Dr Sarah Arnold

Media Studies, Motherhood Project, Arts and Humanities Institute

Assistant Professor

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Biography

I joined Maynooth University's Department of Media in September 2016 and am Lecturer in Media. I previously worked at the school of Film & Television at Falmouth University in the UK. I received my PhD from NUI Galway's Huston School of Film & Digital Media in 2010. 

At Maynooth University, I teach across the BA in Media Studies and the MA in Critical and Creative Media on subjects ranging from television studies to screen production. I coordinate the MA programme and the postgraduate research programmes. 

My main research interests are in women’s roles and participation in film, television and media. I have published subjects including horror film and motherhood and the framing of women and women’s interests on television platforms. I am currently preparing a monograph on women’s place in early television.  I contribute to the Critical Studies in Television blog (http://cstonline.tv/). My research interests include emergent screen entertainment experiences and technologies and production cultures.  

I welcome enquiries from people interested in pursuing scholarly or practice-based PhDs on subjects related to screen media.

Books

  Year Publication
2021 Media Graduates at Work: Irish Narratives on Policy, Education and Industry.
O' Brien A, Arnold S & Kerrigan P. (2021) Media Graduates at Work: Irish Narratives on Policy, Education and Industry. London: Palgrave MacMillan. [Details]
2021 Gender and Early Television.
Sarah Arnold (2021) Gender and Early Television. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]
2013 The Film Handbook.
Sarah Arnold; Mark de Valk (2013) The Film Handbook. London: Routledge. [Details]
2013 Maternal Horror Film: Motherhood and Melodrama.
Sarah Arnold (2013) Maternal Horror Film: Motherhood and Melodrama. Basingstoke: Palgrave. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2011 'The Ring and Ringu: Naturalising Maternal Self-Sacrifice'
Sarah Arnold (2011) 'The Ring and Ringu: Naturalising Maternal Self-Sacrifice' In: Bound by Love: Familial Bonding in Film and Television since 1950. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear: Cambridge Scholars Press. [Details]
2017 'Larry Clark's Sex Education: Adolescent Sexuality and the Denial of Denial'
Arnold, S (2017) 'Larry Clark's Sex Education: Adolescent Sexuality and the Denial of Denial' In: TAINTED LOVE: SCREENING SEXUAL PERVERSION. LONDON: I B TAURIS & CO LTD. [Details]
2015 'Netflix and the Myth of Choice/Participation/Autonomy'
Sarah Arnold (2015) 'Netflix and the Myth of Choice/Participation/Autonomy' In: Kevin McDonald, Daniel Smith-Rowsey (eds). The Netflix Effect Technology and Entertainment in the 21st Century. New York: Bloomsbury. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Experiments in early US television: windows of opportunities for female technical workers in the 1940s'
Sarah Arnold (2021) 'Experiments in early US television: windows of opportunities for female technical workers in the 1940s'. Women's History Review, [DOI] [Details]
2021 'Doing Women’s Film and Television History: Locating Women in Film and Television, Past and Present'
O’ Brien, Anne & Arnold, Sarah (2021) 'Doing Women’s Film and Television History: Locating Women in Film and Television, Past and Present'. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, [DOI] [Details]
2021 'Doing Women’s Film & Television History: Locating Women in Film and Television, Past and Present'
Sarah Arnold & Anne O'Brien (2021) 'Doing Women’s Film & Television History: Locating Women in Film and Television, Past and Present'. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, (20) [DOI] [Details]
2018 'The Production of Television’s Female Audience: Early BBC Audience Research and Gender Classification'
Sarah Arnold (2018) 'The Production of Television’s Female Audience: Early BBC Audience Research and Gender Classification'. Mai: Feminism and Visual Culture, [Details]
2015 'Urban Decay Photography and Film: Fetishism and the Apocalyptic Imagination'
Sarah Arnold (2015) 'Urban Decay Photography and Film: Fetishism and the Apocalyptic Imagination'. Journal of Urban History, 41 (2) [DOI] [Details]
2014 'New Perspectives on Cinematic Spectatorship, Digital Culture and Space: Re-evaluating Exhibition, Participation and Interaction'
Sarah Arnold; Dario Llinares (2014) 'New Perspectives on Cinematic Spectatorship, Digital Culture and Space: Re-evaluating Exhibition, Participation and Interaction'. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA-PGN, [Details]
2013 'Redacted: The Iraqi War According to Youtube'
