CMNH is really pleased to welcome Professor Ahmet Atay as one of our VRFs this academic year.

Ahmet Atay (Ph.D. Southern Illinois University- Carbondale) is Professor of Global Media and Communication Studies at the College of Wooster. His research falls into two categories. Although they might seem distinct, both categories revolve around the issues of culture and the differences (such as queer, transnationality, postcoloniality, and decoloniality) and diversity in mediated texts, cyberspace, and everyday situations. More specifically, his research at large focuses on transnational and diasporic experiences and communities. He often writes about the transnational flow of texts, information, and bodies. While some of his current projects are focused on the distinct aspects of transnational and diasporic communities, others explore the aspects of transnational media and the representations of transnational and queer bodies in global media. His research often employs textual analysis, queer and feminist analysis, critical and cyber ethnography, autoethnography (decolonizing autoethnography and digital/cyber autoethnography), and other transnational and postcolonial media and cultural methods.

He is the author of Globalization’s Impact on Identity Formation: Queer Diasporic Males in Cyberspace (2015) and the co-editor of several books. His scholarship appeared in number of journals and edited books. He served as the chair of Global Media and Digital Studies and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies departments at the College of Wooster. Currently he is serving as the First Vice President (and the program planner of 2023 conference) of Central States Communication Association. He will become the president of the organization in April 2023.

As part of his VRF, Ahmet will be giving a paper at the Centre’s seminar series – ‘Visualising the Past: Postcolonial and Diasporic Memories Through Photography‘ – on Weds 14 December, 17.30-19.00. He will also be contributing a workshop to the Techne Conflux programme on critical approaches to the archive in January 2023.