Call for Papers – 6th International Communication Days

Üsküdar University (Istanbul) Communication Faculty is hosting the sixth International Communication Days on 02 – 03 May 2019. This year’s symposium title is “Digital Transformation”.

For more info and paper submission click here.

Call For Papers

In addition to the digital communication technologies that marked the era, the media sector and communication sciences have undergone significant changes and transformations. On the one hand, media professionals have been trying to adapt to the new era in which production, distribution and administration are surrounded by digital technologies. On the other hand, academicians have been searching new theories and methodologies in order to analyze and interpret the changing era. In Digital Transformation Symposium, the era of digitization will be discussed in several dimensions with the participation of academicians and media professionals. Thus, while developing a new vision for scientific field, it is aimed to display the requirements of the era in communication education by probing the experiences, education, job opportunities and processes in the digital world.

Digital Transformation Symposium is a peer-reviewed scientific event. Both nationally and internationally recognized scholars in communication field will be invited as keynote speakers

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Digital transformation in print media
  • New Media
  • Digital transformation in television and radio
  • Cinema in the age of digital transformation
  • Digital marketing communication
  • Digital transformation in public relations
  • Digital transformation in advertising
  • Digital transformation in visual communication
  • Virtual Reality
  • Hyper-reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence

Submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by the members of Scientific Committee and the accepted papers will be published in the abstract booklet before the symposium. Then, authors may prefer to have their papers included in full paper booklet or in the special edition of Faculty of Communication’s Academic Journal Etkileşim. In that case, their work will be reviewed by the Etkileşim journal’s Editorial Board. Abstracts and poster presentations should be sent to the Organization Committee before 15 March 2019. Accepted papers will be announced by 30 March 2019.

Full time Faculty Positions in Media and Visual Arts

It is that time of the year when we seek candidates for our growing Department of Media and Visual Arts at Koç University. This year we have two open-rank positions:


Fulltime Faculty Position in Interaction Design

Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA) and the Koç  University – Arçelik Research Center for Creative Industries (KUAR) invite applications for full-time faculty position of any rank in interaction Design.

At the time of employment, September 2018,  applicants are expected to have a PhD in interaction design in  one of the following areas and have a record of demonstrated research accomplishments,

  • design (product design, communication design, user experience design, architecture or similar),

  • engineering and sciences (electrical engineering, computer science, human computer interaction or similar),

  • social sciences (psychology, sociology, cognitive science or similar)

The successful candidate is expected to teach two courses per semester and have an active research agenda. The candidate will also be affiliated with KUAR. Applicants with interdisciplinary research agenda are highly encouraged. 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. The medium of instruction is English.

MAVA at Koç University offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes communications theory, media/arts management, and production. Students enrolled at the Department of Media and Visual Arts were ranked at or above the 99th percentile of the Central University Placement Exams in Turkey.

Founded jointly by Koç University and Arçelik A.Ş. (www.arcelikas.com) in 2015, KUAR aims to add value, via research, that increases the efficiency and international competitiveness of Turkish creative industries. A wide range of topics such as lifestyle, entertainment (game, performance, movies, drama, animation), cultural heritage (exhibitions, heritage, analysis), info-assistance, transportation, education, healthcare lie within the scope of research conducted at KUAR where research and development on conceptual/experimental/visionary prototypes, working prototypes, re-design prototypes of products, design guidelines is undertaken.

Deadline for submission of applications is December 18, 2017.

  • Cover letter summarizing research and teaching approach and goals

  • Curriculum Vitae including publications list

  • Three reference letters

To Apply: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10291


Fulltime Faculty Position in Media and Communications

Koç University, Department of Media and Visual Arts (MAVA) invites applications for full-time faculty positions of any rank (beginning September 2018). Areas of specialization are open, but candidates specializing  in journalism, media and politics, cultural studies, media management, and marketing are particularly encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will be expected to teach two courses per semester and is expected to have an active research agenda. At the time of employment, candidates should have a PhD. We especially encourage applications from candidates whose research agenda is interdisciplinary. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Located in Istanbul 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. The medium of instruction is English. MAVA at Koç University offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes communications theory, media/arts management, and production. Students enrolled at the Department of Media and Visual Arts were ranked at or above the 99th percentile of the Central University Placement Exams in Turkey.

