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[ecrea] CFP: The 9th International Joint Summer School (2017) "Communication, China, and Alternative Globalization"
Tue Feb 28 16:59:33 GMT 2017
The 9th International Joint Summer School, themed "Communication, China,
and Alternative Globalization", will be held in Zhuhai China between 18
and 28 in June 2017. The IJSS will consist of lectures, field research
and presentation. The organizers are now calling for participants who
are interested in communications, media, and social studies. The
deadline for application submission is April 15.
*Call for Participants *
The 9th International Joint Summer School (2017)
*Communication, China, and Alternative Globalization*
*June 18-28, 2017*
The National Centre for Communication Innovation Studies, Communication
University of China
School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
The Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster
School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong
International Journalism Program
Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University United
International College (UIC)
Universities’ Think-Tank Union (UTTU)
Globalization is both a political economic process, which is
increasingly facilitated by information and communication technologies
(ICTs), and a discursive space with diverse, even contesting,
narratives. If the western-centric narrative of globalization underpins
a social evolutionary logic and center-periphery relationship in the
modern world system, globalization from the East or the South provides
alternative narratives to either counter the Western hegemony in world
history, or to break down the concept into different localities. The key
questions are thus how many of those perspectives we have brought into
our discussions, and whether an epistemological reorientation is
necessary. Since the West is currently undergoing a structural crisis,
which is widely recognized due to a series of political and economic
signals, for example, the financial problems in a number of advanced
capitalist countries and the extremism of those such as Donald Trump, it
might be a prime historical conjuncture to rethink the construction of
the West and to simultaneously revitalize narratives from the rest of
the world that were ignored or marginalized in the former hegemonic
discourse of globalization.
The role of China in the processes of globalization is multifaceted. By
proposing new visions for the global future, such as the Belt and Road
Initiative and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Chinese leaders
intend to maintain a high rate of economic growth and strengthen trade
relationships with international partners on the one hand, and to
contribute to the change of the world political economic order towards
more equality and justice on the other. Furthermore, the Chinese
government is eager to have a broader and deeper dialogue with foreign
countries, through international media projects and cultural exchange
programs like the Confucius Institute, while more than one hundred
million Chinese have gone abroad for tourism, business, and study every
year since 2015. Comparing to the previous decade, more intercultural
encounters are emerging between China and outside world at different
levels. Therefore, it is also crucial to interrogate the role of China
in developing economics and transforming society in a global context in
which trans-border connections are intensified.
The influence of media, broadly defined, is of particular importance.
They are not only a representation of reality with multiple political
and cultural implications, but also one of the central mechanisms in the
organization of a society. In the pursuit of both the developmental path
and discourse of alternative globalization, media and mediated
communication through various ICTs deserve further examination.
With those afore-mentioned concerns in mind, the 2017 International
Joint Summer School (IJSS) will focus on a series of inter-related
questions under the overarching theme of “Communication, China, and
Alternative Globalization”. The complexity of different narratives of
globalization, China’s encounters with the world, and the roles of
communication in pursuing alternative globalization, will be addressed.
The IJSS has been held eight times since its inception in 2009.
Following four successful years in Beijing, the fifth summer school
moved base to Simon Fraser University in Canada, while the sixth,
seventh and eighth were hosted consecutively by the National Institute
of Development Administration in Thailand, the School of Media and
Communication at Inner Mongolia Normal University, and the Heyang
Institute for Rural Studies in collaboration with Lishui College in
Zhejiang. Now in 2017, the 9th International Joint Summer School is set
to take place in Zhuhai, one of the first Special Economic Zones and a
gardenlike coastal city in Guangdong Province neighboring Macau and
Shenzhen. Joining as local host will be the International Journalism
Program at Beijing Normal University - Hong Kong Baptist University
United International College.
The 2017 summer school will consist of two main components: academic
lecture and field research. First, lectures will be given by Chinese and
overseas scholars on a number of topics that are related to the
overarching theme “Communication, China, and Alternative Globalization.”
Prospective lecturers will include Yuezhi Zhao, Anthony Fong, Colin
Sparks, Xin Xin, Gehao Zhang, Jesse Owen Hearns-Branaman Lei Zhang,
Deqiang Ji and other scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds.
Young scholars will direct the summer school students to carry out field
studies in Zhuhai and regions nearby. Research topics will include (but
are not limited to) people’s experience of development in reform China,
the global and the local in Zhuhai’s development, The Belt and Road
Initiative, urban-rural nexus in special economic zones, ICT industries
in the Pearl River Delta, local media representation of development, the
mechanism of “glocalization” in local economies, and the labor
situation. Finally, the summer school will conclude with a wrap-up and
experience-sharing session in which students will reflect upon the
theoretical insights they have gained and the findings of their field
The 2017 IJSS in Zhuhai is calling for participants who are interested
in communications, media, and social studies. Enrollment will be limited
to 40 students.
Prospective participants are required to fill out an application form
accompanied by a statement of research interests, both of which should
be sent to (ijss2009 /at/ qq.com) <mailto:(ijss2009 /at/ qq.com)> by April 15, 2017.
The provision of other supporting documents will be appreciated, such as
an up-to-date CV or relevant academic publications. Early submission is
recommended, and notification of the applicants' status of acceptance
will be sent out on May 1, 2017.
The IJSS is free of charge, however, participants will be responsible
for their own travel and accommodation expenses. The UIC will provide
dormitory on campus for participants to choose.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call
86-10-65779313 or send an email to (ijss2009 /at/ qq.com) <mailto:(ijss2009 /at/ qq.com)>.
The Application form can be found at:
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