Ayseli Usluata Fulbrights

FulbrightsDr. Ayseli Usluata is a Professor in the Communication faculty at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey. She has received Fulbright awards at two different stages of her life, which are described here as part of a continuing series documenting Fulbrights and their impacts.

Ayseli Usluata

As a last year student at middle school in Istanbul our class was given a test, and then my parents were informed that I was one of the two girls in the country who won an award to study at the American College for Girls.  It was a Fulbright award.

Years later, after graduating from the English Philology Department at Istanbul University for my Masters degree, once more I received a Fulbright award, this time to study at the University of Kansas. Prof. Moore and his family agreed to accommodate me in their home, and the following year I shared an apartment with a Chinese friend, Donna. While studying in the American Literature department I took some Philosophy courses as well. With Prof. Wolfe I translated Turkish author Sait Faik’s stories and poems into English, which were published in Kansas magazines (Smoky Hill Review and Prairie Schooner, in 1965-66).

During the summers I worked with Prof. Samson as his assistant mentoring students with bright ideas. At the end of the two years (in 1964) before going back to Turkey, the Foreign Students’ Office assigned me to represent both KU and Turkey at the Williamsburg International Assembly to discuss “American Reflections and Projections” (Schlessinger was the Director).  I met Alfred Friendly who introduced me to his family, and they hosted me for the weekend.  Mrs. Friendly visited Turkey later on.

Upon my return to Turkey, I taught English at the Preparatory School of Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. After two years I proposed “Translation” as a new Freshman elective course open to all departments. The course became very popular among Engineering students and I added 3 more sections. Then I moved to Istanbul and started translating books by well-known authors, including Aldous Huxley, Bertrand Russell, Jacob Bronowski, and C. P. Snow.

I started teaching English at Boğaziçi University. Due to my interest in communication I started sending my research papers to international associations such as ABC (Association for Business Communication), IAMCR, SIETAR, ECA, GCA, IABC, moving into leadership roles, such as becoming a board member. Every year I presented one or two papers at international conferences.

At one of these events, I complained about news misrepresentations of Turkey — following the rule “bad news is good news”. I talked with colleagues at different conferences emphasizing the importance of interpersonal communication to understand the cultures of different countries, and we decided to have our students communicate through the Internet, including using e-mail. I first started with a German friend from Karlsruhe University; the whole semester students from our two universities exchanged e-mail messages about their culture, daily lives, etc. This international exchange expanded in following semesters to include Canadian, Swedish and American students. It was very successful, to the point where some of the students visited each other later on. With colleagues, I presented conference papers discussing the results and recommendations. This went on until I retired, when I started teaching at Yeditepe University. On a visit to Nebraska-Lincoln University, I met Dr. Charles Braithwaite who talked about his Global Classroom project (to improve students’ practical experience with intercultural communication) and expanded from e-mail exchanges to video conferencing between students, and from discrete teaching to joint video-conferencing. This collaboration has continued every semester since 2000.

Other results included the following:

  1. I took students to the ECA Munich Conference in 2002.
  2. Our students won an international award with their project.
  3. Curi Curtis our UNL student in the Global Ciassroom came back to Turkey as a Fulbrighter.
  4. Two American professors were invited as visiting professors at our Department (Jim and Carol Roever).
  5. Our university welcomed Erasmus students from different countries.
  6.  Students carried out research on “the image of Turkey.”

CFP Communication in the Digital Age (Turkey)

ConferencesInternational Symposium on Communication in the Digital Age (CIDA), Mersin, Turkey, on 18-19 October, 2018. Deadline: June 15, 2018.

Papers are expected to be on aspects of communication in the digital age. The Executive Committee of CIDA and the Organizing Committee invite the submission of papers. Abstracts should be sent via Submission Form  by June 15, 2018 with 300-500 words in Turkish or English including 3 keywords and a short biography of the author(s) not exceeding 100 words. The proposals will go through a selection process by the Committees, and the applicants will be notified by July 02, 2018.

The symposium languages are English and Turkish. Papers prepared in Turkish should be accompanied by a summary in English.

Linda Hyökki Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesLinda Hyökki was born in Finland but identifies as a cosmopolitan and a life-long learner of languages and cultures, having lived, studied and worked so far in four foreign countries. She currently resides in Turkey and is a Research Associate at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, where her focus of research is on Islamophobia and Muslim minorities.

Linda Hyökki

She is also pursuing her Ph.D. at the Ibn Haldun University (Istanbul, Turkey) with a thesis on Finnish Muslim converts’ experiences on Islamophobia. She graduated in 2011 from the M.A. program “Language, Culture, and Translation” at the University of Mainz/Germersheim, Germany. As a fellow at the Center for Postnormal Policy and Future Studies (CPPFS) she teaches in workshops on Futures Studies for the Muslim youth. Linda’s research interests include Islamophobia Studies, conversion to Islam, identity formation, critical theory, qualitative study methods, multiculturalism and alternative epistemologies.

