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The 9th World Conference on Media and Mass Communication 2024

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Tülây Atay

Hatay Mustafa Kemal University
Faculty Of Communication
Journalism Department,
Antakya, Türkiye


Dr Tülây ATAY currently teaches at Hatay Mustafa Kemal University (HMKU), Antakya, Hatay, Faculty of Communication, Department of Journalism as a faculty member (Assistant Professor) and a researcher. She is a Turkish Citizen. She was born and bred in Istanbul, Turkey and graduated from Istanbul University. She holds BA degree in Mass-Media Communication, Journalism & PR. She has her Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology (Gender & Women’s Studies). She is a co-author of the book called “Gender & Sex and Taboo in the Contemporary Primitive & Traditional Societies” in the Turkish Language based on her MA thesis. The book is written from the perspective of women’s and gender studies. She was one of the co-founders of the Centre for Women’s Studies of Mustafa Kemal University. She served and was in charge as one of the deputy directors of the Centre for Women’s Studies of Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya, Hatay, Turkey. She previously worked as a “business developer” for many SMEs in the various fields such as automotive, textile etc. She worked as an Assistant Producer for Turkish Radio Television State Company (TRT) between 1995-1996. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Agriculture Economics and Extensions at Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey in October 2013. She produced her Ph.D. thesis on the division of labour amongst ethnically different two villages near Hatay province (Southern Turkey bordering Syria) in the context of changing social life and Women’s & Gender Studies. Dr Atay’s areas of interests are women empowerment and women’s studies using the other disciplines e.g. communication studies, journalism studies and immigration & refugee studies. She is holding sociology BA degree obtained from Open Faculty, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey. She is a Ph.D. in Journalism from İstanbul University, İstanbul, Turkey. She was a temporary National Gender Consultant for Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO). She lived in the UK and USA for a while. She has been in Portugal, Slovenia, Ukraine, Scotland, Romania, Holland, Italy, Spain, Estonia, UAE, Malaysia, Poland, Czech Republic and France for academic purposes. She was a “scientist-in-residence” at Paris Lodron University of Salzburg financially supported by GendUp and Salzburg Stadt (Municipality), Salzburg, Austria. She chaired the MEDCOM 2017, KL, Malaysia. She is also currently engaging with the FoTRRIS-H2020 project and RAISD-H2020 project (women and immigration) run by Complutense University of Madrid. Dr Atay has been actively carrying out her research on immigration and refugee studies mostly last 10 years. She was one of the researchers for the Prof Dr Steven Youngblood’s project on 2015-2016 in various Turkish provinces Antakya, Hatay, Malatya, Adana. The research group visited many refugee camps together. Dr Atay and her colleagues also produced an article entitled “The long journey from Syria to Malatya, Turkey” which was published by the Peace Journalist magazine of Park University, Parkville, MO, USA.

Prof. Andrea Volterrani

Director of Master in
Social Comm. | Social Farming
University of Rome Tor Vergata

Speech Title: “Towards the ecological transition. Hybrid participatory processes, mutualistic communication in liminal communities”

Dr. Andrea Volterrani is a Sociologist of Cultural and Communication Processes at Department of Enterprise Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata. After graduating from the Faculty of Political Science Cesare Alfieri of the University of Florence, he is a fellow student at the Italian Foundation for Volunteering. He was then assigned research from 1999 to 2005 at the Department of Sociology and Political Science of the University of Florence. From 1997 to 2003 he is also a professor of sociology of cultural processes, theory and technique of social communication, territorial communication and marketing at the Faculty of Political Science Cesare Alfieri of Florence. From 2005 to 2008 he is a contractor and research grant at the Department of Historical, Legal and Political Sciences and Social Sciences at Siena University and a social contractor and family sociology lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Siena. At the same time, he is a professor of social studies contract at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of La Sapienza University of Rome (2004-2008) and of sociology of communication at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Florence (2004-2006). Since 2008 is a researcher at Department of Enterprise Engineering, Tor Vergata University, Rome. Prof. Volterrani is engaged in research, teaching and consulting on social communication, the third sector, integrated social politics and assessment processes, resilience community and prevention communication related on natural disaster.
Prof. Amlan Chakrabarti

