London talk on ‘The Coming of Cinema to Istanbul’ sells out!

Tickets to a talk by film historian Professor Nezih Erdoğan about when moving pictures first came to Istanbul have all been snapped up!

The talk, which is being organised in collaboration with the Yunus Emre Institute London, will take place at Birkbeck Cinema in central London on Thursday, 26 January.

Professor Erdoğan, who is a leading Turkish film historian and currently a visiting scholar at Birkbeck, will give an illustrated talk that includes a selection of the early films that were screened in Constantinople/Istanbul at the end of the nineteenth century and start of the twentieth century.

Helping to transport the audience back to this fascinating era, when screenings were ‘staged’, will be pianist Çigdem Borucu, who will provide live music to accompany the screenings.

The event will be introduced by Birbeck’s Professor Ian Christie.

Those who would like to join the waiting list or sign up for a similar future event can use the link below.

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About Professor Nezih Erdoğan

Professor Nezih Erdoğan teaches Film Theory, Film History and Storytelling at Istinye University in Istanbul.

Professor Nezih Erdoğan

He has published articles and book chapters on colonial discourse, national identity, and sound and body in Turkish popular cinema, the reception of Hollywood in Turkey, censorship and the distribution-exhibition of American films in Turkey.

His chapter “Violent images: hybridity and excess in The Man who Saved the World” appeared in Mapping the Margins: Identity, Politics and the Media (2002). He co-edited Shifting Landscapes: Film and Media in European Context (with Miyase Christensen, 2008).

His book, Adventures in Modernity and Spectatorship was published in 2017.

He co-edited with Ebru Kayaalp Exploring Past Images in a Digital Age: Reinventing the Archive, which was recently published by Amsterdam University Press.

About Çigdem Borucu

Çigdem Borucu is a pianist, composer, sound designer and a lecturer. She studied piano at Istanbul University State Conservatory and chamber music at Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz.

At the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College (CUNY) she studied piano with Michael Rogers, composition with Noah Creshevsky and electro-acoustic music with George Skip Brunner.

Borucu received Miriam Gideon and John Cage awards in composition from Brooklyn College where she got her BA and MM degrees.

Çigdem Borucu has been collaborating with visual artists, theatre and documentary many of which were performed at festivals and exhibitions in the US, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, India and Turkey.

Borucu has three albums available at iTunes and Spotify: Mapping Home (2023), Many Things (2020) and Silver Moon (2018).