BA in Media, Communications and Culture, and Film Studies (Keele University, 2017)
MRes in Film Studies (Keele University, 2018)
Transformations in Cosplay: Navigating the personal and social implications of how fans use costume play to traverse gendered and queer identities.
Dr. Eva Giraud (Media, Communication and Culture)
Dr. Neil Archer (Film Studies)
I began my PhD research in September 2018 at Keele University. The research looks at contemporary practises of the cosplay community, looking particularly at the ways in which cosplayers use costume to explore and negotiate ideas around gendered and queer identities.
The aims of my research are to explore how cosplayers use costume play, combining theoretical and textual analysis with auto-ethnographic study and semi-structured interviews. In producing this project, this research will ask; what discourses are created through the act of cosplay, and can these discourses be used to challenge the dominant heteronormative binary?
Cosplay, drag, fan studies, gender identities, queer identities, performance, role-play, parody, animation, fashion, failure, comedy, and children’s media.