Prof. Amlan Chakrabarti

A.K.Choudhury School of Information Technology

Speech Title: “The Impact of Generative AI on Education and Society”

Dr. Amlan Chakrabarti is a Full Professor in the A.K.Choudhury School of Information Technology at the University of Calcutta. He was a Post-Doctoral fellow at the School of Engineering, Princeton University, USA during 2011-2012. He has 20+ years of experience in Engineering Education and Research. He is the recipient of the DST BOYSCAST fellowship award in Engineering Science (2011), the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Visiting Faculty Fellowship (2014), the JSPS Invitation Research Award (2016), Erasmus Mundus Leaders Award (2017), the Hamied Visiting Professorship from University of Cambridge, UK (2018), Siksha Ratna Award by Dept. of Higher Education Govt. of West Bengal (2018) and has been awarded as the Fellow of West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology (2022). He has also served in various capacities in various higher education organizations both at national and international levels. He has contributed immensely in the development of efficient computer algorithms and systems in multiple projects supervised by him in both International and National levels. He led research and consultancy projects supported by CERN Geneva, GSI Helmholtz Research Laboratory Germany, DST, DRDO MietY, Intel, TCS etc. He is also serving as the Head of IT and Tech. Innovation Cell of the Dept. of Higher Education Govt. of West Bengal. He has graduated 20 Ph.D. students till date and has published 200+ research papers. He is the Series Editor of Springer Transactions of Computer Systems and Networks, the Series Editor of the Springer Book Series on “Water Informatics”, an Associated Editor of the Elsevier Journal of Computers and Electrical Engineering and Guest Editor of the Springer Journal of Applied Sciences. He is a Sr. Member of IEEE and ACM, IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor, Distinguished Speaker of ACM, Secretary of IEEE CEDA India Chapter, Member of the International Water Association, Vice President of the Data Science Society and Life Member of CSI India. His areas of research are Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Reconfigurable Computing, VLSI CAD and Quantum Computing.
Professor Ranjan Hettiarachchi

Prof. Ranjan Hettiarachchi

Department of Mass Media
Sri Palee Campus
University of Colombo
Sri Lanka

Speech Title: “AI Integration in Newsrooms: opportunities and challenges”

