Dr Sarina Riye Pearson
MAVA (USC), PhD (Auckland)
I joined Media, Film and Television in 2003 after completing my PhD at the University of Auckland. I have a Masters in Visual Anthropology from the University of Southern California and a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Research | Current
- Postcolonial popular screen culture in the Pacific
- South seas cinema
- Short film production and criticism
- Documentary production and criticism
- Visual anthropology
- Digital storytelling
I am interested in how cultural production reflects dynamics of power, affect and subjectivity. I am currently working on three research projects. The first examines Hollywood cinema in the Pacific. I am particularly interested in the production of South Seas films and television, the distribution of Hollywood film throughout Pacific islands and the cultural and creative responses that these films engendered. My second project examines short film production as a creative and cultural practice and my third project explores digital storytelling in the Pacific as a mode of grassroots documentary. In addition to my academic research I have also produced short films, television documentaries and a television sketch comedy series.
I supervise postgraduate academic dissertations and theses as well as creative research projects. Some of my students have undertaken research projects in television studies, documentary, food and cinema, and media and multilculturalism. I have also supervised the production of dramatic short films and short documentaries.
Undergraduate Studies Teaching and Learning Coordinator for Media, Film and Television
Areas of expertise
Postcolonial Popular Screen Culture in the Pacific
South Seas Cinema
Short Film Production and Criticism
Documentary Production and Criticism
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Williams, L., Gott, M., Moeke-Maxwell, T., Black, S., Kothari, S., Pearson, S., ... Hansen, W. W. (2017). Can digital stories go where palliative care research has never gone before? A descriptive qualitative study exploring the application of an emerging public health research method in an indigenous palliative care context. BMC Palliative Care, 1610.1186/s12904-017-0216-x
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shuchi Kothari, Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Stella Black, Lisa Williams, Merryn Gott
- Pearson, S. (2017). Reel to real: Mimesis, playing Indian, and touring with the vanishing race in New Zealand 1927. In J. Mageo, E. Hermann (Eds.) Mimesis and pacific transcultural encounters: Making likenesses in time, trade, and ritual reconfigurations. New York, USA: Berghahn. Related URL.
- Kothari, S., & Pearson, S. (29/6/2016). Farewell: haere atu ra [DIgital video], Premiere Future Landscapes Palliative Care Conference, School of Nursing, University of Auckland: School of Nursing.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shuchi Kothari
- Pearson, S. (2016). Possum: A postcolonial feral allegory. Short Film Studies, 6 (1), 61-65. 10.1386/sfs.6.1.61_1
- Pearson, S. R. (2015). Hostile or Hospitable: New Zealand Television Maps Degrees of Belonging. In S. Rust, S. Monani, S. Cubitt (Eds.) Ecomedia Key Issues (pp. 118-140). Routledge.
- Pearson, S. R. (2015). Romanticism and reality on the G.C.: Transnational Maori on the Gold Coast. Pacific Studies, 38 (1-2), 253-271.
- Pearson, S. R. (2014). Hollywood Westerns and the Pacific: John Kneubuhl and The Wild Wild West. Transformations (24) Related URL.
- Pearson, S. R. (2014). Televisual transgender: hybridizing the mainstream in Pasifika New Zealand. In N. Besnier, K. Alexeyeff (Eds.) Gender on the Edge: Transgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders (pp. 241-266). Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
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