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Dr. Jennifer O'Meara
Assistant Professor, Film Studies

Biography

I am Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning for the School of Creative Arts and the coordinator of the Columbia University-TCD Dual Degree in Film. Prior to joining Trinity as an Assistant Professor in Film Studies in 2018, I lectured for two years at the University of St. Andrews (2016-2018), as well as Maynooth University (2015-2016) and the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUIG (2015). My teaching and research are primarily concerned with the intersections between film and digital media, as well as between critical theory and creative practice: these include audiovisual essays and the use of digital tools for experiments with screen aesthetics. My other main research and teaching interests relate to film dialogue, voices, sound and music; performance and stardom; gender; and American independent cinema. I particularly welcome inquiries in these areas from prospective research students.

Current book project: due for publication with University of Texas Press in 2021, 'Screening Women's Voices in the Digital Era' will examine the representation, reception and remediation of female voices in contemporary screen media, including how digital formats and technologies like Virtual Reality, podcasts and voice-activated assistants are impacting women's voices in more traditional screen formats like cinema.

My research on sound and dialogue also includes the monograph Engaging Dialogue: Cinematic Verbalism in American Independent Cinema (Edinburgh University Press 2018) and articles on the relationship between characterization and diegetic music and point-of-audition sound. In 2020 I co-edited a dossier on 'Revoicing the Screen' for Cinema Journal/JCMS, while in 2017 I guest edited a special issue of The Soundtrack on emerging audio-visual media. With regard to digital media, I have also published on political memes, digital fan art, podcasts, and ASMR videos. My work on performance and stardom has focused on issues of gender, reflexivity and subculture, leading to individual studies of Christina Ricci, Parker Posey and Cate Blanchett.

I teach a wide range of Film modules across the department's undergraduate and MPhil programmes. More broadly at Trinity, I supervise research projects on the M.Sc. in Interactive Digital Media (School of Computer Science) and contribute to the School of Creative Arts elective 'The Art of the Megacity', and the Faculty-wide Columbia Dual Degree course 'Ideas and Perceptions of Europe'.

Freshman teaching: JF Introduction to European Cinema; JF American Cinema from the 1930s-1950s; SF European Cinemas; SF Introduction to Digital Media.

Sophister/MPhil teaching: Digital Theory & Practice; Digital Storyworlds; Film Costume and Fashion; The Film Soundtrack.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jennifer O'Meara, Body Talk and the Remediation of Women's Voices in RuPaul's Drag Race, Cinema Journal/JCMS, 60, (3), 2021 Journal Article, 2021

Identity Politics and Vocal 'Whitewashing' in Celebrity Lip Syncs in, editor(s)Jaimie Baron, Jennifer Fleeger and Shannon Wong Lerner , Media Ventriloquism, Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, 2021, [Jennifer O'Meara] Book Chapter, 2021

Tessa Dwyer and Jennifer O'Meara, 'Introduction' to 'In Focus: Revoicing the Screen', Cinema Journal/JCMS, 59, (4), 2020, p151-153 Journal Article, 2020

Film Matters, 11, 1, (2020), 139-176p, Jennifer O'Meara and Hiram Harrington, [eds. dossier on Digital Media ], 2020 Journal, 2020

Cinema Journal/JCMS, "In Focus" dossier "Revoicing the Screen", 59, 4, (2020), 151-187p, Tessa Dwyer and Jennifer O'Meara, [eds.] Journal, 2020

Manipulating Images in the Contemporary Music Documentary in, editor(s)Antonio Cascelli and Denis Condon , Threshold, Intermediality and Synchresis in Music and Visual Culture, Routledge, 2020, [Jennifer O'Meara] Book Chapter, 2020

Jennifer O'Meara, Remixing Actresses' Voices on the You Must Remember This podcast, "In Focus" dossier on "Revoicing the Screen", Cinema Journal/JCMS, 59, (4), 2020, p159-164 Journal Article, 2020

Activism through celebration: the role of the Dublin Feminist Film Festival in supporting women and Irish film in, editor(s)Susan Liddy , Women in the Irish Film Industry: Stories and Storytellers, Cork, Cork University Press, 2019, pp153-168 , [Karla Healion, Aileen O'Driscoll, Jennifer O'Meara, Katie Stone] Book Chapter, 2019

