China Media Centre Spring 2016 Seminar: Prof Michel Hockx (SOAS, University of London)

Speaker: Prof Michel Hockx (SOAS, University of London)
Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Time: 14:00 – 16:00 (with refreshments to follow)
Venue: A6.03
Chair: Dr David Feng


This paper surveys the development of online creative writing in Mainland China in the past fifteen years. It demonstrates how online communities are bringing about unprecedented changes in the structure of the Chinese literary field, both through literary and aesthetic innovations and through challenges to the established system of publishing. Both high-end and low-end forms of literary production are taken into account. The Chinese phenomena are discussed against the background of recent debates in western scholarship about the concept of “world literature,” which so far have largely excluded online texts.


Michel Hockx (b. 1964) is Professor of Chinese at SOAS, University of London, and founding director of the SOAS China Institute. He studied Chinese language and literature at Leiden University in The Netherlands, and at Liaoning and Beijing Universities in China. His research focuses on modern and contemporary Chinese literary communities, their publications, their values, and their interaction with state regulators. He has also published on modern Chinese poetry. His most recent monograph, Internet Literature in China, came out with Columbia University Press in 2015.

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China Media Centre 2012 Spring Seminar 4

China Media Centre 2012 Spring Seminar

Photojournalism in China 

Speaker:  AN Guanxi,   XIANG Mei

Date: Thursday, 29th March 2012

Time: 11am-1pm

Venue: A 7.3

Chair: Guo Dawei



Mr. AN Guanxi is now a Visiting Scholar at the China Media Centre, University of Westminster. He also joined University Missouri in the US in 2010 as a visiting scholar. Mr. An was the director of Photo Department in Oriental Morning Post based in Shanghai for more than 5 years. He obtained his Master degree from the first Master Course organized for Chinese photojournalists to learn digital media in 2008.

In this seminar, Mr. An will introduce photojournalism in China; the requirements of photojournalists, agenda setting and the trend of photojournalism.


Mrs. XIANG Mei has rich experience working for the Olympic games as media operator. Before join Xinhua News Agency as photojournalist and editor in 2009, she worked for the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of 29th Olympiad as a project manager in Photo Services of Media Operations. In 2011, Mrs. XIANG moved to London. She is now studying Media Management at University of Westminster, while working for Xinhua News agency’s London bureau as well as working for 2012 London Olympic as media operator.

She will talk through her experiences as a photojournalist, editor and media operator during big events.


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China Media Centre 2012 Spring Seminar Series 2



Speaker: Dr GerdaWielander
Date: Monday 5th March
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: A 6.8 Maria Hewlett Building (A Block) Harrow Campus
Chair: Prof Hugo de Burgh

This talk asks the question what influence Christian values have had on social and political values in post-socialist China. Christianity, understood as an ideological source of social and political values, informs both official ideology and ‘dissident’ ideology, albeit in different ways and to a different extent, and is an increasingly accepted source of social moral and ethics in contemporary China. I argue that while we tend to think of China as an atheist, secular state, it is in fact vital to understand the importance religion plays in the state’s response to emerging new values in society without giving ground in terms of a more democratic system.


Gerda Wielander’s research interest lies in contemporary China’s social and political development. Most recently she has been interested in the way Christian belief is influencing and shaping political discourse in contemporary China. She has published several articles in this field and has been awarded an AHRC Fellowship in 2012 to complete her book on Christian values in Communist China (to be published with Routledge in 2013).

GerdaWielander was educated in Vienna and Beijing. She obtained an M.A. in Chinese Studies in 1990 with a dissertation on Liang Qichao’s historiography, including a first translation into German of Liang’s “XinShixue” (New Historiography). Her PhD (1995) investigated the Malaysian Chinese evaluation of China’s Democracy Movement (1976-1989) as expressed in the region’s vibrant Chinese press.

Gerda is Principal Lecturer in Chinese Studies and Director of the Undergraduate Languages Programme in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages. She has taught at a number of British universities including SOAS and Cambridge before coming to Westminster in a full-time capacity.

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Two-Day Workshop on British Journalism at CCTV


China Central Television was the venue for a 2-day Workshop on British journalism organized by China Media Centre in October 2009. Speakers were Hugo de Burgh, CMC Director, Kevin Sutcliffe, C4’s Head of Current Affairs, Steve Hewlett, presenter of BBC’s The Media Show, Zhang Jie, Editor of CCTV’s News Investigation and Yang Rui, Presenter of CCTV’s Dialogue.

Parliamentary Seminar: ‘China and the New Green Deal’

‘China and the New Green Deal’, a China Media Centre conference, was held in Parliament in June 2009. It was the 6th conference on China held by CMC in Parliament.


A one-day CMC seminar was held in the Houses of Parliament to address the implications of China’s management of its environmental challenges for government policy and British business. It was hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on China and sponsored by Norton Rose. 170 people attended, from business, the policy world and media.

One of CMC’s research themes, along with regulation, journalism and innovation in the media, is the relationship between media and environment. This seminar is one of several initiatives connected with this theme, including a workshop at Caijing magazine in  Peking, producing a report on journalism and the environment for International Media Support and being knowledge partner for the October Wilton Park Conference on China’s environment.

This is a conference of the China Media Centre for the APPCG, with Knowledge Partner, Norton Rose LLP. With assistance from the Chinese Embassy and Chinadialogue