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 1980sUEA Repository
'Do one's dreams become smaller as one becomes bigger?' Memory, Trauma and the Child Turkish CinemaUEA Repository
Dorothy Arzner (1897-1979)UEA Repository
"Do one’s dreams become smaller as one becomes bigger?" Memory, Trauma and the Child in Turkish CinemaUEA Repository
Directory of World Cinema: TurkeyUEA Repository
Feminism and Women's Film History in Turkey: the 1980sUEA Repository
'Honour is Everything for Muslims': Vendetta Song, Religious Identity and Gender Politics in TurkeyUEA Repository
The critical reception of Certified Copy: Original art or copy of a rom-com?UEA Repository
Turkish Women’s Contributions: CinemaUEA Repository
Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and RepresentationUEA Repository
Kiz Kulesi Asiklari, Edge of Heaven and Block CUEA Repository
Cinema: Turkish Women's ContributionsUEA Repository
Savas Arslan, Cinema in Turkey: A New Critical HistoryUEA Repository
There are Ghosts in these Houses! New Turkish Cinema: Belonging, Identity and MemoryUEA Repository
Syrian Women FilmmakersUEA Repository
Representations and/or Interpretations: Women in Middle Eastern FilmUEA Repository
Let’s Do It! Let’s Do It’ The Critical Reception and a Feminist Reading of Victoria Wood’s Midlife ChristmasUEA Repository
The Hurt Locker: Male intimacy, violence and the Iraq war movieUEA Repository
Female Subjectivity and Cinematic RepresentationUEA Repository
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.
Women, Islam and media; Middle Eastern cinemas; women and film. Convenor of the International Summer School on British Film and Television.
Awards and Nominations:
- UEA Teaching Excellence Award (received in 2012)
- UEA Edward Acton Teaching Fellowship Award (received in 2013)
- Nomination for Best Innovative Teacher of the Year Award, Times Higher Education (2012
- Nomination for Society for Cinema and Media Studies Pedagogy Award (2013)
- (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.