• Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile


Murat Akser is a Lecturer and Course Director in Cinematic Arts in the School of Arts and Humanities, Ulster University. Previously he served as a Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, the Chair of the New Media Department, and the Founding Director of the Cinema and Television MA program at Kadir Has University Istanbul, Turkey. He received his MA degree in Film and his PhD in Communication and Culture from York University, Canada. Dr. Akser has been lecturing in film, media and culture since 1997 at different HE institutions including Bosphorus U., York U., Ryerson U. University of Toronto, KHU and Ulster University. He works extensively on film genre storytelling, independent cnema and film parody, and has recently published a book-length studies on cinema and media, such as New Cinema, New Media: Reinventing Turkish Cinema and Alternative Media in Contemporary Turkey. Murat Akser is also a practicing filmmaker with experience in Toronto and Northern Ireland film industry as a cinematographer, editor, screenwriter and director. His feature screenplay, Rise and Fall, has been accepted to Sundance Screenwriter's Lab in 2014 and his most recent film The Gift won Best International Short FIlm at Dublin Silk Road International Film Festival. For more information on his film work please visit: Murat Akser Film Work. Dr. Akser is a member of International Cinematographers Guild, Academy of Canadian Film and Television and Executive Board Member of European Communication Association.

Research Interests

Murat's research focuses on independent filmmaking practices, particularly new cinemas like Dogme, American independent cinema and New Turkish cinema. He also studies film genre writing and intertextuality.  His most recent work examines film parody, Turkish indie filmmaking practices and alternative media production. Dr. Akser is a member of these scholarly associations:

Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) / Network for European Cinema Studies (NECS) / European Communication Research Association (ECREA) / International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) / International Communication Association (ICA)

Teaching Interests

Murat currently supervises the following PhD projects:

  • John Deery: Alternative Paradigm for Mental Health in Film
  • Hamideh Javadi: Feminist Diasporic Video Art in the Middle East
  • Kevin Gaffney: Queer Filmmaking: Search for a new homonormativity.

Murat currently teaches the following modules:

Web Series; Visual Storytelling; Independent Film, World Cinemas, Introduction to Film Art.

Murat previously taught the following modules:

Dramatic Short; Feature Screenwriting; Editing; Introduction to Filmmaking; Theories of Media and Communication; Film, Television and Society.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, York University Toronto

Master, York University Toronto

External positions

Executive Committee Member

1 Sep 20161 Sep 2020


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Film Practice
  • Film Theory

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Research Output 2009 2019

Digital citizenship from below: Turkish State versus Youtube

Akser, M. & Baybars Hawks, B., 1 Jan 2019, Proceedings of the 32nd International Business Information Management Association Conference, IBIMA 2018 - Vision 2020: Sustainable Economic Development and Application of Innovation Management from Regional expansion to Global Growth. Soliman, K. S. (ed.). p. 5592-5600 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access

Four Women in the Harem (1965) by Halit Refiğ: The Construction of “National Cinema” in Turkey

Dinç, E. & Akser, M., 4 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Film and Video. 71, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

National Cinema
Turkish Cinema
alternative media
social media
Sustainable development

Book review: Six Turkish Filmmakers

Akser, M., 30 Jun 2018, In : Middle East Journal. 72, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Halit Refiğ's I Lost My Heart to a Turk: Woman, Islam and Modernity in Turkish Cinema

Akser, M., 21 Dec 2018, In : CINEJ Cinema Journal. 7, 1, p. 5-29 25 p., 233.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Turkish Cinema
Identity Crisis


Winner, Best Short Film

Murat Akser (Recipient), 11 Mar 2018


Film Festivals
Silk Road
Short Film

Activities 2001 2019

  • 19 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
  • 7 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 3 Publication Peer-review
  • 2 Invited talk

Performance and Protest Symposium

Victoria Mc Collum (Participant), Murat Akser (Participant)
10 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

32nd IBIMA Conference

Murat Akser (Participant)
15 Nov 201816 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

SCMS Annual Conference

Murat Akser (Participant)
14 Mar 201818 Mar 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

European Communication Research and Education Association, 7th European Communication Conference (ECC)

Murat Akser (Participant)
31 Oct 20183 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Walled Cities: Walls

Murat Akser (Speaker), Gul Kacmaz Erk (Speaker), Ulrike M Vieten (Speaker)
27 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk