Stefanie Dinkelbach


1982-82        “Ecole des Arts at Metiers”, Luxembourg

1984-87        “Fachschule für Keramikgestaltung”, Höhr-Grenzhausen

1990-91        Cardiff Institute of Higher Education, MA Ceramics Course

2008-13        Huston School of Film and Digital Media, National University of Ireland, Galway, PhD programme

Qualifications include:

1984             “C.A.P. Potier” (Apprentice examination in Pottery)

1987             “Staatlich geprüfte Keramikgestalterin” (BA Ceramic Design equivalent)

1991             MA Ceramics

2013             PhD FIlm, practice-based

PhD thesis:

‘The Legacy (Das Vermächtnis): the role of cultural production in the reprocessing of collective experiences that are equivalent to trauma’

Link to thesis:

Sponsorship: Galway Film Studies Fellowship.

Training includes:

1992             ‘Picture This’ training course in 16 mm film-making, Bristol

2004             Masterclass in Animation with Juri Norstein, Jerzy Kucia , Ruth Lingford and Ulla-Carin Grafstroem, Vilnius, Lithuania

2005-08       Diploma in Intentional Healing with Ira Greenberg

Professional Experience includes:

Since            1991 own studio as ceramic artist and independent film-maker

Since            1994 living and working in Ireland

Since            1996 director of Crinklefilms studios, Cork

Exhibitions include:

1993/96       Ceramics Contemporaries, V & A., London, UK

1997            Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Dublin, Sligo, Limerick, Belfast

1997            Contemporary Ceramics, Prize Winners Exhibition, London, UK

2000            Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Dumfries, Sligo, Limerick, Belfast

2001            Solo-show at Gallerie Metzger, Johannesberg, Germany

2002            Mensen, keramische skulpturen, Tegelen, Holland

2006/7         Irish Contemporary Ceramics, Limerick, Clonmel, Dublin, Kilkenny

2014            Dublin Biennial, Ireland

Prizes include:

1996            Craft Potters Association Prize

Presence in Permanent Collections include:

Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork

National Museum of Ireland, Dublin

Productions include:

1996            THE IMPERIAL MESSAGE, 16 mm, 6.5 min photo and puppet animation

2003            AUNT BRIDGET, 35 mm, 6 min, puppet/cell animation with Vlad Bairamgulov

2006            ..JOY.. 16 mm, 5 min experimental silent film as part of a cine-concert

2012            THE LEGACY, 42 min experimental film as part of a live music event with light projections

2014            THERE ARE NO OTHER ‘OTHERS’: TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE ETHICS, 25 min, audio-visual reflection using excerpts of THE LEGACY to quotations from Rosi Braidotti (2006, 2013)

Production awards include:

1996            Production award under the Frameworks scheme by the Irish Film Board,  RTE, The Irish Arts Council and the Northern Ireland Film Council for THE IMPERIAL MESSAGE

2003            Production award under the Frameworks scheme by the Irish Film Board,  RTE and the Irish Arts Council fro AUNT BRIDGET

2006            Project award by the Irish Arts Council for ..JOY..

Screenings include:

1994/95/96/03/06  Cork International Film Festival

1994/97/99    Galway Film Fleadh

1997/99         “Krok” International Animation Festival, Ukraine

1998/00         Trickfilm-Festival, Stuttgart

1998               Irish Film Festival, Montreal, Canada

1998               International Film Festival Halifax, Canada

2004               Irish Film Festival, Chicago

2004               International Film Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania

2013               Irish Arts Centre New York

Teaching Experience includes:

1992-99       Visiting Lecturer at University of Wales, Cardiff;  Crawford College of Art, Cork; School of Art and Design, Limerick

1995             Tutor on the Masterclass in Animation, Cork Film Festival

1996             Tutor in Ceramics, 1st year subsidiary, Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork

2000             Tutor on the Masterclass in Animation, Filmakademie Badenwürthenberg, Trickfilm-Festival, Stuttgart

1996-03       Tutor in Ceramics, H. Dip. Course, Crawford College of Art, Cork

1996-13       Course Director and tutor in Ceramics, Sculpture and Film-making at CSN, Cork

2001-13       Course Director of the Higher Professional Arts Diploma, CSN, Cork

Honorary positions include:

2000            Member of the International Jury, Trickfilmfestival, Stuttgart, Germany

2001            Member of the International Jury, Goldfish Animation Festival, Moscow, Russia

2011            Mumbai International Film Festival, India

Since 2013 Honorary member of the Film-maker’s Advisory Board, tiNai Ecofilm Festival, Goa, India

Academic Presentations include:

2010        ‘The confrontation of dissociation as an effect of trauma in the film ‘Germany Pale Mother’ by Helma Sanders Brahms’, Study seminar, NUIGalway

2011        ‘Film versus trauma’, Mumbai International Film Festival, India

2013        ‘Restoring the lost ‘regard’: the role of archive footage in reinstating victim visibility’, Genocide Studies Workshop: Sound, Image, Archive. Newcastle University

2014        ‘Retrieving Interrelatedness: the effect of trauma on the individual, social and collective context and its potential reversal’, TP4 Interdisciplinary Conference Trauma, Theory and Practice,

                  Prague, Czech Republic

2014        ‘A vulture has flown out...: the Peasant War in its opposition to the Graeco-Roman heritage of imperialist ideology’, Borderlines XVIII, UCC, Cork.

2014        ‘Paradise lost: Violence as the result of a lack of a sense of interrelatedness, an interdisciplinary perspective’, V5 Interdisciplinary Conference, Lisbon, Portugal

2014        ‘Performance versus trauma: the ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ and ‘Butoh’ as a response to trauma-like experiences in the macro-social context’, Consciousness and Cognition, Irish Society for

                 Theatre Research Conference, UCC.

2014        ‘Loss of interrelatedness and the ideological foundation of the Holocaust, an interdisciplinary perspective’, British Association for Jewish Studies Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin

2014        ‘Das Vermächtnis: Facing a Legacy of Violence with Empathy’, Empathy 1, Interdisciplinary Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.

2016        ‘‘Art Thou Troubled…’: The Therapeutic Effect of Music-Experiencing in the Context of Trauma Reprocessing’, Trauma 6, Interdisciplinary Conference, Budapest, Hungary.


2015        ‘Das Vermächtnis: Facing a Legacy of Violence with Empathy’, publication to the conference Empathy 1,, Prague, November 2014. Available at

2015        ‘Paradise Lost: Violence as the Result of a Lack of a Sense of Interrelatedness, an Interdisciplinary Perspective’, publication to the conference V12 Violence: Probing the Boundaries,, Lisbon, May 2014. Available at

Publications in progress:

Dinkelbach, S. ‘Finding the Way Home: an Interdisciplinary Perspective on Trauma and Trauma Resolution Practices’ in Trauma: Where To From Here, A. Mason and D. Bathory (eds.), Inter- Disciplinary Press.

Dinkelbach, S. ‘Performance versus trauma: theatre and dance in their potential to respond to experiences in the macro-social context that are comparable to trauma’ for Routledge Advances in Theatre and Performance Studies. Paper presented at the conference Consciousness and Cognition: Theatre practice and performance, UCC, Cork, May, 2014.

Dinkelbach, S. ‘Restoring the lost “regard”: the role of archive footage in reinstating victim visibility. Toward fostering a retrieval of social and emotional interrelatedness’ for a compilation of articles in hard copy format resulting from the Genocide Studies seminar in Newcastle 2013.