Core Issues in Cultural Studies (CULT 500)

2022 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Cultural Studies(CULT)
Ayşecan Terzioğlu,
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Doctoral, Master
Interactive lecture,Seminar
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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This course introduces the students to the theoretical frameworks of graduate study in Cultural Studies by focusing on the debates around the definitions and uses of the concept of culture as well as on such specific issues as orientalism/occidentalism, cultural constructions and contestations of gender and sexuality, media and popular culture, and the changing configurations of private and public spheres. It combines the overview of the major theoretical and methodological approaches in the field of cultural politics and criticism with a critical discussion of various applications of these approaches in specific social, political, and historical contexts.


Familiarization with the main theoretical debates and frameworks of Cultural Studies, and related Social Science and Humanities disciplines.


  • Demonstrate familiarity with the key concepts and range of theoretical positions and debates in contemporary cultural theory.
  • Identify the different ways in which the concept of culture has been discussed in cultural studies, anthropology and related disciplines.
  • Demonstrate a critical analysis of different texts of cultural representation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the links between culture, power and history.


  Percentage (%)
Assignment 45
Term-Paper 40
Participation 15




? Raymond Williams, ?Culture? in Keywords, Flamingo, London, 1983, pp. 87-93.
? Tony Bennett, 2005, ?Culture? The New Keywords, edited by Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg and Meaghan Morris, Blackwell, 63-69.

Culture and Politics

? Terry Eagleton, The Idea of Culture, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2005, 1-50.
? Norma Gonzales, Advocacy Anthropology and Education: Working through the Binaries, Current Anthropology, 51 (2), (2010), 249-258.

Culture and Power

? E.P. Thompson, Time, Work-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism, Past&Present, 38, 1967, 56-97.
? Michel Foucault, Part 3: Discipline, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Second Vintage Books, 1977, 135-170.


? Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, ?Manifesto of the Communist Party? in Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 and the Communist Manifesto, Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 203-243.
? Antonio Gramsci, ?Intellectuals? in The Gramsci Reader: Selected Writings 1916-1935, David Forgacs, ed., New York: New York Univ. P., 2000, 300-311.
? Gavin Smith, ?Hegemony? in A Companion to the Anthropology of Politics, edited by David Nugent and Joan Vincent, Oxford: Blackwell, 2007, 216-230.

Cultural Studies

? Stuart Hall, ?Encoding/Decoding? in Culture, Media, Language, eds. Stuart Hall, et. al., London: Routledge, 1980, 128-138.
? Stuart Hall, ?Cultural Studies and Its Theoretical Legacies? in The Cultural Studies Reader, ed. Simon During, London: Routledge, 2001 [1993], pp.97-109.
? Mark C.J. Stoddart, Ideology, Hegemony, Discourse: A Critical Review of Theories of Knowledge and Power, Social Thought&Research, 28, 2007, 191-225


? Jacques Lacan, ?The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I? in Écrits: A Selection, trans. Alan Sherida. New York & London: Norton, 1977, 1-7.
? Louis Althusser, ?Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses? in Mapping Ideology, Slavoj Zizek, ed., London and New York: Verso, 1994, pp.100-140.
? Pierre Bourdieu and Terry Eagleton, ?Doxa and Common Life: An Interview? in Mapping Ideology (Ed. Slavoj Zizek), Verso, London, 1994, pp. 265-277.

Time and Culture

? Kinneret Lahad, ?Stop Waiting!: Hegemonic and Alternative Scripts on Single Women?s Subjectivity?, Time&Society, 0(0), 2016, 1-22.
? Cecilie Givskov, ?Growing Old with Media Technology and the Material Experience of Ageing?, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 21 (3), 2017, 305-316.

Gender and Culture

? Sofia P. Caldeira, Sander D. Ridder &Sophie Van Bauwel, ?Exploring the Politics of Gender Representation on Instagram: Self-representations of Femininity?, DiGeSt. Journal of Diversity and Gender, 5(1), 2018, 23-42.
? Jolien Voorspoels, ??In our Department There is Absolutely no Discrimination of Women or others.?: Staff Attitudes on Gender Quotas in a Belgian University?? DiGeSt. Journal of Diversity and Gender, 5(1), 2018, 43-66.
? Diana Baird N?Diaye, ?Telling Our Own Stories: Reciprocal Autoethnography at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender?, Journal of American Folklore, 134 (533), 2021, 252-257.

Media and Popular Culture

? James P. Walsh, ?Social Media and Moral Panics: Assessing the Effects of the Technological Change on Societal Reaction?, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 23 (6), 2020, 840-859.
? Hao Chao, ?From Asymmetric Dependency to Discursive Disengagement: How Social Movements and the Media/Public Talked Past Each Other?, Media, Culture and Society, 43(4), 2021, 787-806.

History Revisited

? George Mantzios, ?Cold War Image-Myths: A Crime Scene Ethnography of Defacement and Historical Redress from Athens Greece?, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 24 (5), 2021, 749-766.
? Eray Çaylı, ?The Politics of Spatial Testimony: The Role of Space in Witnessing Martyrdom and Shame During and After a Widely Televised and Collectively Perpetrated Arson Attack in Turkey?, Space and Culture, 2020, 1-14.

Affect & Anthropocene

? Michael Carrithers, ?Louise J. Brakken, Steven Emery, Can a Species be a Person?: A Trope and its Entanglements in the Anthropocene Era?, Current Anthropology, 52 (5), 2011, 665-681.
? Burç Köstem, ?`The world is Sinking:? Sand, Urban Infrastructure, and World-cities?, Cultural Studies, 35 (4-5), 2021, 684-706.

? Clare Hemmings, ?Invoking Affect: Cultural Theory and the Ontological Turn?, Cultural Studies, 19 (5), 2005, 548-567.
? Sarah Cefai, ?Introduction: Mediating Affect?, Cultural Studies, 32 (1), 2018, 1-17.