Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat AKSER
Faculty / Institute / School
Faculty of Communications
Radio - Television and Cinema
Department Chair, New Media (2012-14)
MA Program Coordinator, New Media (2012-14)
MA Program Coordinator, Film and Television (2010-12)
Faculty of Communication Executive Committee Member (2011-14)
Culture, Technology and Society
Theories of Media and Communication
History and Theory of Turkish Cinema
B.A. English Language and Literature Boğaziçi University
M.A. History of Modern Turkey Boğaziçi University
M.F.A. Film York University
PhD Communication and Culture York University
Faculty Member Jan 2007 - Kadir Has University - Department of Film-Television
Sept. 2006 - Dec. 2006 University of Toronto, Dept. of Sociology
Sept. 1999 - August 2006 York University Dept. of Film
July 1997 - July 1999 Boğaziçi University, School of Foreign L
Projects and Grants/Awards
Ryerson University Academic Excellence Award 2006
Hart House Film Board Production Grant 2006
Canadian Film Centre Outstanding Achievement Award 2005
Ontario Arts Council Emerging Filmmaker Grant 2004
York University Entrence Scholarship 2001
Teaching Experience (within the last 3 years)
NM 201 History of Media Technology (2012)
RC 122 Introduction to Filmmaking (2006-2013)
RC 211 Film Theory and Criticism (2006-2011)
RC 202 History of Turkish Cinema (2007-2012)
CS 501 Theories of Media and Communication (2006-2011)
CS 506 Social Theory (2013)
Membership in Professional Organizations
SCMS Society for Cinema and Media Studies (2001-)
NECS Network for European Cinema and Media Studies (2009-)
IAMCR International Assocaiton for Communication and Media Research (2010-)
FSAC Film Studies Association of Canada (2000-)
IATSE 667 International Cinematographers Guild (2004-)
ACFT Academy of Canadian Film and Television (2006-)
Publications (within the last 5 years)
Publications in SCI / SSCI / AHI Journals
Akser, Murat (2002). "Slavoj Zizek: The Fright of Real Tears: Krzysztof Kieslowski Between Theory and Post-theory", Canadian Journal of Film Studies, 11:1, 108-111.
Publications in International Refereed Journals
Akser, Murat (2014) Technology and the Turkish Mind: Internet Animation as Counter Culture in Turkey. CINEJ, 3 (2). pp. 192-217.
Akser, Murat (2013) Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival: Between the national and the global. NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies, 2 (2). pp. 593-598.
Akser, Murat (2013) Auteur and Style in Nation Cinema: A Reframing of Metin Erksan's "Time To Love". CINEJ Cinema Journal, 3 (1). pp. 162-180.
Akser, Murat (2013) Nation, Genre and Female Performance in Canadian Cinema. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 2 (2). pp. 149-166.
Akser, Murat and Baybars-Hawks, Banu (2012) Media and Democracy in Turkey: Towards a Model of Neoliberal Media Autocracy. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 5. pp. 302-321.
Akser, Murat (2012) Memory, Identity and Desire: A Psychoanalytic Reading of David Lynch’s "Mulholland Drive". CINEJ Cinema Journal, 2 (1). pp. 58-76.
Books and Book Chapters
Akser, Murat and Bayrakdar, Deniz, eds. (2014) New Cinema, New Media: Reinventing Turkish Cinema. Newcastle upon Tyne. 294 pp. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4438-5688-1.
Akser, Murat (2014) From Istanbul with Love: The New Orientalism of Hollywood. In: Whose City Is That? Culture, Design, Spectacle and Capital in Istanbul. (Eds: Koçak, Dilek Özhan and Koçak, Orhan Kemal), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 35-46. ISBN 978-1-4438-6043-7
Akser, Murat and Bayrakdar, Deniz (2014) Introduction: Ten Propositions On The Possibility of A New Cinema. In: New Cinema, New Media: Reinventing Turkish Cinema. Cambridge Scholars Publishers, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. xi-xxii. ISBN 978-1-4438-5688-1
Akser, Murat, Uzunoğlu, Sarphan and Polat, İsmail Hakkı (2014) The Impacts of Tablet Use for Eliminating the Time-Space Barriers in University Education: A Turkish Experience. In: Mobile as a Mainstream – Towards Future Challenges in Mobile Learning. (Eds: Kalz, Marco, Bayyurt, Yasemin and Specht, Marcus), Springer International Publishing, New York, pp. 212-221. ISBN 978-3-319-13415-4 .
Akser, Murat (2014) Towards A New Historiography Of Turkish Cinema. In: New Cinema, New Media: Reinventing Turkish Cinema. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 43-66. ISBN 978-1-4438-5688-1
Akser, Murat (2014) Turkish Film Festivals: Political Populism, Rival Programming and Imploding Activities. In: Film Festival Yearbook 6: Film Festivals And The Middle East. (Eds: Iordanova, Dina and Van de Peer, Stefanie), St Andrews Film Studies Publishing, pp. 1-20. ISBN 978-1-908437-11-2.
Akser, Murat and Baybars-Hawks, Banu (2011) Cyberterror a la Turca. In: Societies Under Siege: Media, Government, Politics, and Citizens’ Freedoms in an Age of Terrorism. (Eds: Baybars-Hawks, Banu and Baruh, Lemi), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, pp. 204-212. ISBN 978-1443831628.
Akser, Murat (2010) Green Pine Resurrected: Film Genre, Parody and Intertextuality in Turkish Cinema. Lambert Academic Publishing. Saarbrücken. 248 pp ISBN 9783838382906.
Akser, Murat (2009) Yılmaz Güney's Beautiful Losers: Idiom and Performance in Turkish Political Film. In: Cinema and Politics: Turkish Cinema and the New Europe. (Eds: Bayrakdar, Deniz), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, pp. 142-153. ISBN 978-1443803434.
International Exhibition & Art Works
Murat Akser is a Turkish-Canadian film director, film scholar and cultural historian.
After attending Boğaziçi University, he got his BA in English in 1995 and an MA in History in 1999. He had his formal training in filmmaking at Directors Guild of Turkey in 1998 from renowned film directors. In 1999 he went to Canada to study film at York University where he got his MFA in Film in 2002. Between 1999-2006 he taught film production and media studies at York and Ryerson Universities. He also directed music videos and short films for Ronin Media and Entertainment Inc. Murat Akser worked as programmer at Toronto International Film Festival and as coordinator at Canadian Film Centre. As a cameraman he worked in major Hollywood productions and he is a member of IATSE International Cinematographers Guild and Canadian Academy of Film and Television. Akser also holds a PhD from York University in communication and culture. His academic contributions are a book length study of Turkish intellectuals' experience in late 1960 through the novels they wrote after March 12, 1971 military coup in Turkey, another study on the cinema of Halit Refiğ and Turkish film parody. He currently teaches film production and screenwriting at Kadir Has University.
Experienced user of film office software: Movie Magic Budgeting/Scheduling and Final Draft
Experienced user of digital editing software: Final Cut Pro X, AVID Media Composer 8
Adobe Premiere CC 2014
Experience with film/digital camera equipment and rental houses.