American Univesity of Beirut

Josh Carney

​​Josh Carney works on media from Turkey. His dissertation, “A dizi-ying past: Magnificent Century and the motivated uses of history in contemporary Turkey," examines the circulation of and controversies surrounding the Ottoman costume drama Muhteş​em Yüzyıl through an ethnographic investigation of the producers, distributors, cultural intermediaries, and publics for the popular TV show. He has also done work on Valley of the Wolves and Resurrection Ertuğrul. Beyond popular television, some of his other recent projects address censorship at film festivals in Turkey, and the role of media screens in public demonstrations. His personal website (with links to some publications) is


Media Ethnography
Visual Culture
Mediation of the Past


MCOM 201: Introduction to Media Studies
MCOM 202: Introduction to Communication and Media Theory
MCOM 222: Introduction to Visual Culture Studies
MCOM 223: On Television
MCOM 227: Media and the Environment
MCOM 291P: First-Person Media: Gaming and Media Studies
MCOM 300: Graduate Research Methods in Media Studies
MCOM 302: Arab Media & Society
MCOM 390: Mediating the National Past
MCOM 390: City and Cinema


2021. “Democra-Z: election ads, a failed coup, and zombie politics in ’New Turkey’.” in The Politics of Culture in Contemporary Turkey, Edinburgh University Press.  

2019. “ResurReaction: competing versions of Turkey’s (proto)Ottoman past in Magnificent Century and Resurrection Ertuğrul.” In Middle East Critique, 28/2, 101-120.​

2018. “Projecting 'New Turkey' deflecting the coup: squares, screens, and publics at Turkey's 'democracy watches'." In Media, Culture & Society, DOI: 10.1177/0163443718803254. 

2018. “Genre strikes back: conspiracy theory, post-truth politics, and the Turkish crime drama Valley of the Wolves." In TV/Series, 13, 

2018. “Resur(e)recting a spectacular hero: Diriliş Ertuğrul, necropolitics, and popular culture in Turkey." In Review of Middle East Studies, 52/1. 

2017. (co-author Valentina Marcella) “Screens of satire and commons of resistance: the place and role of humor in the Gezi Park protests of Turkey." In Ridiculosa, 24, 151-164. 

2016. “Regarding North: Bakur and the crystallization of cinematic censorship in Turkey." In S. Koçer and C. Candan eds. Kurdish Documentary Cinema in Turkey: The Politics and Aesthetics of Identity and Resistance. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 140-164. 


PhD Indiana University
MA Indiana University
MFA University of Arizona
MA Western Washington University
BA Whitman College 

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