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The Coming of Cinema to Istanbul

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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An illustrated talk by Nezih Erdogan, leading Turkish film historian and currently a visiting scholar at Birkbeck, introduced by Ian Christie. This presentation will include a selection of early films of Constantinople/Istanbul with piano accompaniment from Cigdem Borucu. After the event a selection of Turkish refreshments and snacks will be served.

This event is being held in collaboration with Yunus Emre Institute London


Nezih Erdogan teaches Film Theory, Film History and Storytelling at Istinye University, Istanbul. He has published articles and book chapters on colonial discourse, national identity, and sound and body in Turkish popular cinema, the reception of Hollywood in Turkey, censorship and the distribution-exhibition of American films in Turkey. His chapter “Violent images: hybridity and excess in The Man who Saved the World” appeared in Mapping the Margins: Identity, Politics and the Media (2002). He co-edited Shifting Landscapes: Film and Media in European Context (with Miyase Christensen, 2008). His book, Adventures in Modernity and Spectatorship was published in 2017. He co-edited with Ebru Kayaalp Exploring Past Images in a Digital Age: Reinventing the Archive which recently came out from Amsterdam University Press.

Cigdem Borucu is a pianist, composer, sound designer and a lecturer. She studied piano at Istanbul University State Conservatory and chamber music at Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz. At the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College (CUNY) she studied piano with Michael Rogers, composition with Noah Creshevsky and electro-acoustic music with George Skip Brunner. Borucu received Miriam Gideon and John Cage awards in composition from Brooklyn College where she got her BA and MM degrees. Cigdem Borucu has been collaborating with visual artists, theatre and documentary many of which were performed at festivals and exhibitions in the US, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, India and Turkey. Borucu has three albums available at iTunes and Spotify: Mapping Home (2023), Many Things (2020) and Silver Moon (2018).

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