The Making Of Beyoğlu Talk 3

Consumption and Entertainment Culture in Beyoğlu

Salt Beyoğlu

October 14, 2011 18.30

Volkan Aytar
Walk-in Cinema

Leading up to “The Making Of Emek Cinema” workshop at SALT Beyoğlu on October 15, Volkan Aytar will discuss İstanbul and Pera/Beyoğlu’s entertainment/consumption culture and economy from a historical and sociological perspective.

Volkan Aytar received a BA in Political Science from Bilkent University, Ankara. As a Fulbright scholar, he earned a MA degree in Sociology and a Certificate in Global Studies from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. He was formerly an assistant editor for Political Handbook of the World (CSA Publications, New York) and an administrator and researcher at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV). He continued his PhD work at the University of Amsterdam and was a guest researcher at the German Max Planck Institute. Aytar’s urban sociology book Metropol was published in 2005 (L&M Publications). He co-edited İstanbul’da Eğlence [Entertainment in İstanbul] with Kübra Parmaksızoğlu (İstanbul Bilgi University Press, 2011), and his article “Caterers of the Consumed Metropolis: ‘Ethnicized’ Tourism and Entertainment Laborscapes in Istanbul” was published in Tourism, Ethnic Diversity and the City (Ed. Jan Rath, Routledge, 2007). His co-edited book with Jan Rath, Sellling Ethnic Neighborhoods: The Rise of Neighborhoods as Places of Leisure and Consumption, will be published in 2011 (Routledge, New York). Currently teaching in the Bahçeşehir University Faculty of Communication’s Department of New Media, Aytar is also an advisor for the European Media and Cultural Studies (EMCS) MA Program, established jointly with Bahçeşehir University, Potsdam University and Potsdam Technology University.

The talk will be held in Turkish.