Deadline for submission of applications is December 18, 2017.

  • Cover letter summarizing research and teaching approach and goals

  • Curriculum Vitae including publications list

  • Three reference letters

To Apply: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/10292

 

Do online privacy concerns predict privacy behavior?

In a new article, we (Lemi Baruh, Ekin Seçinti, Zeynep Cemalcılar) meta-analytically chime in on the frequently debated concept of “privacy paradox”.  We  investigate whether users’ reported privacy concerns and literacy influence the extent to which they utilize online services (including but not limited to SNSs), disclose personal information and adopt measures to protect their privacy. Privacy concerns did not predict SNS use; however, it was associated with lower disclosure of information, lower use of other types of online services (e.g., e-commerce), and higher tendency to engage in privacy protective measures.

Click here for access to the article.

Click here for access to additional information about the meta-analysis.

Call for Papers: Situational Awareness Systems in Disaster and Emergency Medicine

Situational awareness (SA) is a prerogative for effective decision making during emergencies. A burgeoning number of ICT tools and analytical methods are being developed to enhance both individual, as well as shared (team) situational awareness during large or small scale medical emergencies and d  isasters.

In this light, Situational Awareness Systems track of The World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) Congress (Toronto, CANADA, April 25-28, 2017) is seeking contributions that will foster innovation in Situational Awareness Systems. The SAS track is led by the COncORDE EU project consortium (http://www.concorde-project.eu/).

We welcome research papers, proposed studies, field/case reports, full scale or partial demonstrations, simulations that can help share innovative approaches to situational awareness in disaster and emergency medicine.

Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

  • Critical Data Identification and Collection
  • Data Presentation
  • Data Sharing/Interoperability
  • Decision Support Tools
  • Responder Management
  • Multi-Agency Situational Awareness Systems
  • SAS in Austere Settings.
  • Healthcare “Internet of Things”
  • Ethical and Legal Issues

Selected abstracts will be invited for being developed into full length papers to be published in the Medical Situational Awareness Systems in Emergencies and Crises Special Issue, to be published in Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management (ISI Impact Factor: 1.073) (subject to additional double-blind peer reviewing)

We invite you to check the topics of this and other tracks and submit short abstracts of your ideas at

https://wadem.org/congress/toronto-2017/call-for-submissions/#sub_topic21 ,

by 14 November 2016.

Toronto Congress will be WADEM’s 20th biennial meeting of global experts that exchange knowledge and best practices on disaster health and emergency medicine. More than 800 healthcare professionals, researchers, industry representatives, policy makers and students from 63 countries participated in our last Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in 2015–and we expect to exceed that for Toronto!

If you have any further inquiries or suggestions, please feel free to contact us from concordefp7project@ku.edu.tr

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Cyberpsychology’s special issue on self-disclosure and privacy published

Privacy and disclosure special issue of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace edited by Michel Walrave, Sonja Utz, Alexander P. Schouten, Wannes Heirman is now out and available for download (and hopefully for wide reading, discussing, citing).

Also included in the special issue is an article from SIMLAB (Murat Kezer, Barış Sevi, Zeynep Cemalcılar, and Lemi Baruh). The article compares three age groups  (18-40, 41-65, 65+) in terms of their tendency to self-disclose on Facebook, and their privacy attitudes, privacy literacy and use of privacy protective measures.

The study reports that young adults are more likely than other age groups to self-disclose on Facebook; yet, they are also the age group that is most likely to utilize privacy protective measures on Facebook. Furthermore, using a multidimensional approach to privacy attitude measurement, the study reports that while young adults are more likely to be concerned about their own privacy, mature adults tend to be more concerned about others’ privacy. Finally, the findings of the study suggest that the impact of privacy attitudes on privacy-protective behaviors is strongest among mature adults.

