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Didem Durak Akser

PhD candidate

Dr. D. Durak Akser
+31 71 527 2171

Didem Durak Akser is a PhD candidate at LIAS

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PhD research

Intertopianism in Migrant Cinema

Supervisors: Prof. dr. Ivo Smits and dr. Petra de Bruijn

Research interests

Creative Writing, Script Writing, Editing, Translation, Humour Studies, Utopian and Dystopian Studies, Culture Studies, Political Science and International Relations, Languages, Mumblecore and Indie Films, Screenwriting, Hope Theories, Bollywood Films.


MA Degree in Film and TV Studies: Kadir Has University, Istanbul, 2012-2014

  • Thesis: The Intertopian Elements in Terry Gilliam’s Brazil
  • Supervisors: Ass. Prof. Suncem Koçer, Prof. Louise Spence

GPA: 4/4 First degree, Honours

MBA Degree: Barcelona Management Institute, Barcelona, 2007-2008

First degree

BA Degree in Political Science and International Relations: Marmara University, Istanbul, 2001-2005

First degree, Honours


  • Kadir Has University Excellence - Tuition Scholarship
  • Barcelona Management Institute Tuition Scholarship
  • AKBANK Scholarship

Research/Teaching experience

- Language Instructor: Queens University, Belfast, 2016-Present

- Teaching Assistant: Kadir Has University, 2012-2014

  • Assisted Prof. Louise Spence – Department of American Culture, Introduction to Culture lecture
  • Assisted the Film and TV, and the Advertising Departments

- Research Assistant: Barcelona Management Institute, 2007-2008

Relevant skills and courses

  • Feminist Cinema
  • Introduction to Filmmaking
  • Film Theory
  • Film and Philosophy
  • Documentary Film
  • Research Methods
  • European Cinema
  • Seminars in Communication
  • Communication Skills

Film Related Papers

  • Vertigo vs. Persona
  • Raging Bull: An Analysis
  • Short Stories and Scripts for the Screenwriting Class
  • "L'auberge espagnole" or "L'auberge mondiale"?
  • Is Antonia’s Line in Line with the Examples of Ideal Feminist Movies?
  • The Victimhood of Salesmen
  • 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d'elle: An Analysis
  • Nostalgia for the Light: A ‘Documemory’ and The Conflict between History and Memory
  • A Cultural Anthropology Analysis: Japanese Manga

Writing Experience

- Contemporary Arts Centre – Derry

  • Respondent artist for the scriptwriting workshop

- SEM Connection, an international company

  • Copywriter, editor and translator

- Screenwriter for a cartoon project and TV pilots

- Sinekolaj.com, DaKick.com.tr

  • Writer (Film reviews)

- Film and culture blogs and articles

- Translator and interpreter

- Background in IT in different positions from 2003-2011


  • Bloomsbury Publishing book proposal on Terry Gilliam Cinema submitted
  • Nostalgia for the Light: A ‘Documemory’ and The Conflict between History and Memory doi: 10.5195/cinej.2013.71

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies


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