Anna Biller in, editor(s)Jamie Sexton and Ernest Mathijs , The Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema, Routledge, 2019, pp411-421 , [Jennifer O'Meara] Book Chapter, 2019 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Touchscreens, tactility and material traces: from avant-garde artists to Instagram ASMRtists, NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies (Amsterdam University Press), Autumn 2019, 2019, p235-262 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Identifying Cult Stardom: A Check-list For The Digital Era, Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, Fall 2019, 2019 Journal Article, 2019

Jennifer O'Meara, Call her Moonchild: Christina Ricci's enduring embodiment of impure youth and whiteness, Celebrity Studies, 10, (2), 2019, p208 - 227 Journal Article, 2019 URL DOI

Jennifer O'Meara, Candy Wrapper Couture in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Peephole Journal, (10), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Engaging Dialogue: Cinematic Verbalism in American Independent Cinema, Edinburgh University Press, 2018, 1 - 232pp Book, 2018 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Meme girls versus Trump: digitally recycled screen dialogue as political discourse, The Velvet Light Trap, (82), 2018, p28-42 Journal Article, 2018 URL DOI

Film Matters, 8, 3, (2018), 60-83p, Jennifer O'Meara & Adrienne Pohl, [eds.], Dossier on Race, gender and genre in 21st century cinema Journal, 2018

Neurotic and Going Nowhere: Comedy and the Contemporary Jewish American Male in, editor(s)Silvia Dibeltulo and Ciara Barrett , Rethinking Genre in Contemporary Global Cinema, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp49-61 , [Jennifer O'Meara] Book Chapter, 2018 URL

HBO's Hall of Mirrors: The Comeback as Meta-Commentary on Television and Celebrity Culture in, editor(s)Victoria McCollum and Giuliana Monteverde , HBO's Original Voices: Race, Gender, Sexuality and Power, Routledge, 2018, pp127-140 , [Jennifer O'Meara] Book Chapter, 2018 URL

The Soundtrack, 9, 1+2, (2017), 3-108p, Jennifer O'Meara, [eds.], Special issue on Sound and Music in Emerging Audiovisual Media Journal, 2017 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, The Actor-Writer as Author in the Before Sunrise Trilogy, Mediascape, (Fall 2017), 2017, p1-5 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity (2016), by eds. Warwick and Adrian , Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, 20, (2), 2017, p199-202 Review, 2017 URL

Parker Posey as Hal Hartley's ''Captive Actress'' in, editor(s)Steven Rybin , The Cinema of Hal Hartley: Flirting with Formalism (Directors' Cuts Series), New York, Columbia University Press, 2016, pp144-158 , [Jennifer O'Meara] Book Chapter, 2016 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Reimagined Film Posters as Participatory Digital Paratexts, The Journal of Digital Media Arts and Practice,, 9, (2), 2016 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, What 'The Bechdel Test' Doesn't Tell Us: Examining Women's Verbal and Vocal (Dis)Empowerment in Cinema, Feminist Media Studies, 16, (6), 2016, p120-123 Journal Article, 2016 DOI URL

Jennifer O'Meara, 'Like Movies for Radio': Media Convergence and the Serial Podcast Sensation, Frames Cinema Journal, (8), 2015, p1-28 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Character as DJ: Melomania and Diegetically Controlled Music, The New Soundtrack, 5, (2), 2015, p133-151 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, 'We've Got to Work on Your Accent and Vocabulary'- Characterization through Verbal Style in Clueless, Cinema Journal, 53, (3), 2014, p138-145 Journal Article, 2014

Jennifer O'Meara, Cate Blanchett's Deconstruction of Performance through Performance, The Cine-Files: A Scholarly Journal of Cinema Studies, (6), 2014, p1-12 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Inside the Outsider's Ear - Hyperacousia and Marginalized Character Identification, The Soundtrack, 5, (2), 2014, p121-129 Journal Article, 2014 URL

A Shared Approach to Familial Dysfunction and Sound Design: Wes Anderson's Influence on the Films of Noah Baumbach in, editor(s)Peter C. Kunze , The Films of Wes Anderson: Critical Essays on an Indiewood Icon, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp109-124 , [Jennifer O'Meara] Book Chapter, 2014 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Review Essay: Performance in the Cinema of Hal Hartley, by Steven Rawle; Hal Hartley (Contemporary Film Directors), by Mark L. Berrettini, Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies,, (27), 2014, p14-20 Review Article, 2014

