Ph.D. Seminar on Consumption Theory
May 31 - June 6 2005
Bilkent University

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This is a 7-day intensive Ph.D. seminar to be held at the Bilkent University, Ankara Turkey in May - June 2005.

Objective of the Seminar

The seminar aims to provide participants with a thorough knowledge of cultural approaches to consumption research through discussions of consumption theory. The goal of the seminar is to familiarize scholars with the culturally inspired studies of consumption. Readings highlight interdisciplinary perspective and seek to expose participants to sophisticated discussions of consumption that have been written both within and outside of marketing, such as anthropology, sociology, communication, and cultural and gender studies. The historical, socio-cultural, economic and ethical dimensions and challenges of consumption in developed and developing nations in the contemporary global economy are emphasized.

Seminar Coordinators

Güliz Ger – Faculty of Business Administration (Bilkent University)
Özlem Sandıkçı – Faculty of Business Administration (Bilkent University)


Eric Arnould – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Søren Askegaard – University of Southern Denmark-Odense
Russell Belk – University of Utah
Dominique Bouchet – University of Southern Denmark-Odense
Fuat Fırat – University of Southern Denmark-Odense
Güliz Ger – Bilkent University
Lisa Peñaloza – University of Boulder, Colorado

Location and Dates

The seminar will take place at Bilkent University, Faculty of Business Administration premises, located 13 kilometers away from downtown Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. The seminar will begin at 10:00 Tuesday, 31 May and end the night of Monday, June 6, 2005.

Other Course Information

The seminar will be held in English and is 5 ECTS credits. The number of students is limited to 25. The tuition and fees for the seminar is 575 Euros; this amount includes accommodation and meals as well.

Seminar Prerequisites

There are no particular prerequisites for participants. Selection will be based on the letter of interest, which should address the student’s dissertation research interests and the fit of this seminar within their doctoral studies. The letter of interest should be 1000-1500 words. The deadline for applications is March 21, 2005.

The seminar program consists of lectures, panels, and exercises. A reading list will be sent to the participants after registration and they will be required to read the suggested literature. The students will come to the seminar ready to make a brief presentation of their research project. At the end of the seminar, they will make another presentation that will indicate how their research project will be modified based on the inspirations from the seminar.

Students will be evaluated based on their presentations, participation, written projects, and the capacity shown in enriching their perspective.

Bilkent University
06800 Bilkent – Ankara Turkey
Tel: +90 (312) 290 1253 – Fax: +90 (312) 266 4958