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Patrick Brodie

Part-Time Instructor, Cinema


Patrick Brodie is a PhD candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies, in affiliation with the School of Irish Studies, and a Part-Time PhD Lecturer at Concordia University in Montreal. He received his MA in Film Studies from Columbia University. His dissertation project, entitled “Wild Tides: Media Infrastructure, Built Space, and Financialization in Post-Crisis Ireland,” investigates the transnational politics of spatial development in relation to Irish media industries. His current focus is on the global data center industry. Motivating much of his research is an interest in sovereignty, territory, and categories of the political in the era of finance capital. In particular, he is concerned largely with how global logistical infrastructure coordinates movement across space and time, and where media—as industry or material—is mobilized in this circulatory dynamic of capital. His work has appeared in Media, Culture and Society, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural StudiesThe Irish Times, Nordic Irish Studies JournalSpectator: The University of California Journal of Film and Television CriticismPause Button, and Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, and he has work forthcoming in Culture Machine and Journal of Popular Culture. He is a member of the Global Emergent Media Lab at Concordia University. His research interests include media industry studies, logistics and supply chains of media, infrastructure studies, free trade zones, piracy and informality, and theories of political subjectivity.

Teaching activities

FMST 317: Transnational Approaches to Cinema

Part-Time Instructor
Winter 2020


Journal Articles

“'Stuck in Mud in the Fields of Athenry': Apple, Territory, and Popular Politics." Culture Machine special issue Media Populism 19 (forthcoming)

“Star Wars and the Production and Circulation of Culture along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.” Journal of Popular Culture 53.4 (forthcoming)

“Climate Extraction and Supply Chains of Data." Media, Culture and Society (online first, 2020)

“Seeing Ghosts: Crisis, Ruin, and the Creative Industries." Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 33.5 (2019)

“’Deputies said they did not find any K2, but three people were arrested on unrelated charges’: Eventfulness, Contagion, and Abandonment around Brooklyn’s Zombie Outbreak." Spectator: The University of California Journal of Film and Television Criticism 39.1 (2019)

“Deterritorializing Irish Filmmaking: Lenny Abrahamson, Gerard Barrett, and Donal Foreman." Nordic Irish Studies Journal 15.2 (2016)

“The Acousmêtre in the Museum: Authorship, the Essay Film, and Installation Practice." HARTS & Minds: The Journal of Humanities and Arts 2.3 (2016)

Other Publications

“Introduction – The Labour of Media (Studies): Activism, Education, Industry." Co-written with the medialabour collective, Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies 8.2 (2019)

“High-energy data centres not quite as clean and green as they seem." Co-written with Patrick Bresnihan, The Irish Times (September 11, 2019)

“Introduction – Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change." Co-written with Lisa Han and Weixian Pan, Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies 8.1 (2019)

“A Conversation on Media and Logistics with Deborah Cowen and Kay Dickinson." Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies 8.1 (2019)

“Living in Digital Warfare: A Review Essay." Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies 7.2 (2018)

“Documenting Capital: Intersections of Free Trade Zone Architecture and Digital Filmmaking." Co-written with Patrick Brian Smith, Pause Button 4 (Winter 2017)

Participation activities

Member, Global Emergent Media Lab

January 2017-Present

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