As the title suggests, Film Studies bling-bling is about hidden and well-known treasures, the big and small diamonds of film studies.

In each episode, there is first an interview with a scholar from the discipline of film studies. The interviews are brief and meant as impulses to go deeper into the topics discussed if they meet the listener's interest. In the news section, reports on current calls for papers, scholarly events, or book publications will be made. And at the end of each episode, there is a section called "Dear Diary," in which the podcast gives insight into the research project "The Cinematic Face of Cities" (affiliated with Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Germany and Aarhus University in Denmark,2019–2022) and other topics that concern me as a PostDoc.

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#Episode 14

Senem Duruel Erkılıç 

Dario Llinares and Neil Fox

In this episode, I welcome Senem Duruel Erkılıç as my "Bling of the month". She is Film Scholar at the Radio, Film and TV Department at Mersin University (Turkey). Her academic field of study involves Turkish cinema, cinema-history and memory relationship, documentary film and film language. We talk about her book "Turk Sinemasinda Tarih ve Bellek" ("History and Memory in Turkish Cinema") and her current research project titled "COVID-19 Pandemic and Crises of Turkish Film Industry". 



Bling of the month

Senem Duruel Erkılıç was born in Istanbul in 1971. She completed her undergraduate study in Mimar Sinan University (stanbul) Film and TV Department in 1993, took her master’s degree from Chapman University (CA, USA) in 1997. Professionally worked as assistant director and second camera assistant on feature films, commercial films and TV series besides directing short films and documentaries. She performed her proficiency in art in Mimar Sinan University Film and TV field.

Senem Duruel Erkılıç became associate professor in 2008 and professor in 2013. She became the head of Radio, Film and TV Department in 2004 in Mersin University and later the Dean of Communication Faculty at Mersin University between 2014-2020 (February). Along with still being the Head of Cinema Department, she is currently the head of an interdisciplinary program called Media, Culture and Urban Studies at Mersin University.

Her academic field of study involves Turkish cinema, cinema-history and memory relationship, documentary film and film language. She has articles and papers in relevant subjects in various journals and books. She is the author of History and Memory in Turkish Cinema (2014). She gives lectures on “Turkish Cinema”, “Constructing History and Memory in Film”, “Cinema, Society and Memory” at graduate level. She is currently working on a project titled “COVID-19 Pandemic and Crises of Turkish Film Industry” which is founded by TUBITAK (The Scientifıc and Technological Research Council of Turkey).

Senem’s book


S. DURUEL ERKILIÇ & H. ERKILIÇ, “The Black Humor World of Migrants Caught Between Two Cultures: Space, Identity and Belonging in Tunç Okan’s Cinema”, in Imaginaries Out of Place: Cinema Transnationalism and Turkey,  Ed. G. Karanfil & S. Savk (p. 109 - 131), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.


S. DURUEL ERKILIÇ & R. ÜNAL, “Digital Aspects of Memory: The Journey of Photography On Instagram” in New Approaches in Media and Communication Ed: A. Ayhan (p.131 - 151), Peter Lang, 2019.


Selected Articles

S. DURUEL ERKILIÇ & H. ERKILIÇ, “What Does a Documentary Change Remembrance and Truth in Ayrılığın Yurdu Hüzün and Yeni Bir Yurt Edinmek”, Global Media Journal Turkish Edition, Fall 2012 Volume 3 - Issue 5, p.  61-85. 


S. A. DURUEL ERKILIÇ & H. ERKILIÇ, Arabesque Narrative in New Turkish Cinema Is it Synthetic, 9th International Symposium Communication in the Millennium, 22 - 25 May 2011, San Diego, p. 323 - 336.  (Top Paper Award).

English chapters and articles 

Senem's reading recommendations on Turkish cinema 

In the News Chapter, it's all about the Podcast "The Cinematologists". The creators Dario Llinares and Neil Fox give an insight into how the Podcast reflect their work as Film Scholars and how the Podcast developed over the years. 



News Chapter

In the Dear Diary Chapter, I tell about my participation at the "Dial S for Screen Studies Conference".



Dear Diary Chapter

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