EDUCATION

2005 – 2012
PhD, Department of Anthropology and Department of Communication and Culture
(Dual degree) Indiana University, Bloomington
2003 – 2005
M.A., Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
2001 – 2002
Study Abroad, State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton
1997 – 2003
B.A., Department of Guidance and Psychological Counseling, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

Books

Manuscript in preparation
Transpolitics of Kurdish Media: Discourses of a National Cinema in Transnational Media Worlds
2016
edited volume Kurdish Documentary Cinema in Turkey: Politics and Aesthetics of Identity and Resistance, London: Cambridge Scholars Press. (with Can Candan)

Articles in SSCI Journals

2016
Invented Myths in Contemporary Turkish Political Advertising, Society Vol. 53 (with Çağrı Yalkın)
2015
Social business in online financing: Crowdfunding narratives of independent documentary producers in Turkey, New Media and Society, Vol. 17 No.2 (online, 2014)
2014
Kurdish Cinema as a Transnational Discourse Genre: Cinematic Visibility, Cultural Resilience, and Political Agency, International Journal of Middle East Studies Vol.46
2013
Making Transnational Publics: Circuits of Censorship and Technologies of Publicity in Kurdish Media Circulation, American Ethnologist Vol. 40 No. 4

Articles in Other Journals

2015
OccupyGezi as (an) Intertopian Space, Media Fields Journal special issue on Spaces of Protest (with Çağrı Yalkın)
2015
I Flew You Stayed as an Example of Domestic Ethnography, Moment: Journal of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Communication, Hacettepe University Vol.2 No.1
2015
Belgesel Filmler Toplumsal Dönüşüme Etki Edebilir mi? Koalisyon Modeli ve Benim Çocuğum Örneği, Global Media Journal Turkish Edition Vol.5 No. 10
2015
Ethnographic Cinema, Anthropology, and Issues of Representational Authority In Visual Documentation of Culture, Kültür ve İletişim Dergisi Vol. 18 No.35
2013
Rhino Season is in exile, just like me: An interview with Bahman Ghobadi, Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia Volume 1, Issue 1

Book Chapters

2016
Transnational Media Representations of Women Fighters Against ISIS in Syria, In B. Baybars-Hawks (Ed.), Framing Violence: Conflicting Images, Identities, and Discourses (pp. 229-243). London: Cambridge Scholars Press.
2016
Alımlama Söylemleri ve Bir Söylem Janrı Olarak Kürt Sineması, In D. Bayrakdar (Ed.), Türkiye Film Araştırmalarında Yeni Yönelimler 12 (293-313): Istanbul: Bağlam Yayınları.
2015
From the Worst Menace to Societies to the Robot Lobby: A semantic view of Turkish political rhetoric on social media, New Media Politics: Rethinking Activism and National Security in Cyberspace, ed. Baybars-Hawks, B. Cambridge Scholars Press.
2011
Past and Future Pathways of Culture: Cinematic Representations of Kurds and Kurdish Issue in Turkey, Visual Productions of Knowledge: Toward a Different Middle East, edited by Hanan Sebea and Mark Westmoreland. American University in Cairo Press.

AWARDS & RESEARCH GRANTS

2017
Workshop Grant, the Wenner Gren Foundation, International workshop,
Anthropology of Media in Turkey: Theory, Methodology, and the Future Orientations
September 8-10, 2017 Kadir Has University (mediaanthrointurkey.org)
2015
Individual Research Project Grant, Kadir Has University,
News Culture in Turkey: Production and Reception Discourses in New Media Era
September 2014
ERASMUS Academic Personnel Exchange Grant,
Kadir Has University, Coventry University visit
August 2014
Turkey - Armenia Travel Grant, Hrant Dink Foundation,
to conduct field research for the project The Role of News Media in the Normalization Process between Armenia and Turkey
2011-2012
Doctoral Dissertation Grant
Indiana University COAS
2009
Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant
Wenner Gren Foundation
2008
Best Student Paper Award,
American Anthropological Association Middle East Section
2007
Pre-dissertation Fieldwork Grant
IU Anthropology Department, David C. Skomp Grant
2007
Pre-dissertation Fieldwork Grant
IU Office of International Programs
2005 - 2010
Graduate School Scholarship
Indiana University
2003 - 2005
Graduate School Scholarship,
King Fahd Middle East Studies Center, University of Arkansas
2001 - 2002
Boğaziçi University Study Abroad Fellowship for studying in SUNY Binghamton

