Documentary as Autoethnography: A Case Study Based on the Changing Surnames of Women

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Vernon Press, Mar 26, 2020 - Social Science - 118 pages

In a system where my identity, that is to say, my surname, was taken from me when I got married, an act supported by both the state and families, I simply became a wife. When I refused both that stereotype and the marital surname, I became curious about other women's decisions. I made a politically-grounded documentary promoting individual power and shared it via old and new media. The seventeen-minute documentary Yok Anasının Soyadı (Mrs. His Name, 2012), a form of self-narrative that places the self within a social context, had an impact on the community and created a collaborative meaning. My filmmaking experience spread the seeds, gave birth to this book, created a researcher--me, in this case--and as such, 'theory in practice' and 'practice in theory' go hand-in-hand.

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Hande Cayir is an Assistant Professor and Head of Graphic Design Department at ?stanbul Yeni Yüzy?l University. She has a B.A. in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from Sabanc? University, an M.A. in Film and Television, and a Ph.D. in Communications from ?stanbul Bilgi University. She has recently completed her second M.A. in Journalism and Documentary Practice at the University of Sussex. Her documentary Yok Anas?n?n Soyad? (Mrs. His Name, 2012), which was shown internationally at film festivals and academic conferences, focuses on women's surname changes after marriage and divorce. She has published several scholarly articles and autoethnographic books. Her work on human rights, gender issues, and as a contemporary art columnist at T24 has established her in the journalism community.

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