Erkan’s CV

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Erkan Saka

Erkan Saka is an Assistant Professor at the School of Communication, Istanbul Bilgi University. He teaches on New Media Cultures and Cyber Anthropology. He is currently the director of Public Relations and Corporate Communication, MA Program at the same university. He did his BA and MA studies at the Sociology Department of Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. He received his PhD degree at the Anthropology Department at Rice University (Houston, TX). He has been a political blogger since 2004 June (http://erkansaka.net). He is a co-coordinator of a Citizen Journalism Training Program at Bilgi Eğitim and he coordinates and presents SosyalKafa, a TV show on new media cultures.

Contact Info

Email: erkan.saka@bilgi.edu.tr; sakaerka@gmail.com

Education

2001-2009 PhD in Anthropology, Rice University, Houston, TX
1998-2001 MA in Sociology, Boğaziçi University
1994-1998 BA in Sociology, Boğaziçi University

Publications

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Saka, E., & Ezgin, S. A. (2016). Dijital Diplomasi: Bir Literatür İncelemesi [Digital Diplomacy: A literature review]. In Uluslararası İlişkilere Disiplinlerarası Bir Yaklaşım: Uluslararası İletişim Perspektifi (pp. 55-74). İstanbul: Röle Akademik Yayıncılık

Saka, E., & Sayan, A. (2016). Büyük Veri Nedir? Olanaklar ve Sınırlar [What is Big Data? Potentials and Boundaries]. In Dijital : Kavramlar, Olanaklar, Deneyimler (pp. 87-108). İstanbul: Kalkedon.

Saka, E (2015). The Konda Survey: Brief Observations on the Social Media and Minorities Project. ELIAMEP Middle East Mediterranean (4/4 ), 5-12

Saka, E. (2016). Siyasi trollük örneği olarak Aktroller. Birikim, (322), 17-21.

Saka, E; Vehbi Görgülü, Anıl Sayan (2015). Yeni Medya Çalışmaları III. İstanbul: Taş Mektep Yayıncılık.

Saka, E. (2015). Armağanlaşmadan (Gift Economy) Kitle kaynağa (Crowdsourcing) Dijital Gönüllülükler Üzerine. In İletişim Çalışmaları (pp. 37-44). İstanbul: Derin Yayınları

Saka, E. (2015). Sosyal Medya Üzerinden Haber Doğrulama Süreçleri: Gezi Parkı Direnişi/ Olaylarına Bir Bakış. In İnternet ve Sokak (pp. 257-278). İstanbul: Ayrıntı Yayınları.

Saka, E. (2015). Integrating New Media into Higher Education: A Turkish Case in Transmedia, Convergence and Gamification. In Digital Transformations in Turkey: Current Perspectives in Communication Studies. London: Lexington Books.

Valenzuela, S., Valdimarsson, V., Egbunike, N., Fraser, M., Sey, A., Pallaev, T.,  Chachavalpongpun P. Saka, E. & Lyubashenko, I. (2014). The Big Question: Have social media and/or smartphones disrupted life in your part of the world?. World Policy Journal,31(3), 3-8.

Saka, E. (2014). Türkiye’de Yeni Medya Etnografisi Yapmak. In Sınırları Aşmak. Türkiye’de Sosyo-Kültürel Antropoloji ve Disiplinlerarası Yaklaşımlar (pp. 97-122). Konya: Çizgi Kitabevi.

Erkan Saka, ed.  2013. Türkiye’de Yeni Medya Çalışmaları 1. Taş Mektep Yayıncılık.

Erkan Saka, Anıl Sayan, Vehbi Görgülü, eds.  2014. Türkiye’de Yeni Medya Çalışmaları 2. Taş Mektep Yayıncılık.

Marcus George E. and Erkan Saka, 2006, “Assemblage“, Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 23(2/3): 101?109.

Saka, Erkan. 2014. Report: The AK Party’s social media strategy: controlling the uncontrollable. Turkish Review. İstanbul.

Saka, Erkan. 2014. Turkish Journalism and the EU process: A political assemblage. Scholars’ Press.

Saka, Erkan. 2013. ‘Hacker’lık üzerine birkaç gözlem…” in Hack Kültürü ve Hacktivizm. eds.Ali Rıza Keleş, Yetkin Sal. Alternatif Bilişim Derneği. İstanbul.

