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Mehrabov, I. (2016). Alternative Media, Video Activism and the Proliferation of Unintentional Surveillance in Turkey. In: : . Paper presented at ICA 2016: "Communicating with Power". ICA (International Communication Association), Fukuoka, JAPAN, 9-13 June 2016.. Fukuoka, JAPAN
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Alternative Media, Video Activism and the Proliferation of Unintentional Surveillance in Turkey
2016 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article explores the conduct of video activism in Turkey through a case study on now dispersed Karahaber, an Ankara-based video activist collective formed in 2005 - through a question of whether the group’s videos provided an empowerment for the socially excluded strata of Turkish society or did they further facilitate the spectacle/surveillance culture? The main source of information for the article comes from the semi-structured in-depth interviews conducted with eight core Karahaber members in Istanbul and Ankara. The secondary source is comprised by the 175 Karahaber videos, published on collective’s website http://www.karahaber.org. Relying on the theoretical framework structured by the works of Guy Debord, David Lyon and Thomas Mathiesen, article claims that Karahaber’s practices of video activism created an enforcement of synoptic urge through the facilitation of voyeuristic tendencies of protesters, thus reinforcing the effect of unintentional surveillance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Fukuoka, JAPAN: , 2016
Keywords
Alternative Media, Activist Video, Turkey
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45382 (URN)
Conference
ICA 2016: "Communicating with Power". ICA (International Communication Association), Fukuoka, JAPAN, 9-13 June 2016.
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-08-18 Last updated: 2017-10-05Bibliographically approved
Mehrabov, I. (2016). "Fortress Europe", FRONTEX, and Readmission Agreement with Turkey. In: : . Paper presented at ICA 2016: "Communicating with Power". ICA (International Communication Association), Fukuoka, JAPAN, 9-13 June 2016.. Fukuoka, JAPAN
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Fortress Europe", FRONTEX, and Readmission Agreement with Turkey
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The main focus of article is on the most recent readmission agreement signed by European Union and Turkey in late 2013 - although expanding over this protocol article as well explores the sprawling power of EU over the Mediterranean Sea countries and the extent this hegemonic widening of domination effects the irregular migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who often risk their lives desperately trying to reach the southern and eastern shores of European continent. The agreement functions as a springboard to explore conceptual issues of (out-sourced) sovereignty, border externalization and ex-territorial forms of power in the control of migration and creation of transnational mobility regimes by the European Union and its member states.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Fukuoka, JAPAN: , 2016
Keywords
Turkey, Territorial Sovereignty, Mediterranean Sea
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45381 (URN)
Conference
ICA 2016: "Communicating with Power". ICA (International Communication Association), Fukuoka, JAPAN, 9-13 June 2016.
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-08-18 Last updated: 2017-10-10Bibliographically approved
Mehrabov, I. (2016). The Uncanny Relationship of Mediatization and Surveillance in Developing Countries. In: : . Paper presented at 7th Biennial Surveillance & Society Conference: "Surveillance: Power, Performance & Trust". SSN (Surveillance Studies Network), Barcelona, SPAIN, 20-23 April 2016.. Barcelona, SPAIN
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Uncanny Relationship of Mediatization and Surveillance in Developing Countries
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Despite being a relatively young field of academic inquiry, mediatization research is already considered to be a prominent theoretical framework for understanding the long term effects of contemporary media saturation. Yet, the empirical research on mediatization conducted so far have focused primarily on Western countries, and was implemented mainly in Europe. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that especially within the context of developing countries (and also an alarming number of developed ones) media technologies and ICTs are increasingly being used for control over information - together with the heavy surveillance of dissidents and activists. Intertwined merging of mediatized electronic communication with the processes of digitalization; and convergence of various media forms (shortly called the meta-process of mediatization) inevitably leads to increase in the possibilities of their monitoring - and as the recent revelations of the NSA contractor Edward Snowden and the whistle blower organization WikiLeaks about the global pervasive state surveillance conducted by US and European intelligence agencies in close cooperation with a number of private companies clearly showed, transforms the society into the ‘surveillance society’ (Lyon, 2001). Thus, in line with Stig Hjarvard’s detection that whether the “mediatization has positive or negative consequences cannot be determined in general terms; it is a concrete, analytical question that needs to be addressed in terms of specific contexts, where the influence of specific media over certain institutions is gauged” (2008, p. 114) this presentation aims to focus upon the negative consequences of mediatization and its relationship to increased public and private surveillance with a study on Azerbaijan - where mediatization process is promoted by the modernization upgrades of telecommunications and mobile telephony infrastructure through a number of foreign aids and grants, provided by international organizations and NGOs for the purposes of adjustment towards the governing European and global standards.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Barcelona, SPAIN: , 2016
Keywords
Mediatization; Azerbaijan; Surveillance; ICT4D
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45379 (URN)
Conference
7th Biennial Surveillance & Society Conference: "Surveillance: Power, Performance & Trust". SSN (Surveillance Studies Network), Barcelona, SPAIN, 20-23 April 2016.
Available from: 2016-08-18 Created: 2016-08-18 Last updated: 2016-08-19Bibliographically approved
Mehrabov, I. (2015). Applying Critical Media Sociology: Mapping the Intersections of Media and Communication Research with Surveillance Studies. In: Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination: Abstract Book. Paper presented at ESA 2015: The 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association "Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination". ESA (European Sociological Association), Prague, Czech Republic, 25-28 August 2015. Prague: Institute of Sociology CAS
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Applying Critical Media Sociology: Mapping the Intersections of Media and Communication Research with Surveillance Studies
2015 (English)In: Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination: Abstract Book, Prague: Institute of Sociology CAS , 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The revelations of otherwise confidential intelligence files by Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and journalistic organization WikiLeaks showed once more that we live in an era of intensified and all-encompassing communications surveillance, conducted by secret services, intelligence agencies and private companies. This is an era of rapid transformations in the sphere of media and communication, which, according to Robert W. McChesney, “veers toward a classic definition of fascism” (McChesney 2013, 171). Thus it becomes urgent that better sociological conceptualizations of the stance of media and communication as an academic field within these metamorphoses is conducted - together with the explorations of what comprises the fast growing field of surveillance studies.

