Anna is a communication, media and social studies scholar specialised in conducting audience research with international child participants, and a university teacher in communication and media. She received her PhD at the University of Leicester under its Graduate Teaching Assistantship Scheme at the School of Media, Communication, and Sociology (4 years of full support, equivalent value to AHRC funding) and she is a published PhD researcher with a monograph under contract, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a media expert with management experience in film distribution. Anna achieved her BA in Media Studies and MA in Teaching Literature and Grammar in Hungary, and her MLitt in Film Studies from the University of Dundee, Scotland.
Anna’s doctoral research explores the heterogeneity of the diverse audiences through the participants’ ambivalent and sometimes even contradictory ideas about their identity. Her study offers an original contribution to the fields of audience, communication, cultural, film, gender, media and race studies, and sociology. It combines diverse and innovative research methods, such as textual (thematic) analysis of the interviews and visual (semiotic) examination of Eastern European tween’s drawings and building blocks, and the broader contextual investigation of the sessions with Hungarian young people by using NVivo.
In 2019, Anna participated as a Research Associate in the €2 million ERC-funded multidisciplinary project FORTITUDE, which aimed to empower British children and young people through play and discussion of the benefits of using the law in navigating life by employing multimodal research methods and participatory mapping approach.
Anna teaches Digital Economies to postgraduate students, and Advanced Research Methods and Media Landscapes to undergraduate students at Loughborough University.
Previously, as a lecturer at Coventry University and DMU and as a GTA at the University of Leicester, she taught several modules in media and communication, including Understanding Media Configurations and Post-Digital Regions (Coventry University), Researching Media and Communication; Women, Media and Politics and Core Concepts in Media and Communication (DMU), and Global Film Culture; Creative Audiences; Researching Media and Public Communication; Contemporary Issues in Media and Culture Studies; Media and Globalisation; Television Studies; Studying Film, Global Film Culture and Media, Celebrity and Fan Culture (University of Leicester).
Manuscript in preparation:
- Zsubori, A. 'Hungarian Tweens and the Disney Princess: Negotiations of Identity and Self-Image', Lexington Books. (forthcoming)
- Zsubori, A. (2023) 'The Good, the Bad and the Disney: Employing princesses to examine Hungarian tweens' understanding of gender', in European Journal of Cultural Studies. Download here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/13675494231159332?fbclid=IwAR1bZ6PmriZBb9JbNkR1kxb2SzKNENTN6TeAIfdGqaxRZlKIyk5zXj1a14Y
- Zsubori, A. (2022) 'Review of Reality, magic and other lies: fairy-tale film truths', in Feminist Media Studies. Download here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14680777.2022.2104906
- Zsubori, A. (2022). 'Review of Recasting the Disney Princess in an Era of New Media and Social Movements’, in Feminist Media Studies. Download here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14680777.2022.2104905
- Zsubori, A. (2021) "They are not like [...] Pamela Hódi [...] constantly showing off' - How Hungarian tweens negotiate fame through Disney Princesses', in Studies in Eastern European Cinema. Download here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2040350X.2021.2008132?fbclid=IwAR38-3ma6KuUMift1Jg6kjuOo43BOfdVdbPonzotcwOQISSgg3_2cOxeulE
- Zsubori, A. (2021). 'Review: Luca’. Link here: https://www.fantasy-animation.org/current-posts/review-luca-enrico-casarosa-2021
- Zsubori, A. (2021). 'Szörnyben az emberi' [Human in a monster], Filmvilág (8).
- Zsubori, A. (2021). 'Review: Raya and the Last Dragon’.Link here: https://www.fantasy-animation.org/current-posts/2021/3/26/review-raya-and-the-last-dragon-don-hall-amp-carlos-lpez-estrada-2021?rq=zsubori
- Zsubori, A. (2021). 'Hercegnő a bábból’ [Princess from a cocoon], Filmvilág (5).
- 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"', Journal of Children and Media. Download here: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/aCPDimutrbVmrI3Trv3K/full
- Zsubori, A. (2018). ‘Gender studies banned at university – the Hungarian government’s latest attack on equality’ in The Conversation. Link here: https://theconversation.com/gender-studies-banned-at-university-the-hungarian-governments-latest-attack-on-equality-103150