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2009 Chinese Internet Research Conference

May 27, 2009
09:00AM - 06:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Categories: Conference/Symposium

The 7th Chinese Internet Research Conference will take place at the Annenberg School for Communication on Wednesday May 27 through Friday, May 29, 2009.

The conference title is:
The Chinese Internet and Civil Society:
Civic Engagement, Deliberation and Culture

By the end of June 2008, China had reached 253 million Internet users, surpassing the United States and becoming the country with the largest number of netizens. The theme of the 7th Chinese Internet Research Conference, “The Chinese Internet and Civil Society: Civic Engagement, Deliberation and Culture,” is designed to bring together scholars and professionals to examine the Chinese Internet from socioeconomic, political and cultural perspectives and explore uncharted areas in innovative ways. While much of the research so far has focused on the political implications of the Internet in China, we have yet to understand the changes the Internet is fostering in civil society, the intersection between the market and the state, and the Internet’s cultural implications for identity formation, emergent cultural phenomena and social networking.  Topics of the conference include but are not limited to the following:

  • Civil society and its obstacles
  • The Internet and youth
  • The Internet, national crisis and media events
  • Entertainment, deliberation/opinion-formation and popular culture
  • Chinese minorities, China Proper, Greater China or “Cultural China”:
  • Research methodology

We welcome proposals of quantitative, qualitative and critical studies from all disciplines. English proposal are preferred, but Chinese proposals will also be carefully considered. Invited papers will build upon the conference theme or address other significant issues regarding Internet development, use, and impacts in China and the Chinese-speaking world.

A proposal of approximately 1000 words is due by Jan. 15, 2009. Submissions should be sent to Dr. Hongmei Li and Sylvie Beauvais at PennCirc2009@asc.upenn.edu.  Accepted papers will be announced on February 15, 2009. Completed papers should be submitted by April 24, 2009.