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Breaking the Stereotype 2009-2010 (The Conference 2010 - The Programme)


update 18-10-2010












Istanbul, October 22 – 26, 2010


İstanbul 2010 Sanat Üretim Merkezi/

Istanbul 2010 Art Production Center

Kadırga Liman Caddesi, Şehsuvarbey Mahallesi No: 82 34130 Kumkapı İstanbul - Turkey




A 4-day Public Event



Free Entry




Conference Opening: 22 October 2010 

Conference Language: English 











Conference coordinators:


Assoc. Prof. (Privatdozentin) Dr. Veronika Bernard (University of Innsbruck/ Austria)

Dr. Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous (Notre Dame University, Beirut/ Lebanon)




Please note:


Presentation hours typed in red have been changed or refer to presentations newly included in the programme.


In case your presentation hour has been changed (= has been turned red), please, confirm by e-mail that you have been informed about the new time of your presentation.


Thank you very much.  




ARRIVAL DAY (Friday, October 22, 2010)


Registration (14.00-15.00)


Cocktail (14.30-15.00)


Opening Session (15.00-16.30)


Welcome: Veronika Bernard (Conference coordinator, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck/ Austria)

Welcome: Beral Madra (Istanbul 2010 ECOC Agency, Istanbul/ Turkey)

Welcome: Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous (Conference Co-Coordinator, Notre Dame University, Beirut/ Lebanon)


15.30-15.50: Christian Brunmayr (Austrian Culture Forum, Istanbul/ Turkey): General Remarks cancelled

15.50-16.10: Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous (Notre Dame University, Beirut/ Lebanon): Some remarks on Orientalism, Occidentalism, the MENA region and the project “Breaking the Stereotype”

16.10-16.30: Veronika Bernard (University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck/ Austria): The scope of this conference – The Project “Breaking the Stereotype. Oriental and Occidental Stereotypes in the Course of Time”



Culture programme (17.00-18.00): Exhibition Final (Finissage) of “Breaking the Stereotype 2009-2010. From Orient and Occident to a Mutual Understanding of Images” at the Austrian Library at the Austrian St. George’s High-School Istanbul




DAY 1 (Saturday, October 23, 2010)


Conference coordinator on duty: Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous (morning); Veronika Bernard (afternoon)


Session 1: Panel “Orient and Occident: Traditional Thinking – Current Consequences – Future Perspectives” (10.00-12.30)


Chair: Veronika Bernard


Mustafa Aydin (Rector of Kadir Has University, Istanbul/ Turkey, Political Science and International Relations): Perceptions and Misperception in Turkish-European Relations  cancelled

Deniz Bayrakdar (Vize Rector of Kadir Has University and Dean of the Communication Faculty, Kadir Has University, Istanbul/ Turkey): In between the Images of “Istanbul 2010. The European Capital of Culture”

Renata Papsch (Anna Lindh Foundation, Alexandria/ Egypt): EC Policy on Culture for the Euro-Med Region  cancelled

Kutlay Yağmur (Intercultural Education and Linguistics, University of Tilburg, Tilburg/ The Netherlands): Intercultural Education in a European Context

Dirk Rochtus (Lessius University College, Antwerp/ Belgium): Political-historical Aspects



Session 2: Cultural Positions (14.00-16.45)


Chair: Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous


13.30-14.00: Gernot Wolfram (University of Applied Sciences Kufstein, Kufstein/ Austria, Cultural Studies): Expected Conflicts? Intercultural Competence beyond Concepts of Otherness cancelled

14.00-14.30: Robbert Woltering (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam/ The Netherlands, Arabic and Political Science): Uses and abuses of Occidentalism

14.30-15.00: Hakan Yılmaz (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul/ Turkey, Political Science): Europe and Turkey – Cultural positions cancelled

14.30-15.00: Dirk Rochtus (Lessius University College, Antwerp/ Belgium, German Philology and International Relations): Orientalism in Turkish foreign policy

15:00-15.30: Serhan Oksay (Kadir Has University Istanbul): Evolution of the Turkish Culture: From Nomadic to ? NEW


15.30-15.45: Coffee Break


15.45-16.15: Frank F. Scherer ((PhD Candidate, Social and Political Thought Program, York University, Toronto/ Canada): Freud’s Turkey: Psychoanalysis and the Vicissitudes of Orientalism

16.15-16.45: Tuğba Kalafatoğlu (Kadir Has University, Istanbul/ Turkey)/ co-author: Vedat Akman (Kadir Has University, Istanbul/ Turkey, Economics, Social Sciences, European Studies): Globalization is change and its effects in culture




DAY 2 (Sunday, October 24, 2010)


Conference coordinator on duty: Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous


Session 3: Mechanisms and Targets of Stereotyping (10.00-13.40)


Chair: Kutlay Yağmur


10.00-10.30: Vahide Ersü (clinical psychologist, Istanbul/ Turkey): “Identity” and “Self” in the Process of Creating and Breaking the Stereotypes

10.30-11.00: Veronika Bernard (University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck/ Austria, German Literature): “Who am I, and how can I be me?” – A Desired (Stereotypical) Europeaness as the Turkish Other in Orhan Pamuk’s Novels

11.00-11.30: Tina Sleiman (Zayed University, Dubai/ United Arab Emirates, Arts and Design): Altering perceptions: exploring how images contribute to stereotyping of Arabs

11.30-12.00: Mohamad Masad (Zayed University, Dubai/ United Arab Emirates, Humanities and Social Sciences): Mutual stereotypes between Locals and Expatriates in the UAE

12.00-12.30: A. Faruk Yaylacı (Counsellor of Education, Turkish Embassy Brussels/ Belgium): Producing of Stereotypes in Schools