Jennifer O'Meara, New Spaces of Possibility: Adaptation as Cultural Process, Review of Pockets of Change: Adaptation and Cultural Transition, by Adam Atkinson, Tricia Hopton , Literature/Film Quaterly, 41, (3), 2013, p241-245 Review, 2013

Poetic Dialogue - Lyrical Speech in the Work of Hal Hartley and Jim Jarmusch in, editor(s)Marlisa Santos , Verse, Voice, and Vision: Poetry and the Cinema, Lanham, MD, Scarecrow Press, 2013, pp165-178 , [Jennifer O'Meara] Book Chapter, 2013

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jennifer O'Meara, Themed playlist: Our Virtual Selves, Centre for Screen Cultures, University of St Andrews, (May 7), 2020 Review Article, 2020 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Review of Reclaiming Uncanny Spaces: Australian Landscapes from the New Wave to the New Indigenous Cinema, by Matthew Campora , [In]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, 7.1, 2020 Review, 2020 URL

Jennifer O'Meara (guest contributor), 'The Culture File Debate: Everyone's A Critic', RTÉ Lyric FM, 2020, - Broadcast, 2020 URL

Jennifer O'Meara (guest contributor), 'Episode 98: The Cinematic Voice', The Cinematologists, UK, University of Brighton, 2020, - Broadcast, 2020 URL

Jennifer O'Meara (guest contributor), 'Comfort films and COVID-19', The Dave Fanning show, Dublin, RTÉ 2FM, 2020, - Broadcast, 2020 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Life through a screen: Cinematic space and social distancing, The Irish Times, April 22, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Film Voices + Time: Excavating Vocal Histories in the Digital Archive, Mining Memories: New Explorations in Cinema, Memory and the Past, University College Cork, November 22 2019, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Jennifer O'Meara, Lina Wertmüller's Love and Anarchy, Science Gallery Dublin, July 10th, 2019, Douglas Hyde Gallery in collaboration with the Science Gallery Invited Talk, 2019 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Workshop: Hybridity and Embodiment in Researching Gendered Digital Stories, Network for European Cinema and Media Studies, Gdańsk, Poland, June 13-15th, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Jennifer O'Meara, Instagram: an algorithmic return to the avant-garde? , Network for European Cinema and Media Studies, Gdańsk, Poland, June 13-15th, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Jennifer O'Meara, Women's Voices in Digital Media, Gender-Thing research and practice symposium, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, May 9, 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Jennifer O'Meara, Shaping Women's Screen Voices: Research Notes from the Margaret Herrick Library, 2018, - Miscellaneous, 2018 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Remixing actresses voices on the You Must Remember This podcast, Network for European Cinema Studies conference, University of Amsterdam, 27-29 June, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Jennifer O'Meara and Megan McGurk, 'Lana Turner in Ziegfeld Girl, 'Sass Mouth Dames' podcast series', 2018, - Broadcast, 2018

Jennifer O'Meara, Overcoming challenges to rewarding interactive storytelling, 'On The Rocks' Arts Festival, St Andrews, Scotland, April 7, 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Jennifer O'Meara, ''Women's Politicized Screen Voices' theme week', In Media Res, USA, Media Commons, 2018, - 1-5 Visual portfolio production, 2018 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, QFT50, Women in Film, 1968-2018, Queen's Film Theatre, October 27, 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Jennifer O'Meara, Meme girls vs. Trump: digitally recycled screen dialogue as political discourse, Screen, University of Glasgow, 29 June-July 1st, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Jennifer O'Meara, The aesthetics of magnified bodies in Instagram's ASMR digital videos, BODIES OF DATA: INTERSECTING MEDICAL AND DIGITAL HUMANITIES, Royal Irish Academy/UCD, November 22-23, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Jennifer O'Meara, Sartorial satire: merging fashion and identity politics on Instagram's "everyoutfitonSATC, Fashion, Costume and Visual Cultures, University of Zagreb, 17-19 July, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Jennifer O'Meara, Fictional "Basic Bitches" do battle with President Trump, Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism, Bournemouth University, 11-13 July, 2018 Oral Presentation, 2018

Jennifer O'Meara, Jennifer Ryan, Mia Mullarkey, Aoife O'Toole, 'The Irish Times Women's podcast, Episode 258', 2018, - Broadcast, 2018

