Communication, Culture and Governance in China and East Asia symposium


Image: Shenzhen, China


Please join us for the Communication, Culture and Governance in China and East Asia symposium on Thursday 2 August and Friday 3 August 2018.

Co-hosted by the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (IASH), The University of Queensland. Event organisers Professor Terry Flew (DMRC, QUT) and Dr Nina Li (IASH, UQ)

WHEN: Thursday 2 August–6.00pm, includes reception and book launch from 5.00pm–6.00pm, and Friday 3 August 8.30am–12.30pm.

WHERE: Rooms 607 and 608, level 6, Building Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT Kelvin Grove, Musk Avenue, QLD 4059

REGISTER  All welcome. RSVP by Friday 27 July

The symposium is free to attend and catering will be provided.



The relationship between communication, culture and governance is becoming an increasingly important one in the East Asian region. Communications infrastructure is a central element of expansionary projects such as China’s Belt and Road initiative, and governments throughout the region are increasingly investing in digital content in order to promote cultural soft power, in Asia and globally.

At the same time, phenomena such as ‘fake news’, as well as privacy and data protection issues, are presenting new challenges for governance.  Such issues arise at a time when international tensions are increasing, over economic, diplomatic, political and cultural issues.

While there have been initiatives to build bridges, (for example Hollywood-China film co-productions), anti-China rhetoric by leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump and the escalation of US-China tariff wars point to growing contestation and the potential for conflict that goes beyond national soft power competition. Where regional players in the Asian region, including Australia, will be situated in such an environment remains unclear.

For more information, please contact Gillian Ridsdale, Engagement Program Coordinator, Creative Industries Faculty, QUT



Thursday 2 August, 8.30am–6.00pm

 8.30–9.00: Tea and coffee on arrival

9.00–9.10: Welcome Professor Terry Flew, QUT


9.10–10.00: Keynote presentation: Professor Yu Hong, Zhejiang University

How to Think about Cyber Sovereignty: The Case of China


10.00–10.30: Junyi Lv, USC Annenberg, David Craig, USC Annenberg, and Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham, QUT.* Stuart Cunningham will present the paper.

From Game Players to Game Changers: platforms, politics, and precarity in Chinese live streaming


10.30–11.00: Professor Michael Keane, Curtin University

Assessing China’s Digital Communications Outreach in the Asia-Pacific and One Belt, One Road


11.00–11.30: Dr Elaine Jing Zhao, University of New South Wales

Repackaged informality and norm-based regulation: the case of Xiaomi in open-source smartphone production


11.30–11.45: Break


11.45–12.15: Dr Brian Yecies, University of Wollongong

Transcreation Intermediaries in South Korea’s Digital Webtoon Platform Ecosystem


12.15–12.45: Associate Professor Marko M. Skoric, City University of Hong Kong

Media Use, Opinion Leadership, and Environmental Engagement in China


12.45–1.15: Dr Nina Li, The University of Queensland

Loophole with Some History: How to Think about China’s Financial Regulation of the Internet


1.15–2.15: Lunch


2.15–3.00: Keynote presentation Assistant Professor Angela Xiao Wu, New York University

The Evolution of Regime Imaginaries on the Chinese Internet


3.00–5.00: Huan Wu, Lucy Montgomery, Henry Siling Li, and John Hartley, Curtin University

Creative Innovation and Networked Culture: Creative Innovation, Open Knowledge, Higher Education and the Semiosphere


3.00–3.30: Dr Huan Wu, Curtin University

Enterprise-level governance among Chinese start-ups, creative professionals and citizen-creatives


3.30–4.00: Associate Professor Lucy Montgomery, Curtin University

Open knowledge and the governance of research networks in China


4.00–4.30: Associate Professor Henry Siling Li, Curtin University

Australian high education in China: A colonial model, not an equal partnership?


4.30–5.00: Distinguished Professor John Hartley, Curtin University

Global governance theory in the era of a contested global semiosphere


5.00–6.00: Book launch and Reception

Professor Yu Hong, Zhejiang University, will launch Willing Collaborators: Foreign Partners in Chinese Media,co-edited by Michael Keane, Brian Yecies and Terry Flew, followed by networking drinks and refreshments.


Friday 3 August, 8.30am–12.30pm

8.30–9.00: Tea and coffee on arrival

9.00–9.10: Welcome Dr Nina Li


9.10–10.00: Keynote presentation: Associate Professor Trisha T. C. Lin, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Dual screening use and civic engagement in Taiwan


10.00–10.30: Dr Damien Spry, QUT and Bond University

From Dehli to Dili – digital diplomatic discourses in the Asia-Pacific


10.30–11.00: Dr Xiang Ren, Western Sydney University

Understanding Chinese ‘Pay for Knowledge’ initiatives: Knowledge sharing, platform capitalism and digital publishing evolution


11.00–11.30: Professor Terry Flew, QUT

Trust in the Digital Economy: Australian and Chinese Perspectives


11.30–12.30: Lunch and symposium close


Please see the attached PDF for full descriptions of presenter abstracts and bios.  


Presented by the DMRC in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.