Special Issue Conflicts, Communication & The Media






Issue Guest Editors

Dr. Arthur Asa Berger (San Francisco State University,USA)

Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, (emeritus)

Dr. M.Nurdan Taskiran (Istanbul Medipol University, Türkiye) Communication Faculty, Chair of Radio Cinema Television

e-ISSN 2636-8943 | Period Biannually | Founded: 1992 |

Publisher Istanbul University | https://iupress.istanbul.edu.tr/en/journal/connectist/home



 06-07 April 2023

Participants in the virtual conference on will benefit from feedback and an opportunity to refine or develop CONFLICTS; COMMUNICATION & the MEDIA work, prior to submission to the associated journal. It will be a great opportunity to network with other researchers from different parts of the world to open a discussion on various emerging topics, compare practices in different communities.

Successful submissions to the journal do not depend upon participation in the conference, and nor do participation in the conference guarantee publication, it is aimed that these two activities will support each other, and our participants, as they develop work for publication in the Connectist 2023 December issue CONFLICTS; COMMUNICATION & the MEDIA

If you would like to contribute as a participant for the virtual conference, please submit a word document containing:

- title of the project  - author(s) name (s)

 - author (s)affiliation(s)

  - author(s) organization(s)  - 500-word abstract

Email submissions to connectist@istanbul.edu.tr

Submission Deadline: October 14, 2022

Notification of acceptance: November 11, 2022



We are in a period where communication is completely globalized and technological innovations are competing with time. We watch with amazement the media use its 4th force, like a sharp knife, in such a period. If we count the positive and negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which broke out in November 2019 and subjected the whole world to restrictions under its deadly effect, on media and communication, we would mainly express what kind of chaos the countries of the world are in. Unfortunately, the world is on the verge of another danger, while Covid-19 has not yet completely passed.

This new danger is that Russia, one of the two superpowers of the world, has carried out a cross-border invasion with a claim. This, together with the occupation, which greatly concerns all countries and superpowers, brings together the national and international cultural and economical relations, communication policies, cross-border relations, territorial defence activities and their reflections in the media, consequently misinformation and desinformation pollution  through  social media.

Additionally, freedom wars have still going on in some 3rd world countries due to territorial or political reasons. Innocent people, civilians, children from countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Ukraine -perhaps- are leaving for reasons that they are not fully aware of, or they are left alone in the world! They cannot hold anyone accountable or claim their rights. They are forced to migrate to other countries or seek asylum in order to survive.

The United Nations has warned that it is on the verge of the most serious food, energy and economic crisis ever due to the Russia-Ukraine war. UN Secretary General, Guterres, stated that 47 million more people may face food insecurity this year due to the war. The UN has released a new report on the impact of Russia's war against Ukraine on food, energy and financial systems. According to the report, 1.6 billion people in 94 countries are facing the effects of the Ukraine war and are struggling to cope with rising food and oil prices.

The report points out that the world is on the verge of the most serious food, energy and economic crisis ever due to the Ukraine war. Speaking to reporters at the UN Headquarters regarding the report, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, "The impact of war on food security, energy and finance is systematic, severe and accelerating. War brings unprecedented hunger and poverty, social and economic chaos." warned.

According to the Statistica Infographic Bulletin dated 13/04/22,  4.6 Million Seeking Refuge from Russian Invasion. “As of April 13, 12 PM CET, around 4.6 million people living in Ukraine have left the country to seek shelter from Russian aggression. Roughly 2.6 million refugees have reached Poland via foot, bus, car or train looking for safety from the Russia-Ukraine war according to government records. Apart from Poland, Romania and Moldova have carried the brunt of the refugee wave among Ukraine's neighboring countries over the last weeks.”

With similar reasons, so many refugees from Syria, India, Afghanistan and some neighbouring countries have still been seeking a country to survive on with their families. It consequently gives an uncontrolled rise to illegal refugee transportations and international communication conflicts as well.

The impact of rising consumer prices is being especially felt in Europe and countries neighboring Ukraine. Rising inflation, largely caused by a sharp increase in energy and food prices, is causing hardship to survive and inevitable protests and conflicts with govermental authorities and political actors.

As a result, this chaotic situation in the world concerns everyone from politicians to economists, from health professionals to academicians, and especially those who produce audio-visual or printed content in the media should be careful about fake information. It is obvious that the instant distribution of false news through social media will lead to further expansion of chaos.

Consequently, you are invited to explore the reflections of conflicts in every field in the world  and share with us in our journal “Connectist” as a manuscript . We welcome your precious contributions

For more information related to writing rules and reviwer’s process please access


Please find suggested topics below, which can be broadened appropriately in relation with ‘conflict’.

Here are the topics suggested but not limited to;

•    The role of traditional/digital media and society;

•    Misinformation and disinformation and democracy;

•    Media and the minorities;

•    Media and digital literacy;

•    Political Literacy via Social Media

•    Conflict and Communication

•    Convergence of local, national and transnational media

•    New technologies and public relations conflicts;

•    Corporate communication and digital democracy;

•    Audiovisual war/conflict content in social media;

•    Cinema, conflicts and society;

•    Conflicts and fake news


    • The language of the publication is English,
    • the papers must not exceed 7.000 words ,
    • all manuscripts will be subject to double-blind peer-review.

You can find the author guidelines at the https://iupress.istanbul.edu.tr/en/journal/connectist/information/author-guidelines

If you have further questions you can contact to issue guest editors:

Dr. Arthur Asa Berger (arthurasaberger@gmail.com)

Dr. M.Nurdan Taskiran (mntaskiran@medipol.edu.tr)

Please submit your papers for the journal with the title page. Title page should include;

- title of the project  - author(s) name  - author(s) affiliation(s)

- author(s) organization(s)

- author(s) email address(es) and telephone number(s).

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline for Virtual Conference: October 14, 2022

Notification of Acceptance for Virtual Conference:: November 11, 2022

Virtual Conference:  April 6-7, 2023

Deadline for Initial Connectist Submission: August 4, 2023
Deadline for Final Connectist Manuscripts: September 9, 2023

 Publication: December 2023


After a month of war, Ukrainian refugee crisis ranks among the world’s worst in recent history (March 25, 2022)


6.8 million Seeking Refuge from Russian Invasion by Florian Zandt, June 2, 22


Mapping The World's Refugee Population by Anna Fleck, June 20,2022


“Act now to end food, energy and finance crisis, Guterres urges world leaders” June 8, 2022


“Share of respondents who think the Russia-Ukraine war is subject to fake news in France in 2022”


Social media news worldwide - statistics & facts by Amy Watson, June 2, 2022


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