Dr Gozde Naiboglu

Lecturer in Film Studies

School/Department: Arts, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2867



My teaching and research specialisms span across the areas of European and World Cinemas; film theory and philosophy; gender and sexuality studies; contemporary screen cultures and the questions of work migration and global politics.

Prior to joining Leicester in 2016 I taught film gender and media studies at the University of Manchester and University of Lincoln. I hold a PhD in German Studies from Manchester University (2015) and an MA in Film Studies from Anglia Ruskin University (2010).


I am currently writing a set of essays on negative futurity and the politics of pessimism in contemporary European television and film. My second book, provisionally titled Negative futurability: Contemporary European screens and the politics of pessimism will investigate the ways in which contemporary European cinema and television imagine political futures through affect, sensation and complex temporalities, and in doing so, it seeks to set questions of neoliberal relations of production, exploitation and racist violence in dialogue with aesthetic extremes and negative affect. 

My first monograph Post-unification Turkish German Cinema: Work, Globalisation and Politics beyond Representation (2018) explores fiction and non-fiction films that deal with labour migration from Turkey to Germany. Engaging with materialist philosophies of process, it offers analyses of films by Thomas Arslan, Christian Petzold, Aysun Bademsoy, Seyhan Derin, Harun Farocki, Yüksel Yavuz and Feo Aladag. Shifting the focus from the longstanding concerns of cultural conflict, integration and identity, I demonstrate that these films offer new expressions of lived experience under late capitalism through themes of work, labour, social reproduction, unemployment and precarity. I argue that such a methodological shift can conjure up the political potential of affect in these films.

A review of my book Post-Unification:
Irwin, M. (2021) “Post-unification Turkish German cinema: work, globalisation and politics beyond representation”, Transnational Screens, 12(1), 88-9, DOI: 10.1080/25785273.2020.1839299

An interview on Post-Unification (in Turkish language):
Torun, A. (2021). “Göçün 60. yılında Türk-Alman Sineması: Gözde Naiboğlu ile Röportaj.” Göç Dergisi, 8(3), 497-506.





2018 Post-Unification Turkish German Cinema: Work, Globalisation and Politics beyond Representation  (Palgrave Macmillan).  

Book Chapters

2024 ‘The politics of pessimism and negative futurability in Fatih Akin’s In the Fade (2017)' in Olivia Landry and Claudia Breger (eds), Transnational German Film at the End of Neoliberalism: Radical Aesthetics, Radical Politics, Camden House.
2024 (forthcoming) ‘Berlin Stool: Neoliberal Cosmopolitanism, Affective Pessimism and Abjection in Dogs of Berlin’ in Joseph Twist (ed.), Kunstszene gegen rechte Szene: Cultural Responses to the Far-Right in Contemporary Germany, German Monitor Series, Brill. 

Journal Articles and Interviews

2022 'The Ethics of Difference: Masculinity and Foreignness in Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann (2016) and Valeska Grisebach’s Western (2017)Feminist German Studies, 38(1) Special Volume edited by Angelica Fenner and Barbara Mennel: (Post)Feminist Practice in German Cinema: Between Ambivalence and Ambition.
2018 Towards an Archaeology of Reproduction: Gestures of Migrant Sex Work in Contemporary European Cinema’, Feminist Media Studies, 18(3).
2014 A Room to Breathe in Between the Images: Interview with Aysun Bademsoy’, Studies in European Cinema, 11(2), pp. 106-115.
2011 ‘Interview with Felicity Colman on Deleuze and Cinema: The Film Concepts (Berg, 2011)’, Actual/Virtual: Journal of Practical and Creative Philosophy, 13. ISSN: 1752-5654
2010 ‘Sameness in Disguise of Difference: Gender and Identity in Fatih Akin’s Gegen die Wand and Auf der Anderen Seite’, German as a Foreign Language, Issue 3/2010, pp. 75-98.  ISSN 1470 – 9570

Book Reviews

2015Turkish German Cinema in the New Millennium: Sites, Sounds and Screens ed. Hake and Mennel, Berghahn, 2012Screen, 56 (2).
2013 ‘Post-Wall German Cinema and National History: Utopianism and Dissent by Mary O’Brien. New York: Camden House, 2012’, Film Criticism, 37 (3), pp. 163-166. ISSN 0163-5069


I am currently supervising:

Daniel E. Smith - Populist Nostalgia in Post-2008 British Film and Television (Midlands 4 Cities funded project since 2021)

I welcome enquiries from prospective students in areas including:

European and World Cinemas

Contemporary screen cultures

Film theory and philosophy

Cinema and the questions of work migration global politics 


HA2030 Researching World Cinemas

HA3447 Contemporary European Cinema

HA1202 Introduction to Film History II

EN3035 Weird Fiction/Weird Film

HA3401 Dissertation

I have previously taught on modules including:

HA7204 American Cinema

HA2114 Realism and the Cinema 

Press and media

European Cinema and politics

Turkish German Cinema

Turkish and German cinemas

Film theory and global politics

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