The Power of Images: German-Turkish Relation as Focus of Media Responsibility

19 Feburary 2009, 10.00am
İstanbul Bilgi University, Dolapdere Campus


Our understanding of reality is mainly stamped by images spread through the media. The Turkish image in Germany as well as the German image in Turkey depends on what articles and reports are being published. Due to the impact the media has on the German-Turkish relationship, its responsibility is significant.

The event’s aim is to illustrate what images the media creates of the other. What topics are reported about and how are they conveyed to the public? Where are the critical points, and what are their backgrounds? The objective is to emphasize the significance of the media’s responsibility and thus contribute to an enhanced German-Turkish understanding.


Netzwerk Türkei Forum für Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur

Goethe Institut Istanbul

Germany Meets Turkey
A Forum for Young Leaders

Istanbul Bilgi University European Institute

Istanbul Bilgi University European Institute, German Studies Unit

Press Release here


10.00am – 10.15am: Start of the Event

10.15am – 10.45am: Greetings from Prof. Dr. Aydın Uğur (Rector of İstanbul Bilgi University), Claudia Hahn-Raabe (Goethe-Institute Istanbul) and
Prof. Dr. Ayhan Kaya (Professor of Political Science and Director of the European Institute at İstanbul Bilgi University)

10.45am – 11.00am: Introduction by the Presenter Michael Thumann (Correspondent for German Weekly DIE ZEIT)

11.00am – 11.45am: Session I
Turkey as a Political Issue. Turkey as Part of the German Election Campaign

Prof. Dr. Ayhan Kaya (Professor of Political Science and Director of the European Institute at İstanbul Bilgi University)

11.45am – 12.00pm: Coffee Break

12.00pm – 1.00pm: Session II
Turkey in the German Media- Germany in the Turkish Media

Oral Çalışlar (Columnist for Turkish Daily Radikal) and Christiane Schlötzer (Correspondent for German Daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, SZ)

1.00pm – 1.15pm: Closing by Michael Thumann

1.15pm – 2.15pm: Lunch Break

2.15pm – 2.30pm Introduction by the Presenters Ertuğrul Kürkçü (Coordinator of Turkish News and Media Monitoring Network, bianet)

2.30pm – 3.15pm: Session III
Ludwigshafen – and then?

Dr. Eckart Cuntz, German Ambassador to Turkey

3.15pm – 3.30pm: Coffee Break

3.30pm – 4.30pm: Session IV
Media Responsibility in Times of Crisis

Dieter Sauter (Long standing Correspondent for German Broadcaster ARD) and
Yasemin Çongar (Co-Editor-in Chief and Columnist of Turkish Daily Taraf)

4.30pm – 4.45pm: Closing of the conference by Ertuğrul Kürkçü

* There will be simultaneous translation in Turkish and German throughout the conference.