Societies Under Siege: Media, Government, Politics and Citizens Freedoms in an Age of Terrorism (Khas2009)

Venue: Kadir Has University Main Campus

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Event Date/Time: Apr 28, 2009 End Date/Time: Apr 30, 2009
Registration Date: Feb 27, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 09, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Mar 20, 2009
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International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism & Society

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

Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey

April 28-30, 2009

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Professor Yonah Alexander

For many years, terrorism has been a hot button issue that has preoccupied academics, media professionals and citizens throughout the world. Terrorism itself is a contested concept and different societies/nations/groups have had divergent experiences with terrorism. Until the catastrophic events of 9/11 and the consequences set into motion for the world, United States’ experience with international terrorism was limited. 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 new measures adopted both in US and worldwide put restraints on freedoms, such as freedom of expression and of the press, that Americans themselves cherished and exported to other nations.

Unlike the recent US experience, Turkey has long suffered from terrorism and its legal, moral and social consequences. The current escalation and spread of international terrorism also threatens other nations with a long history of peace and liberty. Research on the experiences of different nations is expected to better understand aspects of terrorism.

The conference will explore ongoing problems and challenges involving conceptualization of terrorism and its representation in the media on the one hand and ongoing social, political and governmental responses to terrorism on the other.

We are inviting scholars and public figures interested in mass communications and media studies, law and policy, history, political science, psychology, sociology and education to submit a 500-word maximum proposal on terrorism, conflict and society. Theoretical or empirical issues to be discussed include but are not limited to the following:

· Cross-cultural differences/similarities in media discourses related to the concept of “terrorism.”

· Patterns in terrorism in self-governing nations.

· Government response to terrorism and freedom of the press

· Law, law enforcement and citizens’ rights.

· Media coverage of terrorism, of government responses, and media agenda-setting.

· Psychological and sociological impacts of terrorism.

· Educational responses in an age of terrorism.

Submit a 500 word maximum proposal or paper to:

Banu Baybars-Hawks
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
School of Communications, Kadir Has University, Istanbul-TURKEY


For further information about the conference, contact:
Dr. Banu Baybars-Hawks (


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