- B. Simsek
Bahar Şimşek defended her thesis on 4 May 2021.
2008 – 2011 “Kurucu İdeolojinin Kimlik Politikaları Bağlamında Sinemada Etnik Karşılaşmalar” (Ethnic Encountering in Cinema in the Context of Identity Politics of Founder Ideology), MA Thesis
Recognition of Subaltern Identities through Films: An Analysis of Kurdish Cinema
My PhD research explores the sociopolitical dynamics, both visual and aural, of Kurdish cinema. Focusing on the promise of Kurdish cinema for the recognition of Kurdish identity, I problematize the subject of identity politics and examine theories of the cinematic subject through a comparative analysis of Kurdish films. I further aim to posit the audio- visual nature of cinema as a critical and often overlooked vocabulary for the development of social and political theory.
Overall, my research offers a reading of Kurdish cinema as both inseparable from political histories of hegemonic state practices and the embedded nationalisms of film industries, and as a critical site for examining crucial theoretical questions in social and political thought tied to the subject of identity politics and the intricacies of the politics of recognition.
2017 - Leiden University, PhD, Humanities, Institute for Area Studies
2011- Ankara University, PhD, Graduate School of Social Sciences
2008 – 2011 Ankara University, MA, Graduate School of Social Sciences
2003 – 2008 Middle East Technical University, BA, Mathematics Department
2017 (February-July), Festival Coordinator, 20th Flying Broom International Women’s
Film Festival, Ankara
2016 (Fall), Lecturer in the Course Spatial Thinking in the Social Sciences, Kyoto
University, Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies
2009-2017 Research Assistant, Ankara University, Radio Television and Film Department,
2018, Oct 29 “Gender Revolution in Rojava: The Voices Beyond Tabloid Geopolitics”, with Joost
Jongerden, Geopolitics, https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2018.1531283
2018 “Militancy, Reconciliation, Motherhood: A History of Kurdish Women’s Movements”,
in Ephraim Nimni & Elçin Aktoprak (ed.), Democratic Representation in
Plurinational States, pp. 229-251. London: Palgrave.
2018 “Kurdish cinema”, in Michael Gunter (ed.), Routledge Handbook on Kurds, pp
110-124, New York: Routledge.
2016 “Lost Voices of Kurdish Cinema,” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication
9 (3): 352-369
2013 “Karşılaşmanın Büyüsü, Kentin Sineması: Yetim’den Hejar’a Değişen İstanbul Hakikati
(The Magic of Encounter, The Cinema of the City: The Changing Reality of Istanbul
from Yetim to Hejar),” idealkent: Kent Araştırmaları Dergisi 10: 8-47
2012 “Işıksız Kentte Eril Düşler: Buffet Froid (Masculine Dreams in the Lightless City:
Buffet Froid),” in Seçil Büker & S. Ruken Öztürk (ed.), Sinemada Hayat Var: Oğuz
Onaran için, pp. 169-176. Ankara: De Ki
2010 “Dersimli Kimliği ve Egemene Direniş Mekanı Olarak Müzik (Dersim Identity, and
Music as the Space for Resistance),” in Şükrü Aslan (ed.), Herkesin Bildiği Sır: Dersim,
pp. 175-196. İstanbul: İletişim
- Faculty of Humanities
- Leiden Institute for Area Studies
- SMES APT
- Şimşek B. (4 May 2021), On the aesthetic regime of Kurdish cinema: the making of Kurdishness (PhD thesis. Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University). Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s): Zurcher, E.J., Jongerden, J.
- Simsek B. & Jongerden J. (2018), Gender Revolution in Rojava: The Voices beyond Tabloid Geopolitics, Geopolitics .