The 6th Europe-China Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer School Beijing, China (15-24 July 2019)
March 7, 2019
Inspired by the European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School (SuSo), the Europe-China Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer School (ECDSS) has been successfully organized for five years, taking place in Beijing (China), Lugano (Switzerland), and Brussels (Belgium). The China Media Observatory (CMO) of Università dellaSvizzera Italiana (USI) in cooperation with School of Journalism and Communication of Peking University (PKU), will hold the 6th Summer School at PKU in 15-24 July 2019.
The 2019 programme will have a new format and emphasis that focus more on “scientific training” – the provision of theoretical and methodological guidance for PhD students, postdocs and graduate students who are eager to engage in research at the early stage of their academic career. It aims to bring together scholars from different cultures to shed light on contemporary issues in (and not limited to) media, communication, political economy and cultural studies. As the fast-changing world is reshaped by the digitalization of the media sphere, scholars in Europe and China are facing the same challenges posed by the new information world that is full of misinformation, radical emotions, fragmented knowledge and deep uncertainties. The Summer School wishes to provide a platform linking scholars from the two great civilizations in order to foster the generation of new ideas or solutions for a better global communication exchange under the framework of Europe-China Dialogue.
Specifically, the Summer School aims to provide the student-participants with the opportunity to present their research projects and receive in-depth feedback on them, to listen to inspiring keynote speeches and practical guides on research by renowned scholars and experts from Europe and China, and to learn from experienced researchers when producing a team project proposal. To the students, the Summer School represents a highly supportive international setting where they can present their current and future projects, exchange ideas with international experts, and establish connections with academics and fellow students from around the world.
The main learning format of the summer school includes:
1. Student Panels: Participant-students will present their research projects and receive structured and multi-voiced feedback on their work from Summer School lecturers and students. They will enable students to identify problems in their own research, improve the quality of their academic work, and stimulate further research interest. In the beginning of the Summer School, each participant-student will be guided to draft a poster on their research project, which will then be used during their presentations in the student panels.
2. Keynotes: Special seminars (90 mins) by leading scholars in different fields of media and communication studies, and consulting experts for projects that engage European and Chinese stakeholders. The keynote speeches are meant to demonstrate the state-of-the-art scholarship on how research can be done in a given area.
3. Workshops on Research Practice: workshops (30-60 mins) with invited speakers. These workshops are designed to provide hands-on examples or guidance in real research settings. Topics will include: how to write an abstract; how to define research questions from the literature review; quantitative research methods v.s. qualitative research methods in social science research; oral presentation skills; academic writing; key steps of publishing academic paper, etc.
4. Student Group Projects: students will be grouped into different teams based on their research area and methodological background. Professors will be assigned to the different student team with the best fit in terms of topic and methods. Both in-class and off-class group work will not only help the students to understand how to collaborate in an academic environment, but also give them more opportunities to engage with professors. One task will be assigned to the team in the beginning of the programme, and the results of the team work will be presented at the end of Summer School.
5. Media Dialogues: Dialogues with media experts from media organizations will be arranged during the Summer School. The Dialogue will be held on the site of the media organization itself, whenever possible. This will allow the participant-students to personally observe the media work in practice.
Confirmed Teaching Faculty is composed by:
Dr. Nico Carpentier, Docent at Charles University in Prague, founding board members of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA), former director of European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School, head of IAMCR’s Participatory Communication Research Section. Specialized in discourse analysis, participatory communication.
Dr. Giuseppe Richeri, Emeritus Professor at Università della Svizzera Italiana, founder and honorary president of China Media Observatory. Specialized in political economy of communication, European audiovisual industry.
Dr. Zhenyi Li, Professor in Intercultural Communication at Royal Roads University. Program Head of the MA degree in Intercultural and International Communication. Member on the Research Ethic Board in Fraser Health Authority. Specialized in health communication, international education, multinational marketing, etc.
Dr. Gabriele Balbi, Associate Professor at Università della Svizzera Italiana. Director of China Media Observatory, vice director of the Institute of Media and Journalism. Chair of ECREA Communication History Section. Specialized in media history, digital media, media convergence, and telecommunication.
Dr. Florence Padovani, Associate Professor at Paris1-Sorbonne University, director of the Sino-French Social Sciences Research Centre at Tsinghua University (Beijing). Specialized in Urban studies, social impact of internal migration in China.
Dr. Paola Catenaccio, Professor at Milan University. Specialized in discourse analysis, media linguistic in corporate communication and news production.