Linda’s academia.edu profile.

Emin Yiğit Koyuncuoğlu Researcher Profile

Researcher Profiles Emin Yiğit Koyuncuoğlu is part of the European Solidarity Corps for Fundacja EkoRozwoju, an environmental organization in Wraclaw, Poland.

He has a BA in Communication Design and Management from the University of Anadolu (Turkey), including a year of studying Tourism Management at the University of Primorska (Slovenia). After graduation, he spent a year as Communications Assistant to Darüşşafaka Society, the oldest educational NGO in Turkey, providing high quality primary and high school education to students whose parent(s) are deceased.

While a student, he completed a Marketing internship in Tallinn (Estonia), and worked as a tour guide and as a staff member with Tourcon Turizm ve Kongre Hizmetleri in Antalya (Turkey), helping that organization prepare for national and international conferences. As a travel enthusiast and hitchhiker, he manages a Facebook page about his experiences, improving social media and video editing skills. He considers himself a linguaphile currently learning the art of translation.

Kenan Cetinkaya Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesKenan Cetinkaya (Ph.D.) was born in Malatya, Turkey. He has been working at Bozok University Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Turkey since 2013.

kenan cetinkaya photoHe holds a BA (2006) in Islamic Education from Ankara University, and a MA (2009) in the Theological Studies from the University of Saint Thomas, Houston, TX.  He earned his Ph.D. (2014) from the Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. His dissertation title is Turkish Response to the Christian Call for Dialogue. He is editor of a Turkish book, Birlikte Yaşama Kültürü ve Diyalog [Coexistence and Dialogue] which was published in 2014.

Some of his published papers include:

Cetinkaya, K. (2015). The importance of dialogue in Turkey. Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 50, 167-173.

Cetinkaya, K. (2014). Three Turkish views of interfaith dialogue. In Nathan R. Kollar & Muhammad Shafiq (Eds.),  Sacred texts and human contexts: A North American response to “A common word between us and you.” North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Turkish Cultural Exchange Fellowship

The Turkish Cultural Foundation Cultural Exchange Fellowship is awarded twice a year competitively to Turkish and non-Turkish artists and professionals who work in culture and arts.

The TCF Cultural Exchange Fellowship ranges from $1,000 to $2000. Fellows will receive their fellowship payments via a United States bank check.

There are two different categories for which applicants may apply to TCF for support:
• I – Event Participation or Collaborations in Art and Culture: $ 1,000
• Event Participation: Turkish applicants must be accepted to participate in an event abroad (conference, festival, exhibition or fair) related to art and culture, as presenters or speakers. Non-Turkish applicants must be accepted to participate in an event in Turkey (conference, festival, exhibition or fair) as presenters or speakers.
• Collaborations in Art and Culture: Turkish artists and professionals must be primary participants in a collaborative artistic or cultural program/project abroad with fellow artists and professionals at a workshop/studio/atelier, museum, cultural or educational institution. Non-Turkish artists and professionals must be primary participants in a collaborative artistic or cultural project in Turkey with fellow artists and professionals in a workshop/studio/atelier, museum, cultural or educational institution.
• II – Residencies in Art and Culture: $ 2,000
• Turkish artists and professionals must be accepted to a Residency Program abroad at a workshop/studio/atelier, museum or other cultural institution environment. Non-Turkish artists and professionals must be accepted to a Residency Program in Turkey at a workshop/studio/atelier, museum, other cultural or educational institution environment.

The minimum duration of the in-country (Turkey or third country) Residency program must be two weeks.


Individuals who work professionally in the fields of traditional arts, cultural relations, visual arts and new media, film and video arts, curatorial services, conservation, restoration, literary arts, music, dance, theatre and performance arts, are invited to submit applications for the TCF Cultural Exchange Fellowship.

Individuals who participate in events or projects which already receive funding under the TCF Grant Program are ineligible for the TCF Cultural Exchange Fellowship.

How to Apply:
TCF Cultural Exchange Fellowship will be awarded twice a year: For the first term (January-June 2016) and the second term (July-December 2016). All events/projects applied for under this program must be completed by the end of June 2016 for the first term and the end of December 2016 for the second term.

Applications must be submitted with the following information:
• Completed Application Form (click here for application form)
• Cover Letter
• Project description (max. 2,000 words) that includes a description of the event (include event program), collaboration, or residency.
• Resume (max. 2 pages)
• Verification (proof of acceptance as presenter/speaker to event, letter from destination country-based collaborative project leader, acceptance to Residency Program by relevant institution)
• One letter of recommendation as to the professional credentials of the applicant.

