Television and New Media: Special Issue on Contemporary Irish Television Launch Event

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NYU’s Department of Cinema Studies and Glucksman Ireland House invite you to enjoy a lunchtime discussion of contemporary Irish television.

LAUNCH EVENT Tuesday, December 1 at 12:30 pm ET
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This special issue of Television and New Media examines Irish television at the current political, economic and cultural conjuncture in Ireland, and against the backdrop of two major crises since the 1990s: the first deriving from the Catholic Church’s institutional abuse scandals, which progressively weakened its power and influence; the second from the 2008 collapse of the Celtic Tiger economic boom, following which years of austerity have deepened social inequality. Focusing primarily on Ireland’s public service broadcaster RTÉ, the articles consider how national television in Ireland has represented and negotiated the resultant tensions and divides within Irish society. They examine the endurance and evolution of a daily Catholic ritual on national television; the weaknesses of a transnational drama in addressing the legacy of institutional abuse; varieties of progressive post-2015 Marriage Equality referendum “queer” television; “property television” and the current housing crisis; and intergenerationally themed reality television in the context of growing generational inequality. 

Kevin Kenny, Professor of History and Director of Glucksman Ireland House, New York University
Diane Negra
, University College Dublin, Editor, Television and New Media
Marcus Free, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, special issue editor.
Anna McCarthy, New York University (contributor)
Ruth Barton, Trinity College Dublin (contributor)
Páraic Kerrigan, University College Dublin (contributor)
Anthony P. McIntyre, University College Dublin (contributor)
Eleanor O’Leary, Carlow Institute of Technology (contributor)
Gerardine Meaney, University College Dublin (Respondent)


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Sponsored by NYU Department of Cinema Studies, Gluckmans Ireland House NYU, Television and New Media