Hande Çayır

Hande Çayır (2016 BİLGİ Communication PhD graduate) graduated with a B.A. in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from Sabancı University, and went on to Istanbul Bilgi University, where she earned an M.A. in Cinema and Television. Her writing is published in PukkaLiving, Whichcontent, Kaos GL, Kural Dışı, Psikeart, Memlekent and Radikal İki.She is now a Ph.D. candidate at the Istanbul Bilgi University Communication/Cinema Department and is a lecturer at the Graphic Design Division of Yeni YuzYil University. For the last six years she has been working as Publications Manager at Whichcontent.

Research interests: autoethnography, documentary, human rights, identity, representation of female subjectivity, surname

Ph.D. thesis title: Documentary as Autoethnography: A Case Study Based on the Changing Surnames of Women

Abstract: In the autoethnographic research method, researchers analyze their own subjectivity and life experiences, and treat the self as “other” while calling attention to issues of power. At this juncture, the researcher and the researched, the dominant and the subordinate, individual experience and socio-cultural structures can be examined. As an emerging filmmaker I have made the seventeen-minute documentary Yok Anasının Soyadı / Mrs. His Name (2012) which is defined as a form of self-narrative that places the self within a social context. My filmmaking experience spread the seeds, gave birth to this thesis, created a researcher—me, in this case—and as such, theory in practice and practice in theory go hand in hand. The interdisciplinary nature of this enquiry highlights the link between surnames and identity, which is a crucial human rights debate, and also focuses on the feminist quote “the personal is political”.

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