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & INVITED TALKS

2018
Manufacturing Monsters Workshop: New(s) Media? Political Economy, History, and Technology of News Making in Germany, Norway, and Turkey, Tromso
“Politics of News Production and Reception in Turkey”
2018
International Communication Association Conference, Prague
“Cinematic Spaces of Solitude, Exile, and Resistance: Telling Kurdish Stories from Norway, Iran, and Turkey”
2018
International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism, and Society, Istanbul
“An Anthropological Vantage Point on Post-truth Culture”
2017
International Communication Association Conference, San Diego CA
“I’ve become the best journalist I could ever be: Narratives of Journalists covering the War in Syria”
2016
Visualizing the Street Conference, Amsterdam
“Images of Revolution: Looking for the Everyday Life in Rojava” (with Aslı Özgen-Tuncer)
2015
Media.Bridge.Culture Conference, Istanbul
“Documentary Filmmaking as Public Making: Cultural Discourse during Production and Circulation”
2015
American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver CO
“Being their Voice: Narratives of Journalists Reporting on Kobane”
2015
The Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Denver CO
“New Politics of News Circulation and Reception in Turkey”
2015
Digital Storytelling Conference, Yerevan
“Crowdfunding Campaigns in Turkey”
2015
Türkiye Film Araştırmalarında Yeni Yönelimler Konferansı, Istanbul
“Soykırımı Filmlerle Tartışmak: Tarih, Bugün, Metakültür”
2015
International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism, and Society, Istanbul
“Hair Braids and Gun Slings: Media Representations of Women Fighters in Kobane”
2015
Yeni Medya Kongresi, Istanbul
“Türkiye’de Kitlesel Fonlama Kampanyaları: Kültürel Bir İnceleme”
2014
American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC
“Domestic Ethnography and Documentary Practice at the Intersection of History and Identity”
2014
NECS Prague
“Crowdfunding as an Alternative Public Relations Campaign”
2014
Türkiye Film Araştırmalarında Yeni Yönelimler Konferansı, Istanbul
“Alımlama Söylemleri ve Güncel Siyaset Kavşağında Kürt Sineması Janrı”
2014
International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism, and Society, Istanbul
“From Menace to Society to Robot Lobby: Criminalization of Internet in Turkish Political Rhetoric”
2013
American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago
“Newroz As An Emergent Political Spectacle in Turkish Media Worlds”
2013
NECS Prague
“Newspaper Headlines on Gezi Protests and the Construction of Political Language in Turkey”
2011
EASA Media Anthropology Network, London
“Critical Perspectives on Media and Social Change” workshop
2011
Association for the Study of Nationalities, New York City
Mediating the Nation in Turkey: Trends in Othering across Borders and Time, panel organizer
2010
The American Anthropological Association, New Orleans
“An Ambivalent Relationship to Modernity: Transnational Screening Contexts
for a Kurdish Documentary”
2010
The Visible Evidence Conference, Istanbul
“An (Ambivalent) Critique of Modernity: Aesthetics and Politics of Space and Time
in The Last Season Shawaks”
2008
The American Anthropological Association, Middle East Studies Section
Best Student Paper presentation
“Media Production and Transpolitics: Kurdish Documentary Filmmaking in Turkey”
2007
The Middle East Studies Association, Montreal CA
“Politicizing the Daily: Documentary Film as a Political Space for Kurds in Turkey”
2007
The Association of Central Euro-Asian Studies, Bloomington IN
“Raising Racial Boundaries in Virtual Space: www.nihalatsiz.org and Turkism today”
2006
American Anthropological Association
“Cultural Expressions, Political Assertions: Kurdish Art Production in Contemporary Turkey”
2006
Canadian Anthropological Society
“Changing Meanings, Transforming Images: Politics and Poetics of Kurdish Identity in Turkey”
2006
San Francisco State University Film Studies Department
“Big Man Small Love: Turkish Cinema as a Site for Multiculturalism Debates”

