This special section of China Media Research invites scholars to submit manuscripts on the theme of “The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Intercultural Communication.” As explained by the Chinese government, this initiative aims to foster economic connectivity and promote the common development of all countries. From the perspective of intercultural communication, the main appeal of the initiative is a new kind of multilateralism and globalization. Accordingly, many related questions deserve our attention: What are the differences between this version of globalization and the past/current one dominated by the West? What are the philosophical and cultural thoughts behind the BRI? What are the Chinese government and businesses doing regarding the BRI? How does the world interpret and respond to the BRI?
We invite scholars to submit original theoretical and empirical research to address the above questions, for the purpose of theory building and contribution to intercultural understanding and practices.
Topics can include but not limited to:
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the reconstruction of multiculturalism;
The BRI and globalization;
The philosophical and intercultural foundations of and approaches to the BRI;
Intercultural communication practices in countries along the Belt and Road;
The challenges, obstacles and controversy of the BRI;
Media representation of the BRI;
Intercultural conflict management in the BRI;
Chinese corporations and the BRI.
Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. A complete paper should be submitted by November 16, 2017 for review. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA publication manual (6th edition) and should not exceed 8,000 words including tables and references. Please visit www.chinamediaresearch.net for more information about the quarterly journal of China Media Research, which publishes both print and online versions.
Please direct questions and submissions to the CMR special section guest editor Dr. Kaibin Xu.