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[ecrea] CFP of UCMeCSA 3rd Biannual Conference - Digital China: Media and Social Change
Fri Aug 31 20:48:55 GMT 2018
We are happy to invite you to participate in our biannual conference
held at the University of Leicester on 16th January 2019. Please find
the CFP below.
Call for Papers
*Digital China: Media and Social Change*
/UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association 3rd Biannual Conference
//16th January 2019, School of Media, Communication and Sociology,
University of Leicester (UK)/
UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association and School of Media,
Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester invite postgraduate
students, early-career researchers, and activists to submit proposals
for our 3rd biennial conference at the University of Leicester.
The theme of this conference is “Digital China: Media and Social
Change”. The conference will focus on the impact of digital media on the
construction of China’s political, economic, cultural, and social
fields. It explores the role of digital media in different aspects of
Chinese society and Chinese everyday lives. It also seeks to understand
media development in China and comprehensively demonstrate the
revolution that has created the brand-new face of Chinese society over
recent decades in the wake of new media.
China has experienced a dramatic information and communication
revolution in the past few years. Although China’s case is not
exceptional in the global trend of digitalisation, it does have its own
characteristics. Hong (2016) argues that the speed, scope and scale of
growth and development of both the Internet and social media make China
receive more attention. An increasing body of scholarship has examined
the implications of such digital revolution in relation to
civic/political engagement (e.g. Liu, 2017; Wan, 2017; Zhang et al.,
2018), social justice (e.g. Chang, 2018), social interaction (e.g. Xu et
al., 2015; Chan, 2018), and business (e.g. Luo et al., 2015; Boardman et
al., 2018). However, as changes and developments are still continuing in
Chinese society as well as the digital media landscape; UCMeCSA aims to
organise this academic biennial-conference to invite scholars whose
research relates to the above aspects to further contribute to the
debate and provide up-to-date knowledge about more recent phenomena. In
particular, we encourage submissions to be consistent with, but not
limited to the following specific areas:
* Digital culture in China
* Digital media activism and civic/political engagement in China
* Digital media and social justice (class, gender, ethnicity,
sexuality, religion, ability, etc.) in China
* Digital media and the changing pattern of social interaction in
* Digital media and the development of consumerism in China
* Methodological concerns in studying digital media and digital
culture in the Chinese context
Papers may approach the topics from theoretical, conceptual, and/or
Please send your abstract to
(ucmecsa2019 /at/ gmail.com)<mailto:(ucmecsa2019 /at/ gmail.com)> by 30th of September
2018. Individual abstracts should be up to 250 words. Panel proposals
should include a short description and rationale (200 words) together
with abstracts for each of the 3-4 papers (150-200 words each including
details of the contributor), and the name and contact details of the
panel proposer. Panel slots are one hour long. You will receive a
notification from the conference organisers confirming whether your
abstract has been accepted by the 12th October 2018.
The deadline for the submission of full papers is the 4th of January
2019. The submission of a full paper is desirable but not obligatory for
conference participants. It is required in order to be considered for
the special issue publication. A selection of papers will be considered
for publication in a special issue of Networking Knowledge, the journal
of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, depending on whether a sufficient
number of high quality papers are received. We would like to encourage
delegates to write up the full version of their papers. We look forward
to your abstracts.
For any queries, please contact Wei Cui (wc88 /at/ le.ac.uk) (wc88 /at/ le.ac.uk)
<mailto:(wc88 /at/ le.ac.uk)>and Yuxin Liu (Yuxin.Liu /at/ uea.ac.uk)
(Yuxin.Liu /at/ uea.ac.uk) <mailto:(Yuxin.Liu /at/ uea.ac.uk)>.
UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association
Facebook Page: UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association
WeChat Official Account: UCMeCSA
Boardman, R., Cano, M.B. and Deng, S. (2018) ‘Marketing to Chinese
Millennials: Weibo as A Marketing Tool For Luxury Brands’, Global
Marketing Conference. Tokyo, Japan, 26-29 July. Tokyo: Elsevier, pp.
Chan, L.S. (2018) ‘Liberating or Disciplining? A Technofeminist Analysis
of the use of Dating Apps Among Women in Urban China’, Communication
Culture & Critique, 11(2), pp.298-314.
Chang, J., Ren, H. and Yang, Q. (2018). ‘A virtual gender asylum? The
social media profile picture, young Chinese women’s self-empowerment,
and the emergence of a Chinese digital feminism”, International Journal
of Cultural Studies, 21(3), pp.325-340.
Hong, J. (2017) ‘Social media in China: An unprecedented force for an
unprecedented social change?’,Telematics and Informatics, 3(34), pp.691-693.
Liu, B. (2017) Social Media Use and Political Participation in China:
The Mediating Role of Political Efficacy. PhD thesis. University of
South Florida. Available
(Accessed: 19 August 2018)
Luo, N., Zhang, M. and Liu, W. (2015) ‘The effects of value co-creation
practices on building harmonious brand community and achieving brand
loyalty on social media in China’, Computers in Human Behavior, 48(1),
Wan, X.A. (2017) ‘A Study of Political Participation in New Media
Environment Among Chinese Citizens’, in Xie, Y. (eds.) New Media and
China's Social Development. Singapore: Springer, pp.47-71.
Xu, J., Kang, Q., Song, Z. and Clarke, C.P. (2015) ‘Applications of
mobile social media: WeChat among academic libraries in China’, The
Journal of Academic Librarianship, 41(1), pp.21-30.
Zhang, S., Li, Y., Hao, Y. and Zhang, Y. (2018) ‘Does public opinion
affect air quality? Evidence based on the monthly data of 109
prefecture-level cities in China’, Energy Policy, 116(1), pp.299-311.
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