Vuslat Demirkoparan
Scholar, Artist
Film & Visual Studies | Comparative Literature | Writing

Vuslat Demirkoparan Katsanis is a Turkish-born Los Angeles-based scholar and practicing artist working at the intersection of multiple expressive traditions.

Education

June 2012

Ph.D. Comparative Literature
University of California, Irvine

Dissertation: “Becoming Stranger: Identity and Estrangement in Contemporary Turkish Visual Culture.”

December 2007

MA., Visual Studies
University of California, Irvine

Thesis: “Alternative Modes of Resistance: Musical Interludes and Sound-Bridges in Fatih Akin’s 2004, Head On.”

June 2004

BA., English & Studio Art (double-major),
University of California, Riverside

Thesis: “Hosting Strangers: Transformation of Cultural Identity.”

Academic Appointments

​2013 - present

Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition & Writing Center Director (3 years)
Soka University of America

​I teach four undergraduate courses listed in the University Writing Program and direct the University Writing Center.

​2011 - 2013

Academic Mentor
Claremont McKenna College

Mentored incoming first-year students in their writing and study habits, and offer group workshops to teach college-level writing skills.

​2010 - 2011

Teaching Associate
University of California, Irvine

I teach two course sections in the interdisciplinary Humanities Core Course Program to first-year college students.

​2004 - 2010

Teaching Assistant
University of California, Irvine

Assisted in teaching the discussion sections of courses listed in the Art History, Film and Media Studies, and Comparative Literature departments.

Awards & Fellowships

2012
Postdoctoral Fellowship (alternate/finalist)
National Endowment for the Humanities / American Research Institute in Turkey
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​2010-2011
Doctoral Dissertation Writing Fellowship ($6,000)
Institute of Turkish Studies

2008-2009
Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship ($10,000)
Turkish Cultural Foundation

2008
Research Travel Grant, University of California Humanities Center (for doctoral research travel). University of California, Irvine.

2008
Research Travel Grant, International Center for Writing and Translation (to research in Istanbul, Turkey). University of California, Irvine.

2007
Research Travel Grant, International Center for Writing and Translation (to research in Istanbul, Turkey). University of California, Irvine.

2007-08
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (by nomination), Department of Film and Media Studies. University of California, Irvine.

2007
Graduate Student Fellow, University of California Humanities Research Center. To attend the Seminars in Experimental Critical Theory.

2007
Conference Travel Grant, University of California Humanities Center. University of California, Irvine (to present at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Chicago, USA).

2006
Conference Travel Grant, University of California Humanities Center. University of California, Irvine (to present at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Vancouver, CA).

2005
Individual Research Grant, University of California Humanities Center (to start a modern Turkish films collection). Department of Film and Media Studies. University of California, Irvine.

2004-05
Robyn Shikiya Memorial Graduate Award in Visual Studies (awarded by nomination). University of California, Irvine.

2004-05
University of California Regents Fellowship.

2004
Honorary membership, Phi Beta Kappa.

2003-04
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for the Arts. University of California, Riverside.

Conferences & Talks

Nov 2016
“Collecting as an Act of Stubborn Resistance: Time and Passing in Pelin Esmer’s Ten to Eleven.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. Pasadena, California.

June 2015
“Gender-Neutral Language in Education.” Round-table workshop with James Spady and Kristi Wilson. Soka Education Conference, Soka University of America. Aliso Viejo, California.

March 2014
“New Turkish Cinema and the Capture of Everyday Life in the City.” Constructing the Self, Constructing the City. American Comparative Literature Association. New York University. New York, New York.

March 2012
“I Hope You Love and Aren’t Loved Back: Abandonment and Self-Alienation in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Three Monkeys (2008)” Aesthetic Responses from the Black Sea. American Comparative Literature Association. Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island.

March 2011
“Making Time Strange: Temporality and Estrangement in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Clouds of May (1999) and Climates (2006).” Temporality in Film. American Comparative Literature Association. Vancouver, Canada.

March 2011
“Crystals of Time in Fatih Akın’s The Edge of Heaven.” German Studies Caucus. Northeast Modern Language Association. Rutgers University. New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Nov 2010
“The ‘Dead Spaces’ of Fatih Akın’s Migrant Cinema.” Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts.

May 2010
“The City as Archive: Istanbul’s Atatürk Cultural Center.” Annual History and Theory Conference. University of California, Irvine. Irvine, California.

April 2009
“On the Ruins of Myself: Istanbul as Phantasmagoria.” 12th Annual Cultural Studies Symposium. Ege University, Izmir, Turkey.

April 2008
“Images of Home and Diaspora: Fatih Akın’s Istanbul.” 15th Annual (dis)junctions Conference: Where the Streets are Renamed. University of California, Riverside. Riverside, California.

March 2007
“Alternative Modes of Resistance: Melancholic Interludes and Sound Bridges in Fatih Akın’s 2004 film, Head On.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Chicago, Illinois.

March 2006
“Visions of Temporality and the Other in Sorak’s film G.O.R.A.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
Vancouver, Canada.