Dr. Ranjan Hettiarachchi is a distinguished academic and educator with a rich background in linguistics, education, and mass media. His impressive qualifications and extensive experience have made him a prominent figure in the field of education and language studies. He embarked on his academic journey by earning his PhD in Education from Hiroshima University, Japan, from 2002 to 2005. His doctoral research marked the beginning of his contributions to the field of education. Prior to his doctoral studies, he pursued a Master of Arts (MA) in Linguistics at the University of Poona, India, from 1995 to 1997. This provided him with a strong foundation in linguistics, a discipline he would later integrate into his educational work. Dr. Hettiarachchi’s academic journey began with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Linguistics from the University of Kelaniya, which he completed from 1991 to 1994. This laid the groundwork for his lifelong passion for language and education. In his commitment to academic development, he completed a Diploma in Effective Academic Development at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 1999 to 2000. This further honed his skills in educational practices. Recognizing the importance of peace studies, Dr. Hettiarachchi earned a Certificate in Peace Studies from Hiroshima City University, Japan, in 2009, highlighting his dedication to promoting peace and understanding through education. Dr. Ranjan Hettiarachchi is an active member of several professional associations, including the Far Eastern English Language Teachers’ Association, the Korean Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, the Asian Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, and the Sri Lankan English Teachers’ Association. His involvement in these organizations reflects his commitment to the advancement of language education. Currently, Dr. Hettiarachchi serves as a Professor in the Department of Mass Media at Sri Palee Campus, University of Colombo, a prestigious position that showcases his expertise in the field of mass media and education. In the past, he held the esteemed role of Rector at Sri Palee Campus, University of Colombo, from 2015 to 2020, demonstrating his leadership capabilities within the academic community. His international experience includes serving as an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech University, USA, in 2014, where he contributed to global education initiatives. Dr. Hettiarachchi has also held the position of Head of the Department of Mass Media Studies at Sripalee Campus, University of Colombo, from 2015 to 2009, and has been actively involved in various academic committees and projects. Beyond his academic pursuits, Professor Hettiarachchi is deeply engaged in community service. He has played a vital role in syllabus design for Sanasa Campus and has served as a resource person for the Ministry of Education and the National Institute of Education (NIE). His contributions to peace conferences and workshops, as well as his involvement in defense and police media initiatives, underscore his commitment to fostering harmony and understanding in his local community. With his diverse educational background and extensive engagement with various communities in Sri Lanka, Dr. Ranjan Hettiarachchi possesses a profound understanding of cultural nuances. He has been actively involved in addressing multicultural conflicts, including those related to ethnicity, language, religion, and gender. His work reflects his dedication to promoting inclusivity and harmony in diverse contexts. In summary, Professor Ranjan Hettiarachchi is a distinguished educator, researcher, and leader who has made significant contributions to the fields of education, linguistics, and mass media. His commitment to academic excellence, community service, and conflict resolution exemplifies his role as a respected figure in both academia and society.

Plenary Speaker

Prof. Dr. Nilüfer Pembecioğlu

Prof. Dr. Nilüfer Pembecioğlu

Faculty of Communication Radio Television Cinema Department
The Istanbul University

Speech Title: “Bridging The Intergenerational Gap – Media Education in the Era of Multiculturalism and AI”

As the academic of the Istanbul University Faculty of Communication Radio Television Cinema Department, Prof. Dr. Nilüfer Pembecioğlu specializes in Children and Media Issues and Media Literacy. She has been a teacher-trainer for 36 years and she also has degrees in European Union Studies, linguistics, semiotics, cinema, communication, journalism, peace education and peace journalism as well as health management. She is recently in digitalization, AI, new media, children, women, and advertising fields. Coordinating many national and international academic projects and several academic initiatives she focuses more on vulnerable groups including immigrants, the gifted, the deaf, and the handicapped, her research interests span a range of subjects, including topics like Migration, Social Discrimination, and Exclusion, Cyber Bullying, Family, and Film Therapy. She provides consultancy for various institutions and organizations. She has numerous books, book chapters, and academic papers. She is also a film director having feature documentary films, short films, and animations.

Assoc Prof Dr. Sara Chinnasamy

Assoc Prof Dr. Sara Chinnasamy

Political and Social Media Analyst
Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia

Speech Title: “Globalised Risk and Communication Crisis: Global South Perspectives“

Associate Prof. Dr. Sara Chinnasamy, a political & social media analyst in Malaysia that is actively engaged in political and new media discussions. Her expertise extends to actively providing comprehensive and analytical research, and valuable feedback on political and social media movement to the government. Currently, a research fellow at the University of Melbourne and as an Associate Professor at the School of Communication & Media Studies, UiTM Shah Alam. Completed her Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University Melbourne in 2022, In 2013, she completed her doctorate in new media & politics at the University of Adelaide, Australia. She was the receiver of the Australian University DR Stranks Travel Fellowships Grant Award in 2011. In Australian’s she had highlighted on media literacy Diaspora among Australian communities to encounter manipulation of information and fake news. She had also provided live interviews to Melbourne Radios Stations such as with 94.7 The Pulse FM, Geelong Radio Station’s Mitchell Front Page Program and weekly tech show, Byte into It on Triple R – on 102.7FM and 3RRR Digital in Melbourne on ‘Disinformation and Online Information Manipulation in Southeast Asia’ in October 2021. In 2020, Sara was awarded the ‘Best Women Mentor Award’ at the World Inspirational Women Award at New Delhi, India by the GISR Foundation. In February 2020, Sara was conferred ‘Golden Social Media Analyst Award’ by the Eudoxia Research Council, Assam India in the (INFES-2020) Guwahati, Assam India and ‘Inspirational Leader of the Year Award (2022) by the Eureka Publications, Pune India. Currently is Co-Director of Global Risk Journalism Hub at the University of Melbourne tracking risk journalism among world media practitioners. This hub consists of 88 world scholars from 35 world countries. also, an international media consultant for MRTV Myanmar, Iran Media Literacy Association and Ministry of Information, Cambodia.
Dr. Govind Ji Pandey

