Cuneyt Cakirlar

Cuneyt Cakirlar

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
English, Culture and Media

Role

Dr Cüneyt Çakırlar is Senior Lecturer in Communication, Culture and Media. He teaches on a variety of modules in film and media studies.

  • Reading the Screen
  • Sound and Screen Media: Culture and Practice
  • International Cinemas I and II
  • Theorising Media and Culture; Theorising the Screen
  • Researching Media and Culture
  • Identity and Difference (Analysing Race, Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture

He is also contributing to the MA Media and Globalization and BA Global Studies.

Career overview

Dr Çakirlar joined the department English, Media and Creative Cultures at NTU in 2012. He holds BS in Chemical Engineering (Bogaziçi University, Turkey), MA in Cultural Studies (Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey) and PhD in Gender Studies (University College London, UK).

Before his position at NTU, Dr Çakirlar has taught at University College London (UK), Bogaziçi University (Turkey), Koç University (Turkey) and Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey). He has designed and convened modules on (i) Queer Aesthetics and Contemporary Film; (ii) Film, Ethics, Erotics; (iii) Film, Genre, Gender; (iv) Cinema and Nation, and (v) Research Methodologies in Gender Studies.

Research areas

Dr Çakirlar is a member of the Centre for Inequality, Culture and Difference.

Areas of his research interests include:

  • Queer Studies, Transnational Sexuality Studies
  • Film Theory, Film Aesthetics, World Cinemas
  • Visual Cultures, Contemporary Visual Arts
  • Culture and Globalization

Dr Çakirlar is currently working on a series of collaborative projects that focus on issues of scale and regionality in film, documentary and contemporary arts. These projects cover a wide selection of films, documentaries, and art practices, and focus on issues of cross-cultural translation in the international industries/sectors of film and contemporary visual arts.

He has recently published a co-edited book, Cinsellik Muammasi (2012), which is the first extensive collection of studies on cultures of sexual dissidence in contemporary Turkey – published in Turkish. He co-authored (with Serkan Delice (UAL) and Prof Wendy Shaw (Frei Uni, Berlin)) the exhibition catalogue of the artist Taner Ceylan, Lost Painting Series published by Damiani Press and Paul Kasmin Gallery. Dr Çakırlar also co-translated Judith Butler’s Bodies That Matter (1993) into Turkish (2014).

Dr Çakirlar currently works on ‘representations of monogamy/promiscuity in LGBTQ film’, ‘Bersani-Dutoit collaboration’, and ‘erotics of flowers in Robert Mapplethorpe's photography'. The special issue Çakirlar edited on the symposium he co-organised (Queer/ing Regions) is published in the journal Gender, Place and Culture.

Dr Çakirlar welcomes new research students in the following areas:

  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Contemporary visual arts
  • Cultures of sexual dissidence
  • Global film cultures; world cinemas
  • Star/Celebrity studies

He has previously supervised theses in the following areas:

  • Digital queer cultures
  • Histories of representing same-sex intimacy in arts
  • Body/performance art
  • Cultures of hard-core pornography
  • Auteur cinemas
  • Contemporary world cinemas

PhD Supervision (Current):

De Donno, Valeria. Transcultural Aesthetics, Queer Intimacy and Issues of Audiovisual Translation in the Cinema of Ferzan Özpetek. PhD. Nottingham Trent University, 2017-present.

Moro, Sabrina. From Prime-Time Portrayal to Red Carpet Advocacy: Representing Sexual Assault in the Media. PhD. Nottingham Trent University [VC PhD Scholarship, supervised with Dr Stephanie Genz and Dr David Woods], 2016-present.

Brailsford, Kallina. Engaging NEETs through photography and image sharing: evaluating the impact on communication, self-awareness, learning. PhD. Nottingham Trent University [M3C Scholarship, supervised with Jean Baird], 2017-present.

Anderson-Baguley, Richard. Poetic Realism in Contemporary British Cinema. PhD. Nottingham Trent University [M3C Scholarship, supervised with Prof. Martin O’Shaughnessy], 2017-present.

Sarson, Charlie. Masc4Masc: Masculinity, Gay Men, and their use of Online Cruising. PhD. Birmingham City University [M3C Scholarship, supervised with Prof. John Mercer], 2016-present.

Murphy, Connor. ‘Love me or kill me’: Desire and Trauma in the Theatre of Sarah Kane. PhD. Nottingham Trent University [M3C Scholarship, supervised with Dr Humaira Saeed and Prof. Lisa Downing], 2016-present.

PhD Supervision (Completed):

Salamah, Mai. 2017. The Intercultural Experiences of the Saudi Community in the UK: Gender Segregation and Media Islamophobia. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

Tiryakioglu, Nevsal. 2015. The Western image of Turks from the Middle Ages to the 21st century: the myth of 'terrible Turk' and 'lustful Turk'. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Public Engagement: Events Organized

