İstanbul will host the fourth international European Communication Conference (ECC) organized by the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), a Brussels-based international organization bringing together academics from communication studies worldwide, in October 2012.
The conference, whose topic will be social media, will be held with the assistance of the Communication Research Association (İLAD), a civil society organization established 22 years ago in İstanbul to conduct and promote academic research on communication. One of İLAD's founders is renowned journalist and writer Hıfzı Topuz. ECREA's biannual conferences started in 2005 and were previously held in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Hamburg.
Nurçay Türkoğlu, secretary-general of İLAD and a senior lecturer in communication and media studies at Marmara University, explained that İstanbul has been chosen as the new venue for the conference. “İstanbul is an important cultural center with its cultural plurality that draws the attention of researchers from the field of communication, and journalists,” she said at a press conference to announce the event. François Heinderyckx, president of ECREA, called Turkey a successful actor in communicating its culture, mainly through visual media, most importantly by TV series.
The conference will take place on Oct. 24-27, bringing together journalists and academics from the departments of media studies of various Turkish universities, including Galatasaray University, Marmara University, Anadolu University and Ankara University. It will be held at İstanbul Bilgi University's Dolapdere and Santral campuses. Douglas Kellner, a prominent academic known for his research on the effects of globalization and post-modernity on new media studies, will be a keynote speaker.