Invitation | Thomas Christian Bächle: A brief talk on Mobile Media Use and Public Space


You are invited to Thomas Christian Bächle’s ‘A brief talk on Mobile Media Use and Public Space’ which will take place on July 28, Tuesday at 3PM (tomorrow). It will take place in Kale Room (E4 209) – santralistanbul .

Dr. Thomas Christian Bächle is Lecturer at the Department of Media Studies, University of Bonn, Germany. His latest research was focused on cultural representations and articulations of identities and bodies (PhD in Media Studies, University of Bonn) as well as mobile media use. Currently he is working on a project focusing on VR and simulation technologies. He previously earned an MA from the University of London (Goldsmiths College) and a Magister Artium degree from the University of Bonn in Media and Cultural Studies.

Special Issue Call for Papers from Qualitative Research

Based upon recent interest in autoethnography, duoethnography, and collaborative (group) ethnography, this special issue of the Qualitative Research Journal calls for exemplars, discussions related to, authorial standpoint, issues and problematics of these ethnographic research methods.  Ethnographies that show rather than tell; that engage readers in the myriad possibilities of such ethnographic practices are invited.

Initial paper submissions are due 1 August  2015 to the guest co-editors (see below).  Generally, submissions should be 5000-7000 words including references; standard Harvard style (in keeping with QRJ format) required. As with all QRJ submissions, all manuscripts going forward for review will undergo a double-blind review.

To submit your special issue, submit through ScholarOne’s Manuscript Central system at

Guest co-editors:

Robert E. Rinehart

Kerry Earl

Call for Chapters: Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society

Handbook of Research on Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in Contemporary Culture and Society will publish high-quality, anonymously peer-reviewed essays that explore universal concerns, ethics, objectives, and principles in aspects of emergent technologies related to human-machines, machine-humans, their cyber-relatives, and the proliferation of cyborg activity, culture, engineering, society, and technology. Contributors are welcome to submit chapters on the following topics:
* Body and Machine
* Creation and Machination
* Enhancement and Modification
* Technical Engineering Issues
* Applications and Uses in Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society
Creation and Psychosocial Assimilation
* Culture
* Current Artificial Intelligence Initiatives
* Mental Health and Psychology
* Society
* Androids, Cyborgs, and Robots in the Media
* Technological Advances and Concerns
Ethics and Philosophy
* Attributes and Consequences of Bionic Implants and Related Interfaces
* Core Human Enhancement Technology Concerns
* Human Rights and Requisite Modifications for Societal Controls
* Android, Cyborg, and Robot Values and Freedoms of Expression
* Metaphysical Moments
* Ethics in Health and Safety Concerns
Policy and Regulation
* Species Control and Potential Societal Threat
* Intimacies with Corporations, Governments, and Military Axes
* Issues in Development
* Trends in Human-Machine Control, Governance, and Policy Issues
Cyborgology, Cyborgenics, Robotics, and Neuronics
* Access, Availability, and Privilege Afforded Human to Machine Alteration
* Corporate Technological Production and Purposed Results
* Pervasive Human-Machine Ubiquity
* Current Trends in Androidology, Cyborgenics, and Robotics
* Participation in The Collective Hive of Perpetually Networked Humans
and Machines
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August 1, 2015, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Inquiries: Steven John Thompson (UMUC) | |

Book chapter by Haluk Ucel

haluk_ucel-300x157Haluk Ucel, Ph.D. (BİLGİ Media School) contributed to the book, Gender in the Media Transnational Perspectives, with the chapter titled “Gender Representations in Television Soap Operas in Turkey”, edited by M. Fernandez-Morales M. and S. Tomascikova. The book is published by Kosice:  Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice:

“Turkish television is a rather late starter in establishing its state television in the 1970s, broadcasting daily with limited hours, having a single black and white channel and surviving only with some American series such as Little House on the Prairie or Colombo and Brazilian telenovelas and later, a rather stormy controversial introduction of commercial television in the early 1990s with pirate broadcasting from abroad.  Today, it marks its existence with a remarkable profile in domestic and international markets. 

           In this chapter, the construction of masculine and feminine identities in Turkish soap operas will be investigated.  Gender representations through secular and Islamic discourses will be explored.  Identity, gender stereotypes, meaning making and active audience will be observed.  Discourse and content analysis will be carried out.  The main focus will be on the most effective television serial Magnificent Century (Muhteşem Yüzyıl in Turkish) (Taylan and Taylan 2010). 

           The emergence of television in post-war Western societies as a dominant entertainment industry later became a threat to cinema.  Today, the existence of new media is the major threat to television.  While the current debate about the disappearance of conventional television gets hotter, Turkish television success in the international arena sets a counter debate about the power of conventional television.”

Co-edited book by Haluk Ucel

Haluk Ucel, Ph.D. (BİLGİ Media School) is the co-editor of the book “Gender Issues in the Media”, published by Kosice: Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice:

“This book is an introduction to gender representations and identities in media.  Media does not solely construct gender identities.  However, media has tremendous power in constructing identities through gender representations with its fast growing technological  existence.  Media targets gendered masses for its products either cultural or commercial.”

Sedef Erdoğan Giovanelli presented at NECS conference in Lodz, Poland

DSC04979Sedef Erdoğan Giovanelli (Ph.D. Candidate at BİLGİ Communication PhD) presented her research titled “Digital Food Achieves: Black Sea Cuisine as an Intangible Cultural Heritage in Turkey”, at NECS European Network for Cinema and Media Studies – ‘Archives for /of the Future’ Conference, organized in Lodz, Poland.

The conference is hosted by the University of Łódź (Poland) and organized by the University of Łódź and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities SWPS in Warsaw.