LECTURE: Social Media in South-East Turkey: Continuities and Transformations

02 December 2015 19:00 to 09:00 | Ankara

The Turkish American Association, Cinnah cad. 20, 06690

A Lecture by Dr. Elisabetta Costa

The lecture  described the social change brought by social media not as a linear and uniform process, but rather as the combination of contrasting transformations: public-facing social media is mainly a conservative space, whereas private channels of communication facilitate new social relationships.

Dr Elisabetta Costa, BIAA fellow 2015-6, will present the results of 15 months of ethnographic research on the effects of social media in Mardin, which will be published by UCL Press in the forthcoming book, Social Media in South-East Turkey: love, kinship and politics. The lecture will describe the social change brought by social media not as a linear and uniform process, but rather as the combination of contrasting transformations: public-facing social media is mainly a conservative space, whereas private channels of communication facilitate new social relationships. The lecture will examine these changes, along with the emergence of new notions of private and public.


Dr. Elisabetta Costa is an anthropologist specialising in the study of digital media, social media, journalism, politics and gender in Turkey and the Middle East. She has recently concluded a study that is part of the comparative research project based at UCL Department of Anthropology, the Global Social Media Impact Study. For more on this see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-social-media  http://blogs. ucl.ac.uk/global-social-media/

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