Ekin Özdemirci

Membership:  2017/18

Member Bio

Ekin Özdemirci is an assistant professor in film studies and is passionate about ecological living. Combining communication studies, women’s studies, and sociopolitical studies, her main research interest is filmic representations. Recently, she has been working on ecocinema and green filmmaking, focusing on the analysis of representations of the environment in Turkish films and examining environmental practices in the film industry. Between 2014 and 2015, she was a visiting scholar at Brunel University London, where she conducted research on environmental sustainability in the British film industry. In addition to her academic research, she participated in Findhorn Ecovillage's course on Applied Ecovillage Living, gained a permaculture design certificate, and visited ecological communities and sustainable living centers, where she did volunteer work. Ekin is part of an NGO in Turkey that aims to create projects combining ecology and art. She also writes about ethical consumption and ecological living. At the Rachel Carson Center, she will be working on her book project about green filmmaking in European film industries, as well as an article about ecological identities in New Turkish Cinema.


  • “Greening the Screen: An Environmental Challenge.” In “Energy Use and the Humanities,” edited by Adam W. Sweeting. Special issue, Humanities 5, no. 2 (2016).
  • with Salma Monami. “Eco-Nostalgia in Popular Turkish Cinema.” In Ecomedia: Key Issues, edited by Stephen Rust, Salma Monami, and Sean Cubitt, 47–65. London: Routledge, 2015.
  • “BitTorrent: Stealing or Sharing Culture? A Discussion of the Pirate Bay Case and the Documentaries ‘Steal This I and II.’” In Piracy: Leakages from Modernity, edited by Martin Frederiksson and James Arvanitakis, 158–75. Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books, 2014.
  • “Scandinavian Aesthetic: Existentialist Questionings in the Films of Dagur Kari.” Istanbul Commerce University Journal of Sciences 23 (2013): 115–37.
  • “Cashback Movie and the Objectification of the Female Body.” Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Fine Arts Journal of YEDI, no. 5 (2011): 19–24.
  • “Communication Ethics and Ethical Action: The Movie of ‘Thank You for Smoking’ as a Case Study.” Istanbul Commerce University Journal of Social Sciences 9, no. 17 (2010): 165–76.