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Department of English Language and Literature


Evren Ozselcuk

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: English Language and Literature; Film and Media Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-2339
Office: HUO 519

English Language and Literature
Film and Media Studies Program



  • Ph.D. York University, Communication & Culture
  • M.A. York University, Communication & Culture
  • B.A. Boğaziçi University, History


My current book project explores Turkey’s complicated relationship to modernity and its status within the new global order by tracing the ambivalent ways in which taşra (the provinces/the provincial) gets constituted in contemporary Turkish cinema and literature. Drawing from the insights of poststructuralism, postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis and critical theory, I bring the nationally-specific concept of taşra into dialogue with a set of transnational problematics. I suggest that focusing on taşra in the Turkish context enables us to rethink the problem of center and margin in the contemporary world more generally and helps us see how the metropolitan center(s) produces its “provinces” in order to facilitate domination of what it disowns and disparages as “margin.”


  • Special Topics in Fiction
  • Introduction to Film and Media Studies
  • Critical Reading & Composition
  • Middle Eastern Cinema

Areas of Specialization

  • Contemporary Turkish Cinema, Literature and Television
  • Postcolonial Theory, Cinema and Literature
  • Transnational Cinema
  • Media and Memory
  • Theories of Modernity
  • Psychoanalytical Theory


  • Provincial Habitations: Time, Modernity and Postcoloniality in the Contemporary Turkish Imaginary (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)
  • “Unsettling the Metaphor: The Failure of Liberal Hybridity in Fatih Akin’s Crossing The Bridge,” New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 12: 3 (2014)

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.