WPCC Call For Papers: Re-Evaluating China’s Global Media Expansion
Aug 31 all-day
WPCC Call For Papers: Re-Evaluating China's Global Media Expansion

As China continues its global economic rise, Chinese media have been tasked with making Beijing’s official voice heard and understood in the world. Eight years after the launch of an accelerated ‘media going-out’ policy, however, the nature and impact of that policy are still contested. It was originally billed as part of a government-led drive to accrue ‘soft power’ for China, but is that still the case under the presidency of Xi Jinping? Politically, technologically and strategically, much has changed for Chinese media since he came to power. As China becomes more assertive internationally, President Xi has reaffirmed the requirement for state media to act in the interests of the government and Communist Party at home and abroad. By 2017, China’s international media offering was vastly more sophisticated than that of 2009. Chinese television, radio, print and websites were delivering streams of factual material to industrialised powers and developing nations, often in local languages and formats, and increasingly tailored to the Western social media networks that are blocked in mainland China. Have the core messages themselves altered, how are they received and have the efforts – thus far – been worthwhile ? China’s media have indeed ‘gone out’, but does the map they set off with in 2009 still make sense today?

This issue calls for papers that extend the debate about China’s media expansion, either by bringing a fresh critical perspective to current lines of enquiry – for example, through comparisons with the global reach of non-Chinese media – or by investigating new or under-covered areas. Submissions that deal with factual content are encouraged, particularly news and news-based features. This issue does not cover primarily cultural ‘soft power’ vehicles such as entertainment, fiction or the work of Confucius Institutes.

Themes may also include but are not limited to the following:

  • The practical effects of the drive for media convergence, and how China’s global media organisations compare or compete with one another;
  • New vehicles for ‘going out’, e.g. Sixth Tone;
  • Social media and the ‘going-out’ policy, including Chinese news organisations’ use of Western social media;
  • ‘Going out’ in languages other than English;
  • ‘Going out’ to specific parts of the world such as Latin America or Africa;
  • The external reception of domestic Chinese agendas or state media discourse;
  • Implications of consumption of the ‘going-out’ media within China itself;
  • The impact of new technology, international competition and global reporting conventions on the ‘going-out’ Chinese media and their staff;
  • Factual material aimed at Chinese-speakers elsewhere in the world.
  • Submission of Abstracts:Prospective authors of research articles of between 6,000-8,000 words including notes and references are encouraged to send a 250-word abstract to no later than end 31st August 2017.
  • Deadline for abstracts:end 31st August 2017. Please send abstracts to
  • The editorial team of WPCC will endeavour to inform authors of abstracts by end 15th September 2017 if the abstract meets the brief of the issue and if they would like to request submission of a full text with a view to inclusion, subject to peer-review and editing on delivery.
  • Deadline for full-text submission:15 December 2017. Authors of those abstracts encouraged by WPCC or new submissions should register at the journal website by 15 December 2017 attaching the article. Authors will be notified as soon as possible about acceptance, revisions or rejection and the outcome of the review process with a view to publishing accepted articles subject to any amendments requested. Please route communications about articles submitted via the journal’s online system.
  • Please submit articles via:
VIRAL/GLOBAL Popular Cultures and Social Media: An International Perspective @ University of Westminster
Sep 13 all-day
VIRAL/GLOBAL Popular Cultures and Social Media: An International Perspective @ University of Westminster | England | United Kingdom

Conference organised by the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI)

Keynote Panel

  • Nancy Baym
  • Emily Keightley
  • Dave Morley (TBC)
  • Tony D Sampson
  • Paddy Scannell

This interdisciplinary conference aims to examine how and why everyday popular culture is produced and consumed on digital platforms. There is increasing interest in studying and discussing the linkages between popular cultural and social media, yet there exist important gaps when comparing such cultural phenomena and modes of consumption in a global, non-west-centric context. The conference addresses a significant gap in theoretical and empirical work on social media by focusing on the politics of digital cultures from below and in the context of everyday life. To use Raymond Williams’s phrase, we seek to rethink digital viral cultures as ‘a whole way of life’; how ‘ordinary’, everyday digital acts can amount to forms of ‘politicity’ that can redefine experience and what is possible.

The conference will examine how social media users engage with cultural products in digital platforms. We will also be assessing how the relationship between social media and popular cultural phenomena generate different meanings and experiences.

The conference engages with the following key questions:

  • How do online users in different global contexts engage with viral/popular cultures?
  • How can the comparative analysis of different global contexts help us contribute to theorising emergent viral cultures in the age of social media?
  • How do viral digital cultures redefine our experience of self and the world?

We welcome papers from scholars that will engage critically with particular aspects of online popular cultures. Themes may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Analysing viral media texts: method and theory
  • Theorising virality: new/old concepts
  • Rethinking popular culture in the age of social media
  • Social media, politicity and the viral
  • The political economy of viral cultures
  • Memes, appropriation, collage, virality and trash aesthetics
  • Making/doing/being/consuming viral texts
  • Hybrid strategies of anti-politics in digital media
  • Viral news/Fake news
  • Non-mainstream music, protest, and political discussion
  • Capitalism and viral marketing



This one-day conference, taking place on Wednesday, 13th of September 2017, will consist of a keynote panel and panel sessions. The fee for registration for all participants, including presenters, will be £40, with a concessionary rate of £15 for students, to cover all conference documentation, refreshments and administration costs.


