Call for Papers | Digital China: Media and Social Change

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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 China
• 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 empirical positions. Please send your abstract to 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 and Yuxin Liu . 
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