Within such scope this presentation attempts to sociologically map the academic branch of surveillance studies from the perspective of the scholarly field of media and communication, and to seek out boundaries, limitations, strengths, and weaknesses of the currently conducted research. To be able to properly map out the field and mark important points within the landscape, the Journal of Surveillance & Society, a premier interdisciplinary journal in the field of surveillance, is chosen as a point of departure. Analysis of reiterating topics within the surveillance studies field is conducted based on 296 articles from 40 issues published between 2002 and 2013. While providing the analysis of the frequent topics and thus mapping out the field, the article also engages in the argumentative discussion of the missing points and aspects believed to be in the need of fortification and wider coverage.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Prague: Institute of Sociology CAS, 2015
Keywords
Media and Communication; Surveillance Studies; Critical Media Sociology; Mapping Academic Field; Content Analysis
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37858 (URN)
Conference
ESA 2015: The 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association "Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination". ESA (European Sociological Association), Prague, Czech Republic, 25-28 August 2015
Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-07 Last updated: 2016-02-25Bibliographically approved
Mehrabov, I. (2015). Copyleft Production of Music for Social Change: Exploring the Alternatives. In: : . Paper presented at NordMedia 2015: "Media Presence - Mobile Modernities". Copenhagen, Denmark, 13-15 August 2015. Copenhagen
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Copyleft Production of Music for Social Change: Exploring the Alternatives
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Political music has always been one of the most important and impact generating weapons inside the arsenal of available tools for promotion of social change within the struggle for more just and egalitarian society - with an enormous potential for political mobilization of otherwise contesting middle classes. Yet, the effort of the small-scale, politically conscious and critically oriented music bands to establish themselves as the independent actors within the contemporary reality of commercialized musical scene dominated by transnational media moguls most often becomes a struggle by itself. The notion of copyleft - a creative attempt to juxtapose copyright and disrupt power structures built around it, thus enabling the full retransformation of the existing musical communication order - becomes an important topic to consider within this scope.

This presentation focuses on the issues related with the copyleft music production in Turkey through a case study on Bandista, radical music collective with strong political and oppositional stance, which became immensely popular in Turkish political music scenery after releasing its debut album De Te Fabula Narratur online in 2009 for free under the copyleft scheme and in no time formed itself as the leading oppositional music band in Turkey.

