Contributors

Altuğ Akın

Altug Akin 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.


Fuat Keyman

Fuat Keyman is the Director of Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabancı University.  Dr. Keyman is a leading Turkish political scientist and an expert on civil society development, democratization, globalization, international relations, and Turkey – EU relations. Keyman has authored and edited many books both in English and Turkish and has published extensively in academic journals.

 Gökçen Karanfil

Gökçen received his PhD from the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University and joined the Departmnet of Media and Communication in Izmir University of Economics in 2007. His research interests revolve around issues of globalisation, migration, nationalism, transnationalism and representation – all from a media-centric perspective. Since 2010, Gökçen is also the vice dean of the Faculty of Communication at IUE.

Hamit Ersoy

Dr. Ersoy graduated from the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science of Ankara University (1988) and had M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in International Relations from University of Durham, England (1994). Before Dr. ERSOY was elected by the Parliament (TBMM) as the member of Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) in March 2011, he was  working as Head of International Relations Department in RTÜK. He  was the General Coordinator of Socrates Programmes at the Centre for EU Education & Youth Programmes (National Agency) between 2004 and 2007. He had lectured at some private and state universities for ten years (1994-2004). Meanwhile, he worked as member of Human Rights Advisory Board of Prime Ministry and served as national expert in various EU projects including the project on establishment of National Human Rights Institution based on Paris Principles. His research areas are human rights and democratization, Turkey-EU relations, Middle East and Turkish Foreign Policy. He lectured on International Politics, Contemporary Politics of the Middle East, Human Rights in Global Politics, Current Issues in World Affairs and Turkey-EU Integration.

Mahmut Mutman

Mahmut Mutman is professor in the Department of Cinema and Television and founder and co-ordinator of the M.A. program in Cultural Studies at Şehir University in İstanbul. He taught at the Middle East Technical University, San Jose State University, Tufts University and Bilkent University. He established and run the Department of Communication and Design at Bilkent University and has been an editorial board member of Toplum & Bilim between 1993 and 2001 and editorial advisory board member of Photography and Culture between 2008-2010. He has been a British Council Fellow at the Centre for Mass Communication Research at the University of Leicester, and a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. His fields of interest are media, cultural and critical theory, film studies, Orientalism, Islam, and nationalism. He has a collection on Orientalism and his essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in many journals and collections,  including Inscriptions, Cultural Studies, Toplum & Bilim, Birikim, Postmodern Culture, Anthropological Theory, Third Text and Radical Philosophy.

Marwan Kraidy 


Marwan M. Kraidy is Professor of Global Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. Currently a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and previously of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, his books include Reality Television and Arab Politics: Contention in Public Life (Cambridge, 2010), which won the 2010 Best Book Award in Global Communication and Social Change from the International Communication Association, the 2011 Diamond Anniversary Best Book Award from the National Communication Association, and the 2011 Roderick P. Hart Outstanding Book Award from the Political Communication Division of the National Communication Association; Arab Television Industries (BFI/Palgrave, 2009, with J. Khalil), Hybridity, or, The Cultural Logic of Globalization (Temple, 2005), and the co-edited volumes Global Media Studies: Ethnographic Perspectives (Routledge, 2003), and The Politics of Reality Television: Global Perspectives (Routledge, 2010). Kraidy is a frequent expert commentator on global media issues, most regularly on National Public Radio in the United States.

Miyase Christensen

Miyase Christensen is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Karlstad University and at the Department of Philosophy and History of Technology, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. She is the Vice-Chair of the Etnicity and Race in Communication Division of ICA. Christensen obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and her latest books include
Online Territories: Globalization, Mediated Practice and Social Space  (2011, NY: Peter Lang); and, Understanding Media and Culture in Turkey: Structures, Spaces, Voices (forthcoming 2012; NY: Routledge). Her research focuses, from a social theory perspective, on globalization/transnationalization and migration processes in relation to mediation and identity; and, politics of popular communication. Ongoing research includes two new funded projects entitled: “Cosmopolitanism from the Margins: Mediations of Expressivity, Social Space and Cultural Citizenship”; and, “The Mediatization of Social Belonging and Close Relationships among Mobile Class Fractions”. Christensen is currently working on a monograph entitled Cosmopolitanism andthe Media: The Cartography of Change (forthcoming 2013, PalgraveMacMillan).

Naomi Sakr

Naomi Sakr was previously a journalist, editor and country analyst. She worked at the Economist Intelligence Unit (1985-97) as a Middle East specialist and managing editor of political risk and economic forecast reports. She left the EIU to research Arab media for a PhD and as a consultant to international organisations, including Article 19, Amnesty International and the United Nations Development Programme (1998-2004). Her early published work on Arab television coincided with growing international interest in Al-Jazeera, and her first book, Satellite Realms: Transnational Television, Globalization and the Middle East (2001), appeared at a time of mounting Western concern over the uses of media in Arab states. Sakr became a Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster in 2004, Reader in Communication in 2006, Director of CAMRI’s Arab Media Centre in 2007, and Professor of Media Policy in April 2009

Nikos Leandros 

Nikos Leandros studied Economics in London and Manchester (Salford University). He was awarded his Ph.D. in 1989. Lecturer at Salford University during the 1985-1987 period. Since 1990 he has worked as business consultant in a number of leading printing and publishing companies. Economist with the Economic Research Division of the Bank of Greece between 1992 and 1997. Lecturer at Panteion University since 1997. Special advisor on the economics of the book industry with the National Book Center. Author of the books Print Media in Greece. Economic and Technological Perspectives, 1992 and The Political Economy of Media. Industry restructuring in the era of information technology revolution, 2000.

Pantelis Vatikiotis

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.

Taha Yücel

Taha Yücel graduated from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Bilkent University in 1993. He acquired his M.Sc. Degree from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Bosphorus University by his thesis on the digital terrestrial broadcasting planning. He also acquired M.B.A. Degree  from the Business Administration Department at Başkent University. He worked in RTUK as a Technical Inspection Expert until 1998. He worked in the Frequency Planning and Allocation Commissions and in the Commission of the Preparation of Radio, Television Standards.  He worked in “TGRT”, a private national broadcasting company as the Deputy General Director responsible for the technical issues between 1998 and 2005. He was also the Chairman of the Technical Commission of the Association of Television Broadcasters. In 2005 and 2011 he was elected by the Turkish Parliament as a member of Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK).

Volkan Öztürk

In 1986, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He worked as multiplex planning engineer in the Division of Carrier System at the Research, Project and Investment Department of the General Directorate of Turkish Post (PTT – Postal, Telegraph and Telephone). He worked as visiting academician in Huddersfield University (UK) and Waukesha County Technical College (Wisconsin, USA), and as founding academician in Kırıkkale University Department of Electronic Communication (KMYO). He was appointed as the first Vice President of Technical Operations at Türksat A.Ş. established in 2004. In 2006, he was appointed as the Counselor of the President in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM). One year later, he became the Deputy Manager of the Information Processing Directorate in TBMM. In May 2011, he was appointed as Vice President of Technical Services in Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK).

Yeşim Kaptan

Yesim Kaptan is an assistant professor in Faculty of Communication at Izmir University of Economics. She received her Ph.D. in Communication and Culture and Folklore and Ethnomusicology (double major) from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2010. She earned an M.A. in Folklore from Indiana University in 2004. She received a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science and Public Administration at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey. She is currently teaching advertising, consumer culture and interpersonal communication and her research interests are anthropology of media, culture industries, advertising, consumerism, globalization and nationalism in contemporary Turkey.

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.