Nilgun Bayraktar is an assistant professor of film history, theory & criticism in the Visual Studies Program at California College of the Arts. Currently, she is an NWO (The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) Research Fellow at the Chair of European Culture and Literature, University of Groningen. In Fall 2019, she will be a research fellow at NIAS (The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences).
Her work focuses on migrant and diasporic cinema in Europe, experimental and avant-garde cinema, time-based installations, site-specific art, and performance. She received a B.A. in Cultural Studies from Sabanci University, Istanbul and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies with a designated emphasis in Film & Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Her academic publications include articles in journals such as Screen City Biennial Journal, New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film and Turkish Studies Association Bulletin as well as chapters in edited collections such as Orienting Istanbul: Cultural Capital of Europe? (Routledge 2010 )and Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium (Berghahn Books 2014).
Bayraktar’s recent book, Mobility and Migration in Film and Moving Image Art: Cinema Beyond Europe (Routledge 2016), examines cinematic and artistic representations of migration and mobility in Europe since the 1990s. Her current research project explores the intersections between artistic practice and global environmental and social issues such as climate change and mass displacement resulting from neoliberal capitalist practices around the world. At CCA, Bayraktar teaches courses such as “Contemporary Art History and Theory,” “Dystopian Sci-fi Cinema,” “Photography and the Visual Archive,” “The City and the Moving Image,” “Mobility and Migration in Cinema,” and “Film History.”