Nilgun Bayraktar

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Nilgun Bayraktar is an assistant professor of film history, theory & criticism in the Visual Studies Program and Film Program. Her work focuses on migrant and diasporic cinema in Europe, transnational cinemas, experimental and avant-garde cinema, contemporary art, and performance. She received a B.A. in Cultural Studies from Sabanci University, Istanbul, and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies with a designated emphasis in Film & Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Her academic publications include articles in journals such as Screen City Biennial JournalNew Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film and Turkish Studies Association Bulletin as well as chapters in edited collections such as Orienting Istanbul: Cultural Capital of Europe? and Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium. 

Her book, Mobility and Migration in Film and Moving Image Art: Cinema Beyond Europe (Routledge 2016), examines cinematic and artistic representations of migration and mobility in Europe from the 1990s to today. Probing questions of aesthetic experimentation in relation to sociopolitical ones, this book provides historically situated close readings of films, videos, and cinematic installations that concern migratory networks and infrastructures across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Bayraktar’s most recent research project explores the intersections between artistic practice and global environmental and social issues such as climate change and mass displacement resulting from neoliberal capitalist practices around the world. 

Before coming to CCA, she was a postdoctoral lecturer in the Humanities Program at Boğaziçi University (2012-2015), where she co-designed and co-taught core courses on literary, philosophical, and cinematic works from Ancient Greece to modernity. She has also been a James R. Gray Postdoctoral Lecturer at UC Berkeley (2011- 2012), where she taught courses on world cinema and auteur theory.

At CCA, Bayraktar teaches courses such as "Dystopian Sci-fi Cinema," "Photography and the Visual Archive," “Introduction to the Arts,” "The City and the Moving Image," "Mobility and Migration in Cinema," "Film Practices and Genres," and "Graduate Film History." 

BA, Sabanci University, Istanbul; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley.

Assistant Professor, Visual Studies
Assistant Professor, Film

BA, Sabanci University; PhD, UC Berkeley