12.30-13.00: Filiz Yaylacı-Göktuna (Anadolu University, Eskişehir/ Turkey, Sociology): Migrants’ stereotypes about Other Migrants: Belgium Case



Optional culture programme Istanbul (afternoon): Walk through the Grand Bazaar and Sultanahmet/ Bosphorus boat trip/ ferry trip to Istanbul’s Anatolian part and walk along the coast towards the Maiden Tower



DAY 3 (Monday, October 25, 2010)


Conference coordinator on duty: Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous


Session 4: The Media and the General Public (09.30-12.30)


Chair: Gernot Wolfram 


09.30-10.00: Kutlay Yağmur (University of Tilburg, Tilburg/ The Netherlands, Intercultural Education and Linguistics): Ways of promoting or blocking intercultural understanding in the media

10.00-10.30: Stephan Sielschott (PHD student, Philipps-Universität Marburg/ Germany): On Terrorists, Artists and Top Athletes or: The Substitution of Everyday Life by the Extraordinary – A Frame-Analysis of Stereotypical Evaluations of Muslims by East German Regional Newspapers

10.30-11.00: Petra Feldmann (PhD candidate, University of Bielefeld/ Germany: Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence): Breaking the Stereotype or Reinforcing the Stereotype? Manifestations of Stereotypes of Muslim Women in German Media Discourse

11.00-11.30: Fatih Okumuş (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam/ The Netherlands, Theology): (In)visibility of Islam in the public sphere in Europe

11.30-12.00: Rogier Visser (PHD student, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam/ The Netherlands): Censorship and Westernization in Beirut: al-Nahla's downfall (Beirut, 1870)

12.00-12.30: Alberto Saviello (PHD student, arts history, Berlin/ Germany): Depicting the Prophet Muhammad - Visual traditions in Western European books cancelled

12.00-12.30: Vincent Platenkamp (NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences)/ co-author: Ariane Portegies (NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences): Breaking the Silence. Creating Spaces for Enriched Knowledge   NEW



Session 5: The Power of Non-Identity (14.20-17.50)


Chair: Dirk Rochtus


14:20-14:40: Nicolien Zuijdgeest (Arabist; journalist; diversity trainer) and Herbert Minderhoud (clinical psychologist; diversity trainer): The Power of Non-Identity. Introductory remarks


14:40-14.50: Coffee Break


14:50-17:50: Nicolien Zuijdgeest and Herbert Minderhoud: The Power of Non-Identity. The Interactive Workshop Session




DAY 4 (Tuesday, October 26, 2010)


Conference coordinator on duty: Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous (morning), Veronika Bernard (afternoon)


Session 6: Projects of intercultural effort (10.00-11.10)


Chair: Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous


09.30-10.00: Agnes Tuna (Head of Austrian Network of Anna-Lindh-Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures, Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs): Training Programme about Austria for Turkish Officials for Religious Affairs (Imams) - a Capacity Building Project in Co-operation with Diyanet  cancelled

10.00-10.40: Paola Scardella (National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty, Rome/ Italy): Between North and South: overcoming the barriers (plus book presentation “Lampedusa. Gateway to Europe”)  

10.40-11.10: Vedat Akman (Kadir Has University/ Istanbul/ Turkey, Economics, Social Sciences and European Studies)/ co-author: Uğur Özgöker (Kadir Has University, Istanbul/ Turkey, Economics, Social Sciences, European Studies): Istanbul Crossroads: Establishing Mutual Understanding and Intercultural Dialogue through Immigration Themed Short Films

10.40-11.00: Mesut Y. Tufan (Journalist, Istanbul/ Turkey): Broken Mirrors. European Muslims, Eastern Christians. A Visual Travelbook from the Balkans to the Middle East, from Sarajevo to Jerusalem – A presentation   cancelled due to “technical equipment insufficiency”

11.00-11.30: Mesut Y. Tufan (Journalist, Istanbul/Turkey): Broken Mirrors. European Muslims, Eastern Christians. A Visual Travelbook from the Balkans to the Middle East, from Sarajevo to Jerusalem – The film clip plus discussion  cancelled due to “technical equipment insufficiency”

12.00-12.30: Renata Papsch (Anna Lindh Foundation, Alexandria/ Egypt): EUROMED – the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures within the context of Culture politics and intercultural dialogue cancelled



Session 7: Journeys between Cultures, Real and Metaphorical (11.10-12.10, 13.30-15.30)


Chair: Robbert Woltering


11.10-11.40: Naji Oueijan (Notre Dame University of Beirut, English literature): Western Travelers and the Orientals

11.40-12.10: Atalay Gündüz (Ege University, Izmir/ Turkey, English Language and Literature): Stereotyping and Constructions of the Other as “Strategies of Symbolic Containment and Risk” in Travel Writing


13.30-14.00: Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous (Notre Dame University, Beirut/ Lebanon, Political Science): The First Victim of War – Comparing Orientalism in the War Reporting of Richard A. Bermann and John Reed

14.00-14.30: Olcay Akyıldız (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul/ Turkey; Turkish Literature): Why do authors make imaginary journeys?

14.30-15.00: H. Hümeyra Sahin (Ph.D. student, University of London, London/ UK): Literature as a Stereotype-Generating and -Feeding Mechanism and the Orient-Occident Imagery in 19th Century Ottoman Novels

15.00-15.30: Orkun Kocabiyik (PHD student, Ege University, Izmir/ Turkey): Jewish Community of İzmir in British Travel Writing  cancelled

15.00-15.30: Sophie Servais (Anthropologist and Social worker, Brussels/ Belgium): Occidental individualistic values and Turkish honour  cancelled



Closing Remarks (Conference Coordinators)