire, migration, and the role played by cinema putting forward and disseminating versions of history. This makes in fact for original and promising comparisons.”


Download the conference prospectus here

International Keynote Speakers to include: Professor Robert A. Rosenstone, California Institute of Technology, a round table with Professor Emerita Jerusha MaCormack, UCD and BEIDA, and Professor Liu Jun, Beijing Film Academy.


Also be sure to check out the student competition below:




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