Dr Burçe Çelik

Senior Lecturer

Burce Çelik

Dr Burçe Çelik teaches social movements and media, media cultures in the global south, and politics of communication. She is the Programme Director for all taught programmes in the Institute for Media and Creative Industries.

Her research interests are history of communications in the Middle East, politics of communications and information, infrastructures and uses of media, and transnational creative classes. She has authored a monograph on cellphone cultures, titled Technology and National Identity: Mobile Communications and the Evolution of a Post-Ottoman Nation (IBTauris, 2011) and a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals on the history of telephone, digital media and politics, surveillance and resistance of digital Kurds.

Academic background

She received her doctoral degree from McGill University, Department of Art History and Communications. She taught history and politics of media and communications in Istanbul (Bahcesehir University, Faculty of Communications) before she joined Loughborough University London. Her doctoral supervision is mostly focused on the materialist history of media and political communication, especially in the context of less-privileged places of global capitalism.

Current research and collaborations

Her current research is focused on the history of communications and struggles in the post-Ottoman socio-technical contexts. This research is an extension of her previous research on the history of telecommunication in Turkey between 19th and 20th centuries, which was funded by Turkish Science and Technology Association (TUBITAK).

Burçe has recently received funding from European Endowment for Democracy for her project entitled "Women's Memory and Media in Turkey". Take a look at our news story to find out more about the research project.

Interests and activities

Dr Burçe Çelik is currently a member of MESA, ECREA and Cultural Studies Association.

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