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Dr. A. (Aylin) Kuryel

Aylin Kuryel is Assistant Professor in Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. She teaches in the Bachelor and Master program of Literary and Cultural Analysis. Her areas of interest are nationalism, image politics, aesthetics/resistance, and politics of emotions. She is the co-editor of Cultural Activism: Practices, Dilemmas and Possibilities (Rodopi, 2010), Resistance and Aesthetics in the Age of Global Uprisings (Iletisim Press, 2015) and Sıkıntı Var: Sıkıntı Üzerine Denemeler (Essays on Boredom, 2020, Iletisim Press). She works as a documentary filmmaker; among her documentaries are Taboo (2009), Image Acts (2015), Welcome Lenin (2016), Heads and Tails (2018), CemileSezgin (2020), The Balcony and Our Dreams (2020).
Faculty of Humanities

Visiting address
  • Spuistraat 134
  • Room number: 719
Postal address
  • Postbus 1642
    1000 BP Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Publications


    • Roei, N., Aydemir, M., & Kuryel, A. (Accepted/In press). The Future of Cultural Analysis: A Critical Inquiry.
    • Roei, N., Kuryel, A., & Aydemir, M. (Accepted/In press). Introduction. In A. Kuryel, M. Aydemir, & N. Roei (Eds.), The Future of Cultural Analysis: A Critical Inquiry AUP.



    • Kuryel, A. (2022). Looking at and with Images: Crowds in Joker, Joker in the Crowd. In S. Redmond (Ed.), Breaking Down Joker: Violence, Loneliness, Tragedy (pp. 78-89). (Routledge Advances in Film Studies). Routledge. Advance online publication. [details]





    • Kuryel, A. (2023). Performatif Dönüş: Ulusun İmajları ve Beden. Manuscript submitted for publication. In Kültürel Dönüşler Baglam.


    • Kuryel, A. (2023). Public Intervention through Dreams. Manuscript in preparation. In Global Visual Handbook of Anti-Authoritarian Counterstrategies ed. International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies (IRGAC) and kollektiv orangotango, Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung Press Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung Press.



    • Kuryel, A. (2018). Uplefter. nY, 36, 8-26. [details]


    • Meseri, R., & Kuryel, A. (Eds.) (2017). Türkiye’de Yahudi Olmak: Bir Deneyim Sözlüğü. (İletişim yayınları ; Vol. 2552), (Bugünün Kitapları; Vol. 227). İletişim Yayınları. [details]


    • Fırat, B. O., & Kuryel, A. (Eds.) (2015). Küresel İsyanlar Çağında: Direniş ve Estetik. (Sanathayat dizisi; Vol. 34), (İletişim yayınları; Vol. 2165). İletişim Yayınları. [details]
    • Kuryel, A. (2015). “Rebuilding Life”. In Istanbul, Passion, Joy, Fury, Exhibition Catalogue, curated by Hou Hanru with Ceren Erdem, Elena Motisi and Donatella Saroli Rome : Quodlibet MAXXI.

    Prize / grant

    • Kuryel, A. (2022). Dublin City of Literature Support for the documentary, Translating Ulysses.
    • Kuryel, A. (2022). UvA Education Innovation Grant: Fair, Resilient & Inclusive Societies (FRIS) with ‘Public Intervention’ as a Learning/Teaching Method.
    • Kuryel, A. (2022). CultureCIVIC Culture and Art Support for the documentary project, The City and the Messiah.
    • Kuryel, A. (2022). Best International Joycean Documentary Award at Bloomsday Film Festival, with short documentary, The Thing That Goes Through Everything (dir. Aylin Kuryel & Fırat Yücel), Dublin, June 2022.
    • Kuryel, A. (2021). Netherlands Film Fonds support for documentary, A Defense.
    • Kuryel, A. (2021). Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst support for documentary, Translating Ulysses.
    • Kuryel, A. (2020). Dutch Foundation for Literature (Letterenfonds) grant for Translating Ulysses, Documentary (forthcoming).
    • Kuryel, A. (2019). Special Jury Award, Heads and Tails, Documentary, Istanbul Film Festival.
    • Kuryel, A. (2016). Special Jury Award, Welcome Lenin, 9th Documentarist – Istanbul Documentary Days.
    • Kuryel, A. (2010). ASCA PhD Fellowship, University of Amsterdam.
    • Kuryel, A. (2007). European Cultural Foundation Fund and Local Funds of the Consulate General of the Netherlands for Neo City-Lettrists project and exhibition.
    • Kuryel, A. (2006). HSP Huygens Scholarship, The Netherlands.

    Talk / presentation

    • Kuryel, A. (speaker) (2019). “Being Jewish in Turkey: A Dictionary of Experiences”, Antisemitism in Turkey conference at SEHAK, Istanbul, Antisemitism in Turkey conference at SEHAK.
    • Kuryel, A. (speaker) (2017). Audience Emancipated screening and lecture, Producing the Future: Citizens by Act at DAS Graduate School.
    • Kuryel, A. (speaker) (2016). Who’s Afraid of Academic Freedom?: The Politics of Academic Freedom in Turkey and Israel/Palestine, Who’s Afraid of Academic Freedom?: The Politics of Academic Freedom in Turkey and Israel/Palestine, Democracy Dome, Amsterdam.
    • Kuryel, A. (speaker) (2015). “Measures of Creativity in Gezi Resistance”, Global Cultures of Contestation, organized by the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies.
    • Kuryel, A. (speaker) (2014). “A Specter is Haunting: Ghostly Images in the National Everyday”, Global Spectralities, ACGS/ASCA Seminar.
    • Kuryel, A. (speaker) (2013). “Creativity in Action: Counter-Spectacles and Affective Collectives”, Aesthetics and Politics in Turkey: Art, Film and Literature conference, Sabancı University.


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