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Dr. Jennifer O'Meara

Associate Professor (Film Studies)

I am the Academic Advisor for the Columbia University-TCD Dual Degree in Film and the Director of the MPhil in Screen Studies. I have previously served as the Director of Undergraduate Teaching & Learning for the School of Creative Arts (2020-2022), among other school and college roles. I'm currently the PI on the Irish Research Council Laureate Award project (2022-2026) 'From Cinematic Realism to Extended Reality: Reformulating Screen Studies at the Precipice of Hyper-reality.' I was elected to Fellowship in Trinity College Dublin in 2023. Prior to joining Trinity in 2018, I lectured at the University of St. Andrews, Maynooth University and the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUIG. 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. My research on sound and dialogue includes the monographs Women's Voices in Digital Media: The Sonic Screen from Film to Memes (University of Texas Press, 2022), winner of the Honourable Mention prize at the British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies in 2023, and Engaging Dialogue: Cinematic Verbalism in American Independent Cinema (Edinburgh University Press 2018). 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 augmented reality, 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, Tilda Swinton, Parker Posey, and Cate Blanchett. I am currently a postdoctoral supervisor on HUMAN+, an international and interdisciplinary fellowship programme supporting interdisciplinary research between Computer Science and Arts & Humanities, supported by the European Commission, Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Co-Fund Action. I am a regular contributor to media and arts shows on ratio (RTÉ Lyric FM, RTÉ 2fm, Newstalk), as well as contributing arts criticism to newspapers like The Irish Times and Irish Independent and online platforms such as VOX and RTÉ Brainstorm. I teach a wide range of Film modules across the department's undergraduate and MPhil programmes. More broadly at Trinity, I've supervised research 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'. I am also part of the Postgraduate Renewal Programme, serving on the Postgraduate Research Renewal sub-committee (2022-present).
  Digital Media   film sound, dialogue, music   gender and feminist media   independent cinema   performance and stardom   voices in media
 Women's Voices in Digital Media: The Sonic Screen from Film to Memes
 The Abstracted Self and the Digital Avant-Garde
 Therapeutic Uses of Digital Media

Details Date From Date To
Board Member, Irish Screen Studies network 2021 present
Advisory Board for Film Matters (US-based journal). May 2020 present
Advisory Board member for the Centre for Screen Cultures, University of St Andrews. 2021 present
Reengineering Rear Projection? A Genealogy of Virtual Production Spaces and their Aesthetic and Logistical Potential (contracted) in, editor(s)Sian Mitchell, Lienors Torre, Colin Perry and Sean Redmond , Virtual Production: What's Real?, Routledge, 2025, [Jennifer O'Meara], Book Chapter, SUBMITTED
Visualizing the Voice from Mouth to Microphone to Spectrogram (contracted) in, editor(s)Freya Jarman, Naomi André and Amy Skjerseth , Routledge Companion to Voice and Identity, 2025, [Jennifer O'Meara], Book Chapter, SUBMITTED
The melodramatic mode in mother-daughter focused VR experiences (forthcoming) in, editor(s)Maud Ceuterick and Kata Szita , From Cinema to Virtual Reality and Back: Aesthetics, Technologies, and Spectatorship, Amsterdam University Press, 2024, [Jennifer O'Meara], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Stefania Marghitu and Jennifer O'Meara, Seamful Sutures: Gender Exploration and Identity Expression using Augmented Reality Facial Filters (forthcoming), Global Storytelling: Journal of Digital and Moving Images, Michigan Publishing, special issue on Gender and Social Media, 2024, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Mental Images and Emotive Voices in True Crime Podcasts focused on Female Victims in, editor(s)Karen Boyle and Susan Berridge , Routledge Companion to Gender, Media & Violence, UK, Routledge, 2023, pp10pp. , [Jennifer O'Meara], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Jennifer O'Meara and Cáit Murphy, Aberrant AI creations: co-creating surrealist body horror using the DALL-E Mini text-to-image generator, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 29, (4), 2023, p1070 - 1096, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Jennifer O'Meara and Kata Szita, AR cinema: Visual storytelling and embodied experiences with augmented reality filters and backgrounds, PRESENCE: Virtual and Augmented Reality, MIT Press, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Jennifer O'Meara, Women's Voices in Digital Media: The Sonic Screen from Film to Memes, Austin, Texas, University of Texas Press, 2022, 320pp, Book, PUBLISHED  URL
Tilda Swinton: From Avant-Garde Androgyne to The Avengers in, editor(s)Steven Rybin , Stellar Transformations: Movie Stars of the 2010s, Rutgers University Press, 2022, pp108-124 , [Jennifer O'Meara], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Manipulating (Public) Images in the Contemporary Music Documentary in, editor(s)Antonio Cascelli and Denis Condon , Threshold, Intermediality and Synchresis in Music and Visual Culture, Routledge, 2021, pp79 - 90, [Jennifer O'Meara], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

