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Voices of Chinese Scholars over the Last 40 years
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When: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: Hilton Prague
Czech Republic
Contact: ZHANG Guoliang

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Building on the growing interest in scholarship about and in China by ICA members and communications scholars worldwide, we propose a preconference that honors the voices of past and emerging Chinese scholars. Now that the 40th anniversary of Chinese Communication Scholarship is approaching, we invite scholars to participate in the ICA Preconference combined with the 8th Global Communication Forum.  In 1978, two independent publications from Fudan University in Shanghai and People’s University in Beijing revealed contemporary thinking about public relations, mass communication, and journalism from Western perspectives. Over the course of the ensuing 40 years, the prominence of these areas has endured, yet new areas and methodologies have produced more sophisticated, nuanced, and Chinese-centered scholarship in these and other communication contexts. Using this 40 year landmark, this preconference celebrates past accomplishments while tracing themes and insights into the present as a foundation for innovative Chinese scholarship in the upcoming decade(s).  Since the birth and development of China's Communication scholarship, there has always been dialogues and cooperation between East and West, between Chinese and international scholars. This is also a process of interaction and integration between globalization and localization of Communication theories and practices. The Chinese Communication scholarship has its own power and influence in political, economic, technological, cultural and other aspects of the country’s development in the past four decades.  After forty years of efforts, China’s Communication discipline has reached a mature stage.We look forward to reviewing the past forty years’ dissemination of the  discipline with scholars from China and overseas through dialogues and reflections. We will examine and discuss the past achievement, existing problems, as well as different voices in the context of globalization and localization. We also look into the future for the next ten years and beyond. A crucial question is “How can we facilitate more productive collaborations among and incorporate the different voices of International Communication Association and Chinese communication scholars?” Communication researchers have the responsibility to seek answers; against the background of globalization, China and the rest of the world cannot be separated. Therefore, this combined ICA Preconference and Eighth Global Communication Forum opens a platform for researchers interested in the Voices of Chinese Scholars Over the Last 40 years. We cordially invite people and scholars from all over the world to share their findings, exchange insights, and make efforts to promote communication research.


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