Saka, Erkan. 2013. Boston Maratonu Patlamaları Sonrasında Yeni Medya, Gazetecilik ve Kredibilite Meseleleri. İletişim ve Diplomasi. 1 (1), 83-96

Saka, Erkan. 2012. Yeni Medya ve Değişen Gazetecilik: Bir Uzmanlık Alanı Olarak Gazeteciliğin Dönüşümü, pi- Pazarlama ve İletişim Kültürü Dergisi 11 (42), 9-13

Saka, Erkan. 2012. Siber Medya Sonrası Kamusal Alan ve Gazetecilik Pratikleri (Public Sphere and Journalism Practices after Cyber-Media), folklor/edebiyat 18 (72), 35-50

Saka, Erkan. 2011. “Blogging ve Gençliğin Internet üzerinden Katılım süreçleri üzerine bir deneme [Blogging and an essay on youth participation process through Internet]” in Katılımın “e-hali”: Gençlerin Sanal Alemi. ed. Aslı Telli Aydemir. İstanbul: Alternatif Bilişim Derneği.

Saka, Erkan. 2011. “Internet filtering: the Turkish case“, Turkish Review, Istanbul

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Saka, Erkan. 2010. Blaming Others: Agency Among Unionised Unskilled Workers in Turkey. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.

Saka, Erkan, 2010. “Halkla İlişkiler Sosyal Medya İle Karşılaşırken…”, PR Plus, MediaCat Mart 2010 eki, s. 22.

Saka, Erkan. 2008. ?Yol vs Kapı: Journalistic Metaphors in Understanding EU-Turkey Relations? in Shifting Landscapes: Film and Media in European Context. eds.  Miyase Christensen and Nezih Erdogan. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Dağsalgüler, Aylin and Erkan Saka, 2007, ?Yeni İletişim Teknolojileriyle Habermas?ın Kamusal Alanı?nı Yeniden Düşünmek? [Rethinking Habermas’ Public Sphere through New Communication Technologies], Özgür Yılmazkol (ed.) Medya Okumaları, Nobel Yayınları

Saka, Erkan. 2008. Blogging as a research tool for ethnographic fieldwork. Online document. EASA Media Anthropology Network.

Saka, Erkan, 2006, (Interview) ?Kaan H. Ökten: İnsanların ölümlülüğünün anlamını keşfetmeye çalışıyorum?, Hürriyet Gösteri, Mayıs, Sayı 280, s. 70-72.

 

 

Teaching Experience

2007- … Assist.Prof. at the Public Relations Department, Istanbul Bilgi University

Courses taught:

PUB 111 (Digital Literacy) – PUB 149-150 (Foundation Year Seminar I-II) – PUB 203 (Theoretical Background of Communication) – PUB 204 (Culture, Communication and Society) – PUB 432 (Communication and Persuasion)– PUB 505 (Social Media and Global Communication)

2009- … – Assist. Prof. at the MA Program, Media and Communication Systems, Istanbul Bilgi University

Courses taught:

MED 512 (Issues in Cyber-Culture Studies) – MED 521 (Cyberanthropology) – ITL 527 (Issues in Cyber-Culture Studies) – ADD 505 (Essentials of Communication) – MC 536 (Global Communication and Social Media)

2009- … – Assist. Prof. at the PhD Program, Communication Sciences, Istanbul Bilgi University

COMM 720 (Theories of New Media)

2012 Summer- BITS Summer School at Istanbul Bilgi University

Courses taught:

Social Media and Corporate Communication

2004- 2007- Teaching Assistant at the Department of Media and Communication Systems, Istanbul Bilgi University

Courses taught:

MED 101 (Introduction to Communication and Mass Media I) – MED 112 (Intellectual Heritage) – MED 204 (Culture, Communication and Society) – MED 391 (The Social and Political Environment of Communication) – MED 413 (Comparative EU Journalism Practices)

2003 Fall – Course Instructor , ANTH 316 (Cultural Analysis) at the Department of Anthropology, Rice University, Houston, TX

2002 Fall –  Teaching Assistant,  ANTH 325 (Self, Sex, and Society in Ancient Greece) at the Department of Anthropology, Rice University, Houston, TX

2000-2001 – Teaching Assistant at the Department of Media and Communication Systems, Istanbul Bilgi University

Academic Experience

2015- Sivil Toplum Diyaloğu Sosyal Medya ve Azınlıklar Projesi- Eğitmen (http://www.sosyalmedyaveazinliklar.com/) Atölye çalışmalarından biri. Diğeri burada.

2015- Social Media for Good Konferansı Organizasyon Komitesi Üyeliği

2008-2015 – Reviewer for journals:  Theory, Culture and Society; History and Anthropology.

