Friday, May 11, 2012

Turkish Studies Symposium

On April 27, the European Union Center hosted the Sixth Annual Turkish Studies Symposium: Turkish Transnational Television - Reshaping of Diaspora Identities in Europe and the Rise of a Regional Cultural Hegemon. The symposium consisted of two panel discussions discussing "the complex connections between media use, cultural belonging and worldviews" as they relate to the transnationalization of Turkish television. Check out videos from the symposium below.

Self-Inflicted Orientalism in Turkish Historical Drama on TV and Cinema: The Voluntary Acceptation and Application of European Colonial Discourse in Contemporary Productions

Beyazit Akman has received his Ph.D. in English literature and culture at Illinois State University. He did his M.A. as a Fulbright Scholar from Turkey. In his doctorate scholarship he has focused on (mis)representations of Islam in the Western discourse from late Renaissance to the post-9/11 era.

Watching Soap Opera in the Diaspora: Cultural Proximity or Critical Proximity?

Myria Georgiou teaches at the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. Dr Georgiou’s research focuses on the ways media shape discourses of identity and citizenship within transnational and urban contexts.

Situating the Imagination: Turkish Soap Operas and the Lives of Women in Peoria, Illinois and Doha, Qatar

Dima Issa is a lecturer of Mass Communication at the University of Balamand in Lebanon. She has an MSc from the London School of Economics in Global Media and Communications and an MA from the University of Southern California in Global Communications. Her research at both institutions focused on the roles of media in the construction of identity within transnational audiences.


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