My Academic Profile
I teach screenwriting on freelance basis at different colleges and universities. I run non-university level writing workshops at various institutions.
I am also a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden. 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 because I 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 in academia lies in 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. 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. 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, Büşra Ersanlı, Yüksel Taşkın, Ahmet Demirel, Semra Cerit Mazlum, and Çiğdem Nas, to name a few, for all the inspiration, and to my classmates who were eager to learn, change, and help change the world.
I also had the privilege to study at Technische Universitaet Darmstadt for a bit longer than a year.
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 subjects that intrigue me.