Dr Eylem Atakav is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia where she teaches courses on women and film; women, Islam and media; and Middle Eastern media. She is the author of Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation (2012) and editor of Directory of World Cinema: Turkey (Intellect, 2013). Her academic interests are on Middle Eastern film and television; representation of 'honour' crimes in the media, and women's cinema. She writes frequently on issues around gender and culture for the Huffington Post (UK) and for her co-authored blog on women’s cinema: Auteuse Theories.
BA (Hons) (Ankara), MA (Southampton Solent), PhD (Nottingham Trent)
Feminism and Women’s Film History in Turkey: the 1980s
University of Illinois Press
ISBN 978-0-252-03968-3, 978-0-252-08118-7UEA Repository
'Do one's dreams become smaller as one becomes bigger?' Memory, Trauma and the Child Turkish Cinema
Cambridge Scholars Press
ISBN 978-1-4438-5688-1UEA Repository
Dorothy Arzner (1897-1979)
"Do one’s dreams become smaller as one becomes bigger?" Memory, Trauma and the Child in Turkish Cinema
Cambridge Scholars Press
ISBN 1443859664UEA Repository
Directory of World Cinema: Turkey
ISBN 9781841506203UEA Repository
Feminism and Women's Film History in Turkey: the 1980s
University of Illinois PressUEA Repository
'Honour is Everything for Muslims': Vendetta Song, Religious Identity and Gender Politics in Turkey
Cambridge Scholars Press
pp. 49-67UEA Repository
The critical reception of Certified Copy: Original art or copy of a rom-com?
ISBN 9781841505114UEA Repository
Turkish Women’s Contributions: Cinema
Oxford University PressUEA Repository
Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation
ISBN 978-0-415-67465-2UEA Repository
Kiz Kulesi Asiklari, Edge of Heaven and Block C
ISBN 9781841505671UEA Repository
Cinema: Turkish Women's Contributions
Open University PressUEA Repository
Savas Arslan, Cinema in Turkey: A New Critical History
There are Ghosts in these Houses! New Turkish Cinema: Belonging, Identity and Memory
in Inter Asia Cultural Studies
Syrian Women Filmmakers
Edition des FemmesUEA Repository
Representations and/or Interpretations: Women in Middle Eastern Film
in Near East Quarterly
Let’s Do It! Let’s Do It’ The Critical Reception and a Feminist Reading of Victoria Wood’s Midlife Christmas
in Feminist Media Studies
The Hurt Locker: Male intimacy, violence and the Iraq war movie
Female Subjectivity and Cinematic Representation
Key Research Interests
Gender and media; Middle Eastern film and television; feminist film theory, world cinema, women and Turkish cinema, media and cultural politics.
- Feminist Women’s Association, Best Book Prize (2013)
- Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Best First Book Prize (2013)
Selected conference papers and talks:
- ‘Women and Turkish Cinema’, SOAS, University of London, November 2013.
- ‘Television that travels: the Middle East and beyond: A study of the critical reception of Magnificent Century (2011-present), Media and Globalisation Symposium, University of East Anglia, October 2013.
- ‘Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural identity and Representation’, Film and Media 2013 conference, London, June 2013.
- Women, Islam and Media, Media and Religion Symposium, University of East Anglia, April 2013.
- “Vendetta Song and representing ‘honour’ crimes in film”, SCMS, Boston, March 2012.
- ‘The Republican Woman is Being Destroyed! Save your Republic!’ Women and Politics in Turkish Television Adverts’, Centre for Media and Cultural Studies Seminar Series, University of Sunderland, October 2011.
- ‘‘Do one’s dreams become smaller as one becomes bigger?’ Memory, Trauma and the Child Turkish Cinema’, Child Actors/Child Stars: Juvenile Performance on Screen conference, University of Sunderland, September 2011.
- ‘“Honour is Everything for Muslims? Religion and Gender Politics in Turkish Cinema’, Screen, University of Glasgow, July 2011.
- ‘Rom-com Actually? The Critical Reception of an Art Film: Certified Copy’, Rom-Com Actually: A Two Day International Conference on Romantic Comedy in Film and Television, De Montfort University, March 2011.
- ‘Feminism and Women’s Film History in Turkey: the 1980s’, Doing Women’s Film History: Reframing Cinema Pat and Future, University of Sunderland, April 2011.
- ‘Reframing La Binoche: National Identity and Transnational Stardom’, Stardom and Celebrity: In the Spotlight, University of East Anglia, February 2011.
- ‘A comparative study of gender representation in British and Turkish reality/talk shows’, Feminist Television Studies Conference, Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland, September 2010.
