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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat AKSER
Faculty / Institute / School
Faculty of Communications
Radio - Television and Cinema
Administrative Duties
Department Chair, New Media
MA Program Coord,nator, New Media
Research Areas
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
Academic Titles
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
FSAC         Film Studies Association of Canada
IATSE 667  International Cinematographers Guild
ACFT         Academy of Canadian Film and Television

Publications (within the last 5 years)
Publications in SCI / SSCI / AHI Journals

Akser, M.  "Slavoj Zizek: The Fright of Real Tears: Krzysztof Kieslowski Between Theory and Post-theory",  Canadian Journal of Film Studies, 11:1, 108-111. (2002)

Books and Book Chapters

Akser, M. Green Pine Resurrected: Film Genre, Parody and Intertextuality in Turkish Cinema, LAP, 2010 

Akser, M. “Yılmaz Güney’s Beautiful Losers: Idiom and Performance in Turkish
Political Film” in Deniz Bayrakdar, ed. Cinema and PoliticsCambridge Scholars Press, 2009. 

Akser, M. "New Trends in Turkish Cinema", Taşçıoğlu, Arzu der. Turkish Book Review, İstanbul: Plan B. 5 80-84, Temmuz 2009.

Akser, M. "A Historiography of Turkish Cinema", Taşçıoğlu, Arzu der. Turkish Book Review, İstanbul: Plan B. 4 78-82, Nisan 2009.

Akser, M. "A Cinema of Auteurs?", Taşçıoğlu, Arzu der. Turkish Book Review, İstanbul: Plan B. 3 84-88, Temmuz 2008.

Akser, M. "New Turkish Cinema", Taşçıoğlu, Arzu der. Turkish Book Review, İstanbul: Plan B. 2 88-93, Ocak 2008.

Akser, M. "What is Turkish Cinema?", Taşçıoğlu, Arzu der. Turkish Book Review, İstanbul: Plan B. 1 94-98, Temmuz 2007.

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 Studio, Media 100, AVID Xpress Pro

Experienced user of other office software: MS Word and Excel

Experience with film/digital camera equipment and rental houses.

Turkish and Canadian Dual Citizenship