Koç University CSSH Seminar: Hybridity in Contemporary Media Arts

The Media and Visual Arts Department at Koç University welcomes the Fall 2011 semester with a seminar by Yvonne Spillman:

Hybridity in Contemporary Media Arts

Time: 16:45
Location: Koç University, Rumeli Feneri (Main) Campus SOS Z 27

I will discuss heterogenous forms of interplay in the digital that are considered hybrid because they no longer refer to distinct media but to already mediated elements that characterise our present time of digital media. I will also refer to approachs in media studies and in cultural studies where they agree that artists are the promotors of radical and critical hybridity as much as they reflect culural-aesthetic multiplicity and difference and make us aware of the construction of meaning with and through media appearances. Because of the advanced deleopments with novel technologies in Asia, I will put one focus on examples of Japanese media arts that are also circulating within Europe, and will in comparison refer to exampes of critical media arts I from a European perspective that also reflects our highly saturated media enviornments. In this respect questions of connecting real and virtual location and the positioning of cultural context and the effects of effacing borders between fact and fiction are gaining importance. In light of these hybrid fusions, I wish to discuss the role of creative use of new technologies

Professor Yvonne Spielmann
Chair of New Media
University of the West of Scotland
School of Creative Industries

Professor Yvonne Spielmann (Ph.D. habil.) is Chair of New Media at The University of the West of Scotland, previously Professor of Visual Media at Braunschweig School of Art. She is author of the German language monographs “Eine Pfütze in bezug aufs Mehr. Avantgarde” (1991), “Intermedialität. Das System Peter Greenaway” (1998), and “Video. Das reflexive Medium” (2005). The English edition “Video. The Reflexive Medium” (published with MIT Press, 2008) was awarded the “Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics” in 2009. The Japanese edition is forthcoming from Sangen-Sha Press, Tokyo, the Polish edition is forthcoming from Oficyna Naukowa, Warszawa.

The most recent book on “Hybrid Culures” (2010) discusses on hybridity in digital media arts with a focus on Japan (English edition forthcoming with MIT Press, 2012).

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Blogging across Borders and Cultures

Call for Papers for the Special Issue on Blogging across Borders and Cultures:
International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST)


Since the late 1990s, Internet users have utilized blogs as one of the most ubiquitous communication tools to connect with audiences worldwide. Today blogging is firmly entrenched into the fabric of contemporary society. Versatile blogging systems provide unlimited access to web-publishing platforms that are free, preprogrammed, and easy to use.

An example of social interactive technologies application used for generating and distributing content, blogging offers people of diverse backgrounds and organizations from both public and private realms ample opportunities for communication, interaction, sharing, and collaboration.

Objective of the Special Issue

IJICST focuses on a broad spectrum of second-generation web-based interactive technologies, their applications, functions, and services. This special issue aims to provide a broad audience of academics, researchers and practitioners with a cross-disciplinary examination of blogging issues, contexts, concepts, and trends in diverse contexts and at various levels of communication.

Recommended Topics

Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Diffusion of blogging across geographical regions and cultures
  • Impact and applications of blogging systems and technologies
  • Issues, viewpoints, and perspectives on blogging in diverse contexts and at various levels of communication
  • Theories, philosophies, visions, principles, and functionalities of blogging

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Blogging across Borders and Cultures. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication.

INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/Files/AuthorEditor/guidelinessubmission.pdf

All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

About International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST) The International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST) focuses on a broad spectrum of existing and emerging Internet-based social interaction technologies, including their applications, functions, and services. This interdisciplinary journal brings together global experts from the areas of communication science, human-computer interaction, information systems, computer science, knowledge management, business, economics, media studies, public relations, advertising, marketing, education, law, psychology, anthropology, and social work. IJICST embraces an array of theoretical and investigative approaches ranging from empirical, interpretive, historical, philosophical, critical, as well as other research perspectives and utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. In addition, this journal offers a major contribution to the existing body of knowledge on the uses and applications of current and emerging social interaction technologies.

This journal is an official publication of the Information Resources Management Association www.igi-global.com/IJICST

Editor-in-Chief: Tatyana Dumova, Point Park University
Published: Semi-Annually (both in Print and Electronic form)


The International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST) is published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference”, “Business Science Reference”, and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com

All submissions should be directed to the attention of:

Tatyana Dumova, Editor-in-Chief
International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies
E-mail: tdumova@fastmail.net
Subject: IJICST Special Issue

Koç University: Now Admitting Students to Media and Visual Arts Department

Starting this autumn (2010), Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey will be admitting students to the Media and Visual Arts undergraduate program.

