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Agnes Kakasi

Agnes Kakasi

P: +353-1-4027191
Campus: Aungier Street

Research Topic: Global Cultural Flows on Screen: Transnational Migration and the Immigrant Subject in Contemporary Irish Filmmaking (2000-2010)

According to Appadurai (1996), modernity's globalising effect is most tangible in what he calls the changing ethno- and mediascapes of our world, formulated by global mass migration and the worldwide spread of electronic media. My doctoral research aims to employ this premise in analysing cinematic representations of transnational migration and the migrant subject in contemporary Irish cinema. My study focuses on how various encounters with globalisation, mediated through the lived realities of migration, generate specific stories and varying cinematic forms of representation across generic spaces. The innovation of the project lies in its comprehensive engagement with representations of ethnic ‘otherness' in documentary, drama, short, and animation films; probing the discursive ideologies, narrative strategies and aesthetic devices filmmakers in Ireland have employed in constructing stories about ‘race', ethnicity and migration. Furthermore, I attempt to contextualise these ‘cinemas of migration' by exploring motives and strategies of production and exhibition for each generic form. Since modern forms of inward migration are relatively new transforming powers in Ireland, my study strives to investigate the process through which the recognition and (self)-representation of migrant voices in ‘accented cinema' (Hamid Naficy, 2001) can problematise seemingly inherent characteristics of national film histories.

I graduated from Eotvos Lorand University in Hungary with a double major in American Studies and Film Studies. Before coming to Ireland I worked as a high school film-media/ESL teacher and with the Titanic International Film Festival in Hungary. In 2008 I completed my MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies in Trinity College Dublin. The title of my dissertation was 'Interculturalism and Anti-Racism in Irish Public Service Broadcasting: Policies and Television Programming'. I have worked as a media intern at the Irish Refugee Council and as a volunteer at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, 2008. Currently I am a Teaching Assistant on the second year BA Media Arts module tilted ‘Network Societies' in the School of Media, DIT.

Selected Conference Papers

‘Shifting Ethnoscapes: A Case Study of Contemporary Irish Documentary Films on Migration'. Transnational, Transcultural, Transmedial: European Cinema Today. International Graduate Film Studies Conference. May, Cork, Ireland.

‘Stories of Transnational Migration and the Representation of the Migrant Other in Contemporary Irish Feature Fiction'. Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar, April, Trinity College, Dublin.

'Cinematic Ethnoscapes in Transition: Representations of Cultural Alterity in Contemporary Irish Filmmaking (1990-2008)', EFACIS Conference, Ireland and/in Europe: Cross-Currents and Exchanges, Vienna, Austria.

'Representations of Diversity in Irish Television: A Case Study'. Cultural Diversity Media and the Creative Arts Symposium Dublin Ireland.

'The Portrayal of Insanity in the Films of John Cassavetes'. Psychoanalysis and Film Conference, Pecs, Hungary.

'A Comparative Study of Hungarian and American Propaganda Films in the 1950s'. Hungarian Association of American Studies Conference Budapest, Hungary.

Selected Publications

'Cinematic Ethnoscapes in Transition: Representations of Cultural Alterity in Contemporary Irish Filmmaking (1990-2008)'. In Contemporary Irish Cinema (working title). Ed. Seán Crosson, Werner Huber. Vienna: Braumueller (forthcoming).



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