Call for Papers for the PERFORMART’14 Conference

The relation between performing arts and public space is not a new concept. From its first inception in rituals, performing arts have nearly always taken place in public spaces such as town squares, designated places for celebrations. The introduction of venues into performing arts has occurred much later on. In the twentieth century, first with the avantgarde theatre movements and later with the performance arts and fluxus, performing arts turned “back into the streets” accompanied with artistic and/or political manifestos.

hEader perform art 14PERFORMART Conference takes lead from the ever-existing relation between the performing arts and public space and focuses mostly on the culminating new performing arts events, festivals, celebrations that use public space, and concentrates on the confrontations, problems and opportunities between the two. However, it also wants to explore the exchange and dialogue between the designated spaces for performing arts such as theatre venues, theatre halls, alternative performing arts spaces and public space. PERFORMART also encourages the participants to reflect upon various possible takes on the term “public space” rather than considering it a mere physical space/venue.

Can the increasing use of new media, digital technologies and multimedia installations in traditional theatre-making such as video art, web spaces and free-to-access online shows be considered an orientation towards the idea of public space?

Can new theatre writing that tackles with societal and political issues and themes of our zeitgeist such as minority group visibility, social inclusion, occupy movements and the idea of congregation of individuals through social media channels turn a conventional physical venue into a public space?

While PERFORMART aims at exploring above stated themes, questions and the dialectics between performing arts and the public space, it also welcomes papers, individual and/or collective workshops revolving around the current advancements and trends in the fields of contemporary theatre, music, dance, performing arts festivals and performance in general.

PERFORMART’14 Conference, hosted by Istanbul Bilgi University and organized by DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center), will take place on 20-21 December 2014. More information can be found on conference website.

Esra Arıkan ve Eser Telci’den ödüllü bildiri: “Marka özgünlüğü, marka güveni ve müşteri satın alma davranışı”

trustYrd. Doç. Dr. Esra Arıkan (Doğuş Üniversitesi) ve Yrd. Doç. Dr. Eser Telci (İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi, İletişim Yönetimi Bölümü) tarafından, bu yıl Gaziantep’te düzenlenen Uluslararası Pazarlama Kongresi’nde sunulan “Marka Özgünlüğü, marka güveni ve müşteri satın alma davranışı” adlı araştırma, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Oluç İkincilik Ödülü’ne layık görüldü:

“Marka özgünlüğünün tüketici davranışlarını şekillendirmedeki gücünün artmasına rağmen, pazarlama yazınında bu konudaki araştırmalar oldukça azdır. Bu çalışma, markaların tüketicilerin gözündeki özgünlük derecelerinin markaya yönelik güven duygularına, marka memnuniyet seviyelerine ve markayı tekrar satın almaya yönelik davranışlarına olan etkilerini incelemeyi amaçlamıştır. Farklı özgünlük derecelerine sahip beş marka kullanılarak oluşturulan anketle toplam 405 tüketiciye ulaşılmış ve marka özgünlüğünün müşterilerin marka güveni ve memnuniyetlerini arttırarak sadakat geliştirmelerine ve markaya ait ürünler için daha yüksek fiyat ödemeyi kabul etmelerine yol açtığı bulunmuştur.”

New article by Itır Erhart on the politicisation of football in Turkey during the second half of 2013

ijhs300A new article by Itır Erhart, Ph.D. (Media School), titled “United in Protest: From ‘Living and Dying With Our Colours’ to ‘Let All The Colours of the World Unite'” is published by the SSCI indexed journal, International Journal of the History of Sport:

“Istanbul’s ‘Big Three’ football clubs, Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray, dominate the Turkish Super League. The matches between these fiercely rival teams, also known as ‘derbies’, are often intense and culminate in the eruption of violence, which has even been fatal on occasion. To many people’s surprise, the anti-government protests which were sparked by outrage over police action against environmental protestors in May 2013 brought these eternal rivals together. Thousands of Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray supporters marched arm-in-arm to Taksim Square and demanded justice and freedom. Out of this solidarity is born Istanbul United, a seemingly new fan group with a new logo that combines the three rival logos. Çarşı, the legendary fan group of Beşiktaş, also played an important role in the protests and received the support of all football fans as well. This paper will focus on the politicisation of football in Turkey during the second half of 2013. By looking at both the political role of football fans of the ‘Big Three’ during and after the Gezi protests, and the ways in which mutual respect and solidarity is born among diverse protesters, this paper discusses the possibilities of translating this positive genre to a peaceful spectatorship in Turkish football.”


Call for contributions for the 10th anniversary special issue of the Journal of Children and Media

RCHMThe Journal of Children and Media (JOCAM) will commemorate its 10 year anniversary in 2016, with a special issue entitled: JOCAM NEXT. The editors of JOCAM are inviting innovative contributions, both in terms of content as well as format, to discuss the future of the field.
Questions include, but are not limited to:
·         What are the challenges to future research in the field?
·         What are the main unresolved theoretical and/or methodological controversies?
·         What do stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, parents, educators, media industries) need from us?
·         What can we learn about our field from other disciplines and what can they learn from us?
·         How should we build bridges with the public and stakeholders?
·         What should be the nature of the relationships between research and advocacy?
·         How should research manage the local-glocal-global tensions and challenges?
·         What did you once believe about media and child development that you no longer believe today?  How does this reflect the direction the field can or should be taking?
·         Can we be making better use of theory (both established and cutting edge) as we orient our research?
·         How has the lived experience of childhood changed over the past 10 years, and how might it continue to evolve as we look toward the next decade of JOCAM?
·         How have we influenced policy and practice in various countries over the past decade, and where do we need to inform it over the next decade?
·         What are the key unanswered substantive questions about children and media that we need to address over the next decade?
Contributions can range in length up to approximately 4000 words.
Please send an abstract of up to one page by October 1st, 2014 to Dafna Lemish, co-editor,

Media and the Public Sphere: Evaluating Media Ethics in the Digital Era

media-ethicsNational University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest (Romania) / October 23-24, 2014.
The conference will benefit from the presence of two internationally
renowned scholars of communication and media studies, dr. David H.
Weaver (Indiana University, Bloomington) and dr. Hajo Boomgaarden
(Amsterdam School of Communication Research). Proposals should be sent to  by July 1, 2014. All conference-related information can be found on the website


New article by Asu Aksoy and Burcu Yasemin Seyben on new cultural policy direction in Turkey

n_54764_4A new article by Asu Aksoy, Ph.D. (School of Arts and Cultural Management) and Burcu Yasemin Seyben, Ph.D. (School of Arts and Cultural Management) titled “Storm over the State Cultural Institutions: New Cultural Policy Direction in Turkey” is published by the International Journal of Cultural Policy:

“In this article, we discuss the new cultural policy of the present AK Party government towards the State Theatre in Turkey. AK Party government has made clear its intention to terminate the status of state performing arts institutions as state-funded operations. We show that the new policy involves a re-thinking of the role of the state in cultural provision, and, furthermore, a re-thinking in the light of AK Party’s conservative political principles. In looking at the example of theatre, we are concerned with the actual complexity of what the AK Party means and does with respect to this policy commitment which, in practice, does certainly not end to the state’s direct involvement in culture. By closing the State Theatre and State Opera and Ballet directorates, the government intends to demobilize, or de-centre, the westernizing and secular cultural orientation that has characterized Turkey’s official cultural identity until now. ” 

(Photo credit: Hürriyet Daily News)