Call for Papers for a Special Issue in Social Media ad Society

The Comparative Privacy Research Network is inviting submissions of extended abstract for a special issue on “Comparative Approaches To Studying Privacy: Opening Up New Perspectives” in Social Media + Society. The special issue seeks to examine privacy through a comparative lens in order to illuminate potential blindspots regarding its conceptualization and operationalization, and to help guide research that will inform policymaking and empowerment efforts aimed at preserving autonomy and democracy in the digital age, including those directed toward privacy literacy and education. You can find the call for paper here.

Conference Announcement: Vectors of Data Disclosure

Now that #ica22 is over, it is time to announce the upcoming “Vectors of Data Disclosure” (June 27-June 28, 2022) conference organized by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

How do different cultural frameworks and legal regulations influence whether or not we decide to disclose our personal data? What factors interact with each other to shape our reception of data protection? Is, for example, a Japanese citizen more likely to disclose his personal data than a Ghanaian one? And why or why not is this so?

Registration is now open for the bidt project’s “Vectors of Data Disclosure” conference  on 27th and 28th June in Munich, where we will discuss this and further questions of individual data disclosure on a worldwide scale. Researchers from the participating disciplines of cultural studies, business information systems and law including Sabine Trepte (University of Hohenheim), Lothar Determann (Baker McKenzie / FU Berlin), Hanna Krasnova (University of Potsdam), Lemi Baruh (Koc Univerity Istanbul), Normann Witzleb (Chinese University of Hongkong and Monash University Australia) and Jens Grossklags (TU Munich) will present and debate their different perspectives with other international experts.

You can register via:

And here is the conference program.

Two Faculty Positions at Dept. of Media and Visual Arts

It is that time of the year. We are looking for candidates for two full-time faculty positions at the Department of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA) at Koç University.

Position #1 – Open Rank Faculty Position in Media & Communication

Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA) invites applications for full-time open rank faculty position (beginning September 2022). Areas of specialization are open, but candidates specializing in emerging media, media institutions, mass communication, media effects, media and politics, platforms, or strategic communication are particularly encouraged to apply. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose research agenda is interdisciplinary and from candidates with experience in computational approaches.

Successful candidates will be expected to teach two courses per semester and are expected to have an active research agenda. At the time of employment, candidates should have a PhD in a related field. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Koç University is a foundation-funded, non-profit institution located in Istanbul, Turkey. The university is committed to the pursuit of excellence in both research and teaching. With 8820 active students, the university offers 22 undergraduate, 42 Master’s and 29 Phd programs. The medium of instruction is English.

MAVA at Koç University offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes visual communication, visual design, interaction design, media studies, communications theory, media/arts management, film, and production. With this diversity, the department offers four certification programs focusing on Media and Management, Film and Video, Design, and User Experience.
Applicants can submit applications electronically via ACADEMIC JOBS ONLINE.

The Deadline for submission of applications is 28 January 2022. However, the position will be open until filled.

Cover letter
Research statement (including a three-year research plan)
Teaching portfolio
Curriculum Vitae
Contact information for three referees

Position #2 – Full-time Instructor Position in Design

Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA) invites applications for a full-time instructor position in Design to start in September 2022. 

We are looking for an innovative and dedicated applicant who will strengthen the teaching profiles of the department nationally and internationally as well as contribute to Koç University’s core activities in the areas of artistic networking, design studio, research, teaching and supervision, talent development and knowledge exchange. 

At the time of employment, applicants should have a Masters or higher degree in design (visual design, communication design, graphic design, industrial design, product design, user experience design, animation, computer graphics, game design, or a related field), and have teaching and practical experience in any of these fields. 

The successful candidate will be expected to teach three undergraduate courses in the design field per semester as well as contribute to and collaborate effectively in our teaching community.  Applicants with an active research agenda and the ones who combine practical and theoretical knowledge in their work are highly encouraged. Having taught scalable design studio classes is a plus. Salary is commensurate with the qualifications and experience.