All applications must be submitted in English. Applicant’s name must be typed at the top of each sheet. Application form and all supporting materials must be submitted via email.

Application Deadline:
All applications must be received by January 24, 2016 for the first term, and June 30, 2016 for the second term.

Bilkent University job ad (Turkey)

Public Relations and Advertising at Bilkent University

The Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture at Bilkent University announces openings in the Department of Communication and Design at the ranks of Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor in Public Relations & Advertising and Media Production. Faculty duties for both positions will include independent and collaborative research and practice, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and supervision of student research.

Successful candidates will be expected to maintain a vigorous research program with publications in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals and similarly selective, scholarly outlets. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated research program capable of attracting external funding. Meaningful professional experience in the field is particularly desirable.

Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation and published work; the relevance of their scholarly research to the department’s academic priorities; evidence of commitment to teaching; and strength of recommendations. The academic ranking for each successful candidate will be commensurate with his/her prior academic experience.


Public Relations & Advertising: Applicants must hold a PhD in Mass Communication or a closely related field by the date of appointment. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience in professionally oriented courses such as strategic communication campaigns, case studies, international public relations, and professional writing for strategic communication.

Media Production: Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in Film, Media Arts, or a related field by the date of appointment. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching and practical experience in production areas such as studio television, video and post-production, visual effects, animation, photography, and multimedia.

All submitted applications must include:
–       CV
–       Statement of teaching philosophy
–       A three-page (maximum) statement of research interests
–       Three letters of reference, with names and addresses of each referee

The completed dossier can be emailed or sent in hard copy to:
Prof. Ayhan Altintas, Dean
Bilkent University
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
06800 Ankara – TURKEY

Applications will be reviewed beginning 14 December 2015 and continuing until the positions are filled.

Çiğdem Bozdağ Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesÇiğdem Bozdağ is an assistant professor in the department of New Media at the Kadir Has University, Istanbul. Bozdağ’s research and teaching focus on digital media, intercultural communication, migration, globalization, and education and media technologies.

Cigdem BozdagHer recent research was about online intercultural school networks between Germany and Turkey. Bozdağ completed her Ph.D. at the University of Bremen in January 2013. In her thesis, she analyzed the websites of the Moroccan and Turkish diaspora and their role in ethnic community building, within a mediated emerging social space. From 2008 to 2010, she worked at the same university in the research project “Communicative Connectivity of Ethnic Minorities: The Integrative and Segregative Potential of Digital Media for Diasporas.” Moreover, she worked on an EU-funded research project, entitled “ICT and Cultural Diversity.” After the Ph.D., Bozdağ worked as a Mercator-IPC fellow at the Sabanci University, Istanbul. She received her M.A. degree from the University of Bremen, in the field of media culture. Her bachelor degree is from Boğaziçi University, in the field of political science and international relation.

Bozdağ recently wrote a report on Intercultural Learning In Education Through Information And Communication Technologies (Istanbul Policy Center, 2014), is the co-author of the book Mediale Migranten: Mediatisierung und die kommunikative Vernetzung der Diaspora (Springer, 2011) and author of the book Aneignung von Diasporawebsites (Springer, 2013). Her recent papers appear in the Journal of Global Media and Communication (2014), in Case Studies in Intercultural Dialogue (Edited by Nazan Haydari and Prue Holmes, 2014) and in Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture (2014).

CFP Global Conference on Science Communication (Istanbul)

Call for proposals
14th International Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) Conference: The Global Conference on Science communication

PCST: the global network for science communication and the Turkish hosts of the 2016 PCST conference in Istanbul remind you that the deadline for proposals for the conference is 12 noon GMT on 1 September 2015.

If you are active in science communication research, practice, training or education do consider submitting proposals for the 14th International PCST (Public Communication of Science and Technology) Conference to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 26–28 April 2016.

PCST 2016 is organized by the PCST International Network and hosted by Hacettepe University, Ankara. PCST conferences are a forum for discussing a wide range of issues in science communication but proposals for PCST 2016 are especially welcome on the conference’s main theme, Science communication in a digital age. Issues and questions associated with this main theme are discussed on the conference web site.

Proposals are also invited on the following themes:
• Trends in public communication of science and technology
• Science communication policies
• Evaluating public communication of science and technology
• Ethics and aesthetics of science communication
• Science communication in science centres and museums
• Science communication for social inclusion and political engagement
• Gender and diversity in science communication
• Social networks for science communication.

Proposals should include a summary description (maximum 300 words) of the proposed paper or session and the conference theme or themes with which the proposal is associated.