- ‘New Turkish Cinema in the UK: Books, Festivals and Research’ New Perspectives in Turkish Cinema Studies Conference, Kadir Has University, Istanbul, May 2010.
- ‘The Republican Woman is Being Destroyed! Save your republic! Women, Politics and Islam in Turkish Television Adverts’, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association Conference, London School of Economics, January 2010.
- ‘The Child in Turkish Cinema’, Film and Television Research Seminars, University of East Anglia, November 2009.
- ‘Sexualisation of Culture: Turkish Cinema in the Posters of Sex Films of the 1970s’, Framing Film - Cinema and the Visual Arts: International Film Conference, University of Winchester, 2009.
- ‘Depoliticisation of the Film Text and the Child in Turkish Cinema’, Screen Studies Conference, Glasgow, July 2009.
- ‘A Clandestine Resistance? Silence and female subjectivity in Innocence’, Screen Studies Conference, Glasgow, July 2008.
- ‘Double Imprisonment: On the Metaphor of Prison in the Cities of Demirkubuz’, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Middle Eastern Caucus, Philadelphia, March 2008.
- ‘The Mirror has Two Faces: a Clandestine Resistance versus the Fallen Woman’, Images at the Threshold: Postgraduate Film Conference, European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath, April 2007.
- ‘The (Im)Possibility for a Feminist Discourse in Turkish Cinema, Interdisciplinary Film Research Workshop, University of Cambridge, February 2007.
- ‘Deleuze and Women’s Cinema as Minor Cinema’, The Work of Gilles Deleuze Conference, Greenwich University, July 2006.
- ‘The Invisible Gendered Subject: the Representation of Masculinity in Fight Club’, Research Students Conference, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, June 2006.
- ‘Investigating Turkish Women’s Cinema, Its Audience and Cultural Identity’, Cinema Audiences Conference, University of Newcastle Upon-Tyne, Newcastle, June 2006.
- ‘Masculinity in Crisis? Representations of Masculinity in Cinema’, Midlands Arts Centre’s Guest Speaker, Birmingham, May 2006. (The paper was given by invitation of Midlands Arts Centre)
- ‘The History of Feminism in Turkey’. Advanced Scholarship Day, Southampton Solent University, Southampton, January 2006.
- ‘The Piano: Language in Feminist Films’. Philosophy and Film Conference. Queen’s University, Belfast, August 2005.
- ‘Writing On Ice: Patriarchy in Feminist Films’. Women, Art and Culture: 14th Conference of the Women’s History Network. Southampton Solent University, September 2005.
- ‘Mona Lisa in Veils: Politics, Religion and Feminism in the context of Turkey’. Woman and the Divine Conference. Institute for Feminist Theory and Research, University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University College, June 2005.
- (Available for TV, Radio, Newspaper interviews and Academic Consultancy)
- Educational Advisory Board Member - Film Nation UK
- Academic consultant to Catarina Neves Ricci’s documentary (2014) Women on Women about women filmmakers.
- Academic consultant to Betty Martin’s documentary film on veiling - I wasn’t Always Dressed Like This (2013).
- Academic consultant and interviewee for the documentary film Ostitto/Existence (Aziz,2012), a film inspired by and made with contributions from the students of my Women, Islam and Media module.
- Extra-curricular screenings: ‘I wasn't always dressed like this’ (Betty Martins) and InRealLife (Beeban Kidron) and Q&As with the directors
- ThoughtOut project: a public engagement project through which I organised the UK premiere (in London and Norwich) of the Palestinian documentary film Duma (Haddad, 2012), February 2013.
- Collaboration with the FILMCLUB to run a Turkish cinema season, and teaching sessions for young kids across the UK (2013).
- Guest lecture on media representations of ‘honour’ crimes for Amnesty International at UEA, October, 2013.
- Co-runner of Auteuse Theories blog to celebrate women’s work in film and television: http://auteusetheory.blogspot.co.uk/
- Lecture and workshop for 30 members of Kings Lynn Cinema Club on women and Middle Eastern cinema, February 2013.
- Contribution to the Global Thinkers Forum (2012) website with an article women, media and the Middle East
- Academic consultant to 15th London Turkish Film Festival (2010)
- Academic consultant to Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival (2010)
- Previous media appearances: BBC Radio Four Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio Norfolk, The Guardian, Newstatesman, Huffington Post, BBC local radio stations, Radio Ireland.
- Internationalisation Director in the School of Film, Television and Media Studies;
- Faculty of Arts and Humanities Dean Representative at Internationalisation Executive;
- Year Abroad and Exchange Programs Coordinator.