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[ecrea] 2018 ECREA Preconferece - The “New Silk Road”— Flow and Counterflow of Information between Europe and China?

Thu Mar 15 12:24:57 GMT 2018

Deadline Approaching: 2018 ECREA Preconferece - The “New Silk Road”— Flow and Counterflow of Information between Europe and China?

31.10.2018, Lugano, Switzerland

China Media Observatory, Institute of Media and Journalism
Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31.03.2018

Conference Description:

 The “New Silk Road”, or in the Chinese official discourse, the “Belt &
Road initiative” (formerly called One Belt One Road 一带一路) was launched
in 2013 with a confirmed concrete interest from Beijing to reconnect
China with Europe and to establish different levels of cooperation with
European partners. It has been widely recognized by the West as the
Chinese president Xi Jinping’s global ambition of centralizing China as
the leading force for the World Economy and Globalization as well as
China’s greater expansion of Soft Power.  So far, discussions about the
New Silk Road and its relationship with Europe (i.e. European Union)
have been mainly conducted in the field of political (Casarini, 2015;
var der Putten and all, 2016, Fardella, 2016) and economic (Aoyama,
2016; Chen, 2016, Lin, 2015) studies. Much less attention has been paid
from the media and communication perspective, despite the increasing
importance of a better mutual understanding between different European
and Chinese stakeholders on different levels under the Belt & Road

This preconference is designed to fill in this gap by bringing scholars
in media, communication and culture studies to join the discussion about
the “New Silk Road” from Europe and China. On one hand, it recalls to
the ancient Silk Road that initiated the first flow of communication and
exchange in goods and culture between the Roman and Chinese empires. On
the other hand, it opens windows for discussions on the current flow of
a mix of acceptance—resistance, cooperation—dispute, and
agreement—disagreement related to the New Silk Road between the two
continents. If in 120 BCE the flow of information was launched in the
West (Europe), at the present stage it starts from the East (China). We
believe that this specific topic will contribute to the main theme of
ECREA 2018<> by providing a contribution
to frame Centers (from Europe focus to China focus) and Peripheries. CMO
is the ideal institution to host this preconference, it is one of the
few research center in Europe to focus its studies on Chinese media
system systematically. Moreover, CMO it is part of the Institute of
Media and Journalism<> at USI,
Faculty of Communication Sciences<>, the only
faculty in Switzerland to provide an interdisciplinary education, which
blends the humanities, the social sciences, economics, and technology.

We encourage research submission from (and not limited to) European
research centers with a specific interest on Chinese media and also
Chinese institutions with a research interest on Europe. We are also
open to evaluating studies with interdisciplinary approaches and
developed by scholars at their first stage, with a particular reference
to the YECREA network. We expect to host a total of 25-30 attendees
including scholars and experts interested in the topic.

Since 2006 CMO has been active to improve the academic dialogue between
Europe and China also at the PH.D. level thanks to its Europe-China
Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer
School<>. We plan to
publish a special issue based on the best paper presented at the
conference on the journal Communication and the Public published both in
English and Chinese.

We encourage submissions of topics to include (but are not limited to):

• Media infrastructure studies along the New Silk Road
• News flow and narratives through/among Countries related to the New
Silk Road
• Media production exchange or co-production between European and
Chinese media companies
• Digital media markets and the future of the “Digital Silk Road”
• New media and cyber security cooperation along the New Silk Road
• Media governance and Media law across borders

Keynote speakers
• Yang Guobin<>
(Professor of University of Pennsylvania, co-editor of the journal
Communication and the Public )
• Wang Yiwei<> (Professor
of Renmin University, author of the book The Belt and Road: What Will
China Offer the World in Its Rise)

Key dates
• Deadline for abstract (500 words) submission: 31.03.2018
• Notice of acceptance / rejection: 15.04.2018
• Deadline for full paper (8000 words) or extended abstract (1500
words): 01.09.2018

In order to support the costs of the event, we plan to ask
• 100 EUR for non-ECREA members
• 50 EUR for scholars who will join ECREA main conference
• 30 EUR for students.

ALL SUBMISSIONS should be uploaded here:

Dr. Zhan Zhang and Dr. Gianluigi Negro
China Media Observatory, Institute of Media and Journalism,
Univeristà della Svizzera italiana <>
Contacts: (zhan.zhang /at/<mailto:(zhan.zhang /at/>;
(gianluigi.negro /at/<mailto:(gianluigi.negro /at/>

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