Vuslat Demirkoparan, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
Manager of the Writing Center
- Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
- M.A., University of California, Irvine
- B.A, University of California, Riverside
Positions HeldVisiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition & Manager of the University Writing Center, Soka University of America, 2013— present
- Turkey and the Middle East
- rhetoric & composition
- art & critical theory
- post/anti-colonial critique
- film & visual culture
- comparative literature
- global & cultural studies
- university writing centers
Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits
- “Identity and the Politics of Space: Fatih Akın’s The Edge of Heaven (2007)” in Postcolonial Film: History, Empire, Resistance. Eds. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower and Peter Hulme. New York: Routledge, 2014.
- “Review” of Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking About Capture by Rey Chow. Durham: Duke UP, 2012. Print. In Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events. (Fall 2014).
- Annotated Bibliography: “Readings for Racial Justice: Sources from Within and Beyond Writing Centers.” Eds. Beth Godbee, Bobbi Olson. Co-authored with the IWCA SIG Collective. International Writing Centers Association (IWCA). 2014. Web.
- “New Turkish Cinema and the Capture of Everyday Life in the City.” Constructing the Self, Constructing the City. American Comparative Literature Association, New York.
- “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.
- “The ‘Dead Spaces’ of Fatih Akın’s Migrant Cinema.” Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Harvard University.
- “Chapul’LA: an evening of art, music, food, and chapulling.” Intermedia performance. Los Angeles Highways Performance Space. Los Angeles, CA.
- “Letter to Los Angeles.” Interactive public art installation. Mulholland Dérive. Los Angeles, CA.
Courses Taught at SUA
- Communication Skills I (W101)
- Communication Skills II (W301)
Selected Honors & Awards
- Institute of Turkish Studies Doctoral Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2010–2011
- Turkish Cultural Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2008–2009
- University of California Humanities Center, Research Travel Grant to Istanbul, 2008
- International Center for Writing and Translation, Research Travel Grants to Istanbul, 2007 & 2008
- University of California, Irvine, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (by nomination), 2007–2008
- University of California Humanities Research Institute, Summer Fellowship for the Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory (SECT), 2007