Applicants can submit applications electronically via ACADEMIC JOBS ONLINE.

Deadline for submission of applications is 28  January 2022. However, the position will be open until filled. 

  • Cover letter 
  • Teaching statement 
  • Teaching portfolio
  • Design portfolio
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three referees 

Call for Papers: ICA-Preconference on Comparative Privacy and the Literacies of a Networked Age

For those of you who would like to spend a couple of nice spring days in the lovely city of Mulhouse in eastern France while digging deep into questions related to how thinking about privacy from a comparative lens can enhance our understanding of privacy and related competencies, here is a nice opportunity for doing both.

The Comparative Privacy Research Network and the CEJEM (Research Network on Youth and Media) are jointly organizing the following pre-conference at the ICA.

Title: Comparative Privacy and the Literacies of a Networked Age: A Critical Approach

Location: OFF-SITE | Université de Haute-Alsace, UHA’s Campus Fonderie – FSESJ (Faculté des Sciences Economiques Sociales et Juridiques), 16, rue de la Fonderie in Mulhouse

Date: May 25 – 9:30 – 17:00 – 2022

Detailed information on the pre-conference is available at:

This pre-conference aims to attend to privacy literacy’s critical comparative nature by bringing together scholars that examine the cultural, political, and otherwise contextualized aspects of privacy literacy. The ultimate goal is to enhance conversation in communication studies about the ways in which systematic comparative cross-cultural analyses of privacy literacy may be conceptualized, theorized, and operationalized in novel ways. This pre-conference will be organized in two parts: First, keynotes will provide inputs on the central issues and concepts involved, such as privacy, comparative research, and media literacy. Secondly, interactive sessions will focus on three main aspects of comparative privacy literacy research, namely: conceptualization, operationalization, and collaboration. These sessions will bring together competitively selected presentations followed by a discussion on the challenges of conceptualizing and operationalizing critical privacy literacy from a cross-cultural perspective. The presentation sessions will be followed by group activities where participants will discuss solutions to particular challenges. This final session will take the form of a guided discussion in the larger group that will build on the diversity of the group in order to consider new, future-oriented research questions and forge future collaborations.

Submission: This pre-conference invites unpublished, innovative papers focusing on, but not limited to:

  • research on media/digital literacy and mediated communication, where knowledge or skills regarding privacy plays a role;
  • empirical studies focusing on privacy literacy in a comparative fashion;
  • current and new topics for literacies, including the digital ecology, sobriety, algorithmic and privacy literacies, as well as persistent areas of inequalities ;
  • challenges and opportunities represented by comparative approaches to studying privacy from a literacy perspective;
  • qualitative and/or quantitative methodological approaches to studying privacy and relevant literacies comparatively;
  • challenges and opportunities represented by comparative approaches to studying privacy and related literacies;
    discussions of pertinent dimensions of comparative privacy research;
  • explorations of potential antecedents, mediators, and outcomes of privacy-related perceptions, decision-making, and behavior;
    conceptualizations and interpretations of privacy and privacy outcomes in non-WEIRD (Western Educated Industrialized Rich Democratic) contexts.

Both early-career and senior scholars are welcome.


Authors should submit an extended abstract of 800 words (not including references, figures, and tables) to:

By January 31, 2022.

The extended abstracts should include the main idea/argument, research questions, a short literature review and/or theoretical perspectives, information on methodology and empirical findings (if applicable). We welcome different approaches, including discussions of literature, concepts and theories, historical perspectives, and empirical analyses. All submitted abstracts must include name, affiliation and contact details. Decisions on acceptance of the extended abstracts will be made by February 28, 2022. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to attend the pre-conference and present in person.

Communication Faculty Position at University of Vienna

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna is looking for University Professors in Communication with a Focus on Media Change and Media Innovation.

This exciting position is particularly suitable for candidates whose work focuses on “the impact of the digital transformation of the media on individuals and society.”

