Keynotes

John D. H. Downing is a communications scholar who has written extensively on Alternative Media and Social Movements. He is Professor Emeritus of International Communication at the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts, Southern Illinois University and currently affiliated to the Information & Media Studies Department at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is founding Director of the Global Media Research Center.

Marco Kühne
studied Cultural Sciences at the University of Lüneburg, Germany. Together with a handful of alternative journalists he founded the project graswurzel.tv (grassroots.tv) in 2006. The collective published more than 150 short clips about all kinds of political resistance in all over Europe. The personal interest in journalism, political disobedience as well as the belief that mass media oftentimes misses to focus on motivation of activists and protestors keeps the project alive. In 2012 the collective formed the nonprofit association “moving media e.V.” and since that time Kühne is member of the board of the association.

Participants

Altuğ Akın completed his doctoral studies in audio-visual communication at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain; and masters’ studies in journalism studies at the Stockholm University and in information systems at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. His research focus is mainly about broadly defined communication practices that extend beyond the national borders and scales. In parallel to his academic career Altug Akin has been contributing to several media outlets including BBC World Service Turkish Section where he worked as a broadcast journalist. He currently teaches news and journalism related courses at the Department of Media and Communication at Izmir University of Economics.

Anita Sezgener was born in 1971, in Istanbul. She studied Economics in English at Istanbul University for 3 years. She moved to Israel for a while to work at the kibbutz. Afterwards she volunteered in projects of ‘violence committed against women’ in Amargi Women’s Academy. She worked as art director and executive producer in independent movies of Uygar Asan. Her poems and writings took place in various literary magazines. Since 2008, she is the editor of a culture-art-literature zine named Cin Ayşe, a visibility project of women.

Aysun Akan received her MSc in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1999). Her PhD is in Politics from the Middle East Technical University (2009). She teaches Theories of Communication, Research Methods in Media, Turkish Media History and History of Communication at the Communication Faculty, Izmir University of Economics since 2005. Her research interests include ethnicity, nationalism, minorities and politics in early Turkish Republican era.

Burak Doğu After graduating from Ankara University Department of Journalism in 2003, Burak Doğu went on to study in Ege University Institute of Social Sciences. He has been a research fellow at Università degli Studi di Torino as a part of his doctoral studies. He is a member of Izmir University of Economics, Department of Media and Communication since 2005. Fields of his academic interest are alternative journalism and digital media.

D. Beybin Kejanlıoğlu is an independent researcher. She has several publications that are mainly on critical theory and media studies.

Emrah Zıraman D. graduated from sociology (BA-University of Uludag) ) in 1997 and musicology (MA-University of 9 Eylul) in 2003. He is studying sociology since 2009 at Mimar Sinan Fine Art University. He is interested in social power on the Internet, hacking, social movements on the Internet, etc.

Erdinc Ergenc is a journalist in Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Science, Istanbul University. He holds an MA degree in Journalism. Ergenç worked as editor and reporter in several daily newspapers, weekly and monthly magazines as well as online in daily Sabah, weekly BusinessWeek Turkey, daily Referans, Hurriyet internet, daily Turkish Daily News, etc. for 18 years. He attended vocational programmes of Journalist Network in Germany and FOJO in Sweden. Hir interests has been economy, politics and foreign news oriented, cover,ng the Middle East and caucasus and minority issues, human rights, civil society in Turkey. Currently he is a freelance journalist in Istanbul, interested in social media, documentaries, photography.

İlkay Kara TBA

İlke Şanlıer Yüksel Yüksel received her PhD from the Faculty of Communication, Anadolu University in 2008. She has been lecturing as an Assist. Prof. at the Department of Communication Sciences, Doğuş University. Her academic interests include transnational movements, transnational media, the media of diaspora and alternative media. She has published on these topics in national and international journals, and has authored a number of book chapters.

Lyndon C.S. Way received a PhD in journalism, media and cultural studies from Cardiff University in 2010. Presently, he is an assistant professor of media and communications at Izmir University of Economics. He has published articles and presented papers concerning both popular music’s subversive potential and news representations of Somali piracy and nationalism. He is the book review editor for Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies. Present research interests include a continuation of news representations, radio talk and the analysis of popular music and politics.

