Professor Helena Sheehan
Dr Helena

Emeritus Professor

Dublin City University

academic interests



                                on doras      The Continuing Story of Irish Television Drama: Tracking the Tigercover of The
            Continuing Story of Irish TV Drama: Tracking the Tiger
        Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2004

                                                   extract the times: 1987-2002                          full text on doras

cover of Philosophical Arabesques by NI Bukharin"A Voice from the Dead"  text or extract

cover of Mapping Irish Media: Critical Explorations      (as co-editor) Mapping Irish media: critical explorations
                                                     Dublin: UCD Press, 2007        launch
articles / chapters/ conference papers/ pamphlets 
selected reviews
selected past articles
selected chapters
translations of various books and articles into French, German, Russian, Chinese, Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Portugese, Italian, Greek, Arabic

some recent papers, guest lectures, multimedia conference presentations 

online articles

work in progress


past papers delivered at international conferences
• World Congress of Philosophy  Boston 1998
• International Conference on 150th Anniversary of Communist Manifesto Paris 1998
• Socialist Scholars Conference NY 1993
• Imagining Ireland Conference at Irish Film Centre 1993
• International Television Studies Conference  London 1988
• International Congress of Logic, Methodology & Philosophy of Science  Hanover 1979
• International History of Science Congress Bucharest 1981
• Conference of History & Philosophy of Science  Royal Irish Academy 1982
• International Round Table Cavtat 1988 & 1989  Sarajevo 1988

other occasional papers /  guest lectures

Harvard University, Boston University, Temple University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University, Villanova University, University of Toronto, York University, University of London, University of Cape Town, TCD, UCD, UCC, UCG, QUB, Maynooth, Safarik University Presov, USSR Academy of Sciences, GDR Academy of Sciences, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Hungarian Political Science Association, Tito Political School Kumrovec, Interuniversity Centre of Postgraduate Studies Dubrovnik, Goethe Institut, Renner Instiut Vienna, Brecht Forum, NY Marxist School, Socialist Scholars Conference,  Philosophical Society of Southern Africa, Science and Society (journal) , Irish Labour History Society, Society of Socialist Social Scientists, People's College, Kilkenny VEC, Media Association of Ireland, Irish Film Institute, RTE, Irish Philosophical Society, Philosophical Association of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, Forfas, Comhlamh, Irish Writers Centre, Liberty Hall, European City of Culture (lecture series), Dublin Institute for Adult Education, Teacher's Club, Ballymun Job Centre, Peadar O'Donnell Centre for the Unemployed Galway, Arthouse Temple Bar,  Association of Irish Humanists, Irish School of Ecumenics, University of Birmingham, University of Wales Cardiff, Princeton University, University of London, University of Paris, Ireland Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico


  • PhD 1980 Trinity College, Dublin University
  • MA 1970 Temple University, Philadelphia
  • BS 1967 St Joseph's College, Philadephia
  • teaching (archived websites)

    DCU School of Communications


    other professional positions / activities

    During the 2000-2001 academic year I was on sabbatical leave.  During October 2000 I was in the USA (Philadelphia and New York) and November 2000 in Cuba (Havana) visiting universities and attending conferences. From February to April 2001 I was in South Africa at University of Cape Town as a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of the Humanities and a visiting associate at the Centre for Higher Education Development and in residence at All Africa House.  I was doing research on academic  transformation in South Africa. I produced a multimedia research report that I presented at DCU in Oct 2001. My interview with Jeremy Cronin, MP done in April 2001 and follow up interview done in January 2002 have caused considerable controversy within South Africa. I returned to South Africa for further research trips in 2002 and 2005. I was based at the University of the Witwatersrand in July-August 2002. During 2007 I was again on sabbatical at University of Cape Town. Based on this research, I have written "Contradictory transformations: observations on the intellectual dynamics of South African universities". I also spent time in Berlin and Dubrovnik investigating the fate of marxism in Eastern Europe. 

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