Dr Ozge Ozduzen
British Academy's Newton International Postdoctoral Fellow
Ozge is currently British Academy's Newton International Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance.
Her research concentrates on the spatial uses of arts, media and performance in the post-Occupy era in Turkey, looking specifically at park activism. She studies the spatial dynamics of Occupy Gezi anniversaries, activists’ engagement with and participation in cultural and political events in ‘political parks’ and online geographies. Another strand of her research captures digital polarisation on online platforms, particularly Twitter, in the face of authoritarianism. Her research thus lies at the intersection of human geography, urban politics, aesthetics of protest, digital humanities, digital geographies, activist media, audience and reception studies, creative industries and political voice.
Prior to being awarded Newton International fellowship, Ozge received a fellowship from the Swedish Institute as a visiting post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) in Lund University, Sweden. She completed her PhD in the media department at Edge Hill University in late 2016. Her dissertation covered traditional media activism, particularly people’s spatial uses of films, independent movie theatres and film festivals in relation to contemporary social movements. Employing various ethnographic methods, her dissertation identified Beyoğlu district of Istanbul as a ‘physical’ expression of culture and memory, concentrated on activists’ use of ‘commons’ such as political films, movie theatres and parks during Occupy Gezi. She previously taught lectures and seminars for modules such as media and society, analysing audiences, cultural representations and the media, media and gender, research methods, documentary, images, sounds and cultures, global communication and contemporary world cinema at Edge Hill University, Izmir University of Economics and Istanbul Bilgi University.
Current research and collaborations
Currently, Ozge works on two research articles on political parks following Occupy Gezi and on digital polarisation on mundane events in contemporary Turkey. She is also writing a chapter on video activism and political documentary practices in Turkey in the aftermath of the Gezi protests until the present day.
Interests and activities
Ozge is a FIPRESCI member film critic that has experience in writing cultural and filmic reviews for online and offline platforms in Turkey as well as Greece. She has previously volunteered for community centres and festivals in Turkey and England. She is a native speaker in Turkish, is fluent in English, speaks intermediate Spanish and beginner Arabic.