An International Conference at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

 March 14-16, 2005

Professor Brian McIlroy and the UBC Film Studies Program are pleased to announce an international conference on Genre and Irish Cinema. This conference is supported by the  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Confirmed main speakers so far include Kevin Rockett (Trinity College Dublin),  Cheryl Herr (University of Iowa), Martin McLoone (University of Ulster).  20 minute paper proposals from faculty and graduate students dealing with all aspects of Genre and Irish Cinema are welcome.

Suggested theoretical topics utilizing Irish and Irish-related cinema could include Genre and Ideology, Genre and Auteur, Genre and Consumption, Genre and Fandom/Spectatorship, Genre and Economics, Genre and Globalization, Genre and hybridity; or within Irish film criticism and history, an examination of specific genres—the crime film, romantic comedies, biopics, troubles films, diasporic films, reparation cinema, etc. Discussion of emerging or neglected genres welcomed.

Please submit your 250 word abstract and a brief biography to Professor Brian McIlroy at  by  November 15, 2004. It is expected that a selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in an edited collection. More details of the conference will be posted on the UBC Film website: