China Media Centre 2016 Winter Seminar – Prof Qian Yufang, Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, China

seminarTHE APPLICATION OF CORPORA IN MEDIA DISCOURSE ANALYSIS Speaker: Prof Qian Yufang Research Centre for Discourse and Communications,

Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, China

Date: Wednesday, 7 December 2016 Time: 14:00 – 16:00 Venue: RS 501, 309 Regent Street W1B 2HW Chair: Professor Chang Xiangqun OPEN TO ALL Abstract: The past few decades have seen corpus linguistics emerging as a new and dynamic social research method. Text corpora provide large databases of naturally-occurring discourse, enabling empirical analysis of the actual patterns of language use; and, when coupled with (semi-)automatic computational tools, the corpus-based approach enables analysis of a scope not otherwise feasible. Examples of real life language use are collected, in order to support or negate the researcher’s hypothesis. Corpus access software can not only demonstrate the nonobvious in a single text, but expose ‘hidden thoughts’ beyond the researcher’s expectation. Corpus investigation is useful for critical linguists, because the observed frequent repetitions help the researchers to identify and make explicit descriptions of texts. Corpora can play an extremely important role in critical social research, allowing researchers to identify objectively widespread patterns of naturally occurring language and rare but telling examples, both of which may be overlooked in a small-scale analysis. Key words: corpora, media discourse, research method, corpus analytical tools Biography: Qian Yufang, Professor and Head of the Research Centre for Discourse and Communications, Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, China. Her research interests include discourse studies, discourse communication and corpus linguistics. Her book Discursive constructions around terrorism in the Peoples Daily and The Sun before and after 9.11, Oxford Peter Lang, won the National Prize for Outstanding Achievement of Social Science, which is the top governmental prize for social science in China. She has published series of journal articles on corpus-based media discourse analysis. She has completed two Ministry of Education Social Science Projects. She is currently directing one China National Social Science Foundation Project. In 2013, she was appointed as an expert of appraisal for National Social Science Project; in the same year, she was appointed as the member of Teaching Guiding Committee for College Foreign Language Majors under the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education. In 2014, she was awarded as Provincial Excellent Teacher by Zhejiang Provincial Government. If you have any inquiry about CMC events, please contact Alja Kranjec at:

Call for Participants to The 3rd Global China Dialogue (GCD III) Sustainability and Global Governance for Climate Change

Call for Participants to The 3rd Global China Dialogue (GCD III) Sustainability and Global Governance for Climate Change bookChina and the Chinese people are currently making an important contribution to the new world order and shaping a global society. What are the important global issues that concern China? What are the Chinese ways of thinking and doing things with respect to global issues? We provide a platform engaging both Chinese and non-Chinese in dialogue with China on a range of common concerns for the future of our world, including development, education, economics, migration, the family, the environment, public health, human security and global governance. The Global China Dialogue series (GCDs) focuses on these issues to enhance public understanding of current global affairs and common interests through public dialogue and discussion between Chinese and non-Chinese academics, experts, professionals and practitioners and interested laypeople, from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. The GCDs also develop the rules of ‘civilized dialogue’, encouraging both sides to listen to the other, understand cultural differences, respect local customs, accept different perspectives and acknowledge the common destiny of humanity. In particular, they explore new global governance, encompassing national governments, international organizations, multinational companies, NGOs and citizens, with a mission to building a harmonious, symbiosis-based global community. Two dialogues have already been held in 2014 and 2015, the proceedings of which has been published by Global China Press. Below is the details of the 3rd GCD. Date: Friday-Saturday, 2-3 December 2016   Venues:
  • The British Academy
  • The House of Commons
  • UK Parliament, King’s College London
  • Reviewing the Paris Agreement from a governance perspective
  • Sustainability in China’s green revolution
  • Corpus-based discourse studies on climate change
  • Delivering the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Part one: A one-day event for the GCD III on Sustainability and Global Governance for Climate Change including the above themes, at the British Academy, Friday, 2nd December 2016.
  • Part two: An evening event for networking at the House of Commons of the UK Parliament, on Friday, 2nd December 2016.
  • Part three: A one-day workshop on Corpus Approach to Chinese Social Science (CACSS) at UCL, Saturday, the 3rd December 2016.
  • Professor Kerry Brown, Director of Lau China Institute, King’s College London
  • Professor Xiangqun Chang, Director of CCPN Global; Honorary Professor of UCL
  • Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of China Media Centre, University of Westminster

Keynote speakers:

lordProfessor Lord Anthony Giddens, British leading sociologist and social theorist, former Director and Emeritus Professor of LSE, UKprofessor Professor Dayong Hong, Professor of Sociology, Vice-President, Renmin University of China; Vice-General Secretary of the Chinese Sociological Association, China   Panel chairs, speakers and discussants (in alphabetical order):
  • Emeritus Professor Martin Albrow FAcSS, Honorary Vice President of the British Sociological Association (BSA); Emeritus Professor of University of Wales, UK
    • Lord Michael Bates, formal Deputy Chairman of the House of Lords, the UK Parliament; Minister of State at the Department for International Development, UK
  • Professor Kerry Brown, Director of the Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK
  • Dr Qing Cao, Senior Lecturer in Chinese, Director of Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University, UK
  • Professor Xiangqun Chang, Director of CCPN Global; Honorary Professor of UCL, UK
  • Dr CHEN Yan, General Director of China Europa Forum, France
  • Professor Olaf Corry, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Ms Ingrid Cranfield, Governor of CCPN Global Governing Board, President of Global China Press, former Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield, UK
  • Dr Carmen Dayrell, Senior Research Associate at CASS, Lancaster University, UK
  • Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of the China Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK
  • Professor Robert Falkner, Associate Professor of International Relations, Co-Director, Dahrendorf Project, Academic Director, TRIUM Global EMBA, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Mr Charles Grant, Director of Centre for European Reform, UK; Trustee of CCPN Global
  • Professor Yeguo Gu, Director, China Multilingual & Multimodal Corpora & Big Data Research Centre, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
  • Mr Philip Hao, President, YES Global; CEO, UVIC Group, UK; Vice-General Secretary, CCPN-Global
  • Mr Alex Kirby, Retired award-winning BBC journalist and UN trainer of journalists reporting on sustainability and climate change in the developing world
  • Professor Jiaojiang Luo, Dean of the Institute of Social Development, Wuhan University, China; General Secretory of CCPN Global
  • Professor Tony McEnery FAcSS, Director and Investigator of ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, Lancaster University; ECRC Research Director, UK
  • Professor Kerstin Mey, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Westminster, Dean of the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, UK
  • Mr Dennis Pamlin, Founder of 21st Frontiers Research Centre, Sweden
    • Professor Geoffrey PLEYERS, Director of Global College, University of Louvain, Belgium
  • Professor Yufang Qian, Director of Research Centre for Discourse and Communications, Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, China
  • Dr Mike Scott, Aston University; Founder of the Lexical Analysis Software, UK
  • Dr Fang Wang, Researcher, University of Birmingham, UK
    • Mr XIANG Xiaowei, Minister counselor, Culture Office, Chinese Embassy to the UK
    • Dr Zhang Jianyu, Head of Beijing Office, the US Environmental Defence Fund (tbc)
  • Professor Letian Zhang, Director of the Center for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Director of Contemporary China Social Life Data and Research Center (CCSLC), Fudan University; and Co-Director of the CCPN Global
    • Dr Joy Zhang, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, UK
  • CCPN Global (China in Comparative Perspective Network Global, Charity No.: 1154640; an affiliate member of the Academy of Social Sciences)
  • Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK
  • The China Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK
    • YES Global, UK
sponsers Supporters (in alphabetical order)
  • Centre for Applied Linguistics, University College London, UK
  • Centre for European Reform, UK
  • Centre for Translation Studies, SOAS, University of London, UK
  • China–Europa Forum, France
  • Chopsticks Club, UK
  • Contemporary China Social Life Data and Research Center (CCSLC), Fudan University, China
  • ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, UK
  • Global China Press, UK
  • Global China Unit, UK
  • Journal of China in Comparative Perspective, UK
  • Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK
  • London Society for Chinese Studies
  • New World Press, China
  • Research Centre for Discourse and Communications, Zhenjiang University of Media and Communication, China
  • Research Centre for Social Cultural Anthropology, Fudan University, China
  • Research Centre for Social Theory, Peking University, China
  • Research Centre for Studies of Sociological Theory and Methods, Renmin University of China
  • Society for Anglo–Chinese Understanding (SACU), UK
  • The British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS), UK
  • The British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS), UK
  • The British Sociological Association (BSA), UK
  • The Chinese Sociological Association (CSA), China
  • The Institute of Social Development, Wuhan University, China
  Sponsors (in alphabetical order)
  • Cypress Books Co. Ltd, UK
  • Institute of Suzhou Studies, Wuhan University, China
  • Learning without Borders, China
    • MyOffer® (Global University Web Portal), China
  • Shanghai Tenly Software Incorporated, China
  • UVIC Group, UK
  • Vanishing Worlds Foundation, UK
Media suppers
  • ChinaNet
  • XinhuaNet
  • Interactive Media Britain
Registration (Click HERE to online registration page):
  • Free for the CACSS workshop, but registration is requested, Click HERE for registration
  • £180 for the GCD III, Click HERE to register and pay for the fee
  • £280 for the GCD III and Reception, Click HERE to register
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Event: Family and State in Britain and China: Lessons for Policy-Makers in Welfare

The Resolution Foundation and the China Media Centre, University of Westminster, would like to invite you to meet Professor Alan MacFarlane, the Cambridge anthropologist, one of the great experts on family structures and how they shape societies. We are inviting him to go further and investigate what the means for the welfare state in countries with different social structures The Resolution Foundation is looking to apply MacFarlane’s analysis of the evolution of English society to the understanding of present social issues. The University of Westminster’s China Media Centre has drawn upon MacFarlane to explain Chinese politics and the distinctive institutions of Chinese society. We believe that many others are and will find his insights valuable in helping interpret social phenomena and devise policy prescriptions. To share our interest in his work and to provide an opportunity to discuss it, we have invited Professor MacFarlane to introduce two seminars (15th June and 27th June) and to debate with an invited audience. There will be two primed discussants at each seminar; Professor Pat Thane and Lady Stroud of Fulham will be present at the first one. Seminar 1 Wednesday, 15 June, 6-7.30pm, with refreshments available from 5.30pm This event on will focus on how the UK’s approach to social policy is rooted in the exceptional nature of the Anglophone family system. Sign up for Lecture 1 Seminar 2 Monday, 27 June, 6-7.30pm, with refreshments available from 5.30pm This event, on Monday 27 June, will focus on how current Chinese policy choices derive from cultural assumptions that contrast sharply from the UK and the West. Sign up for Lecture 2 Both lectures will be held at: Resolution Foundation 2 Queen Anne's Gate London, SW1H 9AA We very much hope that you will be able to attend this event at the Resolution Foundation. We have a limited number of places available, and we highly advise you to respond by 27th May to secure your place. With best wishes David Willetts Executive Chairman The Resolution Foundation Hugo de Burgh Director The China Media Centre, University of Westminster

#CCGGC: Conference Handbook Now Available

The handbook of the upcoming China and the Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication international conference, organised by the China Media Centre, University of Westminster and Communication University of China, Beijing, is now available. This has been last updated on 07 April 2016 and is the finalised version. The conference will be held on 09 April 2016 from 09:00 to 17:00 at 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS. For further information on this conference, please see our main post. Please don't forget to register your place for the event. You can also follow the conference as it takes place with hashtag #CCGGC on Twitter.

#CCGGC: China and the Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication

China and the Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication Date: 9 April 2016 Time: 9:00am-5.00pm Location: 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS Conference organised by: China Media Centre, University of Westminster Managing Department of Social Sciences, Communication University of China Faculty of International Media, Communication University of China Featured Speakers:
  • Pál Nyíri, Professor, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • Garrie van Pinxteren, Senior Research Fellow, Leiden Academic Centre / Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael
  • Jiang Fei, Professor, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Anthony Fung, Professor, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Daya Thussu, Professor of International Communication, University of Westminster
  • Zhang Lei, Professor, Communication University of China
  • Hugo de Burgh, Director, China Media Centre, University of Westminster
The growing global presence of China has impacted on many aspects of life in the contemporary world, including the geo-politics of global communication. Since 2006, China has been the largest holder of foreign-currency reserves, estimated in 2015 to be more than $3.3 trillion. According to the International Monetary Fund, China’s Gross Domestic Product surpassed that of the United States in 2014, making it the world’s largest economy in purchasing-power parity terms, while its currency, the Renminbi, was admitted by the IMF into its reserve currencies basket in 2015, joining the club of the world’s other four elite currencies: Dollar, Euro, Pound and Yen. As part of China’s ‘going out’ strategy, $7 billion has been earmarked for external communication, including the expansion of Chinese broadcasting networks such as CCTV News. In the cyber world too, China has demonstrated extraordinary growth: in 2015, half of China’s 1.3 billion people were online, making it home to the world’s largest number of internet users, and three of the top ten internet-based companies were Chinese. China is now one of the biggest aid donors and a driving force behind BRICS, the group of large non-Western nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) which has established a BRICS Bank to fund developmental projects. China has also set up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and its recent initiative of ‘One Belt, One Road’, reviving the historical legacies of the land and maritime silk routes, encompasses more than 100 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. These projects, potentially rivalling the Western-dominated Bretton Woods institutions, such as the World Bank and the IMF, raise interesting possibilities in relation to geo-political and global governance issues. While US conglomerates continue to dominate the global media landscape, including digital media, other major non-Western powers, notably China, have emerged onto the global scene, complicating discourses of media, development, geo-politics and governance. This phenomenon of Chinese media globalisation and its impact on global communication has so far largely escaped academic scrutiny, partly because the focus of much international scholarship has been on the issue of censorship and media regulation in China. This pioneering conference assesses the impact of the ‘peaceful rise of China’ on the geo-political environment and poses questions about its effect on global communication. While recognising the limitations of a media system that operates within a one-party state with its attendant regulatory and control mechanisms, there is ample scope to evaluate how Sino-globalisation is contributing to enriching the political, cultural and economic discourses globally. Will the growing globalisation of China help redress the imbalance in media flows and thus contribute to a pluralistic media globe?