Ibrahim Er is a Ph.D. candidate in the interdisciplinary program of Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A scholar of media, culture, and globalization, with a specialization in Turkish television, politics, and culture, he studies the relationship between media and cultural ideas about power, gender, and nationalism. More specifically, he explores the ways in which national television programs and production practices play a role in the discursive formation and representation of cultural norms of authority, gender and sexuality regimes, and nationalist sentiments.
His current work (and dissertation) engages in a close analysis of transnational television formats and their reimagining and adaptation in different national settings as these traveling texts work their way through different political landscapes and media cultures. Using multimodal critical discourse analysis as a methodological framework, he looks at the localization of formats to shed light on political and cultural multimodal discursive formations produced in the iteration.
Research Interests: Media and Cultural Analysis, Global Media Studies, Media Across Borders, Television, Cultural Discourses of Power Structures, Gender Relations, and Social Norms, transnationalism, TV format adaptation, multimodality, multimodal critical discourse analysis
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