Berkeley English Lecturers and Postdocs

Serap Firat

Serap Firat

Visiting Research Scholar

Wheeler Hall
341 766 9561

Professional Statement

Since October 4th, 2021, I have been a visiting research scholar at the English Department, the University of California, Berkeley. My academic advisor is Professor Ian Duncan.

I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

Prior to my Ph.D., for seventeen years I taught academic English at Middle East Technical University, a top university in Ankara, Turkey.

CV:   CV_22.9.2022.pdf

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Ph.D. in English Literature: “The Notion of the Present in Leslie Scalapino’s and Virginia Woolf’s Works, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

Master of Science in English Literature: “Caryl Churchill and Gender Roles: Owners, Cloud Nine, Top Girls,Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey



Current Research

 Humanity and Literature in the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Webinars, Workshops, and Courses attended:

  • April 28, 2023-Online Lecture: Exploration and Exploitation: Different Ways of Pushing AI and Robotics Forward

    Speaker: Rodney Brooks (The Panasonic Professor of Robotics, MIT) -

  • April 27, 2023-Webinar: Effective Science Communication

    Speakers: Elena and Martin R. Lichtenthaler ( - Host: UC Berkeley,VSPA Events Departmental -

  • April 26, 2023- Lecture: Generative AI Meets Copyright

    Speaker: Pamela Samuelson (Faculty of Law, UC Berkeley) - Location: UC Berkeley -

  • April 19, 20,21, 2023-Lecture: Cosmopolities Before, Behind, and Beyond the State.

    Speaker: Anthropologist Phillipe Descola (Collège de France)

    Commentators: Adom Getachew (University of Chicago), Timothy LeCain (Montana University), and David Wengrow (University College, London)-UC Berkeley

    Host and Location: The Tanner Lectures on Human Values, UC Berkeley

  • April 19, 2023-Lecture: How AI Fails US, and How Economics Can Help

    Speaker: Michael Jordan (EECS, UC Berkeley) - Location: UC Berkeley -

  • April 17, 2023 – Course:  Designing Your Life in The United States

    Speaker: Rita Brown - Host: UC Berkeley, VSPA Events Departmental -

  •  April 13, 2023 – Workshop: Broder Impacts 101- NFS Grant Writing Workshop

    Instructor; Dione L. Rossiter, Ph.D (Executive Director, Science at Cal, UC Berkeley) - Host: UC Berkeley, VSPA Events Departmental -

  • April 12, 2023-Lecture: Reinforcement Learning with Large Database: a path to resourceful Autonomous Agents

    Speaker: Sergey Levine (EECS, UC Berkeley) - Location: UC Berkeley -

  • April 6, 2023-Webinar: Victorian “Artificial Intelligence”: A Call to Arms

    Speakers: Lauren M.E. Goodlad (Rutgers), Pamela K. Gilbert (University of Florida), Sophia Hsu (CUNY, Lehman), Meredith Martin (Princton), Anand Sarwate (Rutgers) - Location: - Rutgers British Studies Center and Critical AI @ Rutgers-

  • April 5, 2023 - Lecture: How Not to Destroy the World With AI

    Speaker: Stuart Russell (EECS, UC Berkeley) - Location: UC Berkeley -

  • April 4, 2023 - Lecture: Building Human Intelligence at Scale, to Save the Next Generation from ChatGPT

    Speaker: Po-Shen Loh (Carnegie Mellon University) - Location: UC Berkeley, The Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing -           

  • February 16, 2023 – Webinar: “AI FUTURES: An Interdisciplinary Conversation on Large Language Models and the Future of Human Writing” - Host: Professor Lauren Goodlad - Location: Rutgers British Studies Center and Critical AI @ Rutgers -
  • November 10, 2022 - Seminar: WHO OWNS THE LANGUAGE?                                                                                                                       

 Speaker: Professor Robin Lakoff - Host: Professor Zehliha Babaci Wilhite in her Course "Introduction to Language Studies" – Location:  UC Berkeley

  • October 4, 2022 – “Statistical Information / Theory Application”

Speaker and Host: Professor Bin YU- Location: Course in Class, UC Berkeley

  • August 4, 2002 – “Summer Cluster: AI and Humanity”

Organized by Cornell University – Host and location: UC Berkeley Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing - Workshop – In Person

  • August 1-3, 2002 – Workshop: “Deep Learning Theory” UC Berkeley Simons Institute for the Theory of computing - In Person: 

           1. Tutorial: Statistical Learning Theory, Optimization, and Neural Networks

           2. The Devil is in the Tails and Other Stories of Interpolation

           3. Panel: Perspectives on Machine Learning and Statistics

  • May 12, 2022 – Webinar: “Adventures in Scrapism”

Host: Professor Lauren Goodlad – Location: Rutgers British Studies Center and Critical AI @Rutgers -

  • April 29, 2022 – Webinar: “Datafied Ontologies”

Host: Professor Lauren Goodlad - Location: Rutgers British Studies Center and Critical AI @ Rutgers -


English Department Classes

No recent courses taught.