International Conference, 10.-11. Dezember 2015

The Media-Bridge-Cultures conference in Istanbul will address transnational bridging functions of the media as connecting agents between cultures and countries. A special emphasis will be placed on mediated bridges between Germany and Turkey. The "Communicative Figurations" research network supports the conference as cooperation partner.

Scholars widely agree that mass and digital media do not only portray cultures and cultural identities, but also construct them. Users, on the other hand, select media offerings to gratify their needs, among them to build and negotiate identities, and to fulfill their need to belong. The latter is facilitated especially (but not exclusively) by social media, enabling individuals to effortlessly network across territorial borders and thereby, perhaps, contributing to social cohesion.

The conference aims to bring together state-of-the-art research on these and related topics. It takes place in the framework of the German-Turkish Year of Science and is supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research. It thus aims to not only address academics but also journalists and other practitioners interested in the topic.

There will be two keynote speakers and a public panel discussion including Turkish and German media correspondents and producers of diasporic media.

The conference will be held in English; simultaneous translation into Turkish and German will be provided for keynotes and the panel discussion by media correspondents.

Conference organizers are Çiğdem Bozdağ (Kadir Has University, Istanbul, formerly ZeMKI, University of Bremen) and Özen Odağ (Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences at Jacobs University, Bremen). Please contact Çiğdem Bozdağ ( or Özen Odağ ( for further questions.

Further information about the conference can be accessed here.