Seda Öz completed her PhD studies at the University of Delaware's Department of English. Her dissertation "Politics of Transnational Film Remakes: Turkish and German National Cinemas" studies the impact of socio-political and economic conditions on transnational border-crossing acts between texts, cultures, and media industries. By studying the remaking practices of different national cinemas, as their nation under certain political orthodoxies in certain histories, she challenges and extends the notion of “transnational,” a term that is currently reserved to crossing borders between different nations and national cinemas. In doing so, her aim is to diversify and internationalize film studies while enabling future scholars to study transnational film remakes under a more generous paradigm.
Prior to her PhD, she received her BA in English Language and Literature, and her pedagogical proficiency certificate in ESL Teaching from Istanbul University, and her MA in British Cultural Studies at Hacettepe University with the thesis entitled "A Bakhtinian Analysis of Robinsonades: Literary and Cinematic Adaptations of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe." Seda worked as a coordinator in the fundraising department of Greenpeace Mediterranean from 2008 to 2009, and then served as a project expert at the Global Libraries Initiative of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2013 to 2016. During this time, she also participated in voluntary activities in NGO's, such as Clinton Foundation of Unite for Literacy.
Seda is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the UD's English Department on Writing Pedagogy, teaching courses about writing, world literature, and cinema. She is also acting as the secretary of Literature/Film Association and preparing an editorial collection titled Adaptation Practices in Turkish Literature, Cinema, and Media which is under contract with Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture Series.
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