Conference organiser, forthcoming October 2020. Cleraun Media & Filmmaking Ethics Conference in Dublin October 2020.
Film art installation, forthcoming 2019-2020. Testing the Boundaries of Viewership in the Films of Todd Haynes and Pedro Almodovar. “Stephen Desmond is currently creating a film art installation using emerging film technologies and software interfaces in conjunction with his written PhD research thesis at Dublin City University As part of the installation's wider exploration of comparative viewership (aesthetic/technical topographies of empathy and desire) in both filmmakers, Desmond examines the influence of religious art and Catholic iconography in the cinematic mise-en-scene of Pedro Almodovar, and the figure of the marionette in the cinema of Todd Haynes”.
Documentary film, forthcoming 2019-2020. Voices from the Nakba Revisited. UK editor on this new film about legacy Palestinian refugees from 1948.
Film art installation, forthcoming 2019-2020. Palestinian Lives-Palestinian Voices - Artefact 1. UK editor.
Film art installation, forthcoming 2019-2020. Palestinian Lives-Palestinian Voices - Artefact 2. UK editor.
Film art installation, forthcoming 2019-2020. Palestinian Lives-Palestinian Voices - Artefact 3. UK editor.
Film art installation, forthcoming 2019-2020. Palestinian Lives-Palestinian Voices - Artefact 4. UK editor.
Film art installation, forthcoming 2019-2020. Palestinian Lives-Palestinian Voices - Artefact 5. UK editor.
PhD thesis chapter (1), forthcoming 2019-2020: essay for publication "ESCAPING THE PRISON OF GENDER: SEARCHING FOR THE PANSEXUAL GAZE IN PEDRO ALMODOVAR’S ‘JULIETA’ AND TODD HAYNES’ ‘CAROL’. Female Suffering, Penetrable Male Bodies, Desire, Spectatorial Positioning and The Crucial Question of Empathy"
PhD thesis chapter (2), forthcoming 2019-2020: essay for publication Madonnas and Marionettes: The comparative politics of intertextuality in the films of Pedro Almodovar and Todd Haynes
Conference panel chair and conference co-organiser, October 2018: Ethical Issues in Documentary Filmmaking, Cleraun Media Ethics Conference, Dublin October 2018. Interviewed panel members including Sinead O’Shea, the award-winning documentarian.
Conference co-organiser, October 2016: Ethical Issues in Documentary Filmmaking, Cleraun Media Ethics Conference, Dublin.
Conference panel and chair and conference co-organiser, October 2014: Ethical Issues in Documentary Filmmaking, Cleraun Media Ethics Conference. Interviewed panel members including Frank Connolly, the award-winning investigative journalist.
Radio broadcasts, Near FM radio station, Dublin, December 2013-May 2014. Stephen is producer of the programme and interviewer. As part of his professional practice research, Stephen conducts interviews with major figures in film-making, politics and broadcasting. He performs this role in an unpaid capacity for research and community service purposes, and to maintain his professional experience and development.
- 11 May 2014: interview with Mary Lawlor, founder of Frontline Defenders.
- 11 May 2014: interview with George Carey, founder of the BBC's Newsnight.
- 13 April 2014: interview with Roisin Shorthall TD, former junior minister for health.
- 30 March 2014: interview with Rita O'Reilly of RTE Television's Primetime Investigates and Medical Journalist of the Year.
- 16 February 2014: interview with Dr Bill Tormey, Consultant Toxicologist. Dr Tormey is a major figure in public health, and public health policy.
- 19 January 2014: interview with Rodger Larson, founder of the Young Filmmakers Foundation, live from New York.
