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Posted: 21 February 2006

Screening Irish America, Boston College, March 16 and 17, 2006

Screening Irish America is a research project developed by Dr. Ruth Barton at the O¹ Kane Centre for Film Studies, School of Languages, Literatures and Film, University College Dublin, with the Clinton Institute, UCD and the Irish Studies Program, Boston College. The Huston School of Film and Digital Media, National University of Ireland, Galway, and the School of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia have also collaborated on this initiative. This project brings together academics working in the field of film, television and electronic images of Irish America to facilitate the exchange of ideas and the publication of research. The Boston College symposium is the first of two events and will be followed by a major conference held in UCD in Spring 2007. Additionally, The Early Cinema and the Irish Diaspora Network will be launched during the symposium. This research network led by Professor Desmond Bell of Queen¹s University Belfast and supported by the United Kingdom Arts and Humanities Research Council,
aims to provide a forum for research on early cinema and the Irish in America and plans a major exhibition on this theme for 2007.

Thursday March 16 McGuinn 121
3:00 pm

Opening remarks, Richard Kearney, Department of Philosophy, Boston College

Launch: The AHRC Early Cinema and Diasporic Cinema Network

Introduction: Desmond Bell, Queen¹s University Belfast

Keynote: Tom Gunning, University of Chicago

Responses: Desmond O'Rawe, Queen¹s University Belfast, Martin McLoone,
University of Ulster, Gary D. Rhodes, Queen¹s University Belfast

5:00 Screening: Rebel Frontier, introduced by Desmond Bell

Reception to follow

Friday March 17
Connolly House

Session I 9:00 to 10:30
Chair, Joseph Nugent, Boston College Irish Studies

Nicole McClure, University of Connecticut
How Dracula Got His 'Irish' Back: Angel and the re-emergence of the Irish vampire in American Television.

Jenny Murphy, University College Dublin
Re-positioning Irish-America: Neil Jordan¹s American-Irish and the value of interstice.

Mary Burke, University of Connecticut
'Swindlers. Scammers. Con-men. As American as apple-pie': How the Irish-American Traveler Became White

Session II, 11:00 to 12:30

Chair, Marjorie Howes, Codirector Boston College Irish Studies

Harvey O¹Brien, University College Dublin
Filming Kennedy in Ireland

Jim Byrne, Trinity College Dublin
Regeneration and the Irish-American Experience of Ethnic Identity

Seán Crosson, National University of Ireland, Galway
'They can¹t wipe us out, they can¹t lick us. We¹ll go on forever, pa, 'cause we¹re the people' ­ Coping with Death in In America

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30

Session III 1:30-3:00

Chair, Robert Savage, Codirector, Boston College Irish Studies

Tony Tracy, National University of Ireland, Galway.
Of Schlemiehls and Shillelaghs: The Irisher-Jew Relationship in Silent American Film

Timothy J. Meagher, Catholic University
Abie's Irish Enemy: Irish and Jews, Social and Political Realities and Media Representations

Christopher Shannon, Christendom College
The Bowery Cinderella: Gender, Class and Community in Irish-American Film Narrative

Session IV 3:15 to 4:45

Chair, Ruth Barton, University College Dublin

Conor Groome, National University of Ireland, Galway
Scrub a Dub! Ethnicity and Irish-American Masculinity in NBC¹s Scrubs

Jonathan Mulrooney, College of the Holy Cross
ET and the Irish

Diane Negra, University of East Anglia
Urban Space, Luxury Retailing and the New Irishness

Reception to follow hosted by the Consul General of Ireland

For further information contact tel: 00 353 1 7168634

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