Abigail Keating

Researcher / Writer / Lecturer in Film and Screen Media



My name is Abigail Keating. I am a researcher and writer, and currently
Lecturer in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, Ireland.


I was awarded my PhD in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork in 2014, with a thesis on transnationalism in contemporary European cinemas. Prior to that, I took a BA in Language and Cultural Studies at UCC and Université de Bordeaux, and MA in Film Studies at UCC, with a thesis on women in the cinema of Pedro Almodóvar. Since 2011, I have been a cofounding editor of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, an international, open access, biannual publication. I also held the position of web designer and content editor at Alphaville for five years.

I have many years of practical experience in screen media. I have worked freelance as a video editor, videographer, web designer, and photographer in the areas of live music, factual, event and promotional projects, for local and national organisations. I also worked on the Government of Ireland-funded archival project Capturing the Nation: Irish Home Movies, 1930-1970, a collaboration between UCC and the Irish Film Institute.

My other passion is music, and I have worked as a promotional and press kit writer for independent and alternative music, and have had reviews and photographs published in a range of music and culture magazines.

Research and Publishing Interests

Aside from my enduring interest in European cinemas, my current research projects centre on women and contemporary screen media, across film, television, pop culture and online media.

My main areas of interest are:

• Women and media
• Contemporary cinema, particularly European cinemas and nonfiction
• Identity in cinema
• Politics and media
• Screen media interactivity

Academic Positions

In my position as Lecturer in Film and Screen Media at University College Cork, I lecture on both theoretical and practical courses on the discipline’s BA and MA. I have also previously coordinated evening courses, and lectured on the MA in Women’s Studies at UCC. As well as this, I have lectured on a number of film courses at the Irish Film Institute, Dublin; the most recent being on documentary.

Current courses:

• Women and the Contemporary Screen (BA, final year)
• Screen Industries (BA, final year)
• Special Studies in Screen Media (BA, second year)
• Introduction to Screen Media and Culture (BA, first year)
• Research Methodologies (MA)
• Film and Screen Cultures and Industries (MA)

Editorial and Advisory Positions

• Cofounder and Member of the Editorial Board of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media. ISSN: 2009-4078.
• Founding Member of BAFTSS (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies) Amateur Cinema Special Interest Group
• English-language proofreader for Cinéma & Cie: International Film Studies Journal. ISSN: 2036-461X.


• NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies)
• MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association)
• Cork Film Centre


• College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (UCC) Strategic Research Fund, 2012
• PhD Studentship (UCC)