Communications Education in the Digital Age - Call for Symposium Papers

Üsküdar University Faculty of Communication is hosting the seventh International Communication Days on 16 - 17 April 2020. This year’s symposium title is “Communications Education in the Digital Age”. The symposium series, attracting great interest both nationally and internationally, have been held annually since 2014 with themes such as digital addiction, digital culture and digital transformation. International Communication Days meets YÖK (The Council of Higher Education) and TÜBİTAK's (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) international scientific activity criteria and attracts more participants each year. The fact that the sixth International Communication Days received TÜBİTAK support in the international scientific activity category last year is noteworthy.

The main title of this year’s international symposium is “Communications Education in the Digital Age”. In our age, digitalization has led to significant transformations in the media sector and it is inevitable that the educational institutions will develop an educational approach appropriate for this transformation. The accreditation processes initiated in the faculties of communication are indicative of efforts to adapt to the standards of excellence and requirements of the age in higher education institutions. It is important to update the curriculum which forms the basis of communications education in accordance with the requirements of digitalization. Furthermore, it is crucial to replan the educational tools, materials and techniques. It is significant both in terms of meeting the expectations of the sector and professional success of the students that the institutions providing communication education keep up with the times. All these require new approaches to be brought forward, discussed and planned in communications education. The 7th International Communication Days / Communications Education in the Digital Age Symposium aims to contribute to this process. The views and thoughts to be put forward in the symposium will be shared with the relevant academic and social circles and efforts will be made to turn these contributions into practice.

The 7th International Communication Days / Communications Education in the Digital Age Symposium will last for two days and will comprise esteemed scholars from both Turkey and abroad including Prof. Erik Knudsen, Prof. Halil Nalçaoğlu, Prof. Maureen Ellis, Prof. Neira Cruz Xose Antonio and Assoc. Prof. Rocio Ovalle. In addition, as in the previous year, distinguished academics in the field will be moderating the sessions at the symposium. 

Communications Education in the Digital Age Symposium is an international peer-reviewed scientific event. At the symposium, oral and poster presentations are welcome. The scientific committee of the symposium includes esteemed academics from home and abroad.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Communications education and accreditation
  • Rethinking communication sciences in the digital age
  • Journalism education in the digital age
  • Radio and television broadcast education in the digital age
  • Film education in the digital age
  • New media education
  • Public relations education in the digital age
  • Advertising in the digital age
  • Visual communication design education in the digital age
  • Digital arts education 
  • Communications arts education in the digital age
  • Communications education and artificial intelligence
  • Media sector in the digital age: requirements, expectations


Submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by the referees of Scientific Committee and the accepted papers will be published in the abstract booklet. Afterwards, authors may prefer to have their papers included in full paper booklet or in the Faculty of Communication’s Academic Journal “Etkileşim. In that case, their work will be peer reviewed for the second time.

Abstracts should be submitted via the Symposium website no later than 9 March 2020. Please note that abstracts sent by fax or e-mail will not be accepted. Accepted papers will be announced by 16 March 2020.

We look forward to your papers and posters. Thank you in advance for your contributions.


Prof. Dr. Nazife Güngör 

Symposium Chair

Dean, Faculty of Communication

Üsküdar University


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Peyami ÇELİKÇAN ...

Prof. Dr. Maureen ELLIS ...

Prof. Dr. Erik KNUDSEN ...

Prof. Dr. Halil NALÇAOĞLU ...

Doç. Dr. Salvatore SCIFO ...

Dr. Massimiliano FUSARI ...


Prof. Dr. Oya TOKGÖZ ...

Important Dates
March 09, 2020

Abstract Submission Deadline

March 23, 2020

Notification of Acceptance Registration will commence immediately after the notification of acceptance.

April 01, 2020

Registration Deadline

April 06, 2020

Announcement of the Program

April 16-17, 2020

Symposium Date

Üsküdar Üniversitesi Yazılım ve Planlama Birimi