Dr Zélie Asava is Programme Director of the BA (Hons) in Video and Film Production and the BA (Hons) in Communications in Creative Multimedia at Dundalk Institute of Technology, where she teaches courses on film and media theory, and national cinemas. Her monograph The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Irish Identities on Film and TV (Peter Lang, 2013), examines racial representations in Irish screen culture. In 2011, she was awarded Young Irish Studies Scholar of the year by Peter Lang.
She has also taught at University College Dublin, the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Trinity College Dublin, examined for NUI Maynooth, and given seminars at NUI Galway, UCD and the IFI. She gave the keynote address at the CMRS conference at De Paul University, Chicago, in 2014. She has been invited to speak at the Silk Road Film Festival, the Irish Film Institute, and the Arras Film Festival.
She is the author of many articles and book chapters in print and online, and has been published by Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and University of Chicago Press, among others. She has also worked as a freelance journalist for print media, and has given papers and chaired panels at many national and international conferences. Her research covers issues of race, gender and sexuality in Irish, French, American and African screen culture.
Mixed-Race Cinemas: America and France, New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.
The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities in Irish Film and TV, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013.
Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here (Sibiya, South Africa, 2009), Sous la clarté de la lune [Under the Moon’s Light] (Traoré, Burkina Faso, 2004), ‘Selbe et tant d’autres’ [Selbe, Amongst Others] (Faye, Senegal, 1983); ‘Sisters-in-Law’ (Ayissi & Longinotto, Cameroon/UK, 2005); ‘L’Afrance’ (Gomis, France/Senegal, 2001). In: Blandine Stefanson and Sheila Petty, eds. World Cinema Directory: Africa, Intellect Books, 2014.
‘Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me: Trafficked and the Multicultural Irish Thriller’. In: Tony Tracy and Conn Holohan, eds. Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture: Tiger’s Tales, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
‘“You’re Nothing to Me but Another... [White] Vampire”: A Study of the Representation of the Black Vampire in American Mainstream Cinema’. In: Barbara Brodman and James Doan, eds. Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic, Madison NJ: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2013.
‘Interrogating the Transnational Family: Ideas of Identity and Cultural Bilingualism in Sous la clarté de la lune [Under the Moon’s Light]’. In: Fiona Barclay, ed. France’s Colonial Legacies: Memory, Identity and Narrative, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013.
‘New Identities in the Irish Horror Film: Isolation (O’Brien, Ireland, 2005) and Boy Eats Girl (Bradley, Ireland, 2005).’ In: Claire Bracken and Emma Radley, eds. Viewpoints: Theoretical Perspectives on Irish Visual Texts. Cork: University of Cork Press, 2013.
‘Race and Cinema’ (co-author Professor Diane Negra). In: Krin Gabbard, ed. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Zou Zou (Allégret, 1934); Princesse Tam Tam (Gréville, 1935); Métisse [Mixed-Race] (Kassovitz, 1993); Fierrot le pou (Kassovitz, 1990); Les Trois frères [Three Brothers] (Bourdon & Campan, 1995); Drôle de Félix [The Adventures of Felix] (Martineau & Ducastel, 2000); Chouchou (Allouache, 2003); Pour la nuit [For the Night] (Boni-Clavérie, 2005). In: Tim Palmer and Charlie Michael, eds. World Cinema Directory: France. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
‘The Nephew (Brady, Ireland, 1998) and The Front Line (Gleeson, Ireland, 2006): Black and Mixed Masculinities in Irish Cinema’. In: Werner Huber and Seán Crosson, eds. Contemporary Irish Cinema: New Perspectives on a National Cinema. Vienna: Braumüller and New Academic Press, 2011.
‘Mixed-Race Issues in the American and French Melodrama: An Analysis of the Imitation of Life Films (Stahl, USA, 1934; Sirk, USA, 1959) and Métisse (Kassovitz, France, 1993).’ In: Martin McLoone & Kevin Rockett, eds. Irish Films, Global Cinema, Studies in Irish Film 4. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007.
‘Drôle de Félix [The Adventures of Felix] (Ducastel & Martineau, France, 1999): A Search for Cultural Identity on the Road’. Wide Screen, vol. 2, no. 3, July 2011.
‘Multiculturalism and Morphing in I’m Not There (Haynes, USA, 2007)’, Wide Screen, http://widescreenjournal.org, vol. 1, no. 2, June 2010.
‘Myth and Murder in The Daisy Chain (Walsh, Ireland, 2009).’ In: Tony Tracy, ed. ‘Irish Film and Television – 2009’, AEDI: Spanish Journal of Irish Studies, vol. 5, 2010.
‘Entering the Dark Place: Visions of Irish Horror in Seer (Courtney, Ireland, 2008)’. In: Tony Tracy, ed. ‘Irish Film and Television – 2008’, AEDI: Spanish Journal of Irish Studies, vol. 4, 2009.
Co-editor, Irish Film and TV Research Online (2006): tcd.ie/irishfilm/
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