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Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes

College positions:
Official Fellow, Tutor
Visual Anthropology
Amateur Cinema Studies Network, Cambridge Digital Humanities, Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement, Department of Social Anthropology
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Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes

Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes is an Official Fellow and Tutor at Clare Hall; a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology; a Member of the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement; and a Member of the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network, University of Cambridge.

Her primary work is as a visual anthropologist and digital humanities scholar and centres on new theoretical models drawing on visual culture, cognitive psychology, and postcolonial studies. She considers the construction of racial, gender, and political identities in visual (mostly amateur) records. In both her research and teaching she has made extensive use of and assisted with the establishment of online film archives of amateur (colonial) media such as Images of Empire (Bristol, UK), Colonial Film (London, UK), and the online film archive held by the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge.

Dr Motrescu-Mayes is the founder of Amateur Cinema Studies Network – the first international project promoting amateur cinema/media studies.

Select publications

  • Published extensively on issues of imperial visual culture, gender, and amateur and new media, including the following recent volumes:
  • De-Illustrating the History of the British Empire. Preliminary Perspectives, New York: Routledge, 2021
  • Amateur Media: Film, Digital Media and Participatory Cultures (with Susan Aasman), London: Routledge, 2019
  • British women amateur filmmakers: national memories and global identities (with Heather Norris Nicholson), Edinburgh University Press, 2018
  • Visual Histories of South Asia (with Marcus Banks), Delhi: Primus Ratna Sagar, 2017

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