VIII. International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society

“Discourses and Practices of Othering: Politics, Policy Making, and Media”

April 8-10, 2019

Kadir Has University

Istanbul, Turkey

Throughout history and across the globe, elites and political opportunists have promoted social divisions and appealed to group-based identities to set their agendas and reinforce power. The idea of provoking anxiety, resentment, or fear of the “other” is not a new strategy. However, appeals to nativism, racism, xenophobia, anti-immigrant bias, hate speech and homophobia have become more evident in an age of increased globalization. The world has changed in multiple ways in the past decades, of which the speed, scope and context of mobility and cultural fluidity, are some of the most salient. So that we witness the intensification of new forms of mobility, migratory flows and blurring national boundaries in relation to politics of inclusion and exclusion.

‘Othering’ is a term that not only encompasses many expressions of prejudice on the basis of group identities, but it also provides a set of common conditions that propagate group-based inequality and marginality. Othering refers to the process of representing individuals or social groups to render them as distant, alien, monster or deviant. Discourses and practices of ‘othering’ rest on distinctions between us and them. It is ‘them’ (the opposition, refugees, foreigners, minorities, etc.) who pose the biggest threat against ‘our’ homogenous and flawless community. The categories of ‘othering’ and meanings associated with those categories are socially constructed.

As discourse strategies, there are several ways of ‘othering’, such as, homogenization, discrimination, mediatization, suppression and silencing. Dimensions of othering include, but are not limited to, religion, ideology, sex, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. These dimensions often intersect with each other to multiply effect and deepen social hierarchies. Although the axes of othering vary considerably, they involve a similar set of underlying dynamics.

The 8th International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society undertakes the theme of ‘othering’ as a broad set of practices and discourses.  The Conference aims to include as many perspectives as possible while providing a focused environment for discussions on how otherization is built across media genres and policy making through cultural and political articulations. We will investigate how (and to what end) ‘others’ are manufactured and how they are anchored in our collective memory. Through the analysis of various media, such as film, news media and social media, we aim to shed light on the institutional, political, social, and economical forces that form and transform the discourses and practices of othering. Within this perspective, the conference aims to bring together scholars from across disciplines to discuss issues related to ‘othering’. Potential topics for presentations include but are not limited to:

  • Manufacturing ‘others’ across media genres
  • The specific roles ofnews media, film, digital media, and political discourses in processes of othering
  • Media frames and narratives of ‘others’
  • The marginalisation of opponents in political discourse
  • The role of ‘others’ in political and other conflicts
  • Historical approach to discourses and practices of othering
  • ‘Others’ in nationalism, nation building, and state making
  • Gender, others, and othering
  • The construction of ‘others’ in collective memory
  • Othering, belonging, and construction of identity
  • Grassroots social movements and resistance to othering
  • Othering and state policy making
  • The role of political economy in practices and dynamics of othering in news and other media
  • Discourses and practices of othering in international relations

Please, submit a maximum 500 words abstract to: Mine Bertan Yılmaz, Faculty of Communications, Kadir Has University, Istanbul-Turkey,

Proposals should be submitted in the following order

Name of the author(s)

Telephone, fax, and e-mail address,


Title of proposal,

Body of proposal


You will be notified by February 28, 2019 regarding the status of your proposal. Previous years the selected papers have been published in edited volumes with respected publishers. The organizing committee is planning to edit a new volume with selected papers from this year’s conference.

For further information about conference venue, transportation and submission please visit our website:

For further information about the conference in general, contact: Prof. Banu Baybars-Hawks (