Speakers’ Biographies

Dr. Ciara Chambers is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Ulster and author of Ireland in the Newsreels (Irish Academic Press, 2012). She has worked on a number of archival and digitization projects with the British Universities’ Film and Video Council, Belfast Exposed Photography, Delargy Productions, the Nerve Centre, Northern Ireland Screen, Ulster Television, University College Cork and the Irish Film Archive.

Dr. Pierluigi Ercole is IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellow in Film Studies at UCC. His current project is entitled Projecting the Nation: Italian Cinema, Propaganda and Little Fascist Italies in Britain and Ireland. His research on Italian diaspora, film culture and the circulation of Italian films during the silent period has been published in Laboratorio di nuova ricerca: Investigating Gender, Translation and Culture in Italian Studies (M. Boria and L. Risso, 2007), Cinema, Audiences and Modernity: New Perspectives on European Cinema History (R. Maltby, P. Meers and D. Biltereyst, 2011) and Silent Italian Cinema: A Reader (G. Bertellini, forthcoming). Pierluigi has also published on Italian neorealist screenwriter Cesare Zavattini and on US and Italian documentary filmmakers, and has taught at the University of East Anglia and at the University of Sussex.

Dr. Lee Grieveson is Reader in Film Studies and Director of the Graduate Programme in Film Studies at UCL. He is the author also of Policing Cinema: Movies and Censorship in Early Twentieth Century America (University of California Press, 2004), and co-editor of several volumes, including most recently Inventing Film Studies (Duke University Press, 2008, with Haidee Wasson), Empire and Film (British Film Institute, 2011) and Film and the End of Empire (British Film Institute, 2011, both with Colin MacCabe).

Peter Krämer is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) and a regular guest lecturer at Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic). He has published more than fifty essays on American film and media history, and on the relationship between Hollywood and Europe, in Screen, The Velvet Light Trap, Theatre History Studies, the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, History Today, Film Studies, Scope, Sowi: Das Journal für Geschichte, Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur, the New Review of Film and Television Studies, Iluminace, Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies and numerous edited collections. He is the author of A Clockwork Orange (Palgrave, 2011), 2001: A Space Odyssey (BFI, 2010) and The New Hollywood: From Bonnie and Clyde to Star Wars (Wallflower Press, 2005), and the co-editor of Screen Acting (Routledge, 1999) and The Silent Cinema Reader (Routledge, 2004).

Dr. Judith Thissen is Associate Professor of Media History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Her interests reach across fields into cinema studies, social history and cultural economics. Her research on cinema-going in the United States and the Netherlands has been published in Film History, Theatre Survey, KINtop, and Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis as well as in numerous edited collections  including Going to the Movies: Hollywood and the Social Experience of Cinema (2007), Kinoöffentlichkeit/Cinema’s Public Sphere, 1895-1920 (2008),  Beyond the Screen: Institutions, Networks and Publics of Early Cinema  (2012) and Audiences Defining and Researching Screen Entertainment Reception (2012).

Dr. Gwenda Young is 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 2013. She has also co-edited a collection (with Eibhear Walshe) on the Anglo-Irish writer, Molly Keane (2005).


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