Sarah Arnold (2013) 'Redacted: The Iraqi War According to Youtube'. Kinema: A Journal for Film and Audiovisual Media, [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2021 Motherhood and Work: A virtual conference.
Sarah Arnold & Anne O'Brien (2021) Motherhood and Work: A virtual conference. [Conferences hosted], Motherhood and Work, Virtual , 24-JUN-21 - 25-JUN-21 [Details]
2021 The future of media: experience, models, practice.
Sarah Arnold (2021) The future of media: experience, models, practice. [Oral Presentation], 'International Best Practice', Royal Irish Academy , 06-MAY-21 [Details]
2021 Equality and Diversity in the Media Industries: attitudes among new entrants to media work in Ireland .
Anne O Brien & Sarah Arnold (2021) Equality and Diversity in the Media Industries: attitudes among new entrants to media work in Ireland . [Oral Presentation], Gender Work and Organisation, Online [Details]
2020 Methodologies for Screen Media Research.
Sarah Arnold & Anne O'Brien (2020) Methodologies for Screen Media Research. [Oral Presentation], “I was very much aware of what I would have to sacrifice…”: Finding media graduates’ lived experience, memories of education and career narratives through qualitative methodologies, Bristol, Watershed Cinema & UWE , 15-JAN-20 - 15-JAN-20 [Details]
2019 Conference on female practitioners in the Irish media sectors.
Sarah Arnold (2019) Conference on female practitioners in the Irish media sectors. [Invited Oral Presentation], Women in Media, University College Cork , 15-MAR-19 [Details]
2019 Invited speaker at Gendered labour, technology and the media workshop.
Sarah Arnold (2019) Invited speaker at Gendered labour, technology and the media workshop. [Invited Lecture], Experiments in early US television: Windows of opportunities for female technical workers in the 1940s, Sussex University, Brighton [Details]
2017 Lecture delivered at Dublin Feminist Film Festival.
Sarah Arnold (2017) Lecture delivered at Dublin Feminist Film Festival. [Oral Presentation], Feminist Futures: intersections of new media, technologies and women’s bodies, sex and sexuality, Dublin [Details]
2018 Presentation at conference Doing Women's Film & Television History.
Sarah Arnold (2018) Presentation at conference Doing Women's Film & Television History. [Oral Presentation], Audience Research at the BBC: Gendering and Scheduling, Southampton, UK [Details]
2016 Panel discussion on women in the Irish media industries.
Sarah Arnold, Anne O'Brien and Maria Pramaggiore (2016) Panel discussion on women in the Irish media industries. [Invited Oral Presentation], Othered Voices: Women’s Voices in Media Industries,, Dublin Feminist Film Festival [Details]
2017 This paper considers how the use of gendered discourse in criticisms of female Trump supporters risks reinforcing existing gender structures, reproduces discursive regimes that humiliate and silence and denies those very women subjectivity and agency.
Sarah Arnold (2017) This paper considers how the use of gendered discourse in criticisms of female Trump supporters risks reinforcing existing gender structures, reproduces discursive regimes that humiliate and silence and denies those very women subjectivity and agency. [Oral Presentation], ‘Internalised misogynists’: The language of oppression and female Trump supporters, Trump's America conference UCD, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
2017 This paper traces the means by which the institutionally-produced category of the female viewer formed in early television audience research at the BBC.
Sarah Arnold (2017) This paper traces the means by which the institutionally-produced category of the female viewer formed in early television audience research at the BBC. [Oral Presentation], Making the Female Audience: Audience Research at the BBC, International Federation of Television Archives, Mexico City [Details]
2018 This paper considers how the use of gendered discourse in criticisms of female Trump supporters risks reinforcing existing gender structures, reproduces discursive regimes that humiliate and silence and denies those very women subjectivity and agency.
Sarah Arnold (2018) This paper considers how the use of gendered discourse in criticisms of female Trump supporters risks reinforcing existing gender structures, reproduces discursive regimes that humiliate and silence and denies those very women subjectivity and agency. [Oral Presentation], ‘Internalised misogynists’: The language of oppression and female Trump supporters, SCMS, Toronto, Canada [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2020 Global Alliance on Media and Gender Country Report on Ireland.
O’ Brien, A., Arnold, S. Culloty, E. Naji, J. (2020) Global Alliance on Media and Gender Country Report on Ireland. GAMAG, New York. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2019 From Education to Work: Media Graduates’ Experience of the Media Industries.