Presentation analyzes the copyleft structure devised by Bandista, following the classical Marxist differentiation of use-value and exchange-value of commodities, and argues that the Bandista's copyleft experience emerges as an essential and in many ways revolutionary innovation tool for new music bands, offering an important empowerment strategy in the form of a two-fold liberation tactic.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: , 2015
Keywords
Copyleft, Music for Social Change, Bandista, Turkey
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37857 (URN)
Conference
NordMedia 2015: "Media Presence - Mobile Modernities". Copenhagen, Denmark, 13-15 August 2015
Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-07 Last updated: 2016-07-04Bibliographically approved
Mehrabov, I. (2015). Corporate Social Media: A Surveilled Public Sphere?. In: : . Paper presented at CEECOM 2015 The 8th Central and Eastern European Media and Communication Conference "The Digital Media Challenge", Zagreb (Croatia) 12-14 June 2015.. Zagreb, Croatia
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Corporate Social Media: A Surveilled Public Sphere?
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is not uncommon that the corporate social media platforms are treated more and more as the new public sphere(s) of mediatized political communication. Yet, as Jillian C. York rightfully asks, why do we insist on assigning for-profit social networking media the role of the public space, when in reality “online social spaces standing in for the public sphere are private ones, owned by billionaires and shareholders”?

Starting from this specific question, and following towards more general issue of the digital democracy, this presentation engages into the dissection of relationship between commercial social media and the public sphere debate from the three perspectives: a) perspective of technologies used within the development of these platforms; b) perspective of users of these media; and c) perspective of social media companies. Looking at the original Habermasian interpretation of the public sphere; and connecting it with Christian Fuchs’ politico-economical critiques this presentation thus explores the limits of treatment of corporate social networking platforms as working public sphere - as especially evident in Pew Research Center’s November 2013 research report “News Use across Social Media Platforms” which findings state that more than half of commercial social networking media users obtain their daily news only through these electronic platforms - with the reddit, Twitter and Facebook users leading this trend in an uncompetitive manner.

Taking into consideration the economic model of corporate social media, based on constant surveillance of users and the big data analysis of their activities for the purposes of targeted advertising, presentation aims to further on contribute and tackle into the re-questioning and conceptualizing of the dynamics that (might or might not) “yield a cosmopolitan Self and an encapsulated Self” - following 2014 article of Christensen and Jansson.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Zagreb, Croatia: , 2015
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-37854 (URN)
Conference
CEECOM 2015 The 8th Central and Eastern European Media and Communication Conference "The Digital Media Challenge", Zagreb (Croatia) 12-14 June 2015.
Available from: 2015-09-06 Created: 2015-09-06 Last updated: 2016-07-04Bibliographically approved
Mehrabov, I. (2015). Cultural Artefacts and Sustainable Activism within the Context of Gezi Park Protests in Turkey. In: : . Paper presented at ACGS International Conference "Global Cultures of Contestation". ACGS (Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15-16 October 2015. Amsterdam
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cultural Artefacts and Sustainable Activism within the Context of Gezi Park Protests in Turkey
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this presentation is to look at the Gezi Park protests which happened in Turkey during the summer of 2013, and to conduct audio-visual content analysis in relation to the cultural productions of the protest activists during the pre- and after-math of the events.

Starting with a small group of environmentalists who were protesting against the demolition of Gezi Park - a small park located in Taksim Square area of Istanbul - events grew into the series of huge and unprecedented protests, swapping the whole country in a matter of days, where approximately 2.5 million people argued to have participated. Yet, protests quickly lost their momentum and only within the few months completely disappeared.

Despite their relatively quick fading away the Gezi Park protests contributed a great deal into the social psyche of Turkish society – and were limitedly channeled into the political struggle of post-Gezi platforms such as Taksim Solidarity and United June Movement. One of the main reasons for such lasting effect was the enormous cultural and aesthetical production of various audio-visual artefacts during and after the events, where some of them are still ‘alive’ despite the passing two years: like graffiti, which are still visible on some of the walls, especially in big cities such as Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir; or protest songs produced during the events, which are still popular and can be heard in some bars and cafes.