Dr. Govind Ji Pandey

Dean, School of Media and Communication,
Ex. I/c, Director, Media Centre,
Ex. Director Public Relations Professor & Ex Head, Dept. of Mass Comm & Journalism Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Univrsity, Lucknow

Speech Title: “Understanding the basic concepts of communication embodied in the Tulsidas’s Ramcharit Manas”

A Filmmaker and a social activist, Prof. Govind Ji Pandey studied BA and LLB at BHU, Varanasi, and received his doctoral degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from MG Kashi Vidya Peeth, Varanasi. Acted in a few regional films and worked for the production and promotion of Bhojpuri Films in Purvanchal. Dr. Pandey joined as Lecturer (Electronic Media), in MBICEM, GGSIP University, New Delhi. During this period, he supervised many small research projects of students. He has supervised around five hundred audio-visual productions of students. Some of the short films, supervised by him, got prize in prestigious film festivals like Jeevika, Vatavaran, Mise-en-scene, etc. Prof. Pandey has published more than 60 research papers and articles in leading journals of communication and Newspapers in India and Abroad. He has produced 70 Educational films for NMEICT Project of CEC, New Delhi He has authored three books. Prof. Pandey is widely known in India and abroad and has been the coordinator of an international film festival ‘First Frame’ started by MBICEM in New Delhi. Prof. Pandey organized first ever Holocaust Film Festival in South Asia in 2009. Recently one of his research scholar’s films on cancer, which is part of her research work, won first prize in India’s International Science Film Festival 2020.Prof. Pandey has directed many short films and documentary films. His documentary film Kachra Kachra Jindazi won special appreciation in Prakriti Film Festival organized by CEC, New Delhi.His film Shaan e Awadh is a very popular documentary film on Awadh’s Culture. He has been a recipient of the “Bhasha Mitra Award” given by Uttar Pradesh Hindi Bhasha Sansthan, Lucknow. One of the films he supervised got first prize in Television for Environment Competition. The film was screened at the United Nations Conference in Poland. The competition was organized by TVE, London and around 200 students from different parts of the world participated in the festival. He has worked as jury member in many reputed film festivals of India. Under his Guidance and Supervision, eight research scholars have been awarded doctoral degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. One student successfully received Post-Doctoral Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Prof. Pandey in association with Film and Television Institute of India organized Short term Courses in Film Screen Writing, Acting, Cinematography. Prof. Pandey in collaboration with National School of Drama, Varanasi, organized a workshop on social Media Startups. The students also made a film on Banaras. Prof. Pandey is very active in the field of Journalism and new media. He is Editorial Advisor of Bachpan Express News Portal and Bachpan Creations, a film Production Company. The website, has successfully playing constructive role in spreading positive communication for the last six years and recently Google News Initiative gave a grant of $5000 to the web site.Apart from that Prof. Pandey directed a short film based on impact study of HDFC bank social initiative which received appreciation from the bank. Prof. Pandey was Director, of UP’s first Educational Multimedia Centre, established in Ambedkar University, Lucknow. Currently, Dr. Pandey is working as Professor in the Deptt. of Mass Communication and journalism, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Central University, Lucknow.

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