Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 9:30am-11:00am
Boardroom SF Campus
Nilgun Bayraktar is an assistant professor of film history, theory & criticism in the Visual Studies Program at California College of the Arts. Her work focuses on migrant and diasporic cinema in Europe, transnational cinema, experimental and avant-garde cinema, projected image art, site-specific 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. Bayraktar’s first 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 since the 1990s. Presenting questions of aesthetic experimentation in alongside sociopolitical concerns, this book provides historically situated close readings of films, videos, and multiscreen installations that concern migratory networks and infrastructures across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Bayraktar’s most recent research 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.