Nedim Karakayal─▒ has completed his Magister Artium at University of Oslo (1994) and received his PhD (in Sociology) from University of Toronto (2003). He previously taught at Middle East Technical University and University of Toronto, and worked as an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, Canada. His research interests are in social theory, the self in modern society, and interactions between culture and technology, with a particular focus on new technologies of communication. He has also carried out research on sociological aspects of musical practices and migrant communities. His articles are published in Sociology, Sociological Theory, Sociological Forum, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, History of the Human Sciences, Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Historical Sociology, and Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Previously he worked as the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Economic, Administrative and Social Sciences and the Vice Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.