Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

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Mr E. (Enis) Dinc MA

  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur
  • Visiting address
    BG 2
    Turfdraagsterpad 9  
  • Postal address:
    Turfdraagsterpad  9
    1012 XT  Amsterdam


Enis Dinç is a PhD fellow at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam. In his dissertation, he examines the historical changes in the images of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of Turkish Republic, and the involvement of visual media in the production of concepts of nation and cultural memory. Before starting his PhD research at the University of Amsterdam, he studied communication studies at the University of Salzburg (BA) and media and cultural studies at SOAS, University of London (MA). His research interests include cultural history; media and cultural studies; and philosophy.



In my PhD project, I examine the historical changes in the images of Atatürk and the involvement of visual media in the production of concepts of the nation and cultural memory. It is my contention that the creation and manipulation of Atatürk's media representation has had important effects on the transformations in the political and cultural life of Turkey, making it a crucial element in the construction of national identity and the country’s global political positioning. I will investigate a selection of audiovisual images of Atatürk ranging from his lifetime until the present in order to reveal the dialectical function of myth making for the Turkish state and society, while at the same time studying the dynamics of practices of cultural memory, which may counter the official myth making process.



Foucault Reading Group


Michel Foucault is unquestionably one of the most influential thinkers in the contemporary world, someone whose work has affected half a dozen diverse disciplines, including philosophy, history and cultural studies. However, he has also been criticized as relativist, normativist, covertly reliant on the very Enlightenment principles he attempts to deconstruct. In the Foucault Reading Group this year, we are not only aiming at a critical analysis of Foucault’s work but also explore the ideas of the thinkers, who influenced his work and also was influenced from him. The reading group will begin on the third week of September and will meet once every month. It can be joined at any time during the year and is open for PhD researchers, MA students, and other scholars who are in interested in Foucault`s ideas and his work.


For further information, please contact the organizers:


Enis Dinç:

Lara Mazurski:


  • Dinç, E. (2012). On the limits of oppositional humor: the Turkish political context. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 5(1), 322-337. DOI: 10.1163/18739865-00503012  [details] 


  • Dinç, E. (2016). Performing modernity: Atatürk on film (1919-1938) [details] 
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