Updated- WORKSHOP: Social Media in Turkey: Uses and Impacts in Social and Political Life. 9 April, 2016


Social Media in Turkey: Uses and Impacts in Social and Political Life.

9 April, 2016


Co-organized by the British Institute at Ankara and the Social Anthropology Graduate Program of the Middle East Technical University.


Venue: Culture and Convention Centre, Hall A. Middle East Technical University –METU-

Convenor: Dr. Elisabetta Costa


The workshop brings together different research on the uses and consequences of social media in Turkey. The papers will illustrate different forms of usage of social media and their social and political implications. What is the impact of social media on people’s relationships? Have social media reinforced or reduced social inequalities? What is the current state of the ‘digital divide’ in Turkey? What is the impact of social media on political participation? Have social media transformed visual communications and photographic practices? The workshop will include a keynote talk by Daniel Miller, Professor of Anthropology at UCL (University College London), who will present the results of Why We Post http://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-social-mediahttps://www.ucl.ac.uk/why-we-post, a research project on the uses of social media in 9 different countries around the world.



Opening and Welcome:  Elisabetta Costa (BIAA)

9:30 – 9:40


Panel 1: Social Media and Social Implications

9:40- 11:40

Özlem Savaş, Bilkent University: Defeat of modesty by pleasure: Facebook practices of ‘good life’ in Turkey.

Erkan Saka, Istanbul Bilgi University: Uses and potentials of snapchat in Turkey.

Dağhan Irak, University of Strasbourg: How cultural and social capital drive the Social Media.

Burak Taşdizen, METU: Social Media in a Knitting Community in Ankara, Turkey.

Chair: Elisabetta Costa, BIAA


Coffee: 11:40 – 12:00


Keynote talk by Daniel Miller: Why We Post: the Anthropology of Social Media

12:00 – 13:00


Lunch: 13:00 – 14:30


Panel II: Social Media, Family and Diaspora

14:30 – 16:00


Gülay Taltekin and Alev Kuruoğlu, Bilkent University: Negotiating Kinship Online: Bridal Homes and Marital Woes on a Facebook Group.

Slavka Karakusheva, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski: Remembering the Past, Sharing the Present.

John McManus, University of Oxford: Stretching the Parameters of Turkey: Social Media, Football Support and the Turkish Diaspora.

Chair: Mutlu Binark, Hacettepe University


16:00 – 16:30 Coffee


PANEL III: Social Media, Politics and Policies

16:30 – 18:00


Emre Toros, Atilim University: Do politicians “mind their Ps and Qs” on Twitter? An Analysis on the Incivility of the Candidate Tweets Circling the November 2015 Turkish Election.

Derya Agiş, Ankara University: Social Media Fights Between Academicians in Turkey.

Mutlu Binark, Hacettepe University: New Social Ecology and the Need for New Media Literacy in Turkey.

Chair: Erkan Saka, Istanbul Bilgi University


Drink: 18:00-19:00



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