CALL FOR PAPERS: China’s Media Go Global, 2-3 September, 2014

Please do circulate this Call For Paper amongst your colleagues and networks. Thank you.  

China Media Centre to announce the upcoming international conference.


Topic: China’s Media Go Global

Date: 2-3 September, 2014.

Venue: Tsinghua University School of Journalism and Communication, Beijing, China


China is dramatically increasing its media presence in the world. Within the next few months CCTV will establish in Europe its third Media Hub, after Africa and the USA. Xinhua has expanded its operations and includes 24 hour television news. The quality and range of publications, radio and television channels and online information has developed rapidly in several languages. Chinese media are supplying facilities and training to the media of many other countries, even as they also soak up the experience and knowledge of the most advanced media industries. Not only national media but provincial media are entering the world’s markets.

Please see the attached call for papers.CMGG International Call for Papers Read more

Communicating Soft Power: Contrasting Perspectives from India and China

9 September 2013 -10 September 2013
Time: 9.00am – 7.00pm

Organized by the India Media Centre and the China Media Centre of the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) of the University of Westminster, London

The notion of soft power, associated with the work of Harvard political scientist Joseph Nye, is defined as ‘the ability to attract people to our side without coercion’. Nye’s concept, whose focus is primarily on the United States, has been adopted or adapted by countries around the world. It has generated much debate about the capacity of nations to make themselves attractive in a globalizing marketplace for ideas and images.

This two-day international conference will explore competing and contrasting approaches to soft power in India and China, the world’s two fastest growing economies whose rise is set to reconfigure global power equations in a multi-polar world. The conference will discuss the American origins of the concept and how it has been extrapolated in non-American contexts, namely in India and China. Contributors to the conference will examine whether soft power needs to be de-Americanized and expanded to be more inclusive, and historicised to take account of the role of countries and civilizations, such as India and China, in the global communication sphere. India’s global cultural presence is primarily driven by its privately-owned creative and cultural industries – it is home to the world’s largest film industry, as well as a hub for the global IT industry. In the case of China, the state has taken the commanding role in promoting the country’s soft power to supplement its hard economic prowess, as the world’s second largest economy. This is evident in the Chinese government’s extensive investment in international broadcasting as well as in setting up Confucius Institutes around the globe.

The University of Westminster, which hosts the highest-ranked research department in media and communication in the UK, is home to specialist media research facilities in the China Media and India Media Centres. This pioneering attempt to discuss Asian soft power in a comparative framework will provide an opportunity to examine the strengths and limitations of the idea of soft power, deploying a multi-perspectival approach. Read more

Communication and China • Fudan Forum (2011)

Interaction and Communication: The City in Transition

The city is a physical entity, a place of human inhabitation and a center of economy, politics and culture. The city represents a network of interaction and communication, and the indicator of human living conditions and the pattern of their relationships as well.

From the beginning, communication and the city associated with each other, constituting an integral co-structural relationship. The city changes in time and space, which in turn restructures the communicative and interactive relationships. The significant change of interaction and communication pattern, is undoubtedly adjustment and representation of the city and its internal and external relations. In short, the city is the carrier and network of interaction and communication which  is the pattern of the city and its resident’s living. Therefore, the research of the city and its resident cannot go without the perspectives of interaction and communication.

In the current context of globalization, digitalization and informatization, re-assessing the relationship between the city and interaction and communication, is not only a practical and significant subject concerning human existence but the cornerstone of communication theory and practice as well.

The Center for Information and Communication Studies, Fudan University, will focus on “urban communication” in its future research, re-examining the relationship between communication, the city and human beings, in order to fulfill three purposes: On the level of social function, to help build up “communicable city”; on the level of humanity idea, to contemplate human living conditions and problems in modern cities from the perspective of communication; on the level of disciplinary level, to build a new theoretical ground of communication research, connecting humanities and social science based on of communication.

The theme of “Communication and China • Fudan Forum” (2011) is determined as

Interaction and Communication: The City in Transition

“Communication and China • Fudan Forum” (2011) calls for papers from domestic and foreign scholars. In view of the wide scope of the topic, we suggest three dimensions so as to make our discussion more focused and to the point.

  1. Interaction and communication as the main function of the city. For example: the relationship between interaction and communication and different urban groups; urban communication and political and economic changes in cities; public crisis communication and urban governance; community communication and neighborhood; information monitoring, public security and civil rights; urban change and building up urban media systems; interaction and communication and urban cultural identity.
  2. The city as the network of interaction and communication, for example, urban space presented by interaction and communication; virtual and physical urban space and interaction and communication; transition in ways of communication and relationships and urban change; the expression of ideas in urban architecture; urban lifestyle and cultural heritage in interaction and communication; the relationship between suburban and urban distribution and interaction; political relations in urban interaction and communication; urban markets, commodity exchange and interpersonal interaction.
  3. Interaction and communication as the way of city residents’ existence, for example: the transition of interaction and communication and human existential experience; interaction and communication and people’s perception of the city; urban interaction and communication and people’s daily life, urban interaction and communication and manifestation of Renqing, urban interaction and communication and individual subjectivity.

The title of the paper can be decided by the author. One can choose whatever research orientation, methodology and approach one finds appropriate. All submissions must be based on empirical evidence and not purely descriptive narrative. Empty talk should be avoided.


Date: December 28-30, 2011 in Shanghai, China

Deadline: October 31, 2011



Phone: 86-21-65643743

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Conference Notice: China’s Soft Power




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Conference Registration: China’s Soft Power


Thursday 8 and Friday 9 April 2010

Location: University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London

Registration: The Conference is open for registration now.  The deadline for registration is April 1.

Please contract Helen Cohen for registration form.


Prof. Li Xiguang, Tsinghua University,China

Prof. Ni Ning, Renmin University,China

Dr. Zhang Xiaolin, Nottingham University


The Conference Programme will be available to check soon.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Helen Cohen