Şirin Fulya Erensoy is a film and media scholar, based between Istanbul and Berlin. Her research focuses on video activism, women and documentary filmmaking and genre cinema. She has experience as a lecturer in Film and Television at various institutions in Turkey and recently completed her Marie Curie Individual post-doctoral fellowship at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf (September 2021 – August 2023). She supplements her academic work with ongoing practices in documentary film production, film curation and journalism. Şirin has curated numerous art and film events in cooperation with institutions in Berlin, including the Maxim Gorki Theatre, and the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien and has been involved as a curator in film festivals such as the Hive International Short Film Days and the Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival. Her professional journey also includes her role as anchor for the English news-bulletin This Week in Turkey on the alternative digital media platform Medyascope TV. In addition to her roles in media and academia, Şirin has worked on international film projects in various capacities such as editing, producing, translating, and researching. Furthermore, she has directed her own short films and videos, some of which have received funding from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, the Turkish Foundation of Cinema and Audiovisual Culture, and Goethe Institut Istanbul.

New Publication!

Apr 01, 2024

The new open access book, “Displacing Theory Through the Global South,” edited by Iracema Dulley and Özgün Eylül İşcen, is now available from ICI Berlin Press! My contribution to the

Workshop on Political Aesthetics of Recent Turkish-German Cinema, Cinepoetics: Center for Advanced Film Studies

Mar 04, 2024

I joined this two-day workshop organized by Einstein Fellow Pınar Yıldız and contributed with a presentation entitled Migration and Identity: Feminist Perspectives in Contemporary Turkish-German Documentaries. For more details on the

Join us for Berlin Critics’ Week

Feb 06, 2024

I will be part of this year’s Berlin Critics’s Week debate program following the screening of Riar Rizaldi’s Notes from  Gog Magog and Omer Fast’s Abendland. The evening’s program, titled Carnival of

New Publication!

Dec 08, 2023

Happy to be part of this impressive collection on radical film, art, and digital media for ‘societies in turmoil’. I’ve written a chapter on LGBTI+ activism inspired by a video

Exhibition: Don’t look! bak.ma: 10 years of archiving social resistance

Dec 08, 2023

10 November – 2 December 2023 Friday -Saturday, 15-19h “Bakma” (Don’t look!), was a police announcement that echoed through the squares of Ankara and Istanbul during protests from the mid-90s

Feminist Curatorial Praxis: Developing Methodology feminist elsewheres, Film and Video Festival, 7-12 November 2023, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art E.V

Nov 26, 2023

What kind of curatorial practices do we need to connect with each other across time and geography and to form persistent, transglobal networks? Which curatorial practices challenge prejudices and expectations

Workshop: Activism, Empowerment and Change: Exploring Audio-Visual Medias, Hive International Short Film Days, September 2023, Berlin

Oct 25, 2023

  It was an absolute delight to give this workshop in the context of the Hive International Short Film Days. The workshop delved into audio-visual media’s historical and contemporary use for political

New Publication!

Oct 20, 2023

Happy to share my new article ‘Experiences of migration from Turkey to Germany: the female guest worker in contemporary documentaries’ published in Studies for Documentary Film (it’s open access!): https://doi.org/10.1080/17503280.2023.2253574


Aug 09, 2023

  For this episode of Chromatic Wednesdays, four short films were selected around the theme of Mythology. The films featured not only draw on mythic narratives, but create their own. Using

Chromatic Wednesdays, S3E6: Of Memories and Dreams Theme: Resistance

May 19, 2023

Images from the Q&A session following screenings of «A Letter from Raqqa» (2020, Arash Asadi) and «The Other Side of the River» (2021, Antonia Kilian).  In the Kurdish struggle for freedom, resistance

Cinema of Commoning Blog Post: Tactics for a Transnational Archive

Mar 21, 2023

For the latest of #CinemaofCommoning blog post, writer and curator Rachel Pronger reflects on TACTICS FOR A TRANSNATIONAL ARCHIVE, a weekend of workshops exploring transnational archiving and creative practice that

Workshop KIRAATHANE: Tactics for a Transnational Archive | SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA

Jan 28, 2023

In January 2023, SİNEMA TRANSTOPIA, the cinema project by bi’bak, re-opens its doors at a newly renovated space in Berlin-Wedding. A physical hub that brings together film and video culture,

Chromatic Wednesdays, Season 2, Episode 18: Anatolian Leopard

Nov 09, 2022

On 9 November 2022, the screening of the film Anatolian Leopard took place at Apartment Project in the context of the Chromatic Wednesdays event series (funded by the Berlin Senate Department

Screening: “Curling Eyelashes: Feminisms of the Everyday”

Sep 02, 2022

My colleague and friend Julia Lazarus and I have curated a special selection of short films and TikTok videos on everyday feminisms for the second edition of Hive International Short

NECS 2022 Conference Schedule Announced!

Jun 16, 2022

The schedule for the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies has been announced. Set to take place 22-26 June 2022 in Bucharest, Romania, this year’s conference title is  “Epistemic Media:

New Publication Out!

Jun 16, 2022

Les écrans turcophones, edited by Kristian Feigelson and Mehmet Öztürk is out and can be purchased via the publishing house Presses Universitaires du Septentrion’s website:  https://www.septentrion.com/FR/livre/?GCOI=27574100911660 The book is a comprehensive overview,

New Creative Praxis Conference Schedule Announced

Apr 27, 2022

The program for the online conference New Creative Praxis in Film and Television: Hybrid Futures of Gender Equality has been announced. The conference will be held on May 6-7, 2022,

Chromatic Wednesdays, Season 2, Episode 3: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Apr 27, 2022

In the new edition of Chromatic Wednesdays, held in cooperation with «Twister», an exhibition project at the neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst  nGbK, 26 February – 30 April 2022) ,

Podcast on Video Activism

Apr 07, 2022

How does video activism challenge dominant power structures?   The latest episode of the podcast Dritte Klappe looks at the use of video as an activist tool by practitioners from

Women’s Voices Now Film Festival announces Jury Members!

Feb 08, 2022

Şirin will be a member of the feature-length documentary competition jury at the Women’s Voices Now Film Festival, to be held in March 2022. The Women’s Voices Now Film Festival, which

Activating Attention Conference Schedule Announced!

Jan 06, 2022

The schedule for the Activating Attention – Political Videos on Social Media International Online Conference to be held 20-21 January 2022 has been announced!   For more information on the conference,

Save the Date! International Online Conference: Activating Attention – Political Videos on Social Media / January 20 & 21, 2022

Dec 19, 2021

Speakers: Tina Askanius, Marcus Bösch, Yves Citton, Tom Divon, Şirin Erensoy, Aslı Kotaman, Sandra Ristovska, Sophija Savtchouk, Kerstin Schankweiler, Josepha Wessels, and others. Organized by the research project “Attention Strategies

Call for Papers for the online conference New Creative Praxis in Film and Television: Hybrid Futures of Gender Equality / May 6-7, 2022.

Dec 19, 2021

Keynote speakers will be award-winning filmmakers, scholars, and educators C.A. Griffith (Arizona State University) & Karen Pearlman (Macquarie University). Deadline for submission is March 1, 2022. More here: https://ftvconference.bilgi.edu.tr/en/creativepraxis/   

Research News: Two Fellows from Turkey at the Film University (in German).

Dec 19, 2021

Research News: Two Fellows from Turkey at the Film University (in German). https://www.filmuniversitaet.de/en/university/aktuelles/news/articel/detail/zwei-fellows-aus-der-tuerkei-an-der-filmuni