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Culture and Communication in Anatolia: Past, Present and Future
June 15-17, 2016 |  Atılım University, Ankara, Turkey

Scope: About the symposium

The Public Relations and Advertising department at Atılım University, Ankara, Turkey, proudly presents an international symposium on culture and communication with distinguished international and national speakers that most of us can hardly ever have a chance to meet, listen to and talk with.

The symposium will be held on June 15 – 17, 2016. In addition to distinguished speakers, there will be paper presentation sessions. Thus, research papers are welcomed.

Theme of symposium

The symposium consists of three interrelated sections:

The main themes of first two sections are confined within the framework of historical and/or critical assessment of life in Anatolia in general and Ankara and surroundings in specific. There is no specified historical time limit on subject of presentations. It is expected that presentations establish connections with culture which is broadly defined as the way/mode of production of life and communication which is defined as the necessary condition of physical/biological and societal existence and survival of human beings.

The main theme of the third section is dedicated to “Culture and Communication: challenge of the Present and Future under Globalization.” There is no limit on historical time and place for presentations; however presentations are expected to establish global and local/glocal connections.

Based on the above main themes, presentations are invited on topics including but not limited to the followings:

  • Archeological, antropological, social, political and cultural expressions of life in Anatolia/Ankara (in any period or periods)

  • Social structures and/or cultural and communicative interactions in Anatolia (e.g. Anatolia in general, Ankara and surroundings or central Anatolia in any historical period)

  • Networks of economic and political transactions/communications (roads etc systems) and their aims and functions. 

  • Material and immaterial cultures and cultural artifacts/expressions

  • Formation, maintenance, development/change and/or production relations within the organized social, economic and political structure(s).

  • Transmission, diffusion, exchange, domination, struggle, appropriation, development, transformation, acculturation, hybridization, disappearance or elimination of cultures and communication. 

  • Critically assessing culture and communication within macro, meso or micro structures and structural relations, including ideology, domination and struggle

  • Daily practices of reproduction of life.

  • Reproduction of organized relations and structures

  • Reproduction of social and economic practices

  • Reproduction of consciousness, ways of thinking, deciding and evaluation

  • Nature of communicative actions at macro, meso or micro levels in order to reproduce prevailing modes of material and immaterial life.  

  • Challenge of the present and future of the world in general and/or any geographical or political unit(s) in specific (e.g., Middle east, Anatolia, Ankara or any country such as Turkey)

Objective of symposium

The main objective of the symposium is to (a) share accumulated knowledge on Anatolia and Ankara in the fields of archeology, anthropology, history, culture and communication, (b) promote cooperation among academics in different fields with interrelated research interests, (c) advance knowledge via new studies, cooperation and sharing, and thus, (d) contribute to the critical understanding of communication and culture in general and specific references to Anatolia and Ankara via interdisciplinary studies. We will cover the life in Anatolia and Ankara from the historically known beginnings to the present and future. To do so, the symposium intends to provide vast arrays of scholarly topics of interest that will not only provide a broad knowledge and further dialogue for the archeological, social and cultural history of Anatolia and Ankara, but also will allow us to appreciate that all kinds of human expressions are embedded in the modes and relations of material and immaterial production, distribution and consumption of life at certain times and places.

The importance of a comprehensive examination of historical conditions and expressions of life in Anatolia and Ankara is closely related with the fact that the local, regional and global transformations require such examinations of historical conditions that have influenced humanity throughout the centuries leading to the current situations all over the world. Besides, search for a humane life on earth as against the prevailing historical dominance of inhumanity requires that we should reflect our thoughts not only on current daily life conditions and relations but also historical ones.

Thus, the symposium aims to be comprehensive in order to stimulate increased interest in not only research but also furthering understanding of why and how we were, are and will be in the future.