- 31 December 2013: interview with film-maker Alan Gilsenan. Alan Gilsenan's filmography: director The Road to God Knows Where, 1988. God Bless America: Gore Vidal, 1995. All Soul's Day, 1997. God Bless America: Marsha Hunt, 1997. The Irish Empire, TV series documentary, 2000. Zulu 9, short film, 2001. The Ghost of Roger Casement, director and writer, 2002. Sing On Forever, director and writer, 2003. Timbuktu, 2004. The Legend of Liam Clancy, director and writer, TV mini-series documentary, 2006. The Asylum, 2006. The Hospice, director and writer, 2007. Paul Durcan: The Dark School, 2007. The Importance of Being Irish, 2008. The Yellow Bittern: The Life and Times of Liam Clancy, documentary, 2009. Treasure of the Bogs, director and writer, 2011.
Conference panel chair and conference co-organiser, November, 2013. A major conference galvanising advanced professional practice in the field of documentary filmmaking, journalism, media and communications, focusing on professional ethics, standards, disclosure, and covering investigating political corruption, corporate wrong-doing and human rights violation. The Future of Investigative Journalism in Ireland, a full-service conference for journalists and academics exploring the development, history, theory and practice of investigative journalism in Ireland. Desmond organised and chaired the event through his research centre The Centre for Conflict Resolution Journalism. Presenters included: Stephen Desmond, Chair; Rita O'Reilly, Irish Medical Journalist of the Year and reporter on RTE Primetime; Seamus Dooley, President of the National Union of Journalists Dublin; Remy Farrell, Senior Counsel, expert on whistle-blowing legislation; Frank Connolly, Investigative Journalist; and Constantin Gurdgiev, lecturer, journalist and author.
Conference panel chair and conference co-organiser, October 2012. Ethical Issues in Documentary Filmmaking, Cleraun Media Ethics Conference in Dublin. Desmond interviewed panel members including Stefan Ronowicz, BAFTA award winning documentarian.
Conference panel chair and conference co-organiser, October 2010: Ethical Issues in Documentary Filmmaking, Cleraun Media Ethics Conference in Dublin. Desmond interviewed panel members including George Carey, Founder of Newsnight on the BBC, Series Editor of Panorama, and award-winning documentarian.
Screening: The Frontline Club November 23rd, 2009 of Desmond's film: Desmond, S., 'The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story' The Frontline Club Headquarters, London. https://www.frontlineclub.com/?s=JAWEED+AL+GHUSSEIN
Presentation, 23 November 2009. Documenting Injustice - Making a Documentary in an International Context, The Frontline Headquarters, London. (presentation followed screening).
Screening, 2 July 2009 of Stephen Desmond's recut film The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story at Foreign Press Association Headquarters, London.
Presentation, 2 July 2009. Documenting Injustice - The Jaweed Al Ghussein Story at The Foreign Press Association, London. (presentation followed screening).
Article, Documenting Injustice, Desmond, S., Times Higher Education supplement, October 2007.
Presentation, The Impact of Al Jazeera at The Middle East and the Media conference, The International Media Council, London, 2007.
Screening, Refugee Teachers, short narrative documentary film about the experiences of refugee-teachers at Birkbeck College, London, August 2006. Stephen Desmond was a co-executive producer and online editor. The film was exhibited at a public screening held by the refugee charity, Reconnect.
Curated screening, Young British Experimental Filmmakers, curated screening of experimental film, Sonoimagenes Festival, Buenos Aires, August 2006. Stephen Desmond served as co-curator with Luciano Zubbillaga.
Screening, Peace or Patriotism: Journalism, War & the Search for Truth, short narrative documentary about the journalism of war reporting, April 2004. Stephen Desmond was co-executive producer and editor. The film was exhibited at ISTROART 2004.
Film art installation, Digital Technology and Video Art, public video-art installation at ISTROART 2004 in Galerii Medium, Bratislava, August 2004. Stephen executive-produced and co-curated the digital technology and video art installation which was exhibited together with three other installations: performance and video art, sound and video art, and identity and video art.
Article,Video Art 2, Desmond, S., ISTROART 2004 exhibition catalogue.
Conference co-organiser, Peace or Patriotism, a conference held in Belfast for academics, war reporters and journalists, February 2004. Desmond co-organised the conference with Barry Lowe.