2011-2015- Inet-TR Conferences– Member of Scientific Board

2012-2015 Yeni Medya Çalışmaları Konferansı– Member of Scientific Board

2015 June- Moderator- IFLA President’s Meeting

2015 March- Moderator- Bilgi Edinme Özgürlüğü

2013  May- Member of Scientific Board: YENİ MEDYA ÇALIŞMALARI: KURAM, YÖNTEM, UYGULAMA VE SİYASA. I. ULUSAL KONGRESİ 07- 08 Mayıs 2013, Kocaeli Üniversitesi İletişim Fakültesi

2010 March- Facilitator. Workshop on Social Media (web 2.0), the opportunities it creates for work and social life, blogging and wordpress. Youth for Habitat Empowerment of Youth for Governance Project. (event info)

2010 February – EUPRERA Social Media Awards Jury Member

2008, 7-9 September – Conference Liasion at ?Digitally-Empowered Activists: Getting the Tools to the People Who Need Them? of The Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, in Istanbul.

2008 April, Discussant at Nordic Summer University?s ?Intercultural and inter-religious philosophy and dialogues? group. Discussions about art, philosophy and culture in social and cultural development, moderated by Oleg Koefoed, a Philisophical Creator with the Gravitations Center for Action Philosophy in Copenhagen, Denmark. (event info)

2007  Jury member for Cultural Horizons Prize

2007 September ? Organizing Committee member in ?2007 Film and Media Conference: ?Shifting Landscapes of Film and Media: Questioning Legacies, Navigating Critique?, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul

2006 July – Research Assistant at the University of Washington/Getty Foundation Summer Institute, ?Constructing the Past in the Middle East?, held in Istanbul, Turkey and Thessaloniki, Greece.

2006, 10-14 July- Assistant coordinator at Balkan Forum for Communication in Kavala, Greece.

2005 Summer – Assistant coordinator at Summer Programme, ?Turkey and Greece: Transcending the Past and Embracing the Future? in Istanbul Bilgi University.

2002 Summer – Research Assistant in Rhodes, Greece for Prof. Eugenia Georges from the Department of Anthropology, Rice University, Houston, TX

1998 Summer – Research Assistant in Gender and Family in the Republican Era exhibition organized by Türkiye Ekonomik ve Toplumsal Tarih Vakfı [Economic and Social History of Turkey Foundation] for Prof. Nükhet Sirman from the Department of Sociology, Boğaziçi University

Professional Experience

2016- Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Youth Project Trainer

2016- Jury Member, Mobile Film Festival Awards, Yedirenk Vakfı, İstanbul

2016- Curator, Newspaper Exhibition in the Library Week, İstanbul Bilgi University

15 August 2016- Habitat Derneği, Yeni Medya ve İnteraktif Yayıncılık atölyesi

2014-5 Deutshe Well BOBS Awards Jury Member

2014 Mixx Awards Türkiye Jury Membership

2014 Freedom House Delegation Member at Internet Governance Forum 2014

2013 Mediacat Yılın Manşetleri. Jury Member

2012 February- Columnist at T24

2011 October-  2012 May, Presenter, Advisor, Sosyalkafa TV Show, BJK TV

2012 November- New Media Coordinator, Follow Hub 2012 ABD Seçimleri at Haydarpaşa

2010 August- 2011 April, Advisor, Sosyal Medya, A TV show on social media broadcasted at TRT Haber.

2010 July – , Producer, Presenter, Metalkafa Radio Show, Radyovesaire

2011 April – Jury member, Altın Pusula Ödülleri, Genç İletişimciler Kategorisi

2009 October – Invited blogger to World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, Istanbul.

2006-7 – Teaching Assistant Representative- School of Communication- Istanbul Bilgi Uni.

2005 Spring ? CIVICUS Turkish Media Monitoring Project teamwork

2000 Spring ? Assistant editor, World News Department, Yeni Gündem

1994-2001 ? Freelance translator, English teacher, Part-timer in a foreign trade company, Editorial board member in Anka Yayınları

Presentations

2016, November 4- Siber Uzay’da Post-Human Koşulların Yarattığı Güvenlik Sorunları. İstanbul Güvenlik Konferansı

2016, August 18- New Media in Organ Donation and Transplantation Issues, at the 1st Media Workshop on Organ Donation and Transplantation.

2016, May 2- Presentation, Freedom of Speech Under Attack: Reports from the Frontlines, re:publica

2016, April 25- Presentation, The SUNY COIL Center Turkey Hub and Course Development Initiative: From Catering to Cartography: Against all odds!, 10th Anniversary COIL Conference Agenda, SUNY COIL Center

2016, April 9- Presentation, Uses and potentials of snapchat in Turkey, WORKSHOP: Social Media in Turkey: Uses and impacts in Social and Political Life, British Institute at Ankara.

