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Birthdate: 01.11.1978

Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 2014-2016
Ph.D. Visual Cultures
(supervisors: Dr. Nicole Wolf & Prof. Tony Dowmunt)
Examinors: Dr. Alisa Lebow & Gail Pearce

Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 2011 – 2014
M.Phil. Visual Cultures
Supervisors: Dr. Nicole Wolf & Prof. Tony Dowmunt
Examinors: Dr. Mark Fisher & Dr. Ros Gray 

Goldsmiths, University of London, UK 2006 – 2007
M.A. Screen Documentary - with merit
“Improvisation in Documentary Film” 

SOAS, University of London, UK 2002 – 2005
BA (Hons) Ethnomusicology - with merit

Universität der Künste, Berlin
Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences (BAS) / Graduiertenschule Fellow
(April 2019 – April 2021)

Central European University, Budapest, Fellow, Visual Studies Platform & Institute for Advanced Study
(September 2017 - May 2018)

  • Visual Grammar

  • Artistic Research

Goldsmiths, Visual Cultures Department
Visiting Research Fellow (2017-2018)

Koc University; Full-time Lecturer
(September 2013 – January 2019)
Documentary Film: Theory and Practice

  • Video Art and Installation: Theory and Practice

  • Video Basics

  • Film Theory

  • Independent and Graduation Projects

Sabancı University; Part-time Lecturer (2011 – 2013)

  • Documentary Film: Theory and Practice

Bilgi University; Part-time Lecturer (2008)

  • Non-Linear Editing 

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Conversation with Petra Bauer and Kim West as part of Filmclub (28 March, 2019)

Stuck in Migration. Waiting Zones and (Internment) Camps,
A joint international conference in Budapest and Munich, co-organized by IAS CEU and CAS LMU.
“Between Movement and Stasis: Aesthetics and Politics of Migrant Itineraries in Contemporary Essay Filmmaking”

Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin, Violence of Inscriptions (17-18 November)

58th Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, Illinois (22-26 March 2017)   

DAI, Roaming Assembly#7 intraAction: TransUrbanism (17-18 September 2016)

Visible Evidence XXIII, New Frontiers in Documentary, Montana State University (8-11 August 2016)

Conference: Cinema and Time in Films from Turkey, Kadir Has University, Turkey, (06 May 2016).
In conversation with Teju Cole, UK 

In conversation with Nick Aikens, UK (3 March 2016)

Symposium: Crossing Borders, Traversing Narratives, University of St. Andrews, “Two Essay Films from Turkey” (11 February).

Conference: World Cinema and the Essay-film, University of Reading, UK. “Two Essay Films from Turkey”. (28 April – 2 May). 

In conversation with November Paynter, SALT, Turkey
(24 May 2015)

Conference: Video Vortex, SALT Istanbul and Bahcesehir University. [With Hale Tenger]  “Art, Archives, and Activism.” (1 November) 

Conference: Performing Documents, University of Bristol, UK. “Performing the Self”.  (12-14 April)

Seminar Of Dice and Men, Audio-Visual PhD Group, Goldsmiths, University of London (8 March)

Perspectives from Turkey in the New Millennium Conference, University of Exeter. “Tülay German: A Forgotten Icon.” (27–29 May)

Conference: Mental Health and Human Rights: Sociological Perspectives [with Margaret Jessop]. University of Warwick, UK. “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered: Coercive Treatment within Mental Health Services and Films for Education of Professionals”. (22 June).  


2019/2021  UdK Grant for two years residency
(monthly stipend + studio)

2019           Foundation for Arts Initiatives Research Grant

2018       Best Documentary in Human Rights
Sarajevo Film Festival

2018           Visegrad Grant 

2018       Grant for new production New Film Fund

2017       Grant by SAHA

2017           Commission for a new film – Locus Athens

2017-8 ZK/U (Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik), Berlin
Artist in residence 

2017 Nominee for A 38 Production Grant Kassel.  

2015 Commission for a New Project by SAHA. 

2014 Commission for a New Project by SALT. 

2013 Delfina Foundation, London. (2 months)

2012 Research Residency, SALT, Istanbul. (2 months)

2011 Ph.D. Scholarship, Royal Holloway, University of London

2011 Nominated to Best Documentary by SIYAD
(Turkish Film Critics Association)

2010     British Council, ‘Creative Entrepreneur of the Year Award in

2009     Greenhouse Documentary Development Project, funded by
the EU

2008 Berlinale Talent Campus.

2007 Dolby Digital Award for the School of Sound Symposium.
University of London Award for the School of Sound


Moderna Museet, Stockholm
‘Where is cinema going?”, Istanbul
Eastern Neighbours Film Festival,
Hague (November)
Slovenian Cinematheque, City of Women Festival

