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[ecrea] CJC CFP: China's Globalizing Internet
Tue May 01 13:02:25 GMT 2018
*Special Issue of Chinese Journal of Communication*
*_CALL FOR PAPERS_*
*China’s Globalizing Internet: Origins, Trajectories, and Ramifications*
*/Submission deadline: December 31, 2018/*
*Guest Editors: *
Prof. Yu HONG (Ph.D., College of Media and International Culture,
Zhejiang University, China)
Prof. Eric HARWIT (Ph.D., Asian Studies, University of Hawaii, USA)
*The general aims and scope of this special issue: ***
It is well known that the Chinese state is adept at domesticating the
Internet as a global medium into the so-called Chinese Internet. While
acknowledging this Chinese particularity, we see the Chinese Internet
not so much as a singular space as an ensemble of ownership, policies,
laws, and interests that intersect with pre-existing global elements
and, increasingly, with deepening globalizing imperatives. Thus, this
special issue aims to develop “China’s globalizing Internet” as a
conceptual/analytical device, to complicate the apparently unambiguous
historical relationship between China and the Internet, to assess global
interlinks and their ramifications on China’s cyberspace and
digitalization, and, just as important, to follow the Internet’s
ongoing, complex interweaving with the process of Chinese-style
globalization in the so-called post-American world.
China’s globalizing Internet has raised several conundrums: first, with
the world’s largest geo-linguistic and national cyberspace, it is
dominated by corporate players and funded by transnational capital;
second, although guarded by the Great Firewall and massaged by
censorship, a multitude of cyber businesses and communities have
blossomed within a largely decentralized milieu; third, having expanded
thanks to insatiable domestic demand, Chinese cyber giants are keen to
explore extra-territorial market spaces, seeking out opportunities from
the government’s One Belt One Road Initiative; lastly, the state has set
out to re-regulate the Internet as the network becomes ubiquitous during
the web-oriented digital transformation of China. Such a state-centric
Internet governance model, however, is likely to affect China’s
globalizing Internet in a transnational context, apart from the fact
that the Chinese state is taking an active interest in global Internet
To date, policy and academic communities have narrowly conceptualized
the Internet as a tool used either by the state or by society, while
assuming the Chinese Internet to be a “giant cage,” a counterpoint to
the “free, neutral, and borderless” global Internet. But with the
expansion of the Chinese Internet beyond the mainland, such an approach
fails to address the complex processes and dynamics of what we see as
China’s globalizing Internet. In light of the complexities the Chinese
Internet manifests, and in view of China’s rising influence over global
digital development, it is time to re-examine the origins, trajectories,
andramificationsof the Chinese Internet in relation to the global
Internet, to account for not only differences between the two but also
the points of intersection. Ultimately, on what terms, and on whose
behalf, has China’s globalizing Internet been linked with the political
economy of the global Internet?
In order to start filling the gap, this special issue aims to map out,
explain, and theorize China’s globalizing Internet, broadly defined. We
encourage scholars to delve more deeply into intersecting dynamics of
China’s globalizing Internet, which include but are not limited to
states and capital, subnational and transnational processes, interstate
relations and social formation, master narratives and social
imaginations. In particular, we welcome history- and theory-informed
empirical studies that examine the policy, politics, and political
economy of China’s globalizing Internet and its implications. We also
welcome theoretical interventions that move beyond the increasingly
inconsistent either-or, domestic versus global distinction that has
defined the Chinese Internet research.
Specifically, we invite contributions including but not limited to the
·What roles have subnational and transnational actors played in shaping
Chinese Internet development?
·To what extent has global hegemonic thinking influenced policy and
social imagination of the Internet in China?
·How does the Chinese Internet facilitate transnational social
formation, including but not limited to class formation?
·How does the rise of internationally financed cyber giants alter or
sustain power relations in China’s state-led digital capitalism? How do
cyber elites and Internet giants use their influence to push for change,
and in what direction?
·How does the state contend, collaborate, and overlap with transnational
and private capital in influencing and controlling cyberspace and
·Howdo globalizing cyber businesses, such as e-commerce and online
finance, affect digital practices and social-cultural formation?
·How do different social classes, including peasant and worker
communities, negotiate the networked everyday life in a transnational
·How do Chinese laws, policies, and governing practices affect or become
affected by the globalizing Internet?
·How do states and Internet-related companies interact under the
auspices of building a networked “community of common destiny”?
·What are the geopolitical-economic dynamics of China’s digital
globalization under the auspices of One Belt One Road?
All manuscripts should be submitted by *December 31, 2018*. All
submitted manuscripts are subject to rigorous blind peer-review process.
All accepted manuscripts will be published online first. The planned
printed publication date is an issue of CJC in 2020. Submissions should
conform to the editorial guidelines of the Chinese Journal of
Communication found at http://www.informaworld.com/cjoc under
“Instructions for Authors.”
Papers for consideration in this special issue should be submitted
online http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rcjc and should indicate they are
intended for inclusion in the special issue. For inquires, contact Yu
Hong at (hong1 /at/ zju.edu).cnand Eric Harwit at (harwit /at/ hawaii.edu).
洪宇 Yu Hong <https://yuhong.academia.edu/cv> (PhD, U of Illinois)
Author of Networking China
College of Media and International Culture
Zhejiang U <http://person.zju.edu.cn/hong1>, China
(hong1 /at/ zju.edu.cn) <mailto:(hong1 /at/ zju.edu.cn)> [my gmail inbox is almost full]
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