I am the lecturer in Irish Film at the departments of English and Media Studies, where I have been teaching since 2008. Prior to this I completed a research MA at Dublin City University, before coming to Maynooth University, where I was a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar (2001-04) and subsequently a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2007-08).
In academic year 2023-24, I will be teaching BA modules and supervising dissertations at BA and MA levels. My BA teaching will be on the second-year English and Media Studies module MD240/EN241: Film and Screen Studies, the third-year Media Studies and English module EN341/MD330: Global Cinema: Ireland and the World, and the third-year English module EN388: Contemporary Irish Cinema. I will also be co-teaching the Media Studies module MD224: Media, Society and Politics. I am the second-year coordinator in Media Studies and the international coordinator for English.
I also supervise PhD and postdoctoral projects, and welcome both formal and informal contacts to discuss potential projects – please see my Research profile on this page for more information on my own research and also my areas of research supervision.
Consultations: I have drop-in office hours during term time on Mondays and Fridays 12-1 both days or by appointment ([email protected]).
My main research interests lie particularly in cinema, film and audiovisual culture, most often considering these from a historical perspective and exploring their intermediality or how approaches such audience studies, the new cinema history or reception studies complicate received narratives. I have a particularly interest in Irish cinema both contemporary and historical. The relationship between music and image in screen media is an abiding concern, which I have most recently pursued in highlighting the careers of Irish women silent cinema musicians.
My first substantial research work was an MA major thesis on East German cinema (DCU, 2000). My PhD (NUIM, 2005) focused on cinema in Ireland up to the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1921. This work formed the basis of much of my subsequent research, most obviously my first book Early Irish Cinema, 1895-1921 (Irish Academic Press, 2008). It also led to my pursuit of Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2007-08) to study the interrelationships between the various kind of popular visual culture that made up the entertainment world of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Ireland. This has included publication on such areas as popular theatre, tourism, and spectatorship.
My research on early Irish cinema continued through the period of the Irish Decade of Centenaries (2013-23), during which my publications included a research blog charting the rise of cinema as the new media of the Irish revolutionary period: https://earlyirishcinema.com/. I have found particular inspiration from scholars of Domitor: the international society for the study of early cinema and the HoMER (History of Moviegoing,, Exhibition and Reception) Network. I have had the privilege of supervising PhD students working on Irish actors in contemporary cinema, representations of motherhood in Irish and German cinema, and the novelist Teju Cole.
I have very much enjoyed substantial research collaborations with a number of colleagues. As part of Sarah Culhane's postdoctoral project Irish Cinema Audiences(1950-60), we produced a collaborative website called Irish Cinema Histories: https://irishcinemahistories.maynoothuniversity.ie/. With Antonio Cascelli, I edited the 2021 collection Experiencing Music and Visual Culture: Threshold, Intermediality, Synchresis (2021). I warmly welcome further collaborations.
|2021||Cascelli A.; Condon D. (2021) Experiencing music and visual cultures: Threshold, intermediality, synchresis. [DOI]|
|2008||Condon, D.J. (2008) Early Irish Cinema, 1895–1921. : Irish Academic Press.|
|2021||Condon, Denis and AntonioCascelli (2021) 'Introduction' In: Experiencing Music and Visual Culture: Threshold, Intermediality, Synchresis. London : Routledge.|
|2021||Condon, Denis (2021) 'The Allowable Voices of Silent Opera Films in 1910s Ireland' In: Experiencing Music and Visual Culture: Threshold, Intermediality, Synchresis. London : Routledge.|
|2018||Condon, Denis (2018) 'Players Must Be of a Good Class: Women and Concert Musicians in Irish Picture Houses, 1910-1920' In: Music and Sound in Silen Film: From the Nickelodeon to The Artist. New York, London : Routledge. [Full-Text]|
|2018||Condon, Denis (2018) 'Falling Desparately in Love with the Image on Screen: The Flictoflicker Girl (1913) and Cinematic Structures of Fascination' In: The Image in Early Cinema: Form and Material. Bloomington : Indiana UP. [Full-Text]|
|2018||Condon, Denis (2018) 'The Taste of the Moment Seems All for Pictures: Irish Historical Bodies before the Early Cinema Screen' In: Corporeality in Early Cinema: Viscera, Skin, and Physical Form. Bloomington : Indiana UP.|
|2014||Denis Condon (2014) '‘Offensive and Riotous Behaviour’? Performing the Role of an Audience in Irish Cinema of the mid-1910s' In: Kaveh Askari, Scott Curtis, Frank Gray, Louis Pelletier, Tami Williams, Joshua Yumibe(Eds.). Performing New Media, 1890-1915. New Barnet, Herts : John Libbey. [Full-Text]|
|2013||Condon, Denis (2013) 'Temples to the art of cinematography: The cinema on the Dublin streetscape, 1910-1920' In: Justin Carville(Eds.). Visualizing Dublin: Visual culture, modernity and the representation of urban space. Bern : Peter Lang. [Full-Text]|