Dr. Bettina Mottura, Associate Professor at Milan University, scientific coordinator of the Contemporary Asia Research Center. Specialized in discourse analysis, Chinese media and public institutions discourse and Chinese culture.
Dr. Massimo Ragnedda, senior lecturer at North-Umbria University, Specialized in theories of media, communication and culture, digital divide, public opinion.
Dr. Shaohai Jiang, Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore. Specialized in quantitative methods, health communication, new media, strategic communication.
Dr. Zhan Zhang, research fellow at China Media Observatory, programme coordinator of Master of Media Management, USI, Switzerland. Co-founder of the Europe-China Dialogue Media and Communication Studies Summer School. Specialized in narrative communication, framing theory, strategic communication and media diplomacy.
Dr. Gianluigi Negro, research fellow at China Media Observatory, USI, Switzerland, Sino Swiss Science and Technology Program research fellow at Peking University. Specialized in history of Chinese internet, internet governance, social media.
Mr. Douwe van den Oever, Managing Director DomainShift AG, an advisory boutique specialized in international organizational strategy development, operating between Europe and Greater China. Sinologist and senior consultant for European banks and businesses with Chinese partners.
Dr. Anbin Shi, Ministry of Education Endowment Professor of Global Media and Communication Studies, Associate Dean of Research with School of Journalism and Communication, and Director of Israel Epstein Center for Global Media and Communication, Adjunct Professor of Global Media and China, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University. Specialized in intercultural communication, global communication, public communication, press and politics.
Dr. Shaoyang Lu, Full Professor of film studies and dean at the School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University. Deputy Chairman of China National Committee for Journalism and Communication Education, Vice President of Chinese Association of Communication, and the President of the Working Committee of Film Theory and Critic in China Film Association. Specialized in Film studies, Media production.
Dr. Jing Wu, Full Professor of communication and vicedean at the School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University. Specialized in critical media and cultural studies, social theories of communication and media technology, social uses of new media.
Dr. Jing Xu, Full Professor at Peking University, vice director of the Institute of Communication and Culture at Peking University. Co-founder of the Europe-China Dialogue Media and Communication Studies Summer School Specialized in political communication, strategic communication and health communication.
Dr. Lun Zhang, Associate Professor at Beijing Normal University. Specialized in news consumption on mobile Internet and knowledge-sharing on social media sites.
Dr. Kui Zhou, Associate Professor at Communication University of China. Specialized in Political Communication & Visual Communication.
Dr. Dianlin Huang, Associate Professor at Communication University of China. Specialized in media culture, media and underprivileged groups in the Chinese context, critical communication
Dr. Chenyu Dong, lecturer at Renmin University of China. Specialized in digital anthropology, technological affordances of new (emergent) media, and interpersonal connections in social media.
Dr. Hongzhe Wang, Assistant Professor at Peking University. Specialized in digital technology, media history, cyberculture and class related issues.
Dr. Xinchuan Liu, Assistant Professor at Peking University. Specialized in new media and communication theory, health communication, new ICTs and social change.
The Summer School will enroll 30 participants. It is open to students from China, Europe and other parts of the world. 3 ECTs will be granted to those students who complete the whole program.
To apply: All participants are required to send an abstract (up to 500 words) of their research projects before 01/05/2019 to chinamediaobservatory [at] gmail [dot] com. The confirmation of acceptance will be sent by 15/05/2019, and the full-draft of research project should be sent before 30/06/2019.
Admission fee and payment:
The admission fee of the summer school is 400 CHF (without accommodation), which includes the participation of the whole program, media visit and the farewell dinner. If student needs the accommodation during their stay near the campus, you should inform the organizers before 01/05/2019 (the price will be about 40CHF/night, shared double-room).
The Summer School Scientific Committee will recommend the best students to the Swiss-Excellence Scholarship 2019-2020.
China Media Observatory at USI: http://www.chinamediaobs.org/
School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University: http://sjc.pku.edu.cn/English.aspx
European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School (SuSos)
UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association (UCMeCSA)
Sino-French Social Sciences Research Centre (CEFC)
Department of Language Mediation & Intercultural Communication and the Confucius
Institute, University of Milan.
Dr. Zhan Zhang, international director of the programme: zhan [dot] zhang [at] usi [dot] ch
Prof. Xu Jing, co-director of the programme in Greater China: xujing [at] pku [dot] edu [dot] cn