Murat Yüksel received his PhD in 2008 from the Sociology Department at Columbia University, New York. His Dissertation was titled  “Forced Migration and the Politics of Internal Displacement in the Making of Modern Turkey: The Case of Dersim, 1937-1947”. Yüksel has been teaching at the Sociology Department in Koç University since 2008. His research interests include, historical sociology, political sociology, migration, and social and political movements. His current research focuses on two main areas: forced migration in the post-imperial Middle East and various different types of social and political movements in Turkey. He has widely published in these issues.

Nadire Mater is a journalist, writer. After graduating from the Social Services academia, she worked as a public serveant. She has been a journalist since 1981. She worked in İzmir’s local newspaper Yeni asır and in news magazines such as Nokta, Tempo and Sokak. Between 1991 and 2000 sha has worked as a representative and a reporter of the Interpress Service (IPS).She is the founder and advisor of BİANET (Independant Communication Network). In 2000 she has been awarded the Sertel Democracy Award. Her book Mehmedin Kitabı has been translated into English, German, Italian, Fınnish and Greek. In 2012, Mater has been the first woman to be awarded the Great Mülkiye Award for being a defender of human rights and democracy; for contributing to the development of alternative media in Turkey and for demonstrating an honorable journalism practice in her 30 years of work as a journalist.

Pantelis Vatikiotis was born in Piraeus, Greece. He received his PhD from the University of Westminster in 2004, where he taught for two years. He has also taught at Greek universities (University of Ioannina, Panteion University) and colleges (New York College of Athens, Business College of Athens), and he has worked in media industry as programmer/scheduler for SKAI TV Channel. He joined the Faculty of Communication at Izmir University of Economics in 2010. His research interests range across social theory and media, political communication and political culture, new media and cyberculture, social movements and alternative/grassroots media practices.

Salvatore Scifo is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Relation and Publicity (English), Faculty of Communications at Maltepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a former TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Council of Turkey) visiting research fellow in Turkey (June 2011-June 2012), where he researched national media policies and alternative media practices.

Sevda Alankuş is the Dean of Faculty of Communication and professor of Communication theories. She had her B.A, M.A and PhD degrees from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science and in the field of Political Science and Public Administration. Being awarded as Rotary Peace Research Fellow she did her post-doctoral research on “Cultural/Ethnic Identities” at the Department of Social Policy and Sociology, University of Leeds in United Kingdom in 1988-1989. Between 1982-1999 she taught at the different Faculty of Communications in Turkey and in North Cyprus. Her search fields are representations of women/”the others”/minors by media; alternative and local media theory and practice in Turkey, Peace Journalism.

Süreyyya Evren is a writer working on literature, contemporary art, and radical politics focusing on Turkish post-structuralist anarchism (postanarchism). Evren publishes a cultural magazine on post-structuralism called Blackish (Siyahî) in Turkey, which can be found online. His writings have also been published in anarchist periodicals The New Formulation in New York, Anarchist Studies in the UK and Refractions in France. Literary works include several novels, story books and critical essays. He is writing a column in the daily Turkish newspaper Birgun.

Ülkü Doğanay received her PhD in Politics in 2002 from Ankara University. As part of her PhD research Dr. Doğanay visited Sorbonne Paris II University for 10 months with a TÜBA scholarship that she was awarded. She has been teaching in Ankara University, Faculty of Communication since 2002. Her research interests revolve around Democracy theories, the problem of democratization in Turkey, political communication and rhetoric.

Yetkin Sal graduated from Izmir University of Economics, Department of Economics. He continues to study on the Internet in the context of digital activism, copyright and censorship. He is a member of Alternatif Bilişim.

Zafer Yörük Dr. Yörük received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Essex in England. Between the years 1998 and 2006 he worked in England as a legal consultant in the fields of human rights and migration. Zafer cuyrrently participates in the teaching of both graduate and undergraduate programs of the Media and Communication Department at İzmir University of Economics. His research interests include identity politics, discourse analysis and psychoanalysis.