Book by Zafer Aracagök

Aracogak_AT_Cover_Front_WEBA new book authored by Zafer Aracagök, Ph.D. (BİLGİ Department of Communication Design and Management), titled “Atopological Trilogy: Deleuze and Guattari“, is published by Punctum Books:

“Atopological Trilogy creates new concepts for Deleuze-Guattarian thought without any heed for sectarian, sermonising, or dutiful readings of the philosophers. In Part I of the trilogy, “Becoming-Sexual of the Sexual,” Aracagök demonstrates the ways in which quantum theory and the concept of “complementarity” inform Deleuze and Guattari’s thought, especially in relation to “becoming” in general and “becoming-woman” and “becoming-queer” more particularly. Aracagök argues that the ways in which the philosophers put forward a ban on “becoming-man” with a certain degree of undecidability encapsulates (albeit in a cryptic form) other becomings, the most important of which is becoming-queer, or rather, the becoming-sexual of the sexual.

In Part II: “Deleuze on Sound, Music, and Schizo-Incest,” Aracagök puts into resonance the sound, noise, and music (and the question) of schizo-incest with the intention of deterritorialising a notion of the meta-audible. If Kafka’s story, “The Investigations of a Dog” leads us to a realm of the “formless” which cannot be heard without destroying what we know as “hearing,” it also offers us a limit-experience of the meta-audible, which, when radicalised via the notions of “schizo-incest” and “self-shattering,” creates a line of flight that escapes even from the line of flight itself. All these maneuvers pose a serious challenge to Deleuze and Guattari, who claim that despite all his investigations, Kafka’s investigator dog is re-Oedipalised in the end. Proposing in the end a limit experience which Aracagök calls the “meta-audible,” he shows that Kafka’s more radical approach to sound creates a line of flight that escapes even from the line of flight itself.

The final essay of the trilogy, “Clinical and Critical Perversion,” begins with the 19th-century crisis of an abyss presumed to be yawning between mimesis and diegesis ever since Plato. According to Aracagök, this takes the form of a crisis of the “political,” the repression of which becomes the mission of psychoanalytical discourse towards the end of the 19th century. This crisis finds another form of expression in George Büchner’s unfinished 1836 novella Lenz, relative to the audibility of a “terrible voice which is usually called silence.” If the disappearance of the “political” is related to the rise of psychoanalysis on the protocols of, first, hypnosis, and then, the “talking cure,” both of which privilege the presumed form of the voice of the analyst over the analysand’s silence (a psycho-politics?), Aracagök proposes re-distributing this process, calling renewed attention to the clinicalisation of perversion, along Deleuzian-Guattarian distinctions such as: surface and depth, critical and clinical, oedipal-incest and schizo-incest, leading to a re-evaluation of what Deleuze and Guattari might have meant by “homosexual-effusion” in their book Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature, all in order to deterritorialise the “political” under a new concept — namely, critical perversion.

Ultimately, Atopological Trilogy offers the reader no safe grounds for preserving not only a philosophical identity but also not any identity, if only to be able to let you float in the air without any guidance à la Kafka’s “Red Indian.”

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Special issue CFP from Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management: Management, Accounting and Sustainable Transformation

38j0438905This special issue of QRAM invites theoretical and empirical submissions from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives that explore the impact of accounting and management in public, corporate, non-profit and intermediary/hybrid organizations, as well as their inter-relationship with systems of governance and accountability relating to ecological, social and economic sustainability.

In this context a number of questions emerge, including:
•How transferable are sustainable management and accounting processes between different systems of sustainable governance?
•Are there any assemblages of organisational management practices, accounting practices and systems of sustainable governance that are more effective in enabling sustainable transformations?
•How can organisations manage and account for the global risks of unsustainable development?
•Can management and accounting inform the development of effective forms of sustainable governance?
•What constitutes effective forms of accountability for sustainable transformation?
•How transferable are sustainable organisational management and accounting practices between different organisational forms?

Submission process
Submissions are due by 30th May 2015. Authors are welcome to contact the Guest Editors in advance to discuss their proposed topics.
Manuscripts should be prepared and submitted in accordance with QRAM guidelines (see http://info.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/author_guidelines.htm?id=qram) and will be subject to QRAM’s regular double-blind review process. All submissions must be made via QRAM’s online system at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/qram (please specify that your submission is to the special issue on (‘‘Management, Accounting and Sustainable Transformation”).

Book chapter by Erkan Saka

Saka_Erkan1Erkan Saka, Ph.D. (BİLGİ PR) authored the chapter “Integrating New Media into Higher Education: A Turkish Case in Transmedia, Convergence and Gamification” for the newly published book, Digital Transformations in Turkey: Current Perspectives in Communication Studies, edited by Banu Akdenizli:

“As the world has become more interconnected we are increasingly aware of the global interdependence of people and cultures. Many draw attention to how human communication and interaction is not only facilitated by the Internet but also how it increases the range and the number of ways in which we are able to connect and interact with others. These changing, shifting cultural, economic and technological realities have led many to question the power of the nation-state and how it is being restructured. Information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly the Internet have and are transforming and even in some cases destabilizing governance and power. It is of common understanding by now that ICTs play a vital role in the social, political and economic development of every country. As they have become everyday technologies continuously embedded, and routinized in societies where they are mostly used (Lievrouw & Livingstone, 2010), ICTS are also transforming social contexts, communication activities, practices, social arrangements and organizations.

