The 18th Chinese Internet Research Conference

Theme: The Internationalization of China’s Digital and Communication Industries

Organised by RMIT and QUT universities with sponsorship from Deakin and Curtin Universities, the 18th Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) focuses on the prospects for, and critiques of the internationalisation of China's digital and communication industries.

The 18th Chinese Internet Research Conference, which was scheduled for 2020 and was suspended in light of the global pandemic (COVID-19), will be held as a virtual conference, 25-27 June 2021.

The