Pınar Yıldız worked as a researcher at Ankara University, the Kadir Has University, Istanbul, and the French Anatolian Research Institute, Istanbul. In the framework of "Academy in Exile", Yıldız completed her postdoctoral project "Gendered Memories and Emotions in Migrant Cinema" at Freie Universität Berlin in 2022. Her current project, "Political Aesthetics in Turkish-German Cinema," focuses on the aesthetics as well as the emotional habitus of Turkish-German cinema in the last decade. Yıldız’ research interests also include memory studies, gender studies, and the sociology of emotions.
Her latest publications include Kayıp Hafızanın İzinde [In the Search of Lost Memory] (2021), "Cinema, Senses, Ethics: A Political and Artistic Analysis of Forgetting" (together with Louis Bayman and Şahika Erkonan, in the forthcoming publication Radical Embodiment: Politics, Time and The Cinematic Object), and "The Politics of Aesthetic and Ethical Memory: Confronting the Past in Fatih Akın’s The Cut" (to be published in Memory Studies Journal).