Westminster plays host to universities from around the world for Chinese Communication conference

19 April 2016

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The China Media Centre has hosted the International Conference on China and the Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication.

The conference, which took place on the University of Westminster's Marylebone Campus, looked at how Chinese globalisation is contributing to global politics, culture and journalism. The event brought together academics from all over the world.

The first section of the conference was entitled ‘Rising China in a polycentric world’, and featured a speech from Media Professor Daya Thussu, as well as academics from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

The next panel discussion was called ‘Geopolitics and Soft Power’, and featured Westminster academics Xiang Yu and Vivien Marsh on the panel. Also on the panel were academics from Goethe-University Frankfurt and Carlos III University of Madrid.

There was a discussion on the cultures of communications, which was chaired by the University of Westminster’s David Feng. This discussion included representatives from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo, University College London, Royal Holloway and Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Elsewhere, there was a talk on the internet, which included academics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University Roma la Sapienza, Italy, University of Westminster, University of Oxford and Southwest Jiaotong University in China. The discussion then moved to changing journalism, which boasted academics from Vrije Universiteit, Northumbria University, Concordia University, the University of Lincoln and Sun Yat-Sen University in China.

The final discussion about Chinese globalisation was chaired by Professor Daya Thussu, and included academics from The Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Communication University of China and the University of Westminster.

Speaking about the conference, Professor Daya Thussu said: “It was the first conference which linked geopolitics and communication and represented perspectives from across disciplines including journalism and international relations.”

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