TEACHING

Spring 2013 – ~
Instructor, Kadir Has University
Persuasion and Propaganda
News Culture: Critical Approaches to News Media
Media Policy and Politics
Effective Speaking
Communication Campaigns
History of World Civilization
Documentary Cinema
Media Anthropology
Interpersonal Communication
Keywords in Social Sciences
Spring 2012
Visiting Instructor, Bogazici University
Multicultural Approaches to Education: An anthropological Perspective (ED 312)
Summer 2010
Visiting Instructor, Sabancı University
Media Worlds: Anthropology of Media (CULT 325)
Spring 2010
Instructor, Department of Comm. and Culture, Indiana University
Ways of Speaking: Performance and Ethnography (CMCL 229)
Summer 2009
Visiting Instructor, Sabancı University
Film and Anthropology: Visual Documentation of Culture (FILM424-524)
Fall 2008
Visiting Instructor, Kadir Has University
Keywords in Social Sciences (CF 103)
Summer 2006
Summer 2007
Visiting Instructor, Boğaziçi University Summer School
Gender and Education (ED 310)
Classroom Management (ED 382)
Fall 2005
Fall 2007
Instructor, Department of Comm. and Culture, Indiana University
Interpersonal Communication (C122)
Hollywood Cinema (C292)
Fall 2004
Fall 2005
Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Fall 2003
Fall 2004
Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas
Indians of North America
Linguistic Anthropology

MEDIA / Television

2013 – 2016
Medya Atlası
Weekly Media Analysis Program, IMC TV
2011 – 2013
Basın Express
Daily Media Review and Commentary Program, IMC TV
2011 – 2016
Öteki Sinema
Weekly Alternative Cinema Culture Program, IMC TV

MEDIA / Films

2010
Co-producer, Seyit: Hakikat Yolunda (Seyit: On the Path to Truth);
Documentary 75 min. directed by Özkan Küçük
2009
Co-producer, Son Mevsim Şavaklar (The Last Season Shawaks);
Experimental documentary 92 min. directed by Kazim Öz

MEDIA / Selected Articles

2015
Son Büyük Samuray: Stefan Jarl
Altyazı, June 2015
2015
Bellek Mekanları Olarak Belgesel Filmler
K24 Kitap, Kültür, Kritik, May 2015
2015
Kürt Sinemasının Ulusal Bir Pazarı Yok: Mehmet Aktaş’la söyleşi
Evrensel, April 19, 2015
2015
Yüzleşme Kapısında Sanatın Tokmağı: Helen Sheehan’la söyleşi
Evrensel, January 18, 2015
2014
Ermenistan Gerçeği Türkiye’de Mitler Üzerinden Haberleştiriliyor
Evrensel, September 5, 2014
2014
Otosansürün Gölgesinde Diyalog Arayışı: Ermenistan’da Haber Kültürüne Dair Notlar
Evrensel, September 6, 2014
2014
Lice’de Sessizliğe Direniş
Evrensel Pazar, June 15, 2014
2014
Medya Üzerindeki Baskının Dünü, Bugünü, Yarını: Savaşın Tanıkları
Tiroj, March 2014
2013
Garod: Belgesel Kameranın Kulağına Çalınan Hasret Şarkıları
Tiroj, September 2013
2012
Zamanın Sarkacında Unutulmayan İzler: Chris Marker
Altyazı, September 2012
2008
Jean Rouch ve Etnokurmaca: Gerçek ve Kurmaca Arasında
Altyazı, March 2008