Forum Expanded, Berlinal
Geometries, Athens
Istanbul Film Festival, Documentary Competition
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick
Summer Nostos Festival, Athens
Sarajevo Film Festival, Documentary Competition
Festival Diritti Umani, Lugano
Lulea Biennale, Sweden
Gezici Festival, Ankara, Focus on Didem Pekün’s films in a
program titled “I want to feel”
Human Rights Foundation Cinema Days, İzmir  

“Sen ve Ben”, 5533
“Sis”, DEPO
‘In Spite of’, Documenta 14 Public Program Athens / Kassel
“Thickness of Time”, Locus Athens 

33rd Kassel Dok Fest (15-20 November 2016) 

“Freundschaftsspiel”, Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg 
“Of Dice and Men”, solo at Delfina Foundation 
“Through the Fog”, State of Concept, Athens  

“Joy, Passion, Fury” MAXXI, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome
56th Venice Biennale, Curriculum, Creative Arts Summit 
“A Century of Centuries”, SALT Istanbul

Screening of The Dream of Shahrazad (dir. Francois Verster, 
Associate Producer. Didem Pekün) 
27th IDFA, Masters Section
Fuse Art Space, UK.

59th Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany.
Sheffield Fringe, UK.
Arnolfini, UK.
“Panorama Méditerranéen" du Festival Millenium, Belgium.

Tropentheater, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Culture Unplugged, India

Punto de Vista Film Festival, Spain
Chennai Film Festival, India
Museum of Modern Art of Castille, Spain
Kolaj Istanbul — Gaiete Lyrique — Paris, France
Mostra internacional de films de dones de Barcelona, Spain
1001 Documentary Film Festival, Turkey
San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain
New Caledonia Film Festival

29th Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey
13th Flying Broom Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey
3rd Documentarist, Istanbul, Turkey
Exeter University “New Perspectives on Turkey”, UK
Adana Altın Koza, Turkey
Antalya Altın Portakal, Turkey
Cologne Film Festival, Germany
London Turkish Film Festival, UK
WOMEX, Denmark
New York Turkish Film Festival, USA
Anapop — Istanbul, Turkey

Berlinale Talent Campus, Germany
Festival Internacional de curtas-metragens de Sao Paolo, Brazil

Pekun, D. & Mohaiemen, Naeem (2017). “Never liked goodbyes anyway” e-flux

Pekun, D. (2017). “Can’t help it; the oldest mind on the planet is hot” Laure Prouvost in Conversation with Didem Pekün, e-flux

Pekun, D. (2017). “First-Person Film as Molecular Subjectivities: Turkey and Turkishness, Continuum (to be submitted in March 2019).

Pekun, D. (2017). “The Essayistic Subject in Aykan Safoglu’s Film Off-white Tulips”, Third Text. ISSN: 0952-8822 (to be submitted in April 2019).


Workshop and Screening Organization
2015 Organizer of the seminar by Vasif Kortun, Koç University.
2014 Organized weekly documentary screenings titled “Stranger than Fiction”. 
2014 Organizer of a seminar given by Aylin Zoi Tinel, Koç University.
2013 Organizer of the screening and seminar given by Orhan Eskiköy, Koç University.
2013 Organizer of the panel discussion led by Aaron Cezar, Director of Delfina Foundation, London. “The Artist’s Toolkit for International Opportunities” at Sabancı University. (Aaron Cezar was accompanied by Abbas Akhavan and Aslı Çavuşoğlu.)
2012 Organizer of an artist talk given by Banu Cennetoğlu (Venice Biennale Turkish Pavillion, 2009), at Sabancı University.
2011 Organizer of an artist talk given by Yasemin Özcan, at Sabancı University.
2011 Organizer of an artist talk given by Ali Kazma (Venice Biennale for Turkish Pavillion, 2014), at Sabancı University.
2010 Organizer of a seminar given by Necati Sönmez (Director of Documentarist) at Sabancı University.

Departmental Service
2013 – 2017 Film Certificate Coordinator, Koc University

Founding member of Beyond Istanbul: Center of Spatial Justice
Audio-visual PH.D. Group, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS).
European Documentary Network (EDN).

Turkish (native), English (native fluency), French (fluent), Spanish (beginner)