If interested in the position, click here for further information

AoIR Satellite Event on Comparing Fuzzy Things

The Comparative Privacy Research Network is organizing a workshop on issues related to comparing fuzzy concepts like love, trust, and privacy. Below is the description of the workshop from the CPRN website:

“Internet researchers often engage in the study of complex, multidimensional, and culturally sensitive ideas. Deploying such concepts in comparative research settings is critically important to knowledge advancement, yet challenging to implement in practice. This workshop is designed to engage members of the AoIR community in exploring the conceptualization and study of fuzzy concepts, such as trust, love, sharing, and happiness, in a comparative fashion. It will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas about how such comparative work can be conducted across disciplines. 

The session will include brief framing presentations on a comparative research framework, with examples of how this might work when studying privacy. Breakout group sessions will augment these sessions and allow participants to explore the applicability of this framework to other, fuzzy concepts using a variety of methodological approaches.”

If interested, you can register for the workshop by clicking here.

And a new project starts: The Art of De-biasing

As Simlab at Koç University, we are joining NTCenter (BG, project leader), Bash Art Creative (UK-Scotland, project coordinator), Institute for Contemporary Education (RS), Edulin (NL), Arteveldehogeschool (BE), Delft Digital Learning (PT) and Drawing to Health (NL) in a new project called the Art of De-biasing. 

The project aims to contribute to a growing field of applied research on processes that can be used to reduce cognitive biases. Specifically, the project will entail designing video clips for a selection of cognitive biases pertaining to teaching/learning environments, with a particular focus on teacher-learner communication. The project will also aim to develop an adaptive learning platform to deliver targeted teaching interventions. 

The Art of De-biasing project is funded by the Erasmus+ “KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices.”


COVID19 ve Medya Kullanımı Anketine Bekliyoruz

Reklam zamanı: TÜBİTAK ARDEB 1001 kapsamında açılan “COVID-19 ve Toplum: Salgının Sosyal, Beşeri ve Ekonomik Etkileri, Sorunlar ve Çözümler” tarafından desteklenen “Türkiye’de Medya Kullanımı ve COVID-19” adlı projemiz başlıyor.

Projende amacımız bireylerin COVID-19 ile ilgili risk algılarını ve COVID-19 hastalığına karşı kendi sağlıklarını ve toplumdaki başka bireylerini sağlığını korumaya yönelik veya riske atabilecek davranışlarını etkileyebilecek etmenler olarak kitlesel medya ve sosyal medya kullanımı incelemek.

Projenin üç temel parçası olacak: 1) Sosyal medyada COVID-19 ile ilgili yayılan içeriğin makine öğrenme teknikleri kullanarak analizi, 2) Kitlesel medya (ulusal gazeteler) tarafından COVID-19 hakkında yayınlanan haberlerin içerik analiz ve 3) Çevrimiçi anket.

Proje ekibi: Lemi Baruh (Medya ve Görsel Sanatlar Bölümü), Ali Çarkoğlu (Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü), Zeynep Cemalcılar (Psikoloji Bölümü) ve CSSH Psikoloji bölümü mezunu Ozan Kuru (University of Pennsylvania’da doktora sonrası araştırmacı) ile GSSSH (Uluslararası İlişkiler) doktora programı mezunu Kerem Yıldırım (Duke Üniversitesi’nde doktora sonrası araştırmacı).



Project Zoom – Impact Journalism Grant Programme Launch Event

For those interested, Project Zoom, a journalism grant programme that aims to support coverage of underreported issues such as climate change, sustainability, gender equality, migration, social innovation, and energy is kicking off this week, on February 13, 2020. Click here for further information and registration to the launch event.

Project Zoom is implemented by Impact Hub Istanbul, in partnership with U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, with the support of as ecosystem partner. The project will provide targeted guidance, effective network and financial support of up to USD 7,000 for communication professionals wanting to embark on new exciting projects.


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