Academic Program

Conference Program

Conference Day 1 (Thursday, December 10, Galata Hall)

  • 09:00 – 10:00 Registration
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Opening & welcome address
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Keynote 1: Prof. Dr. Andreas Hepp – “Transcultural communication in a mediatized world”
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Panel 1: The role of social media in shaping communities, identities and integration (Chair: Çiğdem Bozdağ )

1.1 ‘Blurring the lines’ and breaking down boundaries in social media – Muslims creating connections and community in Tumblr. Rosemary Pennington (Miami University, USA)

1.2 Digital ethnicities? How new media (re-)construct collective identities today. Slavka Karakusheva (Sofia University, Bulgaria)

1.3 Social media use and the social integration of young adults with a Turkish migration background in Germany – An interdisciplinary approach. Alexandra Mittelstädt (Bremen International School of Social Sciences, Germany)

1.4 Media in daily lives of Turkish immigrants in USA. Ilke Şanlıer Yüksel (Koc University, Turkey)

Lunch Break 13:30 – 14:30

  • 14:30 – 16:00 Panel 2: Cultural encounters in mediatized spaces (Chair: Kevin Smets)

2.1 Conflict and negotiation of cultural-political identities over media production process. Irem İnceoğlu (Kadir Has University, Turkey)

2.2 Documentary filmmaking  as public making: Cultural disclosure during production and circulation. Suncem Kocer (Kadir Has University, Turkey)

2.3 Online school networks as a contact space for youth. Çiğdem Bozdağ (Kadir Has University, Turkey)

2.4 Experiences from Children Have A Say: Children’s media as a bond? Melda Akbaş (Bilgi University, Turkey)

  • 16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Media art performance by Aidan Boyle and Veneta Gerganova. Venue: Haliç Hall
  • 17:00 – 18:30 Panel 3: Media in the context of conflicts, protests, and politics (Chair: Özen Odağ)

3.1 Ethnicity without ethnic media: Diasporic cosmopolitanism, distant conflict, and young Kurds and Turks. Kevin Smets (Free University of Brussels & University of Antwerp, Belgium)

3.2 Constructing (trans -)national identities as social protestors – The role of social media in Turkey and Brazil. Thomas Kühn (University of Bremen, Germany) & Özden Melis Uluğ (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany)

3.3  Political extremism and the Internet: Social media’s role in radicalizing youth. Anne Leiser (Bremen International School of Social Sciences, Germany), Özen Odağ & Klaus Boehnke (Bremen International School of Social Sciences & Jacobs University Bremen, Germany)

3.4 Performance art as a measure of conflict transformation. Eser Selen (Kadir Has University, Turkey)

Dinner at Hamdi 19:15 – 22:00

Conference Day 2 (Friday, December 11, Galata Hall)

  • 10:15 – 11:30 Keynote 2: Prof. Dr. Christine Ogan – “The Turkish Diaspora in Northern Europe – The Method and the Meaning of connections made with Turkey over the decades”
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Panel 4: Identity and representation in German-Turkish films and series (Chair: Levent Soysal)

4.1 Turkish German filmmakers and their representation of the Turkish diaspora in Germany. Deniz Güneş Yardımcı (University of London, UK)

4.2 The case of Turkish-German cinema: Transcultural bridging or national integration. Ömer Alkın (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany)

4.3 Türkisch für Anfänger: A TV series about “Turkish migrants, Germany and integration for beginners”. Elif Posos Devrani (Turkish-German University, Turkey)

4.4 Culture and TV uses and gratifications – Watching the TV for cultural identity. Özen Odağ (Bremen International School of Social Sciences & Jacobs University Bremen, Germany ) & David Schiefer (Sachverständigenrat für Integration und Migration, Germany)

Lunch Break 13:30 – 14:30

  • 14:30 – 16:00 Round Table: Media correspondents in the context of German-Turkish relations (Chair: Ebru Turhan, Turkish-German University & Istanbul Policy Center)

– Susanne Güsten –

– Thomas Borman – ARD-Hörfunkstudio Istanbul | Alman Radyosu

– Jürgen Gottschlich – Die Tageszeitung (TAZ)

– Eylem Yanardağoğlu – Kadir Has University

  • 16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
  • 16:30 – 18:00 Wrap-up and open discussion

Dinner at Cibalikapı Restaurant 18:15