Mapping Digital Media: Turkey Report Published

The Mapping Digital Media: Turkey report, the latest of the 60-country research and advocacy project series of Open Society Foundations Media Program, was just published. A total of 23 country reports have been published as part of this project. Turkey report can be accessed here.

The Mapping Digital Media project examines the global opportunities and risks created by the transition from traditional to digital media. Covering 60 countries, the project examines how these changes affect the core democratic service that any media system should provide: news about political, economic, and social affairs.

Mappping Digital Media: Turkey, authored by the lead reporter Asli Tunc, Professor and Head of Media School at Istanbul Bilgi  University and the reporter Vehbi Gorgulu, calls for a host of measures aimed at depoliticizing the policy process with respect to digitization, strengthening legislative protections against digital censorship, and enhancing the transparency and accountability of regulatory institutions.

The Media Program of the Open Society Foundation has seen how changes and continuity affect the media in different places, redefining the way they can operate sustainably while staying true to values of pluralism and diversity, transparency and accountability, editorial independence, freedom of expression and information, public service, and high professional standards.

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Istanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Communication Hosts Laura Mulvey

Laura Mulvey is best known for her essay, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” which later appeared in a collection of her essays entitled Visual and Other Pleasures, and number of other anthologies. The article today regarded as one of the most important contributions to the area of film studies, shifting the orientation of the field. She has also co-written and co-directed six projects with Peter Wollen. She is a professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck College in London.

In this talk, Laura Mulvey will begin by placing Douglas Sirk’s 1950s melodramas within the context of his career in general and then within the context of their later critical reception. She will then focus more closely on the significance of his films for feminist film theory, particularly in relation to the aesthetics of melodrama and the woman’s film.  Finally she will discuss the opening sequence of Sirk’s 1959 film Imitation of Life and its contribution to her recent thoughts on stillness in the moving image.

Call for Essays “Cinéma & Cie. International Film Studies Journal”

This special issue of Cinéma & Cie will deal with the audiovisual serial production within the European Union.


Essays on the following topics are welcome:

– State of the Art – How is the situation of the scientific literature on this topic in EU countries? Are research and studies on the production of European TV dramas and series only popular within the context of national studies? How much of the scientific production on TV series is monopolized/dedicated to studies on US productions?

– Circulation of European TV dramas within the EU as well as outside of the EU

– Domestic and American characteristics of EU TV dramas (formats, genres…)

– Does a European identity exist within the narrative construction of EU serials? Can European series contribute to the creation of a European identity, and how? Are there exemplary case studies with reference to this topic?

– European production modes: different productions for different channels (free, pay, broadcasting, narrowcasting). How relevant is the production of TV dramas in each national entertainment market?

– Serial formats for the WWW: do web series aim to go beyond the national borders to reach a wider audience, and how is that achieved?

– Consumption modes: do transnational modes of consumption exist? How much are they affected by the TV scheduling and programming pattern of each country? Does file sharing contribute or prevent this kind of circulation?

– Do cult series exist within the European context? Are these national or transnational phenomena?

– Does European quality TV exist? If so, does it coincide with TV drama productions or with other formats? Do common

indicators for quality definition and evaluation exist?

– How do co-productions with the US or among different EU member states work? What are features of runaway productions (America in the EU)? How co-productions affect training of professionals and can contribute to the creation of a domestic production/market? What are the institutions involved in the training of professionals?


Submission details

Please send your abstract (300-500 words in English, French or Italian) and a short bio to by May 31. All notifications of acceptance will be emailed no later than June 15.

Death and the Rock Star: Call For Contributions

The recent untimely deaths of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, and the resurrection of Tupac Shakur for a performance at the Coachella music festival, have focused the media spotlight, yet again, on the relationship between rock, popular music and death. The ‘sex, drugs and rock’n’roll’ lifestyle has left many casualties in its wake. Over time, however, as the ranks of dead musicians have grown, so the types of death involved and the reactions to them have diversified. Conversely, as the artists who were at the forefront of the rock‘n’roll revolution of the 1950s and 1960s continue to age, the idea of dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse (which gave rise, for instance, to the myth of the ’27 Club’), no longer carries the same resonance that it once might have. This volume will examine the cultural meanings associated with popular music artists and death, and the editors invite contributions on this theme. We are particularly interested in exploring how dead singers’ music and memories live on, how the media portray a singer’s death, how a singer’s death is absorbed by fans and other artists, how death generates new memories and nostalgia, and how death can be ‘used’ by different social, music and fan groups for different purposes.

