Işıl Karataş, MA

Işıl Karataş is a research assistant and teaching fellow (praedoc) at the Institute for European Ethnology and, together with Alexa Färber, runs the transdisciplinary working group “Studio Audio Visual Research” and is a member of the Franco-German research network “Penser l'urbain par l'image” (PUI ). She completed a joint master's degree in the trinational Master's program “European Film and Media Studies” (Université Lumière Lyon 2 / École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Utrecht University and the Bauhaus University Weimar). In her dissertation project, she uses multisensory ethnography to investigate the phenomenon of “artist-run film labs” in order to understand the complex emotional and sensory relationships between human (filmmaker) and non-human (technology) actors in a rapidly changing media environment. She is a (multi)media maker herself and experiments with different audio- visual forms and formats.





  • CV
    • seit Dezember 2018
      Universitätsassistentin (praedoc) am Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Univ. Wien
    • 2014 - 2016
      Studium des tri-nationalen Masterstudiums "European Film and Media Studies" an der Université Lumière Lyon 2 / École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (2014-2016), Utrecht University (2015), Bauhaus Universität Weimar (2015-2016)
    • 2011-2012
      Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III. Studium Film- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
    • 2008 - 2014
      Studium der Kommunikationswissenschaften/Radio, Film und TV, Université Galatasaray Istanbul
  • functions
    • Head of the working group "studio audio-visual rearch" (with Alexa Färber)
      • Supervision of the audiovisual equipment and the editing room
  • distinctions
      • 2021: Short-term academic scholarships abroad (KWA), University of Vienna
      • 2020: “TRAINING feat. John Dieterich and Işıl Karataş: 3 seconds”, International Coproduction Fund of the Goethe Institute
      • 2011/2012 Mobility Grant, Erasmus program of the European Union
      • 2014/2015 Excellence Scholarship, French Embassy in Turkey
      • 2014/2016 Mobility Grant, Franco-German University
      • 2017 MUVI Lisboa Critics Award, Bülbül (short documentary film)
  • memberships



  • Projects
  • Lectures/presentations/workshops/organisations

    2023: Paper, "Activating the Ecology of a Sound Archive", The NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) 2023 Conference, University of Oslo 

    2023: Workshop, "Sustainable Media: Teaching and Learning", The NECS 2023 

    2023: Film Presentation, "Analogue Practices in Digital Landscapes", The NECS 2023 Graduate Workshop, University of Oslo 

    2022: Film Presentation: “Barber Queen”, Anthropology and Film Programme of the 8th Congress of the Portuguese Anthropological Association

    2022: Soundwork Presentation/Roundtable Discussion: “Sun: A Sonorous Filmic Material”, EASA2022: Transformation, Hope and the Commons, Queen’s University Belfast

    2021: Film Presentation/Roundtable Discussion: “Barber Queen” , SIEF2021 15th Congress: BREAKING THE RULES? POWER, PARTICIPATION, TRANSGRESSION

    2021: Paper/Audio-Visual Presentation: “Multi-sensorial modes of Analogue Filmmaking”, 4th International Conference Stereoscopic and Immersive Media, Photography, Sound and Cinema Research, Online, hosted by Lusófona University Lisbon

    2021: Paper/Audio-Visual Presentation: “Beyond Nostalgia and Media Obsolescence: Emotional Landscape of a Film Practice”, The Shifting Ecologies of Photochemical Film in the Digital Era, Online, hosted by Aberystwyth University, Wales

    2021: Paper: „Installative Archive – Zum Potenzial temporärer Praktiken der Veröffentlichung“ (mit Alexa Färber), Photoszene United: Online Symposium. Artist Meets Archive – Theorie und Praxis des Archivs, Köln

    2021: Film Presentation: “Barber Queen”, IUAES2020 Congress Coming Of Age On Earth: Legacies And Next Generation Anthropology, Online, Šibenik, Croatia.

    2021: Paper/Audio-Visual Presentation: "Analogue Experimental Filmmaking: A Practice of Everyday Life", Departmental Colloquium "Gemischter Satz. Europäische Ethnologie in Wien", Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie

    2021: Paper: „Analogue Experimental Filmmaking: A (Counter) Digital Practice?" Kolloquium des Schwerpunkt Kunstgeschichte und Visuelle Kultur, Online, Universität Wien

    2020: Organisation des Institutskolloquiums „Problematisierung des Selbst: Der eigene Alltag in audio-visuellen Medien” (mit Alexa Färber)

    2019: Organisation des Internationalen Workshops „Installative Archive: Feministische Perspektiven auf Stadt-/Raum“ (mit Alexa Färber), Studio Audio-Visual Research am Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Wien.

    2019: Workshop: School of Visual Anthropology – SVA2020, Belgrade

  • research interests
    • Audio-Visual Recording Technologies
    • Experimental Modes of Media-Making
    • Sensory Ethnography
    • Material Culture and Technology
    • Sound Studies
  • Publications

    Karataş Işıl. Anarchafeminist Coffee Divinations. Springerin, Heft 4/2023. 

    Karataş Işıl. ‘Analogue Practices in Digital Landscapes’. TRAJECTORIA 4, Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology Minpaku (31 March 2023). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.51002/trajectoria_023_02.

    Färber, Alexa / Karataş, Işıl. ‘Installative Archive. Zum Potenzial temporärer Veröffentlichungen von und mit Fotografie‘. In: Diekmann, Stefanie / Ruelfs, Esther (Hrsg.): Fotogeschichte Beiträge zur Geschichte und Ästhetik der Fotografie, Bd. 167. Marburg: Jonas Verlag, März 2023.

    Karataş, Işıl. ‘Sonorous Materiality of Analogue Film’. Edited by Josephine Diecke, Bregt Lameris, and Laura Niebling. NECSUS_European Journal of Media Studies Autumn, Amsterdam University Press (12 December 2022). https://necsus-ejms.org/sonorous-materiality-of-analogue-film/.

    Karataş, Işıl. ‘Book Review - Nadia Seremetakis (2019), Sensing the Everyday: Dialogues from Austerity Greece’. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 29, no. 1, Berghahn Journals (6 October 2020): 115–17. https://doi.org/10.3167/ajec.2020.290107.

    Karataş, Işıl. ‘Review - Béla Tarr’s Masterclass at the Film Museum, Vienna, Austria (June 9th, 2019)’. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, Band AJEC BLOG (25 November 2019) http://ajecblog.berghahnjournals.com/bela-tarrs-masterclass-at-the-film-museum- vienna-austria-june-9th-2019/