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Priya Rehal - Independent. Montreal, QC, CA

Priya Rehal Priya Rehal

MA in Communication and Culture, Fan Studies Researcher | Independent

Montreal, QC, CANADA

Montreal and Toronto based researcher and educator

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Biography

Priya Rehal is an educator and independent researcher who holds a Master’s in Communication and Culture from York, and Ryerson Universities. Priya facilitates workshops across the Greater Toronto and Montreal area. She is interested in transgressive play, subcultures and feminism and researches cosplay, politics of representation, hip-hop cultures, Sikhism, fandom and accessibility. Her MA thesis was on people of colour who engage in Steampunk as costuming or cosplay, and her past research includes Disney Princesses, Selfies, and ‘gender-bending’ cosplay. Priya currently teaches at College Montmorency.

Industry Expertise (6)

Education/Learning Entertainment Media Production Media - Online Women Research

Areas of Expertise (23)

Race Race Culture and Ethnicity Race Gender and Class in Organization Processes Race Gender and Sexuality Sexual and Gender Identity Sex and Power in the Workplace Cosplay Comic Conventions Comics and Culture Comic Studies Communication Communication & Culture Representation Representations in the Media Colonial India and the Diaspora Colonialism Indian Culture and Communication Practices Punjabi Culture Fandom Fandom and Fan Motivators Hip Hop and Politics Cultural and Educational Potential of Hip Hop Cultural Appropriation

Education (2)

York University: BA, Communication Studies 2014

York University and Ryerson University: MA, Communication and Culture 2016

Languages (3)

  • English
  • Punjabi
  • Hindi

Media Appearances (3)

Fan Cultures Documentary (Forthcoming 2018)

ARTE TV (Germany and France)  tv

2016-11-02

I was interviewed by French filmmaker Maxime Donzel, as the industry expert on cosplay for a forthcoming documentary, to be aired on ARTE TV in France and Germany. The film is currently in post-production.

Fake Geek Girls Like Us: Interview with Priya Rehal

Fake Geek Girls Like Us  online

2016-06-13

'Fake Geek Girls Like Us Interviews features women out in the geek world. June's Interview is with Priya Rehal and we discuss the politics around cosplay!'

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Priya Rehal on Disruptive Cosplaying

FemRadio  radio

2016-08-30

The interview begins at 11:50 and ends at 29:29

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Event Appearances (11)

Navigating Racialization in Academia – The Master’s Perspective

Joint PhD in Communication Studies Conference at University of Quebec  Université du Quebec à Montréal

2017-02-09

Creative Research Design: Disruptivity in Research and Cosplay

Guest Lecturer for Course FS 8111 “Fashion and Popular Culture” (Master's Elective)  Ryerson University

2016-11-05

May the Force be with Her Panelist

"May the Force be with Her Launch Party and Q&A Panel"  Toronto

2016-08-05

Jessica Jones: A Feminist Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences  Calgary

2016-06-15

“MAJOR KEY” – Transmitting Conspicuous Consumption and Masculinities via Snapchat

“Mediating Popular Music” panel  Popular Culture Association of Canada Annual Conference, Montreal

2016-05-20

Re-presentations across Media

BEA – The Broadcast Education Association  Las Vegas

2016-04-17

Disruptive Cosplay: Intersectionality and Original Cosplay

“Creating Culture” panel  Canadian Association of Cultural Studies Biennial Conference, Waterloo University

2016-01-11

Cosplaying in Colour

Transgressive Spaces: Race, Sexuality, and Feminism Panel  2015 Future Communications Symposium at York and Ryerson Universities

2015-12-15

Three Modes of Healing through Colour - Invited Speaker

Activate T.O. Event “Between the Lines: Exploring Boundaries of Creativity and Mental Wellness”,  Toronto City Hall

2015-12-21

#SelfieNation – A Visual Research Project concerning the Power of Self-Photography.

2014 Future Communications Symposium  York University

2014-12-16

Cultural Appropriation 101 – Black Media Representation, Appropriation and Identity

Guest Lecturer for, “Power to Be International: The Engaging Girls Program”  Ajax

2017-03-07

Articles (1)

I Fight White Supremacy By Cosplaying GUTS Magazine

2016-05-18

Fandoms and conventions are uncomfortable spaces for brown and black women. I’m not a passive fan: I don’t merely like or enjoy the media I consume, I love it. This love takes shape in the form of cosplay, the fan activity of dressing up as a character from popular culture: film, shows, books… but honestly, you could cosplay a character that hasn’t been “published” in any way. I spend hours researching and planning particular kinds of cosplay representations—from characters that already exist to some that I invent—but this is standard practice in costume play. While I used to cosplay mostly to explore gender, I’ve become interested in using cosplay to challenge the future and the whiteness of the media I enjoy.

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