Dr Ergin Bulut

Staff details

Dr Ergin Bulut


Senior Lecturer


Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


e.bulut (@gold.ac.uk)

Ergin researches the politics of work in cultural industries and affective dimensions of neoliberal-authoritarianism.

Ergin Bulut is Senior Lecturer in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. He researches in the areas of political economy of media and cultural industries, videogame studies, and philosophy of technology. He is the author of award-winning book "A Precarious Game: The Illusion of Dream Jobs in the Video Game Industry" (Cornell UP, 2020). His work has been published in journals including Media, Culture & Society, Feminist Media Studies, Triple C, International Journal of Communication, Communication, Culture and Critique, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Television and New Media, Communication and Critical-Cultural Studies.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) 2014

Research interests

Ergin’s main research interest lies in understanding how media professionals work in a capitalist and digital context. Specifically, he has ethnographically examined the politics of “do what you love” in videogame production, the legal and political dimensions of precarity and platformization in Turkey’s television drama production, as well as how journalists practice and imagine their work in authoritarian contexts facing political pressure and masculine troll networks. Ergin enjoys producing interdisciplinary work, bringing political economy together with cultural studies, affect studies, and philosophy of technology.