Proposers will be asked to select a presentation format from this menu:
Panel sessions: statements and discussion with 3–4 contributors on a single theme, preferably with an international dimension and international participation. The panel participants should NOT submit their individual contributions separately.
Individual papers: presentations of research or reflection that will be delivered in parallel sessions. Preference will be given to proposals based on original research that will be completed at the time of the conference.Posters: these will be presented orally as well as being displayed.
Workshops: demonstrations and descriptions of science communication practices with commentary and discussion on their application and effectiveness.
Performance: short dramatization, or screening of video, on issues or controversies relevant to science communication, followed by discussion.

Proposers should take care to ensure that their proposals
• emphasise the key questions, aims and findings of the project described
• can be understood by readers who are not specialists in the relevant field of research or practice
• are as clear and coherent as they can be (allowing for various levels of competence in English)
• specify the stage of the research or practice project they are addressing – Is it complete? Will it be complete by the time of the conference?
• state what is new or original about the work or what contribution it might make to science communication research or practice.

If a proposal for a paper is intended to be presented alongside another paper or papers from the same project, or on a closely related topic, this should be indicated in the text of the proposal.

In order to submit a proposal, participants must pre-register at the conference website, and create a login and password. The participant will then need to login to his/her restricted area and access the space where abstracts will be posted directly using the specified form.

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by members of the PCST Scientific Committee. All successful proposers will be notified by 15 November 2015.

Each individual will have, as lead author or organizer, no more than one proposal for a paper, one proposal for a panel and one proposal for a poster approved, that is, a maximum of three contributions in total. It is assumed that the lead author is also the intended presenter. An individual may be associated as co-author with additional contributions to the conference.

It is not necessary to pay the conference fee at the time of submission of the abstracts for proposals. However, papers will only be confirmed in the programme when the speakers have registered for the conference and paid the fee. The presenting author will be required to make the payment by a date that will be given in the notification of acceptance.

The official language of the conference is English: all the proposals should be submitted in English. The presentations will also be in English. Proposals must be submitted here up to 12 noon (GMT) on 1 September 2015. Authors can also revise abstracts up to that deadline.


Internet Policy Research Methods in the MENA region

Call for Applications: Internet Policy in the MENA Region: Research Methods for Advocates
September 1-4, Kadir Has University, Istanbul
Application Deadline:  May 15, 2015

As activists and researchers around the world endeavor to influence internet policymaking processes and raise awareness about the importance of protecting the open internet, the need for relevant, advanced internet policy research methods among advocates is brought into stark relief. This need is particularly great in the broader MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, where observers are witnessing increasing levels of government control online, inadequate legislation supportive of a robust and secure cyberspace, as well as increasingly sophisticated security risks to journalists, researchers, and activists. These issues are further complicated by the political, economic, and cultural dynamics that are specific to the region.

Recognizing the importance of advocacy and policy efforts that make use of methodologically rigorous and contextually appropriate research as well as the need for a deeper engagement with the local environments that shape internet policy issues, the Annenberg School for Communication‘s  Internet Policy Observatory has teamed up with Citizen Lab, ASL19,  Ranking Digital Rights, and Kadir Has University‘s New Media Department to develop an Internet Policy Research Methods Workshop. This program will bring together young scholars and activists working in digital rights and the internet policy space in an intensive four day practicum that provides a survey of both qualitative and quantitative, online and offline research methods with the goal of enhancing and advancing their advocacy efforts.

The Internet Policy Research Methods program seeks applications from activists, advocates and those working at NGOs, and early career researchers working and studying in the Middle East and North Africa. Prospective applicants should have a particular area of interest related to internet governance and policymaking, censorship, surveillance, internet access, political engagement online, protection of human rights online, or corporate governance in the ICT sector. Applicants will be asked to bring a specific research question to the program to be developed and operationalized through trainings and one-on-one mentorship with top researchers and experts from around the world.

The program will provide skill-building tutorials on the following topics:
– defining the problems and framing research questions
– conducting desk and archival research
– policy mapping
– questionnaire/interview design and techniques
– conducting surveys and public opinion research
– network measurement
– social network analysis
– data visualization
– maximizing influence: research dissemination and promotional strategies
– developing proposals for funding, creating actionable research agendas and evaluating project impact

We encourage individuals from the MENA region in the academic (early career), NGO, and public policy sectors to apply. The course will be conducted in English and applicants should have high proficiency in English in order to interact with experts, lecturers and other participants who will come from diverse backgrounds. Apply for the 2015 Summer Research Institute online. A limited pool of funding in the form of travel support is available and will be allocated based on the strength of the application, fit with the workshop, and demonstrated need. If you require funding support, please indicate as such in the online form.

For more information about the program, please contact Emad Khazraee.