Anna Zsubori

Anna Zsubori

AFHEA, Doctoral Student, winner of the departmental Graduate Teaching Assistantship 
PGR Student Representative (May 2018 – May 2019)


  • MLitt – Film Studies (University of Dundee, United Kingdom)
  • MA – Teacher of Hungarian Grammar and Literature (Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem, Hungary)
  • BA – Communication and Media Studies (Vitéz János Katolikus Főiskola, Hungary)

Academic Service:

2016-present: YECREA representative to the Audience and Reception Studies section of the European Communication Research and Education Association

Research Interests:

Cinematic portrayal of female bodies, representation of gender and race in films, feminism, fairy tales, animations, Disney

Brief Description of the PhD Project:

The project is researching Central & Eastern European tweens' understanding of identity through the Disney Princess phenomenon

PhD Supervisors:

Dr Melanie Kennedy, Dr Jilly Kay

Prof Helen Wood, Dr Ranjana Das



Zsubori, A. and Das, Ranjana (2018). 'Twenty years of Pottermania: British young people's experiences of fantasy at the intersections of the fictive and the "real"' in Journal of Children and Media
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Zsubori, A. (2018). ‘Gender studies banned at university – the Hungarian government’s latest attack on equality’ in The Conversation.
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Further publications can be found on

Teaching Experience:

MS7009 – Contemporary Issues in Media and Culture Studies

MS1010 – Creative Audiences

MS2012 – Global Film Culture

MS1003 – Global Media

MS3009 – Media, Celebrity and Fan Culture

MS7025 – Researching Media and Public Communication

MS7223 – Studying Film

MS1008 – Television Studies

Conference Presentations:


Zsubori, A. (2017). 'Monstrous-Feminine in fairy tales: The embodiment of childhood fears in Disney’s Cinderella (1950 and 2015)' – All about Cinderella: Retellings in the cultural imagination. University of Bedfordshire, Luton, 9th June 2017. The conference’s programme can be found on


Zsubori, A. (2018). 'Children's Creative Identity Production and the Representation of Disney Princesses' - MeCCSA Annual Conference. London South Bank University, London, 10th January 2018. The conference's programme can be found on

Zsubori, A. (2018) 'Authentic Disney Celebrity Heroines and the representation of gender and race in Disney Princesses' - Celebrity Studies Conference. Sapienza University, Rome, 27th June 2018. The conference's programme can be found on

Zsubori, A. (2018) 'Disney Princesses as post-feminist celebrities: Representation of gender and multiculturalism through the discursive production of Disney Princesses as 'celeactors'' - Console-ing Passions Conference. University of Bournemouth, Bournemouth, 13th July 2018. The conference's programme can be found on


Zsubori, A. (2019). 'Fans' creative re-imaginings of Disney Princesses online' - Fan Studies Network Conference. University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, 28th - 29th June 2019. More information can be found on

Zsubori, A. (2019). 'Hungarian tween audiences' reception of the Disney Princess phenomenon' - Across the Live/Mediatised Divide: Audience Research Conference. University of York, York, 17th - 18th September 2019. The conference's programme can be found on

Invited Talks and Guest Lectures:


Zsubori, A. (2018). ''Animated reality': The cultural construction of and audiences attitudes towards Disney Princesses' - Visual and Multimodal Research Forum. University College London, 10th May 2018. More information can be found on

Zsubori, A. (2018). 'Children as audiences' - Guest Lecture at the University of Surrey on 6th December 2018. Module: SOC2080: Transforming Audiences.

Research Collaborations:


Workshop facilitation at Audiences 2030 - the Grand Finale of the CEDAR network in Lisbon on 28th September 2017. More information can be found on


Workshop facilitation at the 7th European Communication Conference (ECREA) in Lugano on 31st October 2018. More information can be found on

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