Kevin Smets is research professor in film studies and cultural media studies. He studied cultural history (KU Leuven) and obtained a PhD in Film Studies and Visual Culture (University of Antwerp). His research focuses primarily on the intersections between migration, media and conflict, with a long research interest in Turkey. Since 2021 he leads the Reel Borders project, funded by an ERC Starting Grant. He also teaches the course ‘Film history’.