Rhetorical Perspectives on Chinese Media & Communication

China Media Research Call for Submissions
Theme: Rhetorical Perspectives on Chinese Media and Communication

This special section of China Media Research invites scholars from across disciplines to submit manuscripts on the theme of “Rhetorical Perspectives on Chinese Media and Communication.” About four decades have passed since China started economic reform and opening to the West. The rapid development of Chinese economy, diverse media outlets in the country, various official and unofficial voices on the Internet, and increasing exchanges with Western nations have all contributed to new rhetorical discourses that shape and reflect Chinese language, culture, persuasion, and politics. Such changes call for new conceptualizations of Chinese media and communication. This special section aims to examine the continuity and change in Chinese rhetorical practice, criticism, and theory. Over the years, the scope of rhetoric has expanded from public address to a range of artifacts including written texts, media messages, visual images, public exhibitions, and online discourses in the age of new media technologies. Papers which engage in rhetorical criticism and inform theory building are particularly welcome.

This special section is especially interested in the studies that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
–         Rhetorical discourses in Chinese media;
–         Chinese public address and political communication;
–         Chinese epideictic rhetoric;
–         Online rhetoric of Chinese/overseas Chinese communities;
–         The role of rhetoric in the transformation of Chinese culture;
–         Comparative studies of Chinese and Western rhetorics.

Submissions must not have been previously published nor be under consideration by another publication. An extended abstract (up to 1,000 words) or a complete paper at the first stage of the reviewing process will be accepted. All the submissions must be received by March 6, 2016. If the extended abstract is accepted, the complete manuscript must be received by May 22, 2016. Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA publication manual (6th edition) and should not exceed 8,000 words including tables and references. All manuscripts will be peer reviewed, and the authors will be notified of the final acceptance/rejection decision. Please visit the journal’s website 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. Mei Zhang.