Dr Burçe Çelik
Reader in Media and Creative Industries
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.
Burçe does research on (geo)politics of communications, authoritarian and capitalist communication systems, history of communications, women and media from the perspective of global South. In approaching communication, Burçe adopts an interdisciplinary, holistic and materialist approach. Her second monograph titled Communications in Turkey and the Ottoman Empire will be published by Illinois University Press. This research is an extension of her previous research on the history of (tele)communication in Turkey between the 19th and 21st centuries, which was funded by Turkish Science and Technology Association.
Burçe is currently working on a comparative and structural analysis of authoritarian-capitalist populism and media within the scope of research project, POPBACK: Populist Backlash, Democratic Backsliding in Europe (funded by NORFACE, 2020-2023). Burçe leads a Loughborough based research team in this project that focus on two case studies/sample countries, including Turkey and Hungary.
Burçe has recently received funding from EED for her project entitled Women's Memory and Media. She is also working on a book project on women, communications, history and memory.
Burçe received her doctoral degree from McGill University, Communication Studies and worked in Istanbul before moving to London. She joined the Institute for Media and Creative Industries in September 2016 as a lecturer.
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.
Completed PhD / research supervisions
Burçe has supervised three doctoral students to completion at Loughborough University since 2016. She is interested in supervising students on the following issues: structural analyses of communications-media; decolonial, decolonizing or dewesternizing media studies; the role of communications in oppression and resistance; women and communication(s); history of communications/media; the Middle East; populism, authoritarianism and the media.
Interests and activities
Dr Burçe Çelik is currently a member of MESA, ECREA and Cultural Studies Association.