The Media and Visual Arts undergraduate program at Koç University, which integrates aesthetic, creative, and critical thought with expertise in advanced electronic multimedia, will provide students with the vital interdisciplinary education necessary for leadership in a rapidly transforming information society. The program will accept students with TS-1 score from the Turkish central placement examination LYS.

Each year, the program will admit 25 students, 5 with full tuition waiver, 5 with 50% tuition waiver.

For more information in Turkish, please consult the Media and Visual Arts homepage (the page in English is being prepared).

Edited Book: Reel Politics

I am happy to announce that our (Lemi Baruh and Ji Hoon Park) new edited volume on reality television, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, is now available.

Reel Politics: Reality Television as a Platform for Political Discourse
Editors: Lemi Baruh and Ji Hoon Park
Date Of Publication: Apr 2010
Isbn13: 978-1-4438-1915-2

I would like to thank all the contributors for all their brilliant work that made this book possible.

For a preview, the PDF of the Table of Contents and Intro chapters are available for download.

Thinking about getting a copy?  Click here or here

“This book delivers even more than it promises. In accomplishing its mission—to analyze the international eruption of Reality TV and to debate its pros and cons—this book confronts fundamental questions of media research. It asks, for example, how television genres evolve; whether their content relates to the zeitgeist; what gratifications they provide; whether they contribute to (or undermine) deliberative democracy; and how they cause new and old media to ‘converge.’”

—Professor Elihu Katz, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

New issue of Çizgidışıdergi is out

A new Turkish  journal called Çizgidışıdergi is out with its third issue. 

I also had the pleasure of writing a short article titled “Benibendendahaiyibilenler.com: Etkleşimli Ortamda Tüketici Gözetimi (Surveillance) ve Kimlik” [Roughly translated as ThosewhoknowmebetterthanIdo.com: Consumer Surveillance in Interactive Media].

The issue is available for free download.

Resist The Face(book) of Surveillance

About a week has passed since Facebook decided to change its privacy policies to make users information available to everyone (not only on Facebook, everyone online).

Public backlash seems to be rising:

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

You can also take action by making a complaint with the eTrust.

Globalizing Permission Culture

Since last week, the leaked provisions of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement reveal that the agreement is more about creating a global Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA, USA).

Under the agreement, if moves on as leaked, Internet Service Providers, will be required “to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers” or face liability themselves. In the spirit of the DMCA, the accused infringer will in no way have access to a trial or counsel through which he or she can prove innocence or fair use.

Similarly, social media sites that rely on user generated content (e.g. YouTube) will have to actively make sure that the user generated content do not “infringe” copyrights.  Putting aside the ridiculous amount of resources that would a company like YouTube would need to accomplish this deed, the active checking of user generated content will lead to “preemptive censorship” within which the service provider will both be the police and the judge and try to minimize its own risk by eliminating content that may be on that increasingly thinning fair use area.

And again, in the spirit of the DMCA, any development, sharing, publication of means through which digital rights management systems can be bypassed–even for legal purposes such as putting your device to a new use, or taking a back-up, or finding a way to skip through the copyright notice to show a short scene in a class—will be prohibited.

For details about the ACTA and taking action:




Freedom to Ring

Previously I had mentioned an “interesting” case about American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers asserting that when somebody’s cell phone’s musical ringtone sounds in a public place, they are infringing copyrights.  Here is the update about the case from EFF:

A federal court yesterday firmly rejected that argument, ruling that “when a ringtone plays on a cellular telephone, even when that occurs in public, the user is exempt from copyright liability, and [the cellular carrier] is not liable either secondarily or directly.”

The ruling is an important victory for consumers, making it clear that playing music in public, when done without any commercial purpose, does not infringe copyright. That’s thanks to Section 110(4) of the Copyright Act, which exempts public performances undertaken “without any purpose of direct or indirect commercial advantage.” In the words of the court, “customers do not play ringtones with any expectation of profit.” This ruling should also protect consumers who roll down their car windows with the radio on, who take a radio to the beach, or who sing “Happy Birthday” to their children in a public park.

Long live the right to whistle, sing and roll down your car windows!!!

New Media BA/MA Program @KadirHasUniversity

After two years of planning (and a huge amount of paperwork) and half a year of waiting for approval, we are proud to announce the founding of a new program at the Faculty of Communications at Kadir Has University: New Media (BA/MA)

An undergraduate (BA) program and a graduate (MA) program in New Media are both open and accepting students as of September 2009.

MA Program Information (English)

MA Program Information (Turkish)


The New Media Department at Kadir Has University, Faculty of Communication offers an interdisciplinary course of study of the convergence and development of the systems, technologies, history, design, and theory of communication, media and information. With a focus on interactive design, internet application development, e-commerce and mobile computing, the curriculum will prepare students to be technologically capable, articulate thinkers, and creative media professionals. Prospective students need to be passionate about design, the web and new technologies.