Dr Berfin Emre Cetin

Dr Berfin Emre Cetin

Visiting Senior Fellow

Department of Media and Communications

Key Expertise
Nationalism, Gender, Migration

About me

Berfin has completed her PhD at the University of Essex in the Department of Sociology in 2013. Her PhD explored the representation of nationalism and masculinity in a popular long running Turkish TV series and its reception by its audiences in the context of their gendered experiences.

Her later research on Alevi media and transnationalism has been awarded Newton International Fellowship by the British Academy (2016-2019). Department of Media Communications at LSE has hosted this research. Mentored by Myria Georgiou, the research explores Alevi media within the transnational context and building a public sphere engaging Alevi audience from different local and national contexts.

Before joining UAL, Berfin has worked at different capacities at Anadolu University, Hacettepe University, University of Essex, Regent’s University London and LSE.

She has published various articles on the Turkish media in European Journal of Communication, European Journal of Cultural Studies International Journal of Communication and Media, Culture & Society. She is the author of the book The Paramilitary Hero in Turkish Television. Currently she is working on her book titled Transversal Citizenship in the Digital Era based on the findings of her research on Alevi media.

Expertise Details

Nationalism; Gender; Migration; Audience in the context of media


  • (2020) Mediatised Culturalisation Through Television: Second-Generation Alevi Kurds in London, in Television in Turkey: Local Production, Transnational Expansion and Political Aspirations, Ece Algan and Yesim Kaptan (eds), Palgrave Macmillan, NYC.
  • (2019) Transnational Resistance to Communicative Ethnocide: Alevi Television during the State of Emergency in Turkey, in The Sage Handbook of Media and Migration, Kevin Smets, Koen Leurs, Myria Georgiou, Saskia Witteborn  and Radhika Gajjala (eds), Sage, London.
  • (2018) Communicative Ethnocide and Alevi Television in the Turkish Context, Media, Culture &  Society, Vol. 40, Issue 7, pp. 1008–1023, DOI: 10.1177/01634437187
  • (2018) Television and the Making of a Transnational Alevi Identity, National Identities, Vol. 20, Issue: 1, pp. 91–103, DOI: 10.1080/14608944.2016.1247260
  • (2016) Pushing the Limits of the Family on Turkish Television: Lost City, an alternative voice?, European Journal of Communication, DOI: 10.1177/0267323116677206
  • (2015) Islamic Life-Style and Emine Beder’s TV Cookery Show Kitchen Love, European Journal of Cultural Studies, DOI: 10.1177/1367549415603379