An edited collection will be submitted to Ashgate, who have already expressed a keen interest in the proposal. It is anticipated that contributions from international scholars such as Andy Bennett (most recently editor of Britpop and the English Music Tradition, Ashgate, 2010) and Olivier Julien (editor ofSgt Pepper and the Beatles, Ashgate, 2008) will be included. Proposals for chapters are invited exploring any of the following themes (this list is by no means exhaustive):

  • Different kinds of death: accidental deaths, suicides, spectacular deaths, quiet deaths, death from ‘natural’ causes and ‘old age’;
  • Life beyond death: impersonators, song covers, tributes, fan culture and memory work;
  • Death and worship: comparisons with sainthood, ‘pilgrimages’ to cemeteries;
  • Death and new media: availability of songs and performance through YouTube; accessibility of the past;
  • Legacies of rock stars: what happens to their music (re-issues, ‘lost’ recordings); how the music is incorporated into cultural memory (e.g. through film soundtracks);
  • Forgetting: deaths that fail to make a lasting impression, rediscovery and new embodiments of ‘lost’ artists;
  • Memory and nostalgia: retromania, cultural ‘discoveries’ of the past; generational tastes, passing down music tastes; recuperating one’s youth
  • Gender: differences in death between male and female stars (the tragic female?);
  • Death, place and identity: the importance of the geographical locations where artists lived and died;
  • Memorialisation, prestige and institutionalisation: the incorporation of popular music stars into official discourse;  museums and tourist sites dedicated to artists (thanatotourism).

Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent to the editors, Catherine Strong ( and Barbara Lebrun ( no later than 15 July 2012. Acceptance of articles will be advised by 15 October 2012 and completed chapters will be required by 1 September 2013.

World Picture Conference


University of Sussex

Brighton, UK

2-3 November 2012

The annual World Picture Conference gathers scholars from a range of different disciplines to address the relation between critical theory, philosophy, and aesthetics. For this year’s meeting we welcome papers on questions of action. Such considerations might include (but are in no sense limited to):

• voluntarism • collectivity (in aesthetics, media, politics) • intentionality • acting (in film, media, theatre/performance) • acting out • willfulness • riotous behaviour • interaction/interactivity • inaction/inactivity • performative utterances/actions • performativity • neo-Arendtian accounts of action • media as action • action in perception • decision • stimulation

Please send a 250 word abstract, five-entry bibliography, and brief bio  by 30 June.

Information Systems and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs): State of art of IS research in SMEs


This book will establish and explore existing and emerging theories on SMEs and the adoption of IT/IS, present the latest empirical research findings in that area of IS research, and explore new technologies and practices in this area. The purpose of this book is to expand the knowledge and understanding of SMEs and the adoption of IT/IS.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of IS research or the research of SMEs. Moreover, the book will also be a reference for researchers, professionals and students in management information systems science and related fields. The book will also be useful for practitioners, information systems managers, CEOs, CIOs who are responsible for implementing various information systems in their businesses and organizations.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Behavioral and social studies of the impact of IT/IS on SMEs
  • IT/IS adoption in SMEs: determinants, enablers, barriers, and inhibitors: adoption of social media, e-business, e-commerce, e-SCM, and CRM
  • Evaluation of IS in SMEs: benefits, costs and risks, productivity studies, impact on organizational and personal performance
  • IT/IS capabilities, knowledge and practices in SMEs
  • SMEs and IT/IS outsourcing
  • Literature analyses and studies on IS research in SMEs
  • The role of IT/IS for innovation in SMEs
  • SMEs and Open Source Software
  • IS success, IS failures in SMEs
  • IT Governance in SMEs: Risk Management, Strategic Information Systems, IT/IS security, Performance Management, IS project/program/portfolio management SMEs
  • Business Process Management (BPM) and EA/BP modelling in SMEs
  • ERP implementation and integration in SMEs
  • Cloud Computing in SMEs: Software as a Service (SaaS), software on demand, Software Oriented Architectures, Web Services, …
  • Researching IT/IS in SMEs: research methodologies and paradigms, best practices, case studies, use cases, action research, design science, …
  • IT/IS and SMEs in developing countries.

To ensure this publication presents the most comprehensive current and relevant coverage of theories and models in IS research, we invite researchers and leading experts in their particular areas to contribute chapters of between 4000–8000 words.  Chapters should ideally address all the objectives above, although chapters beyond the key objectives will also be considered.

Important Dates:  

Deadline for submission of full chapters: August 1, 2012 
Notification of review results: October 30, 2012

Revised chapters due: December 15, 2012

Final notification of chapter acceptance (revised chapters): January 30, 2012 

Submission Details:

Individuals interested in submitting chapters (4,000-8,000 words) on the above or related topics should send an e-mail declaring your interest in submitting—including your name, affiliation, and proposed topic area to Jan G. Devos, editor, at no later than May 15, 2012.  Deadline for submission of full chapter(s) is August 1, 2012.  This book is scheduled for publishing by Springer, in 2013 (