We are a group of scholars in France and Ireland with an interest in cultural digital productions in Ireland. We are based at NUIG, at IADT Dun Laoghaire, and the universities of Rennes and Reims.
Prof. Anne Goarzin‘s research deals with contemporary Irish literature and culture . She is particularly interested in new practices, and disciplinary encounters, such as those suggested by new materialism – a critical trend which is part and parcel of the “theories of the posthuman” that have emerged in the 21st century, calling into question binaries and essentialisms: the division of self and other, reality and representation, mind and body, nature and culture, human and animal, organic and technological. In literature, she is very interested in the notion of “diffracted reading ” proposed by Karen Barad, or by Rita Felski’s insights on the value of literature. Her research focuses on the cultural impact of new media on history and memory practices as well as on their politics. She is also interested in new, transdisciplinary, artistic practices – as political statements, lived experiences, or as performances.
Contact : anne.goarzin[a] univ-rennes2.fr
Dr. Anne Karhio’s work focuses on contemporary Irish poetry, place, space and landscape, and digital media aesthetics. Her research encompasses literary and multimodal aesthetics in new media environments, the relationship between cultural, institutional and aesthetic dimensions in literary production of the digital age, and the impact of new technologies on established aesthetic forms and practices. She has carried out work in various disciplines in the arts and humanities, including Comparative Literature, English Literature, Irish Studies and Digital Culture. Her most recent Irish Research Council / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions –funded research project Virtual Landscapes: New Media Technologies and the Poetics of Place in Recent Irish Poetry has been carried out in the Moore Institute at NUI Galway and the discipline of Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Norway.
Contact : anne.karhioa[a]nuig.ie
Dr Maria Parsons ’research interests are in feminisms, the body, new materialism, the posthuman and popular and digital cultures. She is currently working on Catherine Malabou’s concept of plasticity in relation to postsecular time with an emphasis on ‘techno-artistic-epigenesis.’ She is particularly interested in the materiality of the post-inscriptive event as a political act of resistance. She also led a collaborative spatial visualisation project entitled ‘Memory, Space and New Technologies’ which included a virtual reality installation I.S. Complex (2015). She also collaborated on an audio-visual installation for the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin, entitled Pefectly N and not an I as part of the Blood Exhibition (2014). She has also published in the fields of gothic and horror studies and queer studies.
Prof. Sylvie Mikowski is interested in Ireland and popular culture. She has convened two conferences on the subject, the proceedings of which have been published, the first called ” Ireland and Popular Culture” at Peter Lang in the « Re-Imagining Ireland » series and the other called « The Circulation of popular culture between Ireland and the USA” is forthcoming at EPURE Editions in Reims. She is running a research seminar at the University of Reims on « Popular Cultures » with Yann Philippe. She is interested in literary apps, in writers’ blogs/websites, and in Irish fan fiction. She is currently preparing a book on recent Irish fiction.
contact : sylvie.mikowski [a] univ-reims.fr.