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Call For Papers

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Founded in 1965 as the first faculty of communication in Turkey and well known with its unconventional and progressive academic tradition, this year Faculty of Communication of Ankara University celebrates its 50th anniversary. In the honor of its anniversary, Faculty of Communication is organizing a two days international conference. The focus of the conference “Constructing” Middle East: Media, Ideology and Culture will be media in the making of social struggles and power configurations in the Middle East. Particularly with the impetus of unfolding events such as Gezi Protests, “Arab Spring”, Palestine and Israeli conflict, and civil war in Syria, the Middle East has become a region that almost everyone “knows” and is felt obliged to know something about. On the one hand, global media has played a central role in the construction of stereotypical and essentialist representations of the Middle East. Accordingly, the region and its publics are represented as culturally defined by Islam, strongly anti-Western, and susceptible to authoritarianism as well as terrorism. On the other hand, media technologies have been utilized by the masses to influence and sometimes change the course of events in this one of the most dynamic regions of the world. Therefore this conference approaches media as sites of social and political struggles from a historical perspective. This conference also seeks to discuss those issues where mainstream media deliberately avoid to cover, diminish their significance or remain silent. We welcome papers from scholars and media practitioners that engage critically with the issues that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Power Relations, Social Conflicts and Media
  • Gender and Media in the Middle East
  • Media and the Coverage of “Terrorism”
  • Representation of Islam in Conventional and New Media
  • Islamism and Islamist Media
  • Freedom of Expression and (Self)Censorship in  the Middle East
  • Nationalism, National/Ethnic/Secterian Identities and Media in the Middle East
  • Property Relations and Media in the Middle East
  • Imperialism, Colonialism and Media in the Middle East
  • The Social Impacts of the Transformation of Communication Technologies
  • Social Movements and Media
  • Satirical Press and Opposition in the Middle East
  • Uprisings, Revolts and Media
  • The Problems of Journalism in the Middle East
  • Reception, Audiences and Public Opinion in the Middle East
  • Representation of the Middle East in Cinema and Literature
  • Visual Culture and the Middle East
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Images of the Middle East in Media

The conference invites proposals devoted to comparative perspectives on media-related issues, empirical case studies as well as papers on theoretical approaches that need to be grounded in the Middle East. Disciplines include media studies, history, political science, anthropology, sociology, international relations, political geography, literature and related fields.

Deadline for Abstracts

The deadline for abstracts is 25 April 2015. Successful applicants will be notified in April 2015. Abstracts should be 500 words. They must be accompanied by the presenter’s name, affiliation, e-mail and postal addresses, together with the title of the paper and a 150-word biographical note of the presenter. Please send all these items together in a single Word file, not as pdf, and give the file and message the title ‘CME’ followed by your last name. The file should be sent to cmeilef2015@gmail.com

Please note that the official languages of the conference will be English and Turkish.

Travel Expenses

Participants fund their own travel and accommodation expenses. Limited numbers of advanced PhD students will be funded for accommodation.

Publication

There will be various openings for publication of selected conference papers, which will be discussed further after the conference.

Proposals (500 words) should be sent before the 25th of April 2015.

Evaluation: 6th of May 2015

Committees

Scientific Committee

  • Fulya Atacan, Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi
  • Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, Londra Üniversitesi
  • Sedef Arat- Koç, Ryerson Üniversitesi
  • Orit Bashkin, Şikago Üniversitesi
  • Anthony Gorman, Edinburgh Üniversitesi
  • Ahmet Gürata, Bilkent Üniversitesi
  • Adam Hanieh, SOAS, Londra Üniversitesi
  • Kent Schull, Binghamton Üniversitesi
  • Nalan Turna, Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi

Organization Committee

  • Abdülrezak Altun
  • Jale Özata Dirlikyapan
  • Gül Karagöz Kızılca
  • Cenk Saraçoğlu
  • Burcu Sümer
  • Ruken Öztürk
  • Özgür Yaren

Secretariat

  • Beris Artan
  • Vahdet Mesut Ayan
  • Şahika Erkonan
  • Bahar Şimşek

About Ankara

MUSEUMS

Anıtkabir
Ankara Ethnography Museum (Ankara Etnoğrafya Müzesi)
State Art and Sculpture Museum (Resim-Heykel Müzesi)
War of Independence Museum (Kurtuluş Savaşı Müzesi)
TCDD Locomotive Museum
Turkish Air Force Aviation Museum

ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES

Ankara Citadel
Roman Theatre
Temple of Augustus and Rome
Roman Bath
Column of Julian

MODERN MONUMENTS

Monument to a Secure, Confident Future
Hatti Monument

PARKS

Ankara has many parks and open spaces mainly established in the early years of the Republic and well maintained and expanded thereafter. The most important of these parks are: Gençlik Park (houses an amusement park with a large pond for rowing), the Botanical Garden, Seğmenler Park, Anayasa Park, Kuğulu Park (famous for the swans received as a gift from the Chinese government), Abdi İpekçi Park, Güven Park (see above for the monument), Kurtuluş Park (has an ice-skating rink), Altınpark (also a prominent exposition/fair area), Harikalar Diyarı (claimed to be Biggest Park of Europe inside city borders) and Göksu Park.

TRANSPORTATION

a-  By Taxi: Estimated range is 30-35 km. Estimated time of arrival 40-50 min. Estimated charge of taxi 30-35 Euro (90-100 Turkish Liras). Abovementioned times and numbers can change according to traffic density.(You can find the taxi station in front of the arrival gate.)

 

b- By domestic public bus: It calls ‘’BELKOAIR’’ (Number: 442/K) which you can find the busses in front of the domestic arrival gate. Between 06:00 am – 24:00 pm every 30 min, between 24:00 pm – 06:00 am on the hour. Ticket fee is 3 Eur ( 8 Turkish Liras). If you prefer these busses, you have to use one more vehicle to reach to the conference centre.  Belkoair’s last stop is Kızılay Square. After this location you have to choose one of this options below.

 

b-1: By  Metro (Ankaray): Ankara has two different metro lines. The line which you have to use; calls ‘’ANKARAY’’ (Green guidence). The direction which you should follow is Dikimevi direction. Your stop is ‘’KURTULUS’’. Then search the AÜ. Siyasal Bilgiler Fakültesi arrow and walk 5 min. Then you can see the main entrance of campus.

 

b-2: By Bus: After using Belkoair busses, you reach the Kızılay Square. Then you transfer to another domestic bus (with one of the numbers below) on Ziya Gökalp Street. The bus stop which you leave the bus is in front of the campus (Ankara Üniversitesi Siyasal Bilgiler Fakültesi).

Bus No Line Name
371* KIBRISKÖYÜ – KIZILAY – DDY
376* YEŞİLBAYIR – KIZILAY – DDY
220/221 MAMAK-BATIKENT JANDARMA-MALTEPE
366* DERBENT – ARAPLAR – KIZILAY – BEŞEVLER
297 MUTLU MAH.-BATIKENT
330* EGE MAH. – LOJMAN – KIZILAY – A.B.B. BİNASI
340* EGE MAHALLESİ – KIZILAY – BEŞEVLER – DDY
329* EKİN MAH. – ALTMIŞEVLER – KIZILAY
326* BAHÇELERÜSTÜ TOKİ – DİKİMEVİ – KIZILAY
324* EKİN MAH. – ÇATAK CAD. – ÇİĞİLTEPE – KIZILAY
382* CENGİZ TOPEL – KIZILAY – SIHHİYE
383* AKDERE – PEYAMİSAFA – KIZILAY – BEŞEVLER – DDY

* Bus payment only use by Ankarakart (Money is not valid).

b-3: By Taxi: You can show this sentence to the taxi driver (Ankara Üniversitesi Siyasal Bilgiler Fakültesi). It costs 6 Eur (15 Turkish Liras).

Ticket Fees (For Bus or Metro)
– Smart Card (ANKARAKART) One use fee (you have to load money to the card) 0,70 Eur (2 Turkish Liras)
– Single use paper ticket: 1,10 Eur (3 Turkish Liras)
– Smart Card ( ANKARAKART) ( for having card) 1,75 Eur (5 Turkish Liras). You can find box offices near bus stations to buy a smart card or single use card.

c: By transfer service:  This is a private welcome service. Our staff will wait you in front of the arrival gate at the airport and take you to conference centre or hotel.

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Information

Deadline for submission of proposals

25 April 2015

Conference Organized by the Faculty of Communication

Ankara University

Date

22-23 October 2015

Venue

Ankara University

Keynote Speaker

Professor Juan Cole, University of Michigan

 

“Constructing” Middle East

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Ankara Üniversitesi İletişim Fakültesi