Sarah Arnold & Anne O'Brien (2019) From Education to Work: Media Graduates’ Experience of the Media Industries. Blog [Details]
2020 Reflections on Media Education During the Covid-19 Lockdowns.
Sarah Arnold (2020) Reflections on Media Education During the Covid-19 Lockdowns. Blog [Details]
2021 What Future For Irish Public Service Television?: Rté Television And Technological Adaptation.
Sarah Arnold (2021) What Future For Irish Public Service Television?: Rté Television And Technological Adaptation. Blog [Details]
2018 The BBC Gender Problem: A Century in the Making.
Sarah Arnold (2018) The BBC Gender Problem: A Century in the Making. Blog [Details]
2018 Between Programme Policy and Practice: Gender, Diversity and the Case of RTÉ’s Children’s Christmas Show, the Late Late Toy Show.
Sarah Arnold (2018) Between Programme Policy and Practice: Gender, Diversity and the Case of RTÉ’s Children’s Christmas Show, the Late Late Toy Show. Blog [Details]
2016 Live Broadcasting: Brought to you by Facebook.
Sarah Arnold (2016) Live Broadcasting: Brought to you by Facebook. Blog [Details]
2016 Isn't it Funny: Now we can Laugh at Brexit.
Sarah Arnold (2016) Isn't it Funny: Now we can Laugh at Brexit. Blog [Details]
2017 When news and drama compete for time: The Handmaid’s Tale’s release.
Sarah Arnold (2017) When news and drama compete for time: The Handmaid’s Tale’s release. Blog [Details]
2017 Virtual Reality: The Sexual Revolution is not Taking Place.
Sarah Arnold (2017) Virtual Reality: The Sexual Revolution is not Taking Place. Blog [Details]
2017 Live from Facebook… and the BBC… and the Users: Video Streaming and Authorship.
Sarah Arnold (2017) Live from Facebook… and the BBC… and the Users: Video Streaming and Authorship. Blog [Details]
2017 What Use is a Gendered Audience?: Institutional Classification Then and Now.
Sarah Arnold (2017) What Use is a Gendered Audience?: Institutional Classification Then and Now. Blog [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
2017 Feminist Futures: intersections of new media, technologies and women’s bodies, sex and sexuality.
Sarah Arnold (2017) Feminist Futures: intersections of new media, technologies and women’s bodies, sex and sexuality. Dublin Feminist Film Festival 2017: Invited Lectures [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
2019 Derry Girls and the value of good television.
Sarah Arnold (2019) Derry Girls and the value of good television. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2019 And the winner is: the Academy Awards' problem with women.
Sarah Arnold (2019) And the winner is: the Academy Awards' problem with women. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2020 How Netflix changed what we watch on our screens.
Sarah Arnold (2020) How Netflix changed what we watch on our screens. Newspaper Articles [Details]
2017 Newstalk and RTE aren't alone - most of the Irish media industry has a 'woman problem'.
Sarah Arnold & Anne O'Brien (2017) Newstalk and RTE aren't alone - most of the Irish media industry has a 'woman problem'. Newspaper Articles [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 Media Studies Grant International Federation of Television Archives
2006 PhD Scholarship Huston School of Film and Digital Media

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Royal Television Society Member 03-JUL-17 /
Women in Film & Television Ireland Member 03-OCT-17 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Academic Discipline Board Member 2017 /
Learning and Teaching Committee Member 2016 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Axonista Project Manager 25-JAN-16 / 15-JUL-16
Southampton Solent University Lecturer in Film & TV 21-SEP-09 / 31-AUG-11
Falmouth University Lecturer in Film & TV 01-SEP-11 / 25-JAN-16

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2010 Southampton Solent Certificate in Blended Learning Blended Learning

Teaching Interests

I lecture on undergraduate and postgraduate courses on subjects related to the study of television, screen media and media technologies as well as screen production and research methods for media practice. I am coordinator of the MA Critical and Creative Media. 
Taught modules are as follows:
BA Media Studies:
  • MD221 Reality and Television
  • MD353 Socialisation of Technology
  • MD314 Media Industries
MA Critical and Creative Media:
  • MD622 Critical and Creative Research
  • MD629 Screen Production: Formats and Genres

I also supervise PhD projects on subjects in film and television industries and work; and gender and representation gender and work. Current PhD students include Tugce Bivac; Jonathan O'Brien and Sarah Larkin.