1st Edition

Collaboration in Media Studies Doing and Being Together

Edited By Begüm Irmak, Can Koçak, Onur Sesigür, Nazan Haydari Copyright 2024
    240 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume offers new perspectives on knowledge production through various forms of togetherness. Via diverse cases of collaboration in media studies, from methodological contemplations to on‑the‑field social practices, the book proposes reflections and inquiries around collective research, media, and action.

    The collection rethinks how scholarly endeavours feature different ways of doing and being together, identifying new and more diverse communicative spaces, challenging dichotomies, and encouraging critical perspectives. Scholars of a variety of disciplines recontextualise collaboration beyond the very nature of conventional academic approaches, to embrace vast connotations of media studies – from actions building connections across research and practice to transdisciplinary methodologies through analogue and digital realms.

    This book will be an invaluable resource for scholars and post‑graduate students from various fields of media studies, who carry an interest in collaborative and collective aspects of media as practice and research, as well as those in a variety of social science disciplines, participatory action research, media sociology, audience studies, intercultural communication, qualitative research methods, and participatory communication.


    Ch 1 Introduction: Doing and Being Together

    Begüm Irmak, Can Koçak, Onur Sesigür & Nazan Haydari

    Part I Doing Research Together

    Ch 2 Women’s Radio History in Turkey: The Politics of Reflecting Together in Oral History Research

    Nazan Haydari, Özden Çankaya & Cem Hakverdi

    Ch 3 The Artist’s Book: Working Towards a Collaborative Methodology in Art and Design

    Melike Özmen

    Ch 4 Duo Autoethnographic Approach to Peer-to-Peer Collaboration in PhD Process

    Begüm Irmak & Ayça Ulutaş 

    Ch 5 Podcasting as a Methodological Tool for Research Conversations with Makers

    Nurgül Yardım Meriçliler

    Ch 6 Performance as a Way of Discovering Oneself within the Other

    Can Koçak

    Part II Doing Media Together 

    Ch 7 Human Rights-Based Narratives of War: a Journalistic Tool for Promoting Human Rights

    Athina Simatou

    Ch 8 Digitally Mediating Cultural Trauma through Virtual Reality

    Eleni Pnevmatikou & Angeliki Gazi 

    Ch 9 'Alone Together': Reconnecting Death Stranding’s Broken Sense of Sociality

    Onur Sesigür 

    Ch 10 Twitch Developers as a 'company-led community'

    Sarper Durmuş

    Part III Acting Together

    Ch 11 From a Political Protest to an Art Exhibition: Collaboration and Dialogue through Artistic Research

    Işıl Eğrikavuk

    Ch 12 Resonance in Intercultural Encounters: Mapping a Critical Perspective on Communication in Pluralised Docieties

    Theresa Klinglmayr 

    Ch 13 Acting Together, Reflecting Together: Two Ethnographic Accounts of Jamaica’s First ‘pride event’ in 2015

    David Lowis & Simone Kimberly Harris 

    Ch 14 Reflections on Teaching the Ethics of Digital Communication Technologies

    Yusuf Yüksekdağ

    Ch 15 Transmedia Charity Initiatives in Turkey: the Case of Adım Adım

    Dilek Gürsoy


    Begüm Irmak is working as an executive manager in education and a part‑time lecturer at Istanbul Bilgi University, Bahçeşehir University, and Beykoz University. She received her MSc degree from the London School of Economics in Sociology – Contemporary Social Thought in 2011 after graduating from the Sabancı University’s Social and Political Sciences Programme in 2010. She received her PhD in Communication from Bilgi University. Until 2015, she worked in an advertising agency as the project leader of an international brand.

    Can Koçak is a Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. Before his current post, he taught at King’s College London, Department of Digital Humanities. He received his PhD in Communication from Istanbul Bilgi University with a thesis that focused on the representation of intellectuals in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s films after receiving his master’s degree in Film and Drama at Kadir Has University with an interdisciplinary research derived from Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966).

    Onur Sesigür is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Coventry University, with a background in media studies, music and sound production. His current work revolves around streaming music and the topic of playlists, on which he recently published a book titled Playlisting: Collection Music, Remediated. Apart from his primary research interests in music and culture industries, he also studies digital cultures, transmedia storytelling and game studies.

    Nazan Haydari is a Professor of Media Department at İstanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. Her research area consists of intercultural communication, feminist media studies, critical media pedagogy, and radio studies with a particular interest in collaborative research. Haydari is the co‑editor of Case Studies in Intercultural Dialogue. Some of her articles appeared in Gender and Education, Journalism Studies, Feminist Media Histories, and Innovations in Education and Teaching International Journal. She holds a PhD in Telecommunications and an MAIA in Communications and Development from Ohio University. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript on the oral history project with women radio broadcasters of the 1970s in Turkey and a project on the mapping of feminist and LGBTİ podcasts in Turkey.