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Can Yalcinkaya


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Dr Can Yalcinkaya is a Senior Teacher at Macquarie University International College, where he coordinates the Diploma of Media and Communication program. He is a researcher, a comic artist and musician, whose scholarly and creative work feed into each other. He is the convenor of the Graphic Social Science Research Network, a community of researchers who aim to foster and promote scholarly research communicated in the multi-modal medium of graphic novels. He is a founding member of the Comics Studies Society and a full member of Centre for Media History. Along with Dr Safdar Ahmed, he founded the anti-racist Muslim metal band, Hazeen and performed in art venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art. Hazeen was featured in an ABC Arts Documentary titled "You See Monsters" (dir. Tony Jackson, 2017). Can's scholarly and creative works were covered in national and international media. He was interviewed by ABC Radio National, SBS Radio,, and Bleeding Cool among others.

Key Research Areas: transnational media, diaspora studies, cultural identities, gender, visual culture, comics and graphic novels, ethnomusicology

Education/Academic qualification

Media , PhD, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

30 Jul 200730 Apr 2013

Media and Cultural Studies, Master of Science, Middle East Technical University

15 Sep 200321 Dec 2006

American Culture and Literature, Bachelor of Arts, Hacettepe University

15 Sep 199930 Jun 2003

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asylum seeker Social Sciences
homicide Social Sciences
song Social Sciences
refugee Social Sciences
Turkey Social Sciences
human rights Social Sciences
abuse Social Sciences
social media Social Sciences

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Research Outputs 2006 2019


Azaola, R., Ahmed, S., Yalcinkaya, C., Imielski, M., Chandler, D. & Hernandez, B., 2019

Research output: Non-traditional research outputExhibitionResearch

Video Installation

Creeping Sharia: an extreme response to Islamophobia

Yalcinkaya, C. & Ahmed, S., 2019, Australian metal music: identities, scenes and cultures. Hoad, C. (ed.). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing, p. 111-127 17 p. (Emerald Studies in Metal Music and Culture).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review


Drawing Istanbul's asshole: Turkish punk comics

Yalçinkaya, C., 2019, "I'm just a comic book boy": essays on the intersection of comics and punk. Field, C. B., Lannon, K., MacBride, M. D. & Douglas, C. C. (eds.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, p. 153-169 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review


Homoti: the Turkish gay E.T. remake

Yalcinkaya, C., 15 Sep 2018, Sequentials, 1, 2.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access
Theoretical Framework

Sovereign Murders

Ahmed, S. & Yalcinkaya, C., 12 Jul 2018

Research output: Non-traditional research outputDigital or Visual productsResearch

asylum seeker
human rights

Activities 2007 2018

  • 5 Oral presentation
  • 3 Membership of network
  • 3 Invited talk

Nervous Lines: Autobiographical Comics and Graphic Scholarship

Can Yalcinkaya (Speaker)
2 May 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Hazeen: Zombies, Muslims and Death Metal

Can Yalcinkaya (Speaker)
15 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Graphic Social Science Network (External organisation)

Can Yalcinkaya (Chair)
2017 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Comics Studies Society (External organisation)

Can Yalcinkaya (Member)

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

Oz Comic-Con Comic Studies Panel

Can Yalcinkaya (Speaker)
29 Mar 2014

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

The Zombie Death Metal Duo Thrashing Away Islamophobia

Safdar Ahmed & Can Yalcinkaya


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

You See Monsters

Can Yalcinkaya


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

This Aussie Muslim Band Are Calling Out Bigots With Their “Death Metal Jihad”

Can Yalcinkaya


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Tiamat’s Terrain: Comics of the Gezi Resistance

Can Yalcinkaya


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities