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Academic Biography

Dr Digdem Sezen is a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University, School of Arts and Creative Industries. Her research and teaching focus on the history, theory, and practice of interactive digital media and transmedia storytelling. She holds a PhD from Istanbul University. She was awarded the Fulbright scholarship for her doctoral studies at Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Digital Media. Before joining Teesside, she has been an Associate Professor of Game and Visual Communication Design at Istanbul University, Faculty of Communications. She also taught digital games, films, transmedia storytelling and media theory at various institutions including Bahcesehir University, Sabanci University and Istanbul Bilgi University. Between 2017-2019 she worked in EU-funded research innovation projects in Germany hosted by Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences. She focused on the implementation of interactive storytelling and gamification for cultural heritage places and educational settings. She edited books and published book chapters, journal articles, conference papers, and encyclopedia articles from publishers including Routledge, Springer, LIT Verlag, and Palgrave MacMillan. Her recent research and publications focus on understanding contemporary data-driven visual culture.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Istanbul University

Award Date: 15 Nov 2011

Master, Istanbul University

Award Date: 5 Jul 2005

Bachelor, Istanbul University

Award Date: 15 Jul 2002

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, Hochschule Rhein-Waal


Associate Professor, Istanbul University


Part-time Lecturer, Sabanci University


Part-time Lecturer, Istanbul Bilgi University


Part-time Lecturer, Bahcesehir University

2014 → …

Assistant Professor, Istanbul University


Postdoctoral Research Assistant


Fulbright PhD Scholar, Georgia Institute of Technology


Research Assistant, Istanbul University



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