My current research looks at the role that media play in the social construction of new communication technologies. This is concentrated in two areas.
Media, History and Memory: I am exploring how Irish people's memories of the arrival and domestication of television differs from institutional histories of the medium. The work aims to provide a retrospective insight into the social construction of television (RTÉ History Show Podcast). This research also explores how recollection is shaped by gender, geography and social class. The work is published in the book A Post-Nationalist History of Television in Ireland.
Science Fiction and the Social Construction of Technology: This work explores how popular science fiction representations may form part of the social construction of emerging communication technologies. My research looks at how popular cinema and television science fiction represent artificial intelligence and robotics.
My work with doctoral students explores relationships between media-related practices, socio-political environments and social movements. It also continues a long-standing interest in globalisation and rationalisation in media prduction.
Current Doctoral Supervision
Kosidichimma Anyanwu. Global Television Formats and the Nigerian Television Industry.
Robert MacDonald. The influence of media practices in shaping Irish social movement narratives.
Sergey Medvedev. The Influence of cultural and political conditions on the effectiveness of transmedia storytelling campaigns in politics?: Alexei Navalny's Moscow Mayoral Campaign.
Doctoral Disserations Supervised to Completion
Alexandra, Darcy. 2014. Visualizing ‘Migrant’ Voices: Co-Creative Documentary and the Politics of Listening. Doctoral Thesis. Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology.
Murray, Ann-Marie. 2011. Rationalising Public Service: Scheduling as a Tool of Management in RTÉ Television. Doctoral Thesis, Dublin Institute of Technology.
Books and Book Chapters
Brennan, E. 2016. 'Techno-Apocalypse: Technology, Religion, and Ideology in Bryan Singer’s H+'. in Firestone, A, M.F. Pharr & L.A. Clark (eds). 'The Last Midnight: Critical Essays on Apocalyptic Narratives in Millenial Media'. Jefferson: McFarland.
Brennan, E. 2012. ‘A Political Economy of Formatted Pleasures’, pp. 72–89 in Oren, T and S. Shahaf (eds), 2012. Global Television Formats Circulating Culture, Producing Identity. London: Routledge. (Joint winner of The Society for Cinema and Media Studies award for best edited collection for 2013).
Journal and Newspaper Articles
Brennan, E. 2017. The future of television may be a lot like its past. RTÉ Brainstorm.
Brennan, E. 2018. THe History of Television as the History of the Internet We do Not Want. 'Taking Back the Web: Critical Media Literacy Conference'. Dublin Institute of TEchnology. 20 October 2018.
Brennan, E. 2017. 'Practical Recollection, Media and Power'. ECREA Communication History Section Workshop. Budapest, 8 September 2017.
Brennan, E. 2010. Not Seeing the Joke: The Overlooked Role of Humour in Media Production Research. Conference Paper: European Sociological Association, Communications and Media Research Network Conference. Athens. 30 October 2010.