Jennifer O'Meara, Engaging Dialogue in American Independent Cinema, Centre for Film Studies public talk, University of St Andrews, February 7, 2017 Invited Talk, 2017

Jennifer O'Meara, Speaking Across Screens: Cyberfeminism and the Digital Recycling of Women's Voices, Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference, Fairmont Chicago, March 22-26, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Jennifer O'Meara, Teaching Genre through Netflix, Critical Studies in Television Online, 2017, - Miscellaneous, 2017 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Introductory speaker, Lost in Translation (screening), Festival of Translation, St Andrews, Scotland, April 6, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

Jennifer O'Meara, Singer, Narrator, Host: the Woman's Voice as Guide in Inherent Vice (2014), The Lobster (2015) and Serial (2014), Network for European Cinema Studies annual conference, University of Potsdam, July 29-31, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Jennifer O'Meara, The Troubled Production of Troubling Images in the Contemporary Music Documentary, Music and Visual Cultures International Conference, Maynooth University, July 22-23, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

In Media Res, April 11-15, (2016), Jennifer O'Meara, [eds.], Coordinator of theme week on 'Fan-made Film Posters', Journal, 2016 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Fading and Emerging: Japan's Women Filmmakers, TED-x event, Explore Japan, University College Dublin, April, 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

Jennifer O'Meara, Beyoncé's Lemonade and the Transmedia Swirl, Critical Studies in Television Online, 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Review of Thinking Through Acting: Performative Indices and Philosophical Assertions, by Aaron Taylor , [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, 3.4, 2016 Review, 2016 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Vocally Fried to Fetishized: the Politics of the Female Voice in Contemporary Screen Media, Communications, Media and Culture Research Seminar Series, University of Stirling, November 2, 2016 Invited Talk, 2016

Jennifer O'Meara, (Re)acting to Digital Technology in The Comeback and Web Therapy, Critical Studies in Television Online, 2016, - Miscellaneous, 2016 URL

Gemma Creagh, Jennifer O'Meara, Rachel Lysaght, 'Film Ireland podcast on women in Irish film industry', Dublin, 2015, - Broadcast, 2015 URL

Audrey Parmentier and Jennifer O'Meara, 'Interview: Feminist Film Festival - Les femmes au premier plan', LePetitJournal.com, LePetitJournal.com, 2015, - Broadcast, 2015

Jennifer O'Meara, Disaffected does not equal depressed: a response to Lena Dunham's Daria diagnosis, 2015, - Miscellaneous, 2015 URL

Jennifer O'Meara, Workshop: An Introduction to Videographic Film Studies, Huston School of Film & Digital Media research seminar, National University of Ireland, Galway, October, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Jennifer O'Meara, Workshop: The Video Essay: A Practical and Pedagogical Survey of the Medium, Huston School of Film & Digital Media research seminar, National University of Ireland, Galway, January, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

Darragh McManus and Jennifer O'Meara (interviewee), ''Return of the Serial Thriller'', Irish Independent, Ireland, Irish Independnet, 2015, - Broadcast, 2015

Jennifer O'Meara, Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy: An Allegorical or Exploitative Take on Korea's Violent Past?, Film and History: The Korean Example, Centre of Korean Studies and the Centre for Film Studies, SOAS, University of London, November, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

Jennifer O'Meara, Christina Ricci's Enduring ''Bad Girl'' Body, Irish Screen Studies Seminar, University of Ulster, Belfast, May, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

Jennifer O'Meara, Watch Her Tongue: An Introduction to Female Film Dialogue, International Women's Week event, Trinity College Dublin, March, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

Jennifer O'Meara, Listen Carefully - Straining to Hear as Active Audio-viewing, Network for European Cinema Studies Annual Conference: 'Creative Energies >> Creative Industries', Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, June, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

Jennifer O'Meara, Character as DJ: The Implications of Diegetically Controlled Music, British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies Annual Conference, Birkbeck Institute of the Moving Image, University of London, April, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

Jennifer O'Meara, Cinema Journal Presents, In Media Res, 'Quoting Characters: Subtitled Images and Identification, 2014, - Miscellaneous, 2014

