Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies & School of Arts

Dr Georgia Thomas-Parr

Key information

Roles
Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies Lecturer in Film Studies
Qualifications
BA (Bangor University), MA PhD (The University of Sheffield)
Building
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office
404
Email address
gt23@soas.ac.uk
Support hours
Friday, 11:00am–1:00pm

Biography

Georgia Thomas-Parr is a lecturer in film and screen studies at the School of Arts, SOAS. The underlying interest of her research lies in the subjects of girlhood, coming-of-age, and femininity as represented in visual culture (film and media), shaped by gender and feminist critique. In her doctoral research—an autoethnography on feminine-presenting cosplay subcultures in the UK—Georgia immersed herself in the different ways in which symbolic fantasies of girlhood are brought to life through cosplay, from anime to idol groups and maid cafés. Interdisciplinary and qualitative by nature, her research combines sociological methods (interviews and immersive participant observations) with visual analysis to observe those points and entanglements where girlhood as a fictional representation meets girlhood as a lived experience.

In 2019, as part of the Sheffield Festival of Social Science, Georgia co-led an exhibition with research participants (fans of anime and Japanese popular culture). Reflections on this experience can be read in her chapter, “Big Fangirl Energy” in Tiffany Isseldhart’s, A Girl Can Do: Recognizing and Representing Girlhood (2022). The exhibition included testimonies, artwork, and photography, hosting interactive areas for members of the public to learn about anime fandom via the fans themselves, such as kawaii (cute) J-fashion makeovers. The exhibition’s curation was also a process of (re)considering the ethical implications of collecting and documenting the artistic creations, experiences and perspectives of participants in a space that has historically been associated with colonial exploitation and objectifying practices (i.e. exhibitions and museums). This is an ethos which fundamentally informs Georgia’s research: finding new ways to represent individuals in the ways in which they wish to be represented, especially those who are underrepresented in society and mainstream media.

Georgia joined the Screen Worlds Project in February 2022 in which she is co-editing the Global Screen Worlds volume with Lindiwe Dovey and Kate Taylor-Jones.

Research interests

  • Visual culture, media, representation and screen studies
  • Gender studies, femininity and feminism
  • Girlhood and youth studies
  • Cosplay and media-orientated fan subcultures
  • East Asian Cinema
  • Ethnographic filmmaking
  • Audiovisual essay making
  • Sociological research methods
  • Decolonising film and screen studies
  • Film analysis, criticism and theory
  • Cultural and cinematic exhibitions, festivals, events and curating

Publications

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