Eylem Atakav
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Personal profile


Eylem Atakav is Professor of Film, Gender and Public Engagement at the University of East Anglia where she teaches courses on women and world cinema; gender and Middle Eastern media, and documentary. She is the author of Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation (2012) and editor of Directory of World Cinema: Turkey (Intellect, 2013). She is the director of Growing Up Married – an internationally acclaimed documentary about forced marriage and child brides in Turkey; and co-director of Lifeline, a documentary that reveals the reality of working in the frontline of the domestic abuse sector in the UK during the pandemic. She is currently completing a new documentary about migrant victims/survivors of domestic violence in England. 

Key Research Interests

Gender politics and Middle Eastern media; feminist documentary practice; religion and cultural identity; public engagement with research

Teaching Interests

Documentary; World Cinemas; Women, Islam and media; Middle Eastern cinemas; Women and Film

Academic Background

  • BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio Studies (Ankara University, 2003)

  • MA Media Studies (Southampton Solent University, 2004)

  • PhD Film, Media and Cultural Studies, 'Representation of Women in Turkish Cinema in the 1980s' (Nottingham Trent University, 2009)

Administrative Posts

  • Associate Pro Vice Chancellor - Global Engagement (August 2022 - ongoing) 

  • Aurora Network - Institutional Coordinator (August 2022 - ongoing)
  • Chair, International Executive (August 2022 - ongoing)  
  • Chair, Institute of Volunteering Research Delivery Group (September 2022 - ongoing) 
  • Associate Dean - International, Faculty of Arts and Humanities (July 2017 - July 2021) 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner - Film Studies, King's College London

2021 → …

Member of the Board of Trustees , Balik Arts

2020 → …

Member of the Academic Advisory Council, Harlaxton College, University of Evansville

Jul 2019 → …

Chair of Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Knowledge Community, NAFSA: Association of International Educators

1 Feb 20191 Feb 2022

External Examiner - Film Studies, University of Exeter

2019 → …

External Examiner - Film and Media Studies, Anglia Ruskin University


Media Expertise

  • Gender politics
  • Media studies
  • Intersectionality
  • Politics