The main theme of the International Communication Days, organized with a different theme every year by Üsküdar University Faculty of Communication, will be Digital Capitalism and Communication in its 10th year. The symposium will host nationally and internationally distinguished keynote speakers and will be held on 16-17-18th of May, 2023. The symposium will be held face-to-face and online (zoom meetings/webinars) and simultaneous Turkish-English interpretation will be provided during the keynote speeches.

Digital technologies transform and reshape the communication sector and the media in several ways. Communication studies intend to review, understand and explain these transformations and restructuring in the industry. With digitalization, on the one hand important transformations have occurred in the production styles and relations in the existing media outlets and on the other hand, new media platforms have emerged. All of these result in the need to review again in detail economic and political structure of the media. The number of studies in communication studies literature has also increased significantly in the recent years. With the introduction of digital technologies, we observe that communications and media industries act fast to integrate these technologies into their industries to strengthen and sustain their position and role in the capitalist system. This also means the integration of the communications and the media industry into digital capitalism. While people working in the media are seen as the workers, labourers of digital capitalism, the content produced by these people are defined as the commodity of digital capitalism. The symposium which will be held with the main theme Digital Capitalism and Communication aims to review media and communication with a range of perspectives in this new capitalist era which has been reshaped with the digital technologies and to provide a basis to discuss this at an academic level and carry out detailed studies.

The 10th International Communication Days / Digital Capitalism and Communication Symposium will last for three days. Esteemed scholars Professor Dan Schiller (University of Illinois), Professor Gamze Yücesan Özdemir (Ankara University), Professor Gillian Doyle (University of Glasgow), Professor Halil Nalçaoğlu (Bilgi University), Professor Paško Bilić (University of Zagreb), Professor Victor Pickard (University of Pennsylvania), who are acknowledged internationally and experts in their fields, will be joining as invited speakers to the symposium.

The 10th International Communication Days / Digital Capitalism and Communication Symposium is an international peer-reviewed scientific event. The symposium meets the criteria for associate professorship and academic incentive. It was also entitled to receive TÜBİTAK support in the international scientific activity category. The scientific committee of the symposium includes esteemed academics from Turkey and abroad. At the symposium, oral and poster presentations are welcome.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

• Digital capitalism
• Political economy of digital media
• Digital labor
• Data colonialism
• Artificial intelligence studies and communication
• Digital content production
• Digitalization and monopolization in the media
• Rethinking television in the digital age
• Rethinking journalism in the digital age
• Social media studies
• Digitalization and social media
• Digitalization and perception management
• New insights on digitalization and advertising
• Digital marketing
• New insights on digitalization and public relations
• Digitalization and design
• Digital natives

• Digital immigrants


Submitted abstracts will be peer reviewed by the referees of the scientific committee and the accepted papers will be published in the abstract booklet. Full papers will be included in the symposium proceedings book to be published online. The maximum acceptable length of an abstract is 250 words and full paper submissions cannot be more than 7500 words. The paper submission rules of Etkileşim, Üsküdar University Faculty of Communication Academic Journal, should be taken into consideration.

Abstracts and poster presentations should be sent to the organization committee before 19th of February, 2023. All submissions must be made online via the symposium website. Accepted papers will be announced by 17th of March, 2023.

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


Keynote Speakers

Professor Dan Schiller Digital Capitalism in the 2020s: Dividing the World.

Professor Gamze Yücesan Özdemir Illusions Dreams and Realities: Work in Digital Capitalism

Professor Gillian Doyle Consolidation in the Transnational TV Production Sector: Independence, Scale, and the Digital Challenge

Professor Halil Nalçaoğlu Computability and Contingency in Contemporary Capitalism: Refik Anadol’s Art, Algorithms, and Machinic Hallucinations

Professor Paško Bilić Platforms from the Perspective of Critical Political Economy

Professor Victor Pickard Media for All: Imagining a Post-Commercial Future for Information and Communication

Important Dates
February 19, 2023

Abstract Submission Deadline

March 17, 2023

Announcement of Accepted Abstracts

April 7, 2023

Registration Deadline

May 5, 2023

Announcement of the Program

May 16-17-18, 2023

Symposium Date

June 16, 2023

Publishing the Book of Abstract on the Website

August 15, 2023

Full Text Submission

October 15, 2023

Publication of e-Proceedings

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