My Academic Profile
I teach screenwriting on a freelance/part-time basis in college and university level. I prefer to remain an independent researcher and instructor. I run private writing workshops at various institutions.
I am also a PhD candidate at the Leiden University. My proposed project analyses Utopian visions in migrant films (an oversimplified and generalised summary). Here is the link to my PhD profile.
As a film scholar and critic, my research interests span a broad range of subjects. The magic of cinema appeals to me both on an intellectual and a creative level. I refer to and get inspiration from almost all types of arts, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and technology. I have been lucky to have had the chance to study all the subjects that I had a passion for. I have had scholarships while studying in Turkey, Germany, and Spain to support my studies.
My main research interests are humour, Utopia/Utopian studies, hope, languages, migration, ethics, aesthetics, and peace.
Here is the link to my Academia profile.
I have been writing film reviews on various websites and magazines for years.
Also this is me on IMDb.
My love for academia partly stems from my background. The first time my primary school asked me what I wanted to become in the future I answered, "A professor". And my teacher smiled. It was only later I understood the reason for his smile - it was a title rather than the name of a profession in the Turkish context. Although that was my answer, I changed my mind several times until I reached maturity, but never lost interest in the subjects that I liked in the meanwhile.
I finished primary, secondary and secondary high school in Istanbul. I went to a very diverse and modest primary school, and later entered a nation-wide exam to study at a public school for the next seven years where they intensively taught us English, as well as several mandatory subjects. I later majored in Mathematics and Literature while having an almost equal interest in natural sciences. I particularly enjoyed the Turkish and English classes. I was in the school chorus for seven years. Thinking about it, I am glad that Turkey offered good public education at that time.
I then studied at Marmara University for my BA in Political Science and International Relations that was taught in English. I am grateful to my professors Ayhan Aktar, Busraa Ersanli, Yüksel Taskin, Ahmet Demirel, Semra Cerit Mazlum, and Çigdem Nas, to name a few, for all the inspiration, and to my classmates who were eager to learn, challenge, change, and help change the world.
I also had the privilege to study at Technische Universitaet Darmstadt for a bit longer than a year. That was a milestone in my life, and I decided to study Film at that point.
Did my MBA at Barcelona Management Institute. Got a scholarship, and won an award.
And then an MA in Film and TV Studies at Kadir Has University, where I worked as a research and teaching assistant. I had a scholarship, and a GPA of 4.0.
Overall, I have been happy to study the subjects that intrigue me.