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

Societies Under Siege E-Proceeding is Out

After some delay, the e-proceedings of the Societies Under Siege: Media, Government, Politics, and Citizens’ Freedoms in an Age of Terrorism is available for download.

The e-proceeding presents a selection of short papers presented during the international conference organized at Kadir Has University in 2009.

Societies Under Siege (e-Proceeding)

Call for Chapter Proposals

Proposal Submission Deadline: March 01, 2010
Full Chapter Submission Deadline: June 15, 2010

“Societies Under Siege:  Media, Government, Politics and Citizens’ Freedoms in an Age of Terrorism”

Associate Professor Banu Baybars Hawks
Assistant Professor Lemi Baruh

For many years, terrorism has been a hot button issue that has preoccupied academics, media professionals and citizens throughout the world. Certainly, terrorism is a contested concept and different nations have had divergent experiences with terrorism. For example, United States’ experience with international terrorism is not lengthy.  When hijacked airliners brought down New York City’s World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001 and damaged the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., roughly 3,000 persons died. Reactions to those events,  through passage of laws, vigorous police measures, and military initiatives have placed the United States on a continuous war footing.

The aim of this edited volume (to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing) is to explore ongoing challenges involving social, communicative and policy responses to terrorism and conflict in national and international contexts.

Subjects include but are not limited to the following:

  • Discourses related to the concept of “terrorism.”
  • Media coverage of terrorism, of government responses, and media agenda-setting.
  • Comparative analysis of security and surveillance measures adopted by local, national and international governing bodies.
  • Media government relations
  • Media ethics in the coverage of conflict
  • Law, law enforcement and individual liberties.


  • This book is scheduled to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.  The expected publication date is 2011

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • March 01, 2010: Extended Abstract Submission
  • April 15, 2010: Notification of Acceptance
  • June 15, 2010: Full Chapter Submission
  • September 01, 2010: Review Result Returned
  • October 01, 2010: Final Chapter Submission for Copyediting

For further inquiries and to submit a 500 word extended-abstract, please contact Associate Professor Banu Baybars Hawks banubhawks@khas.edu.tr

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.