Dr. Cormac Deane

At IADT, I deliver BA and MA modules in all aspects of media, such as digital media, critical theory, media archaeology and film theory. I supervise undergraduate and graduate research in these fields also.


My translation of the last major work by the seminal French film theorist Christian Metz was published early in 2016. I regularly publish articles in media archaeology, digital media, film studies, Science and Technology Studies, and related fields. I am also the author of a 2007 monograph on the Field Day Theatre and Publishing Company.

Christian Metz, Impersonal Enunciation, or the Place of Film. Translation and critical introduction by Cormac Deane. Columbia University Press2016
‘The Control Room: A Media Archaeology’, Culture Machine2015
‘Redundancy and Information in Explanatory Voice-Ins and Voice-Offs’ in The Integrated Soundtrack: Sound Design and Music in Contemporary Film, Liz Greene and Danijela Kulezic-Wilson (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan2015
‘Nanotechnology: Imagining the Invisible’, Science, Technology and Human Values, March, co-authored with Norah Campbell and Padraig Murphy2015
‘What FUIs Can Do: The Promises of Computing in Contemporary TV Series’ in Global Television: Aesthetics and Style, Jason Jacobs and Steven Peacock (eds.), Bloomsbury2013
‘The Hiss of Data’, Journal of Sonic Studies, 3 (1), Oct2012

Research projects

My main current research activity is the preparation of a book-length media archaeology of the control room. It examines the history of control engineering alongside its appearance in screen narratives of the last 50 years, all in the context of a legal-theoretical reading of the changing nature of political sovereignty. A 10-minute video essay on this theme is available here: https://youtu.be/hswm-1wkODw

  • ‘The Saville Inquiry: Bloody Sunday Enhanced’ in Control Room: Nodes in the Networked City (chapter in book under preparation), edited by Simon Marvin and Andres Luque-Ayala.
  • ‘The Sounds of Nanotechnology’, Nature (Nanotechnology), (under review). Multimedia article with audiovisual illustrations. Co-authored with Norah Campbell (TCD, Business) and Padraig Murphy (DCU, Science Communications)
  • ‘Bacteria and the Market’ Theory, Culture and Society (under review). Co-authored with Norah Campbell (TCD, Business).


I regularly deliver lectures and papers at conferences and other venues in Ireland and abroad.

Christian Metz, Enunciation and Cybernetics, Film-Philosophy Conference, University of Oxford, July2015
The Saville Inquiry: Digital Technology and Bloody Sunday, Digital Studies Seminar, Gradcam/Dublin Institute of Technology, March2015
Groping the Nano: the Visual Economy of Nanotechnology (co-authors: Norah Campbell and Padraig Murphy), Future of the Body Conference, Trinity College Dublin, June2014
Extraterritoriality and Legal Exception in the Submarine Film, Screen Conference, University of Glasgow, June2014
The Cinematic Control Room 1971-2014, Authority and Political Technologies Conference, University of Warwick, June2014

Awards + Achievements

I have received several awards for academic and other achievements.

Irish Film Board, Script Development Fund 2015
Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Studies, Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship2013-14
National Library of Ireland, Archival Costs for Field Day Archive2007
Heritage Council Publication Grant for monograph 'The Field Day Archive'2006


I am the founder of the Irish Screen Studies proceedings and online archive. A seminar of current research in screen studies is held every year by ISS. More details at http://irishscreenstudies.ie

  • Participant in Film Studies Reading Group, Trinity College Dublin
  • Participant in Philosophy Reading Group, Dublin (cross-institutional)
  • Participant in Digital Studies Seminar Group, Gradcam Screenwriter for film and television, represented by Curtis Brown agency.