t Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island: Ph.D. in German Studies, September 1999.
Dissertation: Die Migration neu gedacht: Arabeske Textpraktiken als Reaktion auf dreißig Jahre Immigrationsgeschichte von TürkInnen. Directors: Carol Poore and Duncan Smith.
t Humbold Universität zu Berlin, Germany, 1996-97.
t Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island: M.A. in German Studies, May 1995.
t Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany: M.A. in Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Linguistics, and Pedagogy, 1992.
ACADEMIC & OTHER TEACHING POSITIONS
Associate Professor of German and Film, Randolph-Macon College, Fall 2002 – present.
Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Wellesley College, 2000-02.
Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Ohio State University, 1999-2000.
Advanced Teaching Assistant, Brown University, Fall 1998.
Teaching Assistant, Brown University, 1993–98.
Instructor, Brown Learning Community (Brown University’s division of continuing education),1994–97.
Instructor of German, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Fall 1992.
German Teacher, Volkshochschule, Germany, 1990-91.
Apprentice, Goethe-Institut, Izmir, Turkey, Spring 1989.
CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
t Invited Speaker, University of Texas, Austin, March 25-27, 2010.
“German Cinema’s fascination with the ‘Fallen’ Turkish Woman: Why Can’t It End?” Rethinking German-Turkish Cinema. The Third German Studies Workshop organized by the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. Organizer: Sabine Hake. (See official program at http://sites.la.utexas.edu/germanturkish/).
t Presentation, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, April 4, 2009.
“Teaching German Social and Cultural History with Technology: The Comedian Harmonists and the Weimar Era.” AATG Virginia Chapter Spring Workshop: Technologie im Deutschunterricht; Charlottesville, VA.
t Presentation, Harvard University, Cambridge, March 26-29, 2009.
“Diasporic Turkish Women and German Cinema.” Presented in the panel on “Muslim women in Film and Literature” at the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association -"Global Languages, Local Cultures." (Seminar organizers Ipek A. Celik, NYU & Beverly Weber, U of Colorado Boulder).
t Presentation, Randolph-Macon College, February 26, 2009.
“German Cinema in the Post- 9/11 world: A Look at the Arabesk Theme in Fatih Akin’s Gegen die Wand (Head-On)." Presentation as part of the Faculty Research Evening Exchange series organized by the Philosophy Department at R-MC.
t Presentation, University of Richmond, September 14, 2008.
“Fatih Akin’s The Edge of Heaven.” Presentation as part of the Celebration of 20th Annual of the International Film Series at UR.
t Presentation, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, October 27, 2008.
“The German Economic Miracle and the German-Turkish Cinema.”
t Presentation, Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Montreal, Canada, November 17-20, 2007.
“Is Masculinity in Crisis? A Discussion of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Distant (2002) and Climates (2006),” presented as part of the panel discussion “Imagining the Couple in Middle Eastern and Northern African Literature and Film.”
t Presentation, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, April 28, 2007.
“Die multikulturelle Gesellschaft in Deutschland.” Presented as part of the Saturday German Workshop for all K-12 Virginia Teachers at the Center for the Liberal Arts at UVA.
t Invited Speaker, Randolph-Macon’s International Education Week, November 13, 2006. “How two American Allies (Germany and Turkey) view the War on Iraq?” A panel discussion on the role of War on US foreign policy.
t Invited Speaker, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, July 2006.
Participated in Virginia’s Governor’s Foreign Language Academies (German Academy). Presentation on diversity in Germany.
t Presentation, ACTFL 2005, Baltimore, MD, November 17-20, 2005.
“Unity, Rights, and Freedom in the German fatherland: A discussion of Fatih Akin's Gegen die Wand." Presented Panel Discussion as part of a panel discussion on “Defining Germany: Audio-Visual Production in an Age of Transnationalism and Globalization.”
t Presentation, Panel Discussion, Institute for Teaching and Research on Women (ITROW), Istanbul and Bodrum, May 27 - June 3, 2005.
“Hybridization and Migrant Cinema: An Exploration of Fatih Akin’s Gegen die Wand.” Presented as part of the panel discussion on “Images of Women in Contemporary Society” at conference “Turkey at the Crossroads: Women, Women's Studies, and the State." [Organized by Towson University in collaboration with the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey].
t Invited Speaker, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA, March 2005.
“How to contextualize the works of Turkish-German filmmakers.” Invited by the German Department at Bryn Mawr College to speak on minority culture in Germany.
t Lecture, Panel Discussion, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, April 2004.
“The Question of Turkish Ethnicity in the New German Cinema.” Invited by the German Department to give a presentation as part of a forum on the topic of ethnicity and globalization at Guilford College.
t Presentation, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA, February 2004.
“Teaching the topic of Multiculturalism in Foreign Languages.” Presented as part of the annual Saturday seminar and workshop for High School teachers and Randolph-Macon College faculty.
t Presentation, Panel Discussion, ACTFL 2003, Philadelphia, PA, November 21-23, 2003. “Representation of Metissagé Culture and Masculinity in German-Turkish Cinema.” Presented as part of a panel discussion on “Post-Wall Cinema: Trends, Sites, and Identities.”
t Lecture, Panel Discussion, Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Images (SISI), Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 13-15, 2003.
“The Turk in the Ruins – Rubble, Guestworkers, and the German City.” Presented as part of a panel discussion on the topic “ ‘Rubble’ – The Old and the New German Urban Landscape.” Conference theme: “The Image of the City in Literature, Media and Society.”
t Lecture, Panel Discussion, Brown University, Providence, RI, November 2002.
“400 000 Square Meters of Germany: On Hybrid films and Immigrant Life between the Alps and the North Sea.” Presented as part of the 2002 Film Festival on “Hybrid Culture: Recent Films on Minorities in Germany” organized by the Department of German Studies and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.
t Lecture, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, May 2002.
“There is no place like home: On Seyhan Derin’s Journey in I’m My Mother’s Daughter.” Presented as part of Scripps College Humanities Institute’s spring 2002 film series “Modernity from Below.”
t Opening Speech, German Film Festival and Conference, Wellesley College, March 2002. “Women Behind the Camera: A Note on Contemporary Filmmakers in Germany.”
t Invited Speaker, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, April 2000.
“Representations of the ‘Other’ in German Cinema.”
t Invited Speaker, Panel Discussion, Goethe-Institut, Montreal, Canada, April 2000.
“New German Cinema or ‘German-Turkish Cinema’?”
t Lecture, Ohio State University, November 1999.
“The Postcolonial Perspective in Seyhan Derin’s Documentary Ben Annemin Kiziyim - I’m My Mother’s Daughter.”
t Opening Speech, German-Turkish Film Festival & Conference, Brown University, March 1999. “Culture of Birth, Culture of Migration: Turkish Filmmakers in German society.”
Turkish Native language
English Native fluency
German Native language
Latin 5 years academic study
American Association of Teachers of German
German Studies Association
Modern Language Association of America
Middle Eastern Studies Association