2016, March 27- Speaker, Digital Media Literacy and Verification Issues, SODEV-GESOS Kapadokya Kış Gençlik Kampı

2015, December 18- Moderator and presenter at Digital Health Summit. “Multi-Platform Usage in Health Industry”.

2015, December, 10- Presentation at CIRMENA entitled as Social Media in Turkey as a space for political battles.

2015, December, 10- Panelist in Mass-media freedom: Values, Commitments and ChallengesCivil Society, Media and Normative Models at the Black Sea.

2015, September 26- Talking TR talk: “Information verification and credibility in social media

2015, Nisan 11- Dijital Aktivizm – Things 2015 Camp

2014, Aralık 15- Eğitime Bütünleşik Yaklaşım: Transmedya Denemeleri, İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi

2014, November, 15- Digital Transformations and New Business Models for Journalism, Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University

September 11, 2014. New Media in the Digital Era” Turkey – Japan Media Forum”.

May, 29, 2014, Yeni Medya Etkisi: Kamuda Organ Bağışı Bilinci nasıl arttırılabilir?, Organ Bağışında Uyum İçin Teknik Yardım Projesi – 1. Uluslararası Sempozyum, 29-31 Mayıs, 2014, Istanbul

May, 05, 2014, Point 3.0 Conference. Political Accountability and New Technologies. “Turkey after Gezi (Session in cooperation with the Emerging Democracies Institute USA) Discussant

April, 15, 2014, Uluslararası Kıbrıs Üniversitesi. Etik ve Sosyal Medya Paneli.

February, 7, 2014, The 9th International Conference e-Society.Mk How the youth has used the new media in the recent Gezi parki protests in Turkey

December 28, 2013,  Rehber Öğretmenlere Yönelik ?Erkan Saka ile Sosyal Medya?

April 27, 2013- İstanbul Medipol Üniversitesi. Internet Medyası Hukuku II Panelisti.

December 8, 2012- Bahçeşehir Üniversitesi ?Yeni Medya ve Etik Çalıştayı?: Yeni Medya Kullanımı Arttıkça Ortaya Çıkan Yeni Sansür Biçimleri

August, 12, 2012- IFLA 2012- Committee on Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE)- Response: new media control in Europe

October 21, 2011 – Mardin Artuklu Üniversitesi Antropoloji Atölyesi: ” Sınırları Aşmak : Türkiye?de Sosyo-Kültürel Antropoloji Çalışmalarında Yeni Yaklaşımlar” (Presentation entitled: Türkiye?de Yeni Medya Etnografisi Yapmak )

October 16, 2011 – Alternatif Medya Şenliği Dijital Aktivizm Paneli co-moderator.

September 15, 2011- Pecha Kucha Night Istanbul. Vol 11- Who Rules the World? Games and Politics (Presentation entitled: Brief notes on how Internet shapes Politics)

June 24, 2011- International workshop: Ordering the Social ? Producing Change: New Ethnographies of Turkey in Transformation, Boğaziçi University (Presentation entitled: Introductory Ideas for an Ethnography of Emerging Cybersphere in Turkey)

April 14, 2011 – Galatasaray Üniversitesi 7. Teknoloji ve İletişim Günleri: TEKİL07. ?E-Kitap Yazar-Okuyucu İlişkisini Nasıl Dönüştürüyor??

December, 03, 2010- 15. Türkiye’de İnternet Konferansı. “Yeni Medyada alternatif emek ve örgütlenme dinamikleri üzerine”

August, 24-27, 2010- the 11th EASA Biennial Conference- Crisis and imagination. (Paper entitled: The EU process assemblage and senior Turkish journalists)

November 9-12, 2009 – The World Blogging Forum 2009- Paper entitled: An Outline of the Development of Online Journalism in Turkey

March 13-15, 2008 – The Euprera EuroBlog2008 Symposium- Social media and the future of PR: New ideas, new research, new business. Paper entitled: Introducing New Media to new Public Relations Students

January 27, 2007 – Megacities/NEP Colloquium (Theory Culture and Society Journal). Paper entitled: Istanbul as a megacity, Istanbul as an assemblage)

September 18-21, 2006 – 9th EASA Biennial Conference- Europe and the World: European Integration. An Anthropological Gaze (Paper entitled: The Journalistic Metaphors in Understanding Turkey and the EU Relations)

June 16-18,  2006 – 2006  Film and Media Conference- Shifting Landscapes: Film and Media in European Context. Chair at the panel entitled: Images of the National and in the National I.

