[CITASA] CFP on a special issue (fwd)

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Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:48:11 -0700
From: Rong Wang <wrlaura at gmail.com>
To: Barry Wellman <wellman at chass.utoronto.ca>
Subject: CFP on a special issue

Hi Barry,

Hope your summer is going well.

I am forwarding a CPF of a special issue that one of my professors at USC
is co-editing. Please feel free to forward it to anyone who might be
interested.

Best,
Rong


China’s Future:  Studies of Global Media Narratives


Inaugural Issue of Global Media and China

Sage Publications

Guest Editors:

Thomas A. Hollihan, University of Southern California
Zhan Zhang, Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano

Submission deadline: October 1, 2015

          Never before in history has any nation experienced such profound
social, economic, and political changes as those China has realized in the
past few decades since Deng Xiaoping opened the country to foreign
investors and adopted a market economy.  Despite its rich cultural and
philosophical traditions, China had for centuries been beset by military
conflicts, political insurrections, social inequalities, and famines.  The
rise of New China in 1949 swept aside many of the old traditions and ruling
families and introduced radical reforms in China, but the nation remained
mired in poverty until Deng’s reforms capitalized on the nation’s greatest
asset, its hardworking people.  China quickly attracted investments from
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, and Western Europe as
companies built factories that created market-place advantages through the
lower costs of production.  Soon entrepreneurial Chinese business leaders
and state owned enterprises also began to build their own factories and to
expend resources on infrastructure and on urban development projects.
Millions of rural Chinese migrated from their villages to cities for jobs,
simultaneously pulling millions of people out of poverty and creating
megacities of unimagined size and complexity.

             As China has developed, it has dramatically raised its
importance in the family of nations, and recently became the world’s second
largest economy. Today China enjoys a huge trade surplus and it has become
a relatively rich nation that bankrolls other nations through the purchase
of foreign bonds. Its sheer size allows companies that focus primarily on
domestic customers to mimic international corporations that often become
market leaders. Its communication, journalism and entertainment enterprises
employ thousands of people and generate significant profits. China has also
moved up in the manufacturing supply chain and while the manufacture of
relatively simple goods such as clothing, shoes, toys, and cheap electronic
goods continues, today Chinese manufacturers produce cars, computers,
aircraft, pharmaceuticals, bullet trains and space transport vehicles.
Their universities are brimming with talent and are surrounded by their own
Silicon Valleys and entrepreneurial spirit.

             Despite this economic surge – and arguably because of its
rapidity – China today also faces extremely challenging problems as it
looks to the future.  China’s leaders rightly assert that despite producing
many wealthy elites and a growing middle class, China remains a developing
country as numerous pockets of poverty persist, especially in rural areas.
Like many large nations, it has ethnic strife and regional disparities.  In
addition, taking on the role of the world’s factory has led to serious air,
water, and land pollution that threatens public health, shortens lives, and
will be expensive to remedy.  The current leadership has also identified
corruption as a pervasive problem that threatens the stability of the
nation and the legitimacy of the governing Communist Party. In addition,
China’s rise has produced anxieties in other nations who worry that China’s
growing economic power and increasing military capabilities might threaten
their own interests.

             China, however, remains a cultural phenomenon of intense
natural beauty, numerous historic monuments, poetic and theatrical mastery,
artistic prowess in all creative endeavours, and renowned for its ethnic
and regional culinary expertise. And its array of urban architectural gems
is unparalleled and has helped lead an explosion in both domestic and
international tourism.  Even for those who have never entered its physical
borders, China is increasingly a key subject of interest and intrigue. In a
wide variety of stories in most any country, China, in some form or
personage, is now the headline. Globalizing processes have inexorably
intertwined China’s future with other nation states, environments,
cultures, institutions and systems. Whether the issue is it role in the
global financial market, control over the Internet, brokering peace between
nations, or its own reform efforts, it has captured the world’s attention.
China’s gifts and deficits are very large and among the most extreme in the
world today, and this raises serious questions about its future, and
without question, that of the rest of the world.

             The essays in this special issue will include studies of media
narratives that shape public understanding and imagined visions for China’s
future.  These studies will consider how China and China’s aspirations are
reported in the news media, social media and represented or imagined in
global entertainment programs.  These studies will also include China’s
strategic communication as it seeks to expand its soft power and burnish
its global image through media and staged athletic contests, public
exhibitions, and other media spectacles.  Studies will also consider how
stories about the future shape possibilities, locate constraints, and
suggest directions, either creatively or in terms of policy.  Although not
all of the essays have been selected at this time, the papers will all
connect to this focus on China’s imagined future.


-- 
Rong Wang
Doctoral Candidate
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
University of Southern California


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