Curator film screening, Leslie Thornton artist mentor workshop screening, on behalf of Film/Video Arts and NYSCA at Lincoln Centre Cinemas, New York City, 1993-94.
Curator film screening, Cheryl Dunye artist mentor workshop screening, on behalf of Film/Video Arts and NYSCA at Lincoln Centre Cinemas, New York City, 1993-94.
Curator film screening, Barbara Hammer artist mentor workshop screening, on behalf of Film/Video Arts and NYSCA at Lincoln Centre Cinemas, New York City, 1993-94.
Curator film screening, Rosa von Praunhiem artist mentor workshop screening, on behalf of Film/Video Arts and NYSCA at Lincoln Centre Cinemas, New York City, 1993-94.
Freelance film editor and post-production trainer, 1986-2019. Desmond's client list includes: The Centre for Conflict Resolution Journalism, Penn Chemicals BV, Dublin Institute of Technology, AVID Technology UK, Jim Bambrick & Associates, Headband & Liniment, Fuji International Productions, Moviola Digital, Post Resources, WTNH-TV8 New Haven, WBNE New Haven, Ticino Films, Lancer Productions, Soho Audio, Bloomberg Television, Little Dog Productions, Joetown Inc., Backstreet Edit, Lionheart Films New York, RAI, Phoenix Communications, Oracom Inc., Alchemy Digital, Cammach Associates, VH1/MTV New York, The Jewish Museum New York, Asset Picture New York, NVI, National Recording Studios New York, Swiss Television.
Executive producer and commissioner, 1986-2019.
Desmond has periodically controlled and administered film funding for emerging and independent filmmakers through agencies, such as The Artist Mentor Project at Film/Video Arts, which distributed NYSCA (New York State Council of the Arts) funding. He has provided seed funding for a range of innovative film projects.
Desmond has also co-executive-produced and supervised a range of award-winning and commercially successful films produced by filmmakers in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the master of arts degree at a range of prestigious educational institutions.
Reports, 2003-2009. Desmond produced a range of extended reports in his capacity as course leader for the MA in Video Production and Film Studies at the University of West London, relating to internal and external validation processes, periodic reviews and external audits.
External and community engagement activities which are awarded recognition by REF
September 2013 - December 2014 (and continuing in 2015) AVID Learning Partnership. Instigated and progressed AVID Learning Partnership (ALP) for AVID Media Composer at Solent University. AVID is the industry leader in high-end digital film editing technology for the broadcast industry.
January 2014 - ongoing. Appointed trustee of major refugee charity. Invited to become a full trustee of the respected charity, Reconnect. Reconnect is committed to facilitating the training/employment of unemployed /underemployed refugees, with special emphasis on teacher training and refugee journalists. Reconnect has facilitated the training of over 60 teachers in partnerships with Birkbeck and The Institute for Education. Reconnect is also currently implementing a postgraduate certificate for refugee journalists. Other trustees of Reconnect include Caroline Demian, the director of Merrill Lynch.
May 2014 - ongoing:
2019: elected to represent national UCU on the Trade Union Congress.
2019: re-elected LGBT officer on The Southern Region of UCU, the University and College Lecturers Union.
2019: re-elected as equality officer for The Southern Region of UCU.
November 2018: re-elected to the National LGBT Standing Committee of UCU.
Twice winner of national election to the National Executive Committee of UCU (LGBT Seat), Equality Officer London Region, etc.
August 2013 - ongoing. Police liaison. As an advanced media practitioner, and as a member of The National Union of Journalists, Stephen was re-selected this year as police liaison officer/Neighbourhood Watch coordinator for the area in which he have lived for over 12 years: Ealing, London. In this capacity, he has headed a range of community consultation projects relating to local development initiatives and planning issues. He has worked extensively in consultation with his local community and the local council, local councillors, local police and a range of officials. Nominated three years in a row for a Pride In our People Award.