Program Committee & Curators

Dr. James O’Sullivan (Chair)
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James O'Sullivan ELO UCC Cork

James O’Sullivan (@jamescosullivan) is Lecturer in Digital Arts & Humanities at University College Cork. He has previously held faculty positions at the University of Sheffield and Pennsylvania State University. His work has been published in a variety of interdisciplinary journals, including Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Leonardo, and Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures. He and Shawna Ross are the editors of Reading Modernism with Machines (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Courting Katie (Salmon Poetry 2017), and the Founding Editor of New Binary Press. For more, see

Prof. Lee Jenkins
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Lee Jenkins UCC ELO 2019

Lee M. Jenkins is Professor of English and Head of the School of English at University College Cork. She is the author of books on Wallace Stevens, Caribbean poetry, and D.H. Lawrence, and with Alex Davis is the editor of three Cambridge University Press collections, Locations of Literary Modernism, The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Poetry, and A History of Modernist Poetry.

Dr. Donna Alexander

Donna Alexander ELO 2019

Donna Maria Alexander is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of English and the Department of Digital Arts and Humanities in UCC. She currently works on the DARIAH Ireland project, “Embedding Digital Literacies in HEIs.” She completed her IRC- funded PhD on Chicana Poetics: Genre and Style in Gloria Anzaldúa and Lorna Dee Cervantes in 2015. She is currently completing a monograph on the poetry of Lorna Dee Cervantes. This monograph is the recipient of the runner-up prize in the Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Women’s Studies in 2015. Her research interests include literatures of the Americas, contemporary women’s poetry, postcolonialism, feminism, digital narratives, documentary poetics, and digital pedagogy. Her research has been published in academic journals including The Forum for Inter-American Research, Hybrid Pedagogy, and the Forum for Modern Language Studies. Donna contributes to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Department of Digital Humanities, the School of English, the Department of Spanish Portuguese and Latin American Studies, and the Graduate School. She has been nominated for the UCC President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by her students in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

David Murphy
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David Murphy UCC ELO 2019 Cork

David Murphy joined UCC in 1998 and helped introduce Multimedia as a discipline in to University College Cork. In 1999 David was instrumental in setting up one of the first taught Masters programmes in Ireland, the MSc in Multimedia Technology. This later became the MSc in Interactive Media, which David is the current Programme Director. More recently David was involved in the design and establishment of the BA in Psychology & Computing, and the BA Digital Humanities & Information Technology at UCC, where he currently serves as Programme Director and on the Board of Studies for both programmes.

David is very active in the Computer and Multimedia industries. As a founding member David served as Special Director of Ireland’s largest industry network, it@cork for 10 years. In 2006 David was awarded the title ‘Apple Distinguished Educator’ for his advocacy of Digital Media in education. David is actively engaged in industry related research and consultancy, ranging from fundamental research to product development. David is currently a member of the international organisation VR First, and recently joined the NSAI/MPEG WG11 advisory group. David is a founding organiser of the MAVRIC conference and an active participant of Cork VR Meetup.

David’s research interests are in the areas of Virtual Reality/Mixed Reality, Serious Games, HCI/Cognitive Ergonomics, and Spatial Sound. In 2005 David setup the Interactive Multimedia Lab (IMCLab) in conjunction with colleagues from Computer Science and the College of Medicine & Health, UCC. The lab has undertaken various funded research projects, with international and industry collaborators, resulting in a number of PhD graduates and successfully completed projects. In 2018 David became a member of the INSIGHT Research Centre, leading up industry focused VR/MR research.

Dr. Orla Murphy
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Orla Murphy UCC

Dr Orla Murphy is Head of the Discipline of Digital Humanities at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland where she is the Director and co Creator of their innovative BA program in Digital Humanities and Information Technology.  She is Irish National Coordinator for the DARIAH ERIC – a Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities.  Since 2017 she has been a Board Member of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI), and recently co-Chair of the Irish Arts and Culture in Education Research Repository.