  • Queer Love: 6 Films on Intimacy, 6 Takes on Love, an international LGBTQ film season curated for Nottingham Broadway Cinema and Nottingham Pride, July 2017.
  • Queer/ing Regions (a one-day symposium with talks by Dr Camila Bassi (Sheffield Hallam), Dr Jon Binnie (MMU), Dr Gavin Brown (Leicester), Dr Howard Chiang (Warwick), Professor Richard Phillips (Sheffield), Dr Silvia Posocco (Birkbeck), Professor William Spurlin (Brunel)), Centre for Inequality, Culture and Difference, Nottingham Trent University, 7 February 2013 (co-organizer: Dr. Hongwei Bao).
  • Research Seminars: Queer Transpositions (Alison Bancroft on Leigh Bowery, Gavin Butt on Oreet Ashery, Murat Aydemir on Francis Bacon), UCL Mellon Programme 2008-09: Translations/Transpositions, UCL, 26 Nov 2008 – 11 Feb 2009.
  • Performing Gender: Transpositions of Identity (a study of three films, Manijheh Hekmat's Three Women (2008), K. Kosoof's Corazones de Mujer (2007), Zemirah Moffat's Mirror Mirror (2006), including Q&A's with the directors), co-organizers: Dr Federica Mazzara and Dr Saeed Talajooy, UCL Mellon Programme 2008-09: Translations/Transpositions, UCL, 6 Mar – 20 Mar 2009.
  • Filming the Queer, Queering the Film (a series of 8 public screenings and discussion of films by Isaac Julien, Marlon Riggs, Derek Jarman, Tom Kalin, Todd Haynes, Kutluğ Ataman), UCL Mellon Programme 2008-09: Translations/Transpositions, UCL, 30 Sept – 5 Dec 2008.

Invited Lectures:

  • Unsettling the Patriot: Reflections on Cross-cultural Critique and Queer Aesthetics, Invited Talk, Atlantic Dialogues curated by Tom Trevor, University of Plymouth, 14 November 2017.
  • On Jake Yuzna's Open/ings, Closing Talk: Skeptical Thoughts on Love (exhibition), curated by Adnan Yildiz, Kuenstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany, 30 March 2014.
  • Queer Art of Failed Translation II: Aesthetics of Glocal, Invited Participant, Symposium: Queer Cinema and the Politics of the Global (AHRC Research Networking), organized by Rosalind Galt and Karl Schoonover, University of Sussex (contributors: Cüneyt Çakırlar (NTU), Rohit Dasgupta (UAL), Samar Habib (SOAS), Hoang Nguyen (Bryn Mawr), JD Rhodes (Sussex), Deborah Shaw (Portsmouth), Juan Suarez (Murcia), and B. Ruby Rich (UCSC)), 5-7 April 2013.
  • Art of Failed Translation: Ming Wong's Cinephilic Drag, Invited Participant, Symposium: Queer Cinema and the Politics of the Global, organized by Rosalind Galt and Karl Schoonover, University of Sussex (contributors: Cüneyt Çakirlar (UCL), Catherine Grant (Sussex), David Eng (UPenn), Gayatri Gopinath (NYU), Michael Lawrence (Sussex), Song Hwee Lim (Exeter), Shamira Meghani (Leeds) and Patricia White (Swathmore)), 12-13 May 2012.
  • Queer Art from Turkey: Aesthetics of the Glocal, Erotics of Translation, Invited Lecture, Authority and Subversion: Turkish Society in the Neoliberal Age, organized by Kerem Öktem, Lauren Mignon and Celia Kerslake, University of Oxford, 9 May 2012.
  • Queer's Honor, Queer's Death: Cross-cultural Criticism and Derek Jarman's Blue (1994), Invited Lecture/Conversation, organized by Leman Sevda and Berfu Seker, LambdaIstanbul, 4 April 2012.
  • Conscientiously Queer: Transregional Aesthetics of Sexual Dissidence, Cultural Studies Seminars, Invited Lecture, organized by Department of Cultural Studies, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, 28 March 2012.

Sponsors and collaborators

Recent research funding:

  • The UCL Andrew W. Mellon Programme, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Translations / Transpositions: Intergeneric Translations (2008 / 2009)
  • UCL Graduate School Research Scholarship, Full PhD Scholarship, Disidentification, Mimicry, Melancholia and Image: Queer Reconfigurations in Contemporary Visual Arts (2005 - 2008)

Publications

Transnational pride, global closets and regional formations of screen activism: documentary LGBTQ narratives from Turkey. Çakirlar C. CriticalArts 31(2), 2017, pp. 1-17.

The non-ameliorative art: Erinç Seymen's unsettled scenes of cruel optimism. Çakirlar C.In: Erinç Seymen: Homo Fragilis [exhibition catalogue]. Istanbul & Berlin: Zilberman Gallery, 2017, pp. 34-55.

Aesthetic inertia, bathetic death: on the profoundly banal art of Jake and Dinos Chapman. Çakirlar C.In: Jake & Dinos Chapman: In the Realm of the Senseless [exhibition catalogue]. Istanbul: ARTER, 2017, pp. 78-95.

Introduction to Queer/ing Regions. Çakirlar C, Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, (themed section Queer/ing Regions edited by Çakirlar C with contributions by Camila Bassi, Jon Binnie, Howard Chiang and Alvin Wong) published online in 2016

Mothers on the Line: the (Maternal) Allure of Julianne Moore. Çakirlar C, [in] Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies 3(1), 2016.

A Form of Proto-Cinema: Aesthetics of Werner Herzog’s Documentary Essayism. Çakirlar C, Akçali E, Cineaction 97 (Special Issue: Contemporary Documentary), 2016, pp. 50-59.

Unsettling the Patriot: Troubled Objects of Masculinity and Nationalism. Çakirlar C in (eds) Alyson Campbell and Stephen Farrier, Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer, Oxford, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 81-97, information on the book Queer Dramaturgies.

Taner Ceylan: Lost Paintings Series. Çakirlar C, Delice S and Shaw W, 2013, New York, Damiani / Paul Kasmin Gallery, Taner Ceylan: The Lost Paintings Series

Queer Art of Parallaxed Document: the Visual Discourse of Docudrag in Kutlug Ataman’s Never My Soul!. Çakirlar C, Screen, 2011, 52 (3), 358-75

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Press expertise

Dr Çakirlar can offer comment on topics related to:

  • globalization
  • culture
  • sexuality
  • queer
  • gender
  • aesthetics
  • the Middle East
  • film
  • visual arts