Jennifer O'Meara, Verbal integration of the soundtrack; narrowing the gap between dialogue, music and effects, Cinesonika 3 - The Third International Conference & Festival of Sound Design, University of Ulster, Derry, February, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Jennifer O'Meara, Playing with persona, while playing oneself - Cate Blanchett and Tom Waits in Coffee and Cigarettes, Cinematic Reflections on Stardom and the 'Stardom Film', King's College London, September, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Jennifer O'Meara, Star Speed; the Fast-Talking Voices of Independent Cinema, Revisiting Star Studies, Newcastle University, June, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Jennifer O'Meara, Talk is cheap - Re-emergence of the classical dialogue style of the 1930s in contemporary independent cinema, Marginalised Mainstream Conference: Fading and Emerging, University of London, September, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Jennifer O'Meara, He said, She Said - Dialogue and Gender in Contemporary Cinema, Contemporary Gendered Performance & Practice, Queen's University Belfast, April, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Jennifer O'Meara, Conference report: Revisiting Star Studies, Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, (6), 2013 Review, 2013

Jennifer O'Meara, 'Mouth as Nervous Brain' - Deflating Jewish Stereotypes in Greenberg, Genres in Transit: Rethinking Genres in Contemporary Cinema, Trinity College Dublin, April, 2012 Oral Presentation, 2012

Jennifer O'Meara, ''Are You Talking to Me?''; An Introduction to the Design of Film Dialogue, 'Uprising: Young Scholars and Artists in Dialogue', 'Dublintellectual' seminar series,, The Generator, Smithfield, Dublin, May, 2012 Oral Presentation, 2012

Jennifer O'Meara, Language as aural effect; the musical qualities of film dialogue, Language/Cinema, University of Leeds, December, 2012 Oral Presentation, 2012

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • Screening Women's Voices in the Digital Era
  • Summary
    • This book, under contract with University of Texas Press, examines the representation, reception and remediation of female voices in contemporary screen media, including how digital technologies, formats and platforms (like YouTube, Virtual Reality, GIFs, podcasts and voice-activated assistants) are impacting women's voices in more traditional screen formats like cinema. Pioneering a transmedial approach for analysing women's screen voices in the digital era, the book examines how concepts like 'expanded cinema' and 'proliferating screens' can alter the presentation of voices as much as images--in part by allowing for verbal/vocal echoes to travel from one screen medium to another. With a dual focus on female characters and performers in English-language and predominantly US media, I argue that the contemporary media landscape provides new ways to amplify women's voices (including historical ones), but also new ways to fetishise, police and silence them. The book revisits and revises earlier conceptions of the female screen voice in analogue film, as presented in Kaja Silverman's The Acoustic Mirror (1988), Amy Lawrence's Echo and Narcissus (1991) and Britta H. Sjogren's Into the Vortex: Female Voice and Paradox in Film (2006). Using the premise of the vocal echo, and extending Silverman's focus on 'the acoustic mirror' as it relates to voice-over and sound-image relations, I propose a new symbolic functioning for the female screen voice in the 21st century; wherein this mirror has shattered, dispersing vocal shards across a much broader range of screens.
  • Funding Agency
    • Carnegie Trust, Scotland (partial)
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Date To
    • 2021
  • Title
    • The Abstracted Self and the Digital Avant-Garde
  • Summary
    • This project will analyse formal and thematic connections between digital screen cultures and experimental film and art practices of the 20th century. The research aims to historicise trends in Augmented Reality (AR), glitch art, and experimental digital video streams in relation to the artistic traditions of Surrealism, Futurism and Cubism. This will be achieved through a theoretical focus on overlapping aesthetics and processes, as well as the practitioners' creative deployment of the technologies of their time. In particular, the project seeks to examine how both experimental cultures offer new ways of experiencing the human body, with an emphasis on mediated presentations of the abstracted self. Envisioned as a monograph with complementary gallery installation components, the first publication from the project is as follows: O'Meara, 'Touchscreens, tactility, and material traces: From avant-garde artists to Instagram ASMRtists,' NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies (Autumn 2019).
  • Date From
    • 2018

Keywords

Digital Media; film sound, dialogue, music; gender and feminist media; independent cinema; performance and stardom; voices in media

Recognition

Awards and Honours

Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant 2018

Ussher Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin 2011-2014

Foundation Scholarship, TCD 2007-2013

Gender, Diversity and Inclusivity funding award, University of St Andrews 2018

Teaching Enhancement Fund, University of St Andrews 2017

Abd El-Modtaal Prize, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, TCD 2008

P.J. Drudy Prize in Economics, Trinity College Dublin 2008