1916, Cinema and Revolution Conference, NUI Galway

1916, Cinema and Revolution International Conference

Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway, 25-27 May 2016

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How have the 1916 Rising and other revolutions – from France, to Greece, Romania, Russia and Cuba – being depicted in cinema? What impact did the Rising have on early Irish cinema? What role did women play in the emergence of this cinema? These are some of the questions to be examined as part of a major international conference on 1916, Cinema and Revolution to be held from 25-27 May at NUI Galway.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday 25th May

[All sessions in Huston Main unless otherwise indicated]

3.00 – 4.00                           Registration (Q2)

4.00 – 4.15                           Conference Welcome

4.15 – 5.45                           Plenary Session 1

Pictures in Abeyance: Irish Cinema and the aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising

Denis Condon (Maynooth University)

Ellen Sullivan and her Role in the Film Company of Ireland

Díóg O’Connell (IADT)

6.00 – 7.00                           Reception

7.00-8.30                              Screening: Knocknagow (Fred O’Donovan, 1918)

(accompanied by Morgan Cooke)


Thursday 26th May

9.30– 10.30          Plenary Session 2

Erin Fettered; Erin Free Disappearances, silence and memory in Feminist Republican Tableaux

Catherine Morris (University of Liverpool)

10.30                                     Tea/Coffee

10.45 – 12.45      Panel A: Language and Gender

Reinterpreting the Rising: An examination of the dual language discourse in Mise Éire (1959)                                    Aoife Whelan (University College Dublin)

“Yous are all nicely shanghaied now”: Sean O’Casey and 1916

Caroline Elbay (Queen’s University Belfast)

“So softly she came that her feet made no din”: the politics of memory and the gender divide in the Irish rebellion on screen

Niamh McLoughlin (University of Limerick)

Older than Ireland: Translating Edna O´Brien’s Ireland between screens and countries                                     Zuzanna Sanches (University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies)


Panel B: Cinema, Audiences, and Revolution (Q1)

Chair: Conn Holohan

Managing 1916: The Role of Cinema

Roddy Flynn (Dublin City University)

Dublin Cinemas in 1916

Veronica Johnson

Challenging ‘Imperialist’ cinematography. IRA attacks on Dublin cinemas, 1925-1939

Donal Fallon (University College Dublin)

Kinski Unbound: The Depiction of Anarchism in Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Padraic Killeen (National University of Ireland, Galway)


12.45-1.45                           Lunch

1.45– 3.45            Screening: 1916: The Irish Rebellion (Ruán Magan and Pat Collins, 2016)

Followed by Q&A with Writer and Producer Bríona Nic Dhiarmada (University of Notre Dame).

3.45                                        Tea/Coffee


4.00 – 5.45           Plenary Session 3: The Plough and the Stars (John Ford, 1937) and 1916

The Plough before the Stars and After

Adrian Frazier (Professor Emeritus, NUI Galway)

1916 and other cinematic risings

Charles Barr (Professor Emeritus, University of East Anglia)


6.00                                        Screening: The Plough and the Stars (John Ford, 1936)

8.00                                        Conference Dinner

Asian Tea House , Mary Street.

Friday 27th May


9.30 – 11.30                         Panel C: Revolution, History and Myth

Chair: Charles Barr

Cinematic Representations of the Battle of the Alamo (1836)

Harlan D. Whatley (Odessa College, Texas)

Alexander the Great: Revolution between History and Myth

Vangelis Makriyannakis (University of Edinburgh)

Preconditions of Love and Hatred: Cinema, Revolution and Emotion

Jennie Carlsten (Queen’s University Belfast)

Typography at the birth of a nation

Leon Butler (Galway Technical Institute)

Panel D: Representing Revolution (Q1)

Ah ça ira, ça ira! The French Revolution on screen

Brigitte Bastiat, Eve Lamendour (Université de La Rochelle)

Revolutionary Temporality in Peter Watkins’s La Commune (Paris, 1871)

Michael Cramer (Sarah Lawrence College)

Representations of a Revolution That Didn’t Happen: 23 August 1944 in the Films of the Romanian Socialist Era

Gabriela Filippi (National University of Theatre and Film“I.L. Caragiale”, Bucharest)

The Russian Avant-garde as Otherness: Revolutionary Artists and the Khanty Tribe in Aleksey Fedorchenko’s Angels of Revolution (2014)

Denis Saltykov (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow)


11.30                                     Tea/Coffee

11.45 – 12.45      Plenary Session  4

Cinema and Revolution in Cuba in the 1960s: Julio García Espinosa and ‘imperfect cinema’

Michael Chanan (University of Roehampton)

12.45                                     Lunch

2.0 – 4   Screening: The American Who Electrified Russia (Michael Chanan, 2009)

Further information: http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=463

Attendance at the conference and all related events is free and all queries should be directed to sean.crosson@nuigalway.ie or 091 495687.