The deadline for abstracts is Monday 10 July 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 17 July of 2017. Abstracts should be 250 words. They must include the presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal address, together with the title of the paper and a 150-word biographical note on the presenter. Please send all these items together in a single Word file, not as pdf, and entitle the file and message with ‘CAMRI 2017’ followed by your surname. The file should be sent by email to Events Coordinator Karen Foster at


Following this event is the TRANS TV Conference so why not stay a little longer and experience two conferences in one venue.

TRANS TV @ University of Westminster
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 15 @ 6:00 pm
TRANS TV @ University of Westminster | England | United Kingdom
  • Transformations in Television Industries
  • Transformations of Television Consumption Practices
  • Transformation of Televisual Narratives and Identities
  • 21st Century Transnational and Transmedia Television Practices


Organised in collaboration with the CREAM and CAMRI research centres and the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster.

Organising Committee: Dr Michael GoddardDr Christopher HoggJane ThorburnDr Paul DwyerGed MaguireRobert Benfield, and Simon Passmore

Confirmed Academic Keynotes

The conference will also feature key television industry guests TBA.

About the conference

This conference proposes an examination of contemporary television under the impact of new platforms for production, dissemination and consumption such as Netflix and Amazon, coming after earlier technological and cultural dislocations of television such as cable, satellite, and home recording practices. These shifts have already displaced television from a stable technological apparatus, conventional television institutions and networks and schedule-based viewing. The latest turn of this ongoing series of transformations poses questions of whether this is leading to a wider transformation of the very definition of the medium itself, as well as facilitating new forms of transmediality and transnationality in television production and consumption practices.

Drawing attention especially to the appearance of more Trans as well as LGBTQ figures within such recent US series as Orange is the New Black, Transparent, Sense8 and others, this conference will propose the idea that television itself is going through its own ‘trans’ period, an unpredictable metamorphosis of its identity, arguably allowing for richer post-network complexity in televisual narratives, characterization, style and aesthetics. At the same time, it is important to look closely at how these aesthetic shifts are related to industrial practices like commissioning, international co-productions and modes of consumption in an era in which television content may be primarily designed to be consumed via these new platforms, even if produced by a more conventional television organisation. In order to address these shifts in both industrial practices and television aesthetics, the conference will consist of both theoretical/analytic and industry/production studies streams, as well as roundtables bringing these streams together.

We envisage several publication outputs from the conference as well as other forms of impact.


Registration is £100 for academics with permanent positions and £50 for students and underemployed participants.

Please register via Eventbrite.

Registration will close 23 August 2017


Preceding this event is the VIRAL/GLOBAL Popular Cultures and Social Media: An International Perspective conference, so why not come to London early and experience two conferences in one venue.

Call for chapter proposals – Different Bodies: Disability and the Media
Sep 30 @ 7:05 am
Call for chapter proposals - Different Bodies: Disability and the Media

Book edited by Jacob Johanssen and Diana Garrisi (Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster)

Following on from the conference ‘Different Bodies: (Self-) Representation, Disability and the Media’ which was held at the University of Westminster in June, we are preparing a book proposal based on some of the themes arising from the conference. The book proposal will be submitted to Peter Lang, who have already expressed a strong interest in the project.

The collection is intended to offer a comprehensive view of the relationship between disability and the media from a global and multidisciplinary perspective. Building upon existing studies, the book aims to explore if and how the rapidly changing technological means of communication are affecting how the body as strange, shameful, wrong, impaired, wounded, scarred, disabled, lacking, different or ‘other’ is constructed in the media. In particular the book aims to discuss whether the Internet has made it possible to develop new, alternative or more inclusive narratives that challenge long-established mainstream coverage of disability. Some of the questions we would like to address are, for example, whether self-representations of disability on the Internet are contesting or aligning with representations on mainstream media outlets. We would also like to look at issues such as the rise of disability hate crimes online, the relationship between journalism and disability awareness campaigns, online dating and disability, the media coverage of disability rights and employment. One of our aims is to establish the extent to which the media contribute to shape our relation with diversity in the digital era and, ultimately, our relationship with ourselves.

Possible themes include but are not limited to:
·         Affective labour of bodies
·         Auto-ethnographic accounts of the body in / through digital media
·         Celebrity bodies and the spectacles of transformation
·         Cinema and disability
·         Contemporary coverage of disability in print/online/television/radio
·         De-colonizing and de-westernising the mediated body
·         Disability and advertising
·         Disability and race
·         Disability and the media: historical perspectives
·         (Dis)Empowerments of the disabled body
·         Journalism and practices of othering the body
·         Neoliberalism, policy and austerity politics
·         Reality television and the body
·         Representing wounds and scars
·         Researching bodies and the media: frameworks and methodologies
·         Stigma and the body
–         Posthumanist and non-representational frameworks
·         The abject body
·         The body and trauma
·         The mediated body as spectacle
·         The medicalised body in the media
·         The objectification of the disabled body in the media

We invite submissions of 200-250 words chapter proposals. Deadline: 30 September 2017.
Submissions should also include:

a)            Title of chapter
b)            Author name/s, institutional details
c)            Corresponding author’s email address
d)            Keywords (no more than 5)
e)            A short bio

Commissioned chapters will be around 5,000 words. The fact that an abstract is accepted does not guarantee publication of the final manuscript. If the book proposal is approved, all chapters submitted will be judged on the basis of a double-blind reviewing process.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at and