CFP Chinese Communication from the Peripheral

Publication OpportunitiesCall for Submissions: Understanding Chinese Communication from the Peripheral: The Marginalized Voices for China Media Research. Deadline: March 21, 2018.

This special section of China Media Research invites scholars from diverse perspectives and approaches to submit manuscripts on the theme of “Understanding Chinese Communication from the Peripheral: The Marginalized Voices.” While the East-West dichotomy is often used to compare Chinese communication and Western communication, this dichotomy tends to result in a monolithic view of Chinese communication. Chinese communication can be understood beyond the center, the mainstream, and the nationality; it can be examined from the peripheral, the marginal, the hybrid, or a community outside of China. This special section aims to examine diverse communication practices that are marginalized in the dominant definition of Chinese communication.

CMR has also issued a second call, for Chinese Rhetorical Tradition and Communication. Deadline: April 2, 2018.


CFP Conference on Chinese Media and Chinese Civilization (Wuhan)

Call for Submissions
The Ninth International Conference on Chinese Media and Chinese Civilization:
The Image of China & Chinese Communication
August 2015, Wuhan, China

With intensified global communication and cultural exchange, China is paying more and more attention to having a voice in the world arena as it grows to become a world power. While China is molding its own image, it is making greater efforts in building its soft power and expanding its communication capacity.  Such efforts can be seen from the  national image video shown at Times Square, the internationally acclaimed TV documentary “A Bite of China”, and various platforms built by China’s Xinhua News Agency, CCTV and other national media. Considering the imbalances in global communication, China’s efforts to expand its capacity for international communication will contribute to building a more equitable and healthy new information and communication order in the world. To build a world with diversified voices, Chinese media professionals and communication scholars in and outside of China should not only closely monitor China’s process in building and communicating its image from historical, theoretical and practical perspectives, but also offer meaningful analysis and reflections of such a process within the context of globalization.

It is against such a backdrop that the Association of Journalism History (China), the School of Journalism and Communication of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China), and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information of Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) will jointly hold the Ninth Conference on Chinese Media and Chinese Civilization. Since its launch in 1995, this conference series has been held eight times in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, receiving wide support from communication scholars and students in and outside of China. To mark the 20th anniversary of this conference series, the ninth conference will be hosted again by the School of Journalism and Communication of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, which was a co-founder of this conference series and the host of its first conference in 1995. We hereby invite communication scholars and media professionals from China and abroad to attend the conference to share your research findings and views about the theme of this conference.

Submissions should be relevant but not limited to the following topics:
1.       China’s national image building as a rising power
2.       History, theory and practice of China’s international communication
3.       Public diplomacy and national public relations
4.       Cultural industry and China’s national image communication
5.       Overseas Chinese media and China’s national image building
6.       Mainstream media and China’s national image communication
7.       Media system, ethnics, laws and China’s national image communication
8.       History and reality of Chinese Civilization
9.       Chinese communication and the Chinese identity
10.    Culture and politics of China’s national image communication
11.    New media and China’s national image communication
12.    and other topics related to the conference theme.

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Registration: 19 August, 2015
Conference: 20-21 August, 2015

Conference Fee:
600 RMB for registration (exempted for students)

Deadlines and Important Dates
Application reply deadline: 20 April, 2015
Abstract submission deadline: 30 April, 2015
Full paper submission deadline:  30 May, 2015

Paper acceptance notification and invitation letter to be issued  20 June, 2015

Submission of Full Papers
The length of full papers must not exceed 10,000 Chinese characters.
The paper can be written in either Chinese or English. Conference presentation should be in Chinese.
All papers should be in Word format.
All submissions should include author’s name, affiliation, and contact information.

Contact Information
Submissions should be emailed to the following contacts before deadline.
For submissions from China:
Xiuqing Yang
School of Journalism and Communication
Huazhong University of Science and Technology

For submissions from overseas:
Xiaodong Yang
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Nanyang Technological University

For queries:
Haijiang Tang
School of Journalism and Communication
Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Ling Chen Profile

ProfilesLing Chen (PhD, Ohio State Univ.) was Professor Emeritus in the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University since her retirement in 2020.

Ling Chen

Her areas of interest include Chinese Communication, Communication Competence, Intercultural Communication, Language and Social Interaction, and Organizational Communication. Her interest in the role of culture in communication in different social contexts at various level of interaction and in intercultural encounters has been a center of her research and scholarship. So far she has published 3 books and more than 70 articles in books or journals such as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, Human Communication Research, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Management Communication Quarterly, Research on Language and Social Interaction, etc. and conducted research on such topics as verbal adaptive strategies in native-nonnative speaker interaction, managerial communication in Chinese business organizations, friendship dialectics among Chinese in Hong Kong, cultural learning of sojourners, cultural identity as a production in process, Chinese traditional value orientations, argumentative tendency of Chinese and Japanese. Her most recent works are on host community acculturation orientations and ethnic minority communication.

Chen has been active in professional associations and served in a variety of capacities, e.g., as Intercultural Communication Division Chair of the International Communication Association, President of the Association for Chinese Communication Studies and Vice-President of China’s Association for Intercultural Communication Studies. Chen was Editor of Management Communication Quarterly, Associate Editor of Communication Theory until 2016, has also served and is serving on the editorial board of a number of international journals, in communication and related disciplines, e.g., Chinese Journal of Communication, Communication Studies, Discourse and Communication, Howard Journal of Communications, Human Communication Research, Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Management Communication Quarterly.

Work for CID:

Ling Chen was one of the participants in the Roundtable on Intercultural Dialogue in Asia, co-sponsored by CID.