Personal Details

Place of birth: Yalova,Turkey

Date of Birth: 27/ 09/ 1983

Adress of residence: Mimar Sinan Mah. Gumusrayici Sokak No:30 D:1 Üskudar  İstanbul / Turkey

Mobile phone: 00 90 533 925 97 09

E-mail adress: selcenustel@gmail.com

Education

Yeditepe University Social Anthropology Masters Degree Programme (2010- 2013)

Celta (Cambridge English Language Teaching for Adults) London ( 2007)

Uludağ University Education Faculty English Language Teaching Department(2001-2005)

Work Experience

Atlas Magazine-  Freelance Photographer, Writer (2009- ….)

Yeditepe University- English Instructor (2010- 2011)

Beykent University- English Instructor ( 2007- 2009)

Bilge Adam- English teacher (2005- 2007)

M.A Thesis

I have already finished my fieldwork in northern Mongolia with Dukha(Tsaataan) reindeer herders. At the moment, I am writing my thesis about how the Dukha relate to their environment, focusing on the concept of a land spirit called “cer- eezi” that acts as a mediator between all living things.

Supervisor: Prof. Jay Fikes

Publications

“Witnessing a Disappearing Turkic Language: The Dukhan Language” in Journal of Endangered Languages, 2012 Winter, Volume 1, Issue 1,p.113-127

Some Examples of Published Works

Survival International 2012-2013 calender.(London)- The photo of a Baka girl in the rainforest of Cameroon

Atlas magazine November 2012- Mongolia, Dukha Herders- (Photographer, Writer and director of a short documentary film)

Atlas magazine August 2012- The Jawaras of Andaman Islands (Writer)

Atlas magazine July 2012- Andaman Islands (Writer and Photographer)

Atlas magazine April 2012-  Goa, The Banyan Tree (Photographer)

Atlas magazine March 2012- -The Hidden Kingdoms of Cameroon (Photographer)

Atlas magazine September 2011-  Disappearing Languages and Their Secrets (Writer)

Atlas magazine June 2011- Crotia, Montenogra, Bosnia by Bike (Photographer)

Atlas magazine May 2011- India, The Rat Temple (Photographer and Writer)

Atlas magazine May 2011- Cameroon, Orphane Gorillas (Photographer and Writer)

Atlas magazine April 2011- The Baka People(pygmies) Cameroon (Photographer)

Atlas magazine March 2011-  The Awa of Brazil (Writer)

Atlas magazine January 2011- Egypt, The Write Desert (Photographer)

Atlas magazine December 2009- September 2010- Chasing the Sacred Kaf Mountain (Photographer and Writer)

(This was a long project consisting of 9 articles I wrote to the magazine. I travelled from Turkey to Mongolia by motorbike and bicycle overland and collected similar fairy tales from local people in each country. It took 10 months and I stayed in the villages most of the time with families. The published articles were from Georgia, Kazakistan, Krygzistan, Uzbekistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Mongolia) 

Voluntary Works

Researcher in “The School of Nature” which is being built at the moment in Orhanlı village in Izmir, Turkey. The school aims to teach and research the traditional knowledge of Anatolia and sustainable thinking in coorperation with the villagers.(2012-….)

One of the organizators of “Express yourself by your camera” project which was a documentary film workshop done in an orphanage (2006)

Voluntary English teaching in “Tibet Refugees Helping Center” in India (2006)

Translation Coordinator in “1001 Documantary Film Festival” (2006)

Voluntary English teaching for handicapped people in Alternative Camp- Turkey (2004)

Volunteer in “Diving is Freedom” project for handicapped people (2003-2004)

 Non-Acedemic Research

Research assistant in “Invisible”- a documentary about the women in Turkey who struggle with the problem of scarf(veil) both politically and socially. (2012)

Production Assistant/ Reseacher in “ The Lost Secrets”, a documentary about the 15 languages spoken in Turkey which are under the threat of disappearing. (in development)

Researcher in “..Leaving Behind”, a documentary about the forced immigration of people of Artvin who has to leave their homes due to the dam construction over the river Çoruh.

Attended Courses- Seminars

Documentary Production Workshop (2006)

Communication Skills Course (2005)

Adolescence Psychologhy Seminar (2004)

Offcial Training of Mountaineering Fedaration in Turkey (2003-2004)

Photography Workshop (2002)

Paragliding Training (2002)

Language Skills

Turkish- Native language

English- Fluent

Tyvan- Intermediate

Spanish- Beginner

Field of Interests

Ecological anthropology, Hunter-Gatherers, Visual Anthropology, Central Asia, Disappearing Languages, Shamanism