Özge Özdüzen is a visiting research fellow, funded by the Swedish Institute, at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University.
Özge received her PhD degree in Media at Edge Hill University in December 2016. Her PhD dissertation covered traditional media activism, particularly people’s spatial uses of films, movie theatres and film festivals in relation to contemporary social movements. Employing ethnographic methods, her dissertation identified Beyoğlu district of Istanbul as a ‘physical’ expression of culture and memory, concentrated on activists’ use of ‘commons’ such as movie theatres and parks during the Gezi protests. Currently, Özge works on two manuscripts, which examine people’s online and offline memory of the Occupy Gezi across digital platforms and symbolic geographies in Istanbul, such as previously occupied parks, while also working on activists' creative methods in dealing with censorship and regulation. Özge's research thus lies on an interdisciplinary terrain combining human geography, aesthetics, media cultures, contemporary social movements and digital humanities.
Özge completed her BA and MA in Philosophy, Bogazici University (Turkey). She previously worked as a tutor in the media department at Edge Hill University from 2012 to 2015, teaching on modules such as media and society, cultural representations and the media, world cinema and audience research. She also worked in the film and media departments of various Turkish universities including Istanbul Bilgi University and Izmir University of Economics, teaching courses on media and gender, images, sounds and cultures, documentary and contemporary world cinema.