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22 juin 2012 5 22 /06 /juin /2012 12:20




The IMAGES Project 2012 Conference


IMAGES (II) – Images of the Poor


Austrian Cultural Center, Istanbul, 5-7 September 2012



Programme (final version: 22-06-2012)




Day 1 (5 September 2012)


09.30-10.00: Registration



Welcome and Opening (10.00-10-30)


10.00-10.15: Welcome by Peter Waas, Vıce-Head of the Austrian Cultural Forum Istanbul


10.15-10.30: Welcome by Veronika Bernard and Serhan Oksay, IMAGES project directors


10.30-11.00: Veronika Bernard (University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck/ Austria) and Serhan Oksay (Kadir Has University, Istanbul/ Turkey): The IMAGES project and the IMAGES project 2012 conference “IMAGES (II) – Images of the Poor”      



Session (1): The relativity of poverty (11.00-12.30)


Chair: to be announced


11.00-11.30: Naji Oueijan (Notre Dame University, Zouk Mosbeh/ Lebanon): Images of the Poor as Rich and the Rich as Poor


11.30-12.00: Bann Saka (Notre Dame University, Zouk Mosbeh/ Lebanon): Rich and Poor – Borderlines or Meeting Points


12.00-12.30: Chantal Aflak (Notre Dame University, Zouk Mosbeh/ Lebanon): Lebanon: Are You Rich or Poor?



12.30-13.30: Lunch Break



Session (2): Social and communicative approaches to poverty (13.30-15.00)


Chair: Naji Oueijan


13.30-14.00: Diğdem Sezen (Istanbul University and Digital Games Research Association Turkish Chapter, Istanbul/ Turkey): Playing with problems. How game play can make us understand community problems and help us to solve them


14.00-14.30: Tonguç İbrahim Sezen (Istanbul University, Istanbul/ Turkey): Poverty in Digital Games


cancelled 14.30-15.00: Sybille Kershner (University of Applied Sciences Zwickau, Zwickau/ Germany): Images of restraint. The Mettray colony



14.30-15.00: Coffee Break



Session (3): Images of the poor in the arts and as seen by photographers (15.00-16.30)


Chair: Naji Oueijan


15.00-15.30: Sabiha Göloğlu/ Will Harper ((Koç University, Istanbul/ Turkey): Images of the Poor in Surname-iHümayun (Imperial Festival Book) of 1582


15.30-16.00: Veronika Bernard (University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck/ Austria) and Serhan Oksay (Kadir Has University, Istanbul/ Turkey):  The IMAGES exhibition “Images of the Poor” – A Guided Slideshow  


16.00-16.30: Veronika Bernard (University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck/ Austria): Stabilizing Society by Making Images of the Poor Look Aesthetic? Thoughts Developed on Analyzing World Press Photo Contributions



Day 2 (6 September 2012)


Session (4): The impact of the media on images of the poor (10.00-12.30)


Chair: Cangul Ornek


10.00-10.30: Elisabeth Kapferer (University of Salzburg, Salzburg/ Austria): Imaging Processes. Pictures of the Poor in Our Minds


10.30-11.00: Z. Nilüfer Nahya (Independent researcher/ Turkey): The Images of poverty and poor in Somalia and Other African Countries in the context of Aid Campaign in Turkey


11.00-11.30: Özlem Gündüz Kalan (Istanbul University, Istanbul/ Turkey): Contradictory Presentation of Poverty in Advertisement:  An Examination of the TV Commercials of Turkcell Under the Advertising Campaign Named “Life is Beatiful When Shared”


11.30-12.00: Duygu Özsoy (Istanbul University, Istanbul/ Turkey): Katık: A Magazine Belongs to Scavengers


12.00-12.30: Jakub Kosciolek (Jagiellonian University, Krakow/ Poland): Africa – the land of poverty. The distorted media’s view on the continent



12.30-13.30: Lunch Break



Session (5): Images of the poor in feature films (13.30-15.00)


Chair: Gönül Bakay


13.30-14.00: Małgorzata Radkiewicz (Jagiellonian University, Krakow/ Poland): (In)Visible Poor Europeans in Films of 2000s


14.00-14.30: Cangul Ornek (Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies of New York University, NY/ U.S.A.): The Thin Social Vein in the New Turkish Cinema: The Urban Poor in Zeki Demirkubuz and Tayfun Pirselimoğlu Movies


14.30-15.00: Elżbieta Wiącek (Jagiellonian University, Krakow/ Poland): Poverty – Spécialité de la maison of Polish cinema? Strategies and ideology in the representations of the economic crises in the films of Polish directors after the democratic transition (1989) until present



Session (6): Images of the poor in literature (15.00-16.30)


Chair: Veronika Bernard


15.00-15.30: Sinan Dinçer (Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum/ Germany): Supermen or Savages: Ottoman Porters in the Age of Imperialism


15.30-16.00: Savo Fouad Karam (Notre Dame University, Zouk Mosbeh/ Lebanon): Ameen Rihani’s Perception of the Rich and the Poor


16.30-17.00: Vanessa Mouawad (Notre Dame University, Zouk Mosbeh/ Lebanon): Juhan and Freedom as Wealth


cancelled 16.00-16.30: Michelle M. Tokarczyk (Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland/ U.S.A.): Notorious Families: Images of Impoverished People in Carolyn Chute’s The Beans of Egypt, Maine and Dorothy Allison’s Bastard out of Carolina



16.30-17.00: Coffee Break



Session (7): Images of the poor in literature (17.00-19.10)


Chair: Veronika Bernard


17.00-17.30: Rita Bou Khalil (Notre Dame University, Zouk Mosbeh/ Lebanon): Conquered and Conqueror


17.30-18.00: Hatice Övgü Tüzün (Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul/ Turkey): The Rich and the Poor: Class Dynamics in Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone


18.00-18.30: Gönül Bakay (Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul/ Turkey): Poverty and Crime: The Case of Moll Flanders


18.30-19.00: Franziska Jekel/ Nina Peter (Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin/ Germany): Seeing (the) eyes of the other’. Images of the Poor in Baudelaire and McCourt



19.00-19.10: Closing Remarks by Organizers






Conference organizing procedures supervised by





This conference is supported by  the University of Innsbruck based Research platform CEnT





and by the Austrian Cultural Center Istanbul








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