[Air-L] ICA 2016 Preconference CFP: The politics and economics of Chinese new media industries

Weiyu Zhang (Ivy) viyucheung at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 20:46:54 PST 2015

*ICA 2016 Preconference: The politics and economics of Chinese new media

*Call for Papers*

*[Selected full papers will be included in a special issue for
International Communication Gazette, to be published in early-2018.]*

*Date and Venue*

June 9th 2016, ICA conference hotel

*Division Affiliations*

Communication Law and Policy Division

Communication and Technology Division

Media Industry Studies Interest Group

*The organizing committee*

Weiyu Zhang, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore

Zhan Li, Associate Professor, Xiamen University, China

Jing Wu, Professor, Peking University, China

Bingchun Meng, Associate Professor, London School of Economics, UK

Min Jiang, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, US

*Keynote Speaker*

Prof. Stephen Reese, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin

*Spotlight Presentation*

Selected best submission will be featured as a spotlight presentation.

*Conference Fee (lunch and two tea breaks included)*

·         Free for presenters

·         25 USD for general audiences


Xiamen University, China

Peking University, China

*Aim and Scope*

Just like many other indicators of China’s development, digital media
industries in China are constantly generating impressive figures. For
example, Alibaba’s initial public offering in 2014 was ranked world’s
biggest at $25 Billion; Wechat, the fastest rising social media app
developed by Tencent, achieved a user base of 440 million within four years
of its release. By February 2015, Chinese Internet users have reached 641
million, more than double the number of users in the U.S. Numbers aside,
however, there have not been much academic research on the regulatory
context, the political and economic dynamics, as well as the broader
implications at both domestic and global levels of such fast-pace
development. For instance, there are increasing efforts from the Chinese
government and elites to articulate alternative frameworks over the global
governance of the Internet and new media industries.

This preconference intends to serve as a platform to facilitate dialogues
around *the political, the economic, the institutional and the policy
aspects* of media industries in China, in view of the rapid development of
digital media. But this is not just about having ‘China experts’ analyzing
Chinese companies or Chinese policies. We are keen to move beyond the
‘China exceptionalism” by taking *an explicitly global and comparative
perspective*. For one thing, the ownership structure and the business
practices of Chinese digital media companies are intricately related to
global capitalism in general. For another, Chinese information technology
companies, such as Baidu, Alibaba, ZTE and Huawei, are aggressively
expanding their businesses overseas, especially in Africa and South East
Asia, with varied degrees of success. Last but not the least, through
platforms like the National Office for Internet and Information, and
channels like the Sino-US Internet Forum, the Chinese authorities are
actively participating in the construction of international and global
policy frames concerning the future development of digital media industries.

With the global reach of Chinese IT companies and the international
ambition of Chinese government, it is imperative to understand how the new
developments in Chinese digital media industries, are reconfiguring the
politics and the economics of information and communication technologies
(ICTs).  Moreover, it is important to understand how traditional media such
as mainstream newspapers respond to such changes and incorporate
digitalization into their own industry plans. This preconference aims to
invite scholars from all over the world to tackle the issue, primarily
using China as a context in which innovative research questions and methods
can be applied.

We are particularly interested in papers that address the following themes:

·         The globalization and internationalization of Chinese media
industries, including both Internet and other traditional media

·         The roles of international regulatory bodies and international
non-governmental organizations in shaping the landscape of new media in

·         The roles of Chinese authorities in shaping global policies
regarding information and communication technologies (ICTs)

·         The economics of Chinese new ICT companies, including foreign and
local venture capitalists, shareholders, business models, sources of
profits, consumer strategy, etc.

·         The evolving political parallelism in Chinese media industry

·         Comparisons of Chinese new media industry with other countries’
media industry

*Abstract Submissions*

Please submit a 500-words abstract in word or pdf format to
ica15china at gmail.com.  All submissions will be subject to a double-blind
review by at least 2 reviewers. To facilitate the review process, please
write a separate cover sheet with the paper title and affiliation/s and
omit the affiliations in the actual abstract.


·         Submission of abstracts: Jan 15th 2016

·         Notification of acceptance: March 1st 2016

·         Final paper submission: June 1st 2016

Weiyu Zhang (PhD, UPenn)
Associate Professor
Department of Communication and New Media
National University of Singapore

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