New Media Studies Conference at Kadir Has University

New Media Studies 2nd National Conference in İstanbul on 26-27th of February

The second gathering of the New Media Studies Conference, first national and refereed conference, was held in İstanbul in 26 – 27 February. This year, the organisers of the Conference are Alternatif Bilişim Foundation and Kadir Has University.

The theme of the conference which this year hosted by Kadir Has University was “New Media Literacy”. Besides the opportunities the new media offered users, the conference also included topics such as the growing threat of surveillance, commercialization and censorship as main discussion topics. “New Media Literacy” was discussed in relation to the threats and opportunities it poses for the media and citizens.

On Thursday, February 26th, the Conference  began with opening speeches by the Kadir Has University Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Sevda Alankuş, and the President of the Alternatif Bilişim Foundation, Ali Rıza Keleş. In addition, Mustafa Akgül, faculty member of Bilkent University and President of the Internet Technologies Foundation, joined as the guest speaker.

Bringing new breath to the new media field the conference also featured workshops organised around the themes such as as the interaction of the new media arts and digital storytelling intended for the development of personal summation and digital literacy.

In the 2nd National Conference of New Media Studies, 51 out of 90 abstracts were chosen by the Science Board composed of 46 expert academics. Some of the topics that was presented at the Conference included topics such as the different understandings  and reflections of new media literacy both in Turkey and around the world; related international projects; inter-disciplinary approaches and participation; the new media use of the women; LGBTI people; Y generation, which frequently constitutes the agenda; and NGOs.

The following questions was also discussed at the Conference:

Can a social media phenomenon be an opinion leader?

Does social media help people to participate in politics?

Who has our personal data and why?

How secure are we?

The Congress was live broadcasted online via URL:

Program details can be found on

You can get more information about the workshops here.

For more videos on the event, click here to reach the  Youtube channel.

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- Youth Art Research and Training Association, based in Istanbul, is the Turkish partner of the project.