July 20-23, 2006 – 2006 Association for Cultural Studies: Artistic Expressions (Paper entitled: The Idea of Assemblage in Ethnography. Deleuzian Interventions in Re-Empowering the Author)

November 30-December 4, 2005 – 104th Annual American Anthropological Association Meetings: Citizens and Nations in Cultural Performance and Social Identity (Paper entitled: How the European Union process changes Turkish nation state?s performative and contractual nature.

December 15-19, 2004 – 103rd Annual American Anthropological Association Meetings: Anthropological Approaches to Shoah Archive (Paper entitled: Communal Relations Between Turks and Jews Interrupted by WWII in the Island of Rhodes, Greece)

April 14-16, 2005 – Association for the Study of Nationalities: 2005 World Convention: Identity in a Turkish-Greek Environment (Paper Entitled: Rhodian Turks: Discursive Formations of a Community)

November 30-December 4, 2005 – 104th Annual American Anthropological Association Meetings: Citizens and Nations in Cultural Performance and Social Identity (Paper Entitled: How the European Union Process Changes Turkish Nation State?s Performative and Contractual Nature)

Translations

Reşit Rıza ve Batı. 2000. Emad Eldin Shahin. Ekin Yayınları. Istanbul

Soykırım Endüstrisi/ Yahudi Acılarının İstismarı. 2001. Norman Finkelstein. Söylem Yayınları. Istanbul

Seminars, Workshops etc.


2015 Haziran- Seçim Takip projesi

2015 Mayıs Marmara Üniversitesi İletişim Fakültesi Yeni Medya Sosyolojisi Seminerleri

2015 Şubat- Sosyal Medya Haberciliği

2015 İleri İletişim Danışmanlığı- Dijital Sosyoloji

2014 Yeni Medya Okulu Sertifika Programı

2013- Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi Sosyal Medya Günleri. İlk Gün 2. Oturum moderasyonu.

2012 – Yurttaş Gazeteciliği Sertifika Programı Koordinatörlüğü

2012 December, 12- TÜHİD İtibar Yönetimi ve Dijital / Sosyal Medya. Panelist.

2012 September, 15- “Çevrimiçi Araçlar”, Bir Maruzatım Var Eğitimi

2012 September, 15- “Forms of participatory learning, culture and technopolitics”, Grundtvig NEW MEDIA LITERACY & EMPOWERMENT FOR DEMOCRACY WORKSHOP @ ISTANBUL SEHIR

2012 Haziran, 12- ?Hacktivizm; toplumsal hareketler, hukuki boyutlar?, ?HackCon I: ?Hacker? nedir, ne değildir?? Paneli, Alternatif Bilişim Derneği

2012 Mayıs, 18- Yeni Medya Söyleşisi, Erkan Saka ve Ercüment Büyükşener

2012 May, 22- Yeni Medya, Plato H.İ.T. Sohbetler, Plato Meslek Yüksek Okulu, Istanbul

2012 May, 15- Sosyal Medya ve Internet Üzerine Söyleşi, Zirve Üniversitesi, Gaziantep

2012 April, 28- Yurttaş Gazeteciliği, Erkan Saka ve Hıdır Geviş, Medya Okulu, Medya Derneği ve İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi

2012 March, 12- Panelist at Akademisyen Oturumu ?Medyanın Artan Gücü Sosyal Medya? [academics talk: Social Media as the growing power of Media],  Social Media Summit, Yeditepe University PR Club, All schedule here.

2012 March, 24- “Çocukların gözünden bağımlılık iddialarını yeniden düşünmek” [Rethinking the claims of addiction through the eyes of children], the 9th Child Psychoanalysis Days

2012 March 27- On E-books, Everything You Always Wanted to Know about e-Books

2012 March, 28- Co-talk with Barika Göncü at İTÜ ARI TEKNOKENT. Corporate Communication and Social Media. Event page here.

2011 June, 24 – Gençlik ve Sosyal Medya, Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı. Istanbul

2011 January, 20- Online tools for Journalists. Workshop. Medya Derneği. Istanbul.

2006 February – E-discussion starter in Media Anthropology Network. E-Discussion entitled: Danish Cartoons Controversy

2001 Spring – Özgür Universite Seminars, İstanbul. “Working Classes in Turkey?


Professional Memberships

Alternatif Bilişim Derneği since 2013

AAA American Anthropological Association since 2001

EASA European Association of Social Anthropology since 2005

EASA Media Anthropology Network since 2003

 


Languages

English, French (advanced)


Awards

2001-2004; Rice University Graduate Student Fellowship
2004 Summer; The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy ? Research Grant
2002 Summer; The RISM Landes Award for Supervised Fieldwork

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