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Bahar Simsek

PhD candidate

Name
B. Simsek
E-mail
b.simsek@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Bahar Şimşek defended her thesis on 4 May 2021.

More information about Bahar Simsek

Research Project

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

PhD research

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.

CV

EDUCATION

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

EMPLOYMENT

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,
                            Ankara

PUBLICATIONS

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

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SMES APT
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