|2012||Condon, Denis (2012) ''Baits to entrap the pleasure-seeker and the worldling': Charity bazaars introduce moving pictures to Ireland' In: Marta Braun, Charles Keil, Rob King, Paul Moore and Louis Pelletier(Eds.). Beyond the screen: Institutions, networks and publics of early cinema. New Barnet, Herts : John LIbbey. [Full-Text]|
|2010||Condon, Denis (2010) 'Limelight on the Colleen Bawn: Resisting Autoexoticism in Provincial Irish Picture Houses in the Early 1910s' In: Franois de la Bretque, Angel Quintana and Pierre Vronneau(Eds.). Peripheral Early Cinemas; Domitor 2008. Perpignan : Presses Universitaires de Perpignan. [Full-Text]|
|2009||Condon, Denis (2009) 'Irish Audiences Watch Their First U.S. Feature: The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight (1897)' In: Ruth Barton(Eds.). Screening Irish-America: A Reader. Dublin : Irish Academic Press. [Full-Text]|
|2005||Condon, Denis (2005) 'Spleen of a Cabinet Minister at Work: Exhibiting X-Rays and the Cinematograph in Ireland, 1896' In: John Hill and Kevin Rockett(Eds.). Film History and National Cinema: Studies in Irish Film 2. Dublin : Four Courts Press. [Full-Text]|
|2005||Condon, Denis (2005) 'Cinematographing Killarney' In: Jim Larner(Eds.). Killarney: History and Heritage. Cork : Collins.|
|2004||Condon, Denis (2004) 'Filming the Story of Ireland: The Yoking Together of Historical Drama and Contemporary Newsreel in Silent Irish Films' In: Kevin Rockett and John Hill(Eds.). National Cinemas and Beyond: Studies in Irish Film 1. Dublin : Four Courts Press.|
|2004||Condon, Denis (2004) 'Rebels and Redcoats: Political Melodrama in the Kalem Company’s Irish Films' In: Neal Alexander, Shane Murphy, and Anne Oakman(Eds.). To the Other Shore: Cross-Currents in Irish and Scottish Studies. Belfast : Cló Ollscoil na Banríona.|
|2021||Condon D. (2021) 'The allowable voices of silent opera films in 1910s Ireland' In: Experiencing Music and Visual Cultures: Threshold, Intermediality, Synchresis.|
|2018||Condon D. (2018) '‘Players must be of a good class’: Women and concert musicians in irish picture houses, 1910-1920' In: Music and Sound in Silent Film: From the Nickelodeon to The Artist. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2014||Condon D. (2014) 'Offensive and riotous behaviour? Performing the role of an audience in Irish Cinema of the mid-1910s' In: Performing New Media, 1890-1915.|
Peer Reviewed Journal
|2021||Condon, Denis (2021) 'Seáinín Tom Sheáin: From Árainn to the Silver Screen'. Estudios Irlandeses, 16 . [Link] https://doi.org/10.24162/EI [Full-Text]|
|2017||Condon, Denis (2017) 'Film: A New Form of Propaganda and Entertainment'. History Ireland, 25 (Ireland 1916-18):62-66. [Full-Text]|
|2014||Condon, D. (2014) 'Film exhibition and distribution in Ireland, 1909-2010'. 11 :444-446. [Full-Text]|
|2013||Condon, D (2013) 'Brightening the dreary existence of the Irish peasant': Cinema transforms leisure in provincial Ireland'. Early Popular Visual Culture, 11 :126-139. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2011||Condon, D (2011) 'Receiving news from the seat of war: Dublin audiences respond to Boer war entertainments'. Early Popular Visual Culture, 9 :93-106. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2016||Condon, Denis (2016) ''Pictures in Abeyance': Irish Cinema and the Aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising'. Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, 16 (1):30-43. [Link] [Full-Text]|
|2013||Condon, Denis (2013) 'Brightening the Dreary Existence of the Irish Peasant: Cinema Transforms Leisure in Provincial Ireland'. 11 :126-139. [Full-Text]|
|2013||Condon, Denis (2013) 'A Taste in Pictures: The Second Birth of Cinema in Cork'. 6 . [Full-Text]|
|2012||Condon, Denis (2012) 'Pointing a Topical Moral at the Present: Watching Knocknagow in 1918'. SCREENING THE PAST, 33 . [Full-Text]|
|2011||Condon, Denis (2011) 'Receiving News from the Seat of War: Dublin Audiences Respond to Boer War Entertainmetns'. 9 :93-106. [Full-Text]|
|2008||Condon, Denis (2008) 'Politics and the Cinematograph: The Boer War and the Funeral of Thomas Ashe'. Field Day Review, 4 :127-139. [Full-Text]|
|2003||Condon, Denis (2003) 'Touristic Work and Pleasure: The Kalem Company in Killarney'. Film and Film Culture, 2 . [Full-Text]|
|2007||Condon, D.J. (2007) 'The Volta Myth' Film Ireland, 116 . [Full-Text]|
|2021||Condon, D (2021) Seainin Tom Sheain: From Arainn to the Silver Screen. BARCELONA: [Book Review] [Full-Text]|
|2020||Condon, D (2020) Gaelic Games on Film: From Silent Film to Hollywood Hurling, Horror and the Emergence of Irish Cinema. BARCELONA: [Book Review]|
|2015||Condon, Denis (2015) Review: James Naremore's An Invention Without a Future: Essays on Cinema. [Book Review]|
|2012||Condon, D (2012) MAGIC LANTERN, PANORAMA AND MOVING PICTURE SHOWS IN IRELAND, 1786-1909. DUBLIN: [Book Review]|
|2013||Condon, D (2013) Film exhibition and distribution in Ireland, 1909-2010. ABINGDON: [Book Review] [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2009||Denis Condon (2009) Irish Films, Global Cinema. [Book Review]|
|2004||Denis Condon (2004) Legitimate Cinema: Theatre Stars in Silent British Films, 1908-1918. [Book Review]|
|2003||Denis Condon (2003) Young and Innocent? The Cinema in Britain, 1896-1930. [Book Review]|
|2020||Rita Sakr and Denis Condon (2020) Gaza: A Conversation With Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell. [Webinar] [Link]|