Eylem Atakav, PhD

Associate Dean International, Faculty of Arts and Humanities; Professor of Film, Gender and Public Engagement
University of East Anglia

Eylem Atakav, PhD, is a professor of film, gender and public engagement at the University of East Anglia where she teaches courses on women, Islam and media; and Middle Eastern media. She also serves as the associate dean - international for the faculty of arts and humanities. She is the recipient of 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Outstanding Contribution to Pedagogy Award and is a HEA National Teaching Fellow (2016). Atakav 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 recently completed an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project entitled British [Muslim] Values. She is the director of Growing Up Married (2016) – an internationally acclaimed and award-winning documentary about forced marriage and child brides in Turkey. Atakav served as the 2020 Chair of NAFSA's Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (TLS KC). She previously served as the NAFSA TLS KC Intercultural Communication and Training (ICT) Network Leader. She received her BA in film, television and radio studies from Ankara University; MA in media studies from Southampton Solent University; and her PhD in film and cultural studies from Nottingham Trent University.