This book’s aim is analyze the genesis, dynamics, and functioning of different communication contexts in relations to digital transformations as they are experienced in Turkey. This volume intends to provide an intellectual, multi-faceted, and balanced discussion and presentation of the role and impact of modern communication technologies within different communication contexts. The expected outcome of this publication is not only to offer a general understanding of how different communication fields are being transformed but also outline and demonstrate the particular case of Turkey, a country with an appetite for development and growth albeit its questionable and notorious track record of freedom of expression and violations in the media.”

More information about the book and contributors can be found here.

Book chapter by Aslı Tunç

6kJquvRPAslı Tunç, Ph.D. (BİLGİ Media School) authored the chapter “In Quest for Democracy: Internet Freedom and Politics in Contemporary Turkey” for the newly published book, Digital Transformations in Turkey: Current Perspectives in Communication Studies, edited by Banu Akdenizli:

“As the world has become more interconnected we are increasingly aware of the global interdependence of people and cultures. Many draw attention to how human communication and interaction is not only facilitated by the Internet but also how it increases the range and the number of ways in which we are able to connect and interact with others. These changing, shifting cultural, economic and technological realities have led many to question the power of the nation-state and how it is being restructured. Information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly the Internet have and are transforming and even in some cases destabilizing governance and power. It is of common understanding by now that ICTs play a vital role in the social, political and economic development of every country. As they have become everyday technologies continuously embedded, and routinized in societies where they are mostly used (Lievrouw & Livingstone, 2010), ICTS are also transforming social contexts, communication activities, practices, social arrangements and organizations.

This book’s aim is analyze the genesis, dynamics, and functioning of different communication contexts in relations to digital transformations as they are experienced in Turkey. This volume intends to provide an intellectual, multi-faceted, and balanced discussion and presentation of the role and impact of modern communication technologies within different communication contexts. The expected outcome of this publication is not only to offer a general understanding of how different communication fields are being transformed but also outline and demonstrate the particular case of Turkey, a country with an appetite for development and growth albeit its questionable and notorious track record of freedom of expression and violations in the media.”

More information about the book and contributors can be found here.

Call For Papers “Constructing” Middle East: Media, Ideology and Culture

cme_ilef_web-2yl2dq5xwtpalqf91tu3uoConference Organized by the Faculty of Communication, Ankara University

Date: 22-23 October 2015

Venue: Ankara University

Keynote Speaker: Professor Juan Cole, University of Michigan

The conference invites proposals devoted to comparative perspectives on media-related issues, empirical case studies as well as papers on theoretical approaches that need be grounded in the Middle East. Disciplines represented include media studies, history, political science, anthropology, sociology, international relations, political geography, literature, and related fields. The deadline for abstracts is 30th of March 2015. Successful applicants will be notified in April 2015. Abstracts should be 500 words. They must be accompanied by the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal addresses, together with the title of the paper and a 150-word biographical note on 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 by email to the 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 30th of March 2015.

15th of April 2015: proposals selection

CFP: Integrated Marketing Communications: Evolution, Current Status, Future Developments

IMCThe special issue of European Journal of Marketing aims to generate the latest research from some of the major academic participants in the field of marketing and brand communication and measurement concerning integrated marketing communications (IMC). It is likely that their thoughts and views developed in and for this special issue will mold and shape the subject as we move further into the second half of the second decade of the 21st century.

The Guest Editor will welcome in this issue open-minded, provocative, multi-disciplinary and eclectic perspectives that would assist in unraveling and understanding IMC. All papers which enter review will be subject to a double blind peer review process and should offer innovative insights based on rigorous and thoughtful conceptualization, literature review, empirical evidence and/or case studies surrounding, but not necessarily limited to the following research areas:

  • Evolution of IMC, current status and relevance
  • Definitional issues of IMC – how these have changed over time
  • Connections between IMC, brands and branding in an interconnected and interactive marketplace/space.
  • Measurement – how and in what ways are IMC approaches accountable now and how may these become more accountable in the future?
  • Media proliferation and audience fragmentation and demassification seem to personify the nature of the 21st century. How does this challenge impact IMC and vice versa?
  • Emergent markets – just as IMC was developed in the West, how and in what ways is IMC operationalized in new or emergent markets. Is there any evidence of leapfrogging previous stages of development?
  • How and in what ways is IMC taught around the world? How should it be taught and what should students be expected to learn? How does technological advancement impact a) IMC; and b) how it is taught?
  • Evidence of IMC adoption and usage in companies
  • Interactions between IMC and ICC (integrated corporate communications)
  • IMC and social media

Submission to this issue is through Manuscript Central. Please review the author guidelines for the journal before submission at www.emeraldinsight.com/ejm.htm. Instructions on how to submit are found there.

The deadline of papers to be submitted is 31st August 2015. Accepted papers will be published in 2016.