Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award Announcement For 2015 Awards

AWAWRD-WEB2Few would disagree that one of the most pressing issues facing Turkey today concerns living together, dialogue and cooperation within diversity. Following the trajectory of modern nation-states, the Turkish Republic imagined a community sharing a common language, ethnicity, religion, cultural tradition, and social philosophy. However, the Republic was founded upon the ruins of a multilingual, multiethnic, multireligious, multicultural Empire characterized by great diversity. Everyday practices of living together between different communities were disrupted by war and mass violence. During the last few decades, the Pandora’s box of the past has opened, and citizens of Turkey are faced with the task of coming to terms with the past in order to achieve coexistence and peace. What are the lessons of the past for devising contemporary ways of living together? What can be learned from the experiences of particular communities and economic/social groups, especially those that have suffered violence, discrimination, and exclusion in the past and/or in the present? Widespread public debate and successful mobilization on the basis of identity politics and human rights by/for diverse peoples of this land in recent years demonstrates the robustness of civil society in Turkey. Yet the experience of violence and the inexibility and resistance of the nation-state, whether at the level of the military, governments, the mass media, or individuals and groups in society, has led to greater polarization, making the possibility of living together ever more difficult. What are the political, economic, social, historical, and cultural factors that contribute to polarization and stand in the way of engaging in constructive dialogue and cooperation? How can political, legal, economic, social, cultural, moral, and aaffective structures and practices be mobilized to mend the rupture among groups and individuals? How can dialogue and cooperation between institutions and individuals representing dierent political and social persuasions be enhanced?

Essays providing path-breaking theoretical analyses and innovative suggestions on this theme are welcome.

The deadline for submissions is, January 15th, 2015.

The Sakıp Sabancı International Research Award involves a Jury Prize of 25,000 USD. The Jury Prize will be awarded to an individual who has made distinguished contributions on the above-mentioned theme. An independent and international jury will select the Awardee.

In addition to the Jury Prize, Essay Awards will be given to researchers under 45 years of age. This category includes 10,000 USD for each of the three award-winning essays selected by the same jury from among submitted essays.

Conditions for the Essay Award competition are:

  • All entries, which may be coauthored, must be new and original works, not published previously in any form.
  • Essays must be of the format and size of a regular academic journal article (25 to 35 pages, in double-space format, including references).
  • An abstract of 500 words embedded into the original essay and a short CV of the author(s) are required.

New book chapter by Itır Erhart and Hande Eslen-Ziya

1442231475Itir Erhart‘s (Ph.D., Media School) collaborative article with Hande Eslen-Ziya, titled “Janissary: an Orientalist Heroine or a Role Model for Muslim Women?” is published within the edited book (Eds. Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones and Bob Batchelor), “Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayal in Popular Culture”, published by the Rowman & Littlefield:

“Despite the growing importance of heroines across literary culture—and sales figures that demonstrate both young adult and adult females are reading about heroines in droves, particularly in graphic novels, comic books, and YA literature—few scholarly collections have examined the complex relationships between the representations of heroines and the changing societal roles for both women and men.

In Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture, editors Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones, and Bob Batchelor have selected essays by award-winning contributors that offer a variety of perspectives on the representations of heroines in today’s society. Focused on printed media, this collection looks at heroic women depicted in literature, graphic novels, manga, and comic books. Addressing heroines from such sources as the Marvel and DC comic universes, manga, and the Twilight novels, contributors go beyond the account of women as mothers, wives, warriors, goddesses, and damsels in distress.

These engaging and important essays situate heroines within culture, revealing them as tough and self-sufficient females who often break the bounds of gender expectations in places readers may not expect. Analyzing how women are and have been represented in print, this companion volume to Heroines of Film and Television will appeal to scholars of literature, rhetoric, and media as well as to broader audiences that are interested in portrayals of women in popular culture.”

Esra Ercan Bilgiç’ten yeni bir kitap bölümü: “Kemalist İktidar ve Basın: 1919’dan 1950’ye”

350034bBİLGİ Medya Okulu Öğretim Görevlisi Esra Ercan Bilgiç‘in “Kemalist İktidar ve Basın: 1919’dan 1950’ye” adlı makalesi, Doç. Dr. Esra Arsan ve Savaş Çoban tarafından editörlüğü üstlenilen ve Evrensel Basım tarafından yayımlanan “Medya ve İktidar: Hegemonya, Statüko, Direniş” adlı kitap içerisinde yayımlandı:

“Türkiye’nin modern bir ulus devlet olarak inşası tek parti döneminde gerçekleştirilirken, bu süreçte yeni rejim karşıtı muhalefetin her türlüsüne kuvvetle mukavemet gösterilmiştir. Kurucu Kemalist elit, uyguladığı otoriter politikalar vasıtasıyla ulus devlet projesinin karşısında yer alan ya da alabilecek, mevcut veya potansiyel tüm engellerle baş etmeye gayret etmiştir. Yeni kurulan cumhuriyeti şekillendiren milliyetçilik ve modernleşme problematiklerinin, devlet, toplum ve birey arasındaki ilişkileri belirleyen otoriter politikaları da şekillendirdiği göze çarpar. Tek parti rejiminin dönemin basınıyla olan ilişkilerinde belirleyici olan da bu otoriter politikalardır.

Kemalist tek parti iktidarı her fırsatta basını denetimi altına almaya çabalamış; düşünce çeşitliliğinin gelişebilmesini sağlayacak bir ortamın yeşermesini engellenmiştir. Bu dönemde basın ve iktidar ilişkilerinin temel belirleyicisi kuşkusuz bizzat Mustafa Kemal’dir. Mustafa Kemal, çeşitli vesilelerle gazetecilere ‘basın özgürlüğünü suistimal etmemeleri’ ve yeni rejimi desteklemeleri çağrısını yinelemiş, bu çağrıya uyulmadığı takdirde bunun sonuçları olacağı uyarısında bulunmuştur (Parla, 1997: 152-163).

Tek parti rejiminin otoriter tutumu, basının temel işlevi olması beklenen toplumdaki farklı düşünceleri yansıtma prensibine ciddi anlamda sekte vurmuştur. Hükumetin her çeşit muhalefeti önlemedeki kararlılığı, basının muhalif düşüncelere yer verme hususundaki cesaretini her geçen gün daha fazla kırmıştır. Özellikle 1931’e kadar, hükümet ve basın arasındaki ilişkileri belirleyen tutarlı bir siyasi perspektiften çok gündemdeki olaylardır. Bu sebeple, tek parti döneminde basın özgürlüğüne getirilen kısıtlamalar belirli olaylar paralelinde, öncelikle kronolojik olarak ele alınıp incelenmelidir. Bu yazıda Kemalist tek parti iktidarının  basınla ilişkisi 1919’dan 1931’e kadar belli olaylar çerçevesinde ele alınıp incelenecek, 1931’den sonra ise çıkarılan basın kanunları çerçevesinde değerlendirilecektir.”