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Joe Humphreys (author) and Jennifer O'Meara (interviewee), 'If you could meet your dead parent again through virtual reality would you?', The Irish Times, Print and online, Ireland, The Irish Times, 2024, -, Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Newstalk, Moncrieff with Seán Moncrieff, 'Would you meet a dead relative in Virtual Reality? Radio and podcast segment', Moncrieff with Seán Moncrieff, Newstalk radio station, Newstalk, 2024, -, Broadcast, RELEASED
Jennifer O'Meara, `Gaussian girls' enter Hyperreality? Historicizing Augmented Reality Beauty Filters via Analog Filtration Effects, Society of Cinema and Media Studies, 2024, Boston, United Stated, March 14-17th, 2024, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Jennifer O'Meara, Mirroring, Touching and Tears: The Melodramatic Mode in Virtual Reality, Screen Studies in the Age of Extended Reality and Synthetic Media, Trinity College Dublin, June 4th-5th, 2024, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Jennifer O'Meara, Mads Damsbo and Emanuel Karlsten, Creative Perspectives on AI, Focus seminar: Another Intelligence, Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden, January 29, 2024, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Jennifer O'Meara, XR Practices through the Lens of Screen Studies, d-real Seminar: XR for Creative Practice, O'Reilly Institute, Trinity College Dublin, February 21, 2024, SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (d-real), Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Anna Joyce (author) and Jennifer O'Meara (interviewee), "Can True Crime Help Victims of Crime?", 2024, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
Jennifer O'Meara (panellist), 'Authentic Creativity and Artificial Intelligence: The Generative Generation'', Beta Festival x Culture File, The Digital Hub; RTE Lyric FM, 2023, -, Broadcast, PRESENTED
Jennifer O'Meara, From Soft Focus to AR filters: the Evolving, Technologically-Designed Face of Female Stardom, British Association for Film Television and Screen Studies, University of Lincoln, April 3-5, 2023, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Jennifer O'Meara, DALL-E Mini's 'exquisite corpses': co-creating surreal body horror using text-to-image A.I., Representing the Body: Contemporary Discourse and the Real, Glasgow Caledonian University, April 28, 2023, Conference Paper, PRESENTED


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Award Date
Elected to Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin 2023
'Honorable Mention' for the Best Monograph prize at the British Association of Film, Television & Screen Studies 2023
Irish Research Council, Starting Laureate Award 2022-2026
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
Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund, in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland 2020-2021
Provost's Project Award, Trinity College Dublin. "Experiments in Digital Screen Culture: from Avant-Garde Film to Augmented Reality." 2021-2025
Arts Council of Ireland 'Festivals and Event' funding award (with film festival). 2019
Irish Research Council Starting Laureate Award, "From Cinematic Realism to Extended Reality: Reformulating Screen Studies at the Precipice of Hyper-reality." September 2022-August 2026