Her research focuses on knowledge representation and new acts of reading explored through digital technology.  Originally trained as a medievalist she holds Diplomas in Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies and in Information Systems.  Her MPhil explored Latin and Old English sources for the Anglo-Saxon Homilist Aelfric’s Homilies on the Nativity – with a particular focus on liturgical contexts.  Her PhD research in The Foundations of Irish Culture project interrogated 3D laser scanning as an approach to representing damaged early-medieval stone inscriptions on pre 12th century artefacts and considered multidimensionality and the phenomenology of reading in medieval and contemporary contexts.

Named as one of the inaugural Fulbright TechImpact scholars in 2015 she researched applications of 3D in museum settings in Boston. She was awarded a National Teaching Expert Award by the Irish National Forum for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2014.

Her current research is on the Embedding of foundational Digital Literacies as critical competences in Higher Education Institutions. This year she takes up a post as Irish national representative on the Scientific Committee of CoST EU (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

Forthcoming co-authored book: Design Thinking for Digital Wellbeing (Routledge, 2018).

Pedro Nilsson-Fernàndez
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Pedro Nilsson-Fernàndez (@pfdorado) is College Language Teacher at the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at University College Cork. His research focuses on Digital Humanities in the context of Iberian minoritised languages, with a particular emphasis on looking at literary spaces in post-war Catalonia. His PhD thesis looked at the works of 20th Century Catalan author Manuel de Pedrolo using a blended methodology combining Spatial humanities, text-mining and GIS. He curated the project Pedrolo Digital (@pedrolodigital).

Exhibition Curation

The Media Arts Exhibition will be curated by Chris Clarke, Senior Curator of the Glucksman at UCC, and Chair of the Program Committee, James O’Sullivan.

Chris Clarke

Chris Clarke

Chris Clarke is Senior Curator of the Glucksman, University College Cork. He has curated exhibitions at the Glucksman including Josef and Anni Albers: Voyage inside a blind experience; Double Take: Collection and Context; OUTPOSTS: Global borders and national boundaries; Now Wakes the Sea: Contemporary art and the ocean; Enter Stage Left: The craft of theatre in art; Set in Time: Drawings from the Serge Lifar Collection; Gut Instinct: Art, food and feeling; I Went to the Woods: The artist as wanderer; 2116: Forecast of the next century (touring to the Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University); Everything Must Go: Art and the market; Stitch in Time: The fabric of contemporary life; Selective Memory: Artists in the archive; Fieldworks: Animal habitats in contemporary art; Modern Families: Relatives and relationships in art; Passports: Globalisation in contemporary European video; Mixtapes: Popular music in contemporary art; and Game On: Re-newing media art, an Irish touring exhibition of artist’s film and video that explored computer technologies and video game aesthetics.

Chris has also curated international exhibitions including Innsbruck International 2018; Under the Surface: Newfoundland & Labrador at the 55th Venice Biennale; WADE IN at Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland; and The Second Act at Arts Centre de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam. Prior to his position at the Glucksman, he worked as Visual Arts Engagement Manager at Cornerhouse, Manchester.

Chris has published numerous texts and reviews of contemporary art and is a frequent contributor to art journals and magazines including Art Monthly, Source, VAN and Photography & Culture. He has contributed essays to exhibition catalogues and artist monographs including Qasim Reza Shaheen: The Last Known Pose (Manchester: Cornerhouse); High Treason (Dublin: Hugh Lane Gallery); Caoimhe Kilfeather: This Attentive Place (Dublin: Temple Bar Gallery); Locky Morris: This Then (Belfast: Golden Thread Gallery); Sugary Photographs with Tricks, Poses and Effects (Antwerp: Time to Meet VZW); The Intertwining Line: Drawing as a Subversive Art (Manchester: Cornerhouse); and Masaki Fujihata: The Conquest of Imperfection (Manchester: Cornerhouse).

Chris has presented papers on contemporary art and curatorial practices at conferences and symposia including ISEA (International Society for Electronic Arts) Singapore; ISEA Belfast; and Time to Meet, Antwerp. He is a lecturer on the Art & Process MA programme at CIT / Crawford College of Art & Design as well as the Futures interdisciplinary PhD module at University College Cork.