In this sense this presentation, by focusing on the Gezi Park protests, also addresses whether the aesthetical and cultural production and circulation of the social movement (or protest) is suitable to contribute into the sustainability of that social movement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: , 2015
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-39763 (URN)
Conference
ACGS International Conference "Global Cultures of Contestation". ACGS (Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15-16 October 2015
Available from: 2016-02-05 Created: 2016-02-05 Last updated: 2016-02-05Bibliographically approved
Mehrabov, I. (2015). Exploring Terra Incognita: Mapping Surveillance Studies from the Perspective of Media and Communication Research. Surveillance & Society, 13(1), 117-126
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring Terra Incognita: Mapping Surveillance Studies from the Perspective of Media and Communication Research
2015 (English)In: Surveillance & Society, ISSN 1477-7487, E-ISSN 1477-7487, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 117-126Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article attempts to map Surveillance Studies from the perspective of the academic field of media and communication studies,and to seek out boundaries, limitations, strengths and weaknesses of current research. To map out the territory and mark importantpoints within the landscape, Surveillance & Society, a premier interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal in the field ofsurveillance, is used as a point of departure. Analysis of topics within the Surveillance Studies field is conducted based on 296articles from 40 issues published between 2002 and 2013.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Surveillance Studies Network, 2015
Keywords
Surveillance & Society; Surveillance Studies; Media and Communication Studies; Mapping research field; Scientific Fields
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35251 (URN)000361456500009 ()
Available from: 2015-02-19 Created: 2015-02-19 Last updated: 2017-09-13
Mehrabov, I. (2015). ‘Fortress Europe’ and Peripheries: Surveillance of Migrants, Readmission Agreements, and FRONTEX. In: : . Paper presented at GeoMedia 2015: “Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds” International Conference, Karlstad, SWEDEN, May 5-8, 2015.. Karlstad, Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘Fortress Europe’ and Peripheries: Surveillance of Migrants, Readmission Agreements, and FRONTEX
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The borders of European Union are constantly transforming, yet most of the time continuing to coincide with the borders of the “Schengen agreement … which is the new Berlin wall, separating the new Roman empire from the threatening hordes of ‘Barbarians’” (Momcilovic, 2003, 445). Today the European border is “multiplying both within and without the territories of the EU” (Casas et al., 2011, 74) through the number of agreements on readmission, cooperation and securitization signed by EU member states and countries within its periphery. It is through these agreements that now Europe can exercise and claim hegemony over the maritime borders of North Africa and Middle East - turning the whole Mediterranean Sea into a Mare Nostrum, Roman Empire’s ambitious goal of defining the Mediterranean as an inner sea within its imperial contours.

Within this scope the main focus of this presentation is on the most recent readmission agreement signed by European Union and Turkey in late 2013 - although expanding over this protocol article as well explores the sprawling power of EU over the Mediterranean Sea countries and the extent this hegemonic widening of domination effects the irregular migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who often risk their lives desperately trying to reach the southern and eastern shores of European continent. The agreement functions as a springboard to explore conceptual issues of (out-sourced) sovereignty, border externalization and ex-territorial forms of power in the control of migration and creation of transnational mobility regimes by the European Union and its member states.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad, Sweden.: , 2015
Keywords
FRONTEX, Fortress Europe, Turkey, Territorial Sovereignty, Mediterranean Sea
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35986 (URN)
Conference
GeoMedia 2015: “Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds” International Conference, Karlstad, SWEDEN, May 5-8, 2015.
Available from: 2015-05-08 Created: 2015-05-08 Last updated: 2015-07-10Bibliographically approved
Mehrabov, I. (2015). Gendered Surveillance and Media Usage in Post-Soviet Space: The Case of Azerbaijan. Baltic Worlds, 8(1-2), 44-48
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gendered Surveillance and Media Usage in Post-Soviet Space: The Case of Azerbaijan
2015 (English)In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, Vol. 8, no 1-2, p. 44-48Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is an attempt to explore the limits of gendered surveillance in Azerbaijan – that is, how and to what extent female activists and women journalists are monitored and affected by the surveillative apparatuses of the state, both online and offline. The article also very briefly examines the gender dimension of Azerbaijani political activism and protest practices. The questions of how gender stereotypes, together with the more general problem of the digital gender gap, are being used by the state authorities to control the public opinion are also addressed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Södertörns högskola, 2015
Keywords
Gendered surveillance, surveillative apparatuses, Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijan
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35988 (URN)
Available from: 2015-05-08 Created: 2015-05-08 Last updated: 2018-11-06Bibliographically approved
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