3rd Koç Sohbetleri Talk by İpek Çelik Rappas: “Cheap Cities to Shoot: Screen Economy and Urban Change in Europe”,

Author: CSSH
Time: 11:00
Location: SOS143

Cheap Cities to Shoot: Screen Economy and Urban Change in Europe


Abstract: Cheap Cities to Shoot is a book project that addresses film and TV industry’s rapport with urban reconstruction in contemporary Europe. Based on interviews with film commissions, urban development agencies and media workers in Belfast, Berlin, Istanbul and Marseilles, it shows the boom of screen economy in European cities in transition. The book argues that the screen industry’s pursuit of affordable locations to shoot does not only align well with urban image makeover efforts, it also facilitates a city’s physical reconstruction. This study examines how films and TV shows shot in European cities promote and contribute to urban change. In other words, it studies the ways that camera and construction cranes reinforce each other’s presence.


*The draft book proposal will be pre-circulated upon request

Light refreshments will be served. 


İpek Çelik Rappas is an assistant professor in Media and Visual Arts at Koç University


Koç Sohbetleri: An Interdisciplinary Colloquium

Koç Sohbetleri is a research forum attached to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and to the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University. It seeks to draw together interested scholars, faculty and students to share works in progress (from rough drafts to ready-to-submit papers) and discuss in a collegial atmosphere. The objective is to discover and enrich each other's research in a serious but friendly setting.

Presentations are followed by the comments of an assigned respondent, before opening the floor for general discussion.  

Papers may be pre-circulated upon demand.

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