Here is the link to the full article.

We thank the editors of the special issue Michel Walrave, Sonja Utz, Alexander P. Schouten, Wannes Heirman for the opportunity.

PhD Studentship(s) at Social Interaction and Media Lab, Koç University, Istanbul

SIMLAB at Koç University, Istanbul is looking for candidates for PhD studentships interested in working in the following topics:

  • Online socialization
  • Impression formation, relationship initiation and maintanance on social media
  • Self-disclosure, communication and detection of emotions on social media
  • Social media and identity
  • Privacy attitudes, preferences and privacy management behavior of users

Candidates should have a background, and preferably graduate training, in social psychology, media studies, or other related fields. Candidates who have applied experience in quantitative research methods, statistical analysis, field management, and/or programming languages are particularly welcome.

Information regarding application procedures for PhD studentships are provided in the Design, Technology, & Society (DTS) PhD program webpage. Further inquiries about the application procedures should be sent to simlab@ku.edu.tr

Candidates who are accepted as PhD students will receive scholarships as described in the webpage of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University

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Why “notice and choice” approaches to privacy reduce our privacy

In a recently published article, we (Lemi Baruh and Mihaela Popescu) discuss the limitations of reliance on market mechanisms for privacy protection.

Self-management frameworks such as “notice or choice” are inherently biased towards 1) reducing the level of privacy enjoyed by the members of the society and 2) creating privacy inequities (i.e., privacy haves and have nots). In the article we also discuss an alternative way of approaching privacy protection in the age of big data analytics.

Here is the abstract:

This article looks at how the logic of big data analytics, which promotes an aura of unchallenged objectivity to the algorithmic analysis of quantitative data, preempts individuals’ ability to self-define and closes off any opportunity for those inferences to be challenged or resisted. We argue that the predominant privacy protection regimes based on the privacy self-management framework of “notice and choice” not only fail to protect individual privacy, but also underplay privacy as a collective good. To illustrate this claim, we discuss how two possible individual strategies—withdrawal from the market (avoidance) and complete reliance on market-provided privacy protections (assimilation)—may result in less privacy options available to the society at large. We conclude by discussing how acknowledging the collective dimension of privacy could provide more meaningful alternatives for privacy protection.

New Media Faculty Positions at Kadir Has University

The New Media Department at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, invites applications for an associate/assistant professor and for a lecturer position in new media beginning 2015-2016 academic year. Successful candidates should have following qualifications.

Qualifications for the associate/assistant professor position:

  • A Ph.D. degree in the field of Communication and Media, Sociology, Economy or Management;
  • A record of scholarly achievement and research;
  • Experience in teaching and administrative work at the university;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.

Qualifications for the lecturer position:

  • Professional experience in the new media field;
  • Teaching experience;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.

Candidates with expertise in economy and marketing in new media and/or quantitative research methods and big data are encouraged to apply, but applicants in other fields of new media are also welcomed.

Kadir Has University, located in Istanbul, Turkey, is a comprehensive four-year university. Located in a historic city campus, Kadir Has University offers its students an inspiring environment characterized by close student and faculty interaction. For more information about the university and the department, please visit website (www.khas.edu.tr).

The deadline for applications is May 10, 2015. Please send your resume and cover letter to Assist. Prof. Çiğdem Bozdağ (cigdem.bozdag@khas.edu.tr)

Design Lab at Koç University Presents: A Cinematic Talk with Peter Greenaway

Academic, painter and master of cinema, Peter Greenaway, will release his new film, “Eisenstein in Guanajuato”, this year. Prior to the film’s release, Mr. Greenaway will meet with designers in a talk organized by Koç University Design Lab.

At the event that will take place as part of the Istanbul Design Biennial, and with support from the SGKM and the Social Sciences Institute, Greenaway will speak about the passionate transformation of his cinema into a present-tense, multi-screen and non-narrative one. By exhibiting the phases he experienced in this remarkable and challenging journey Greenaway will show four films which he considers that might aid his optimism: A HISTORY OF ITALIAN DESIGN commissioned by the MILAN DESIGN MUSEUM, ATOMIC BOMBS DROPPED ON THE PLANET EARTH, a speculative venture, THE TOWERS – LUCCA HUBRIS, commissioned by the CITY OF LUCCA in Italy, and VERONESE’S THE MARRIAGE commissioned by the CINI FOUNDATION in Venice. While discussing these films, he will share with us his critique on the Death of Cinema.

Admission Free, Invitation Only
23 October 2014, 19:00 – Sevgi Gönül Cultural Center Koç University Sarıyer

For invitations: Sosyotix
Facebook page: A Cinematic Talk with Peter Greenaway

Introducing a “multidimensional privacy attitudes scale”

As one of our first research project in SIMLAB (founded in late 2012), we (Lemi Baruh & Zeynep Cemalcılar) had been working on developing a multidimensional privacy orientation scale. The scale is summarised in an article published in November 2014 in Personality and Individual Differences.

The article reports that individuals’ decisions about level of privacy they need is determined not only by concern about themselves but also concern about privacy of other individuals:

  • There are four distinction dimensions of privacy:  (1) belief in the value of “privacy as a right”; (2) “other-contingent privacy”; (3) “concern about own informational privacy” and (4) “concern about privacy of others.”
  • A segmentation of users in terms of these four dimensions of privacy points to three distinct types of users: 1) privacy advocates,who are concerned about both their own and other people’s privacy; (2) privacy individualists, who are concerned mostly about their own privacy, and (3) privacy indifferents, whose score on all dimensions are lower than other segments.User segments are privacy advocates, privacy individualists, privacy indifferents.
  • Users who value others’ privacy are less likely to invade informational privacy.
  • Privacy individualists use social network sites for satisfying voyeuristic curiosity.
  • Reciprocating disclosure is more likely for privacy advocates than for individualists.

The multidimensional scale has 18 items, all measured using a 5-point likert scale (ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree):

Dimension 1: Privacy as a Right

  • Privacy laws should be strengthened to protect personal privacy.
  • People need legal protection against misuse of personal data.
  • If I were to write a constitution today, I would probably add privacy as a fundamental right.

Dimension 2: Concern about Own Informational Privacy

  • When I share the details of my personal life with somebody, I often worry that he/she will tell those details to other people.
  • I am concerned that people around me know too much about me.
  • I am concerned with the consequences of sharing identity information
  • I worry about sharing information with more people than I intend to.

Dimension 3: Other-Contingent Privacy

  • If somebody is not careful about protecting their own privacy, I cannot trust them about respecting mine.
  • If I am to enjoy some privacy in my life, I need my friends to be careful about protecting their privacy as well.
  • I could never trust someone as my confidant if they go around sharing details about their own private lives.
  • The level of privacy that I can enjoy depends on the extent to which people around me protect their own privacy.

Dimension 4: Concern about Privacy of Others

  • It is important for me to respect the privacy of individuals, even if they are not careful about protecting their own privacy.
  • I value other people’s privacy as much as I value mine
  • Even when somebody is not careful about his/her privacy, I do my best to respect that person’s privacy
  • I always do my best not to intrude into other people’s private lives
  • Respect for others’ privacy should be an important priority in social relations

Please feel free to use (and/or translate) scale. We would appreciate it greatly if you could notify us about an translation of the scale.

Citation information: 

Baruh, Lemi, and Zeynep Cemalcılar. 2014. “It Is More than Personal: Development and Validation of a Multidimensional Privacy Orientation Scale.” Personality and Individual Differences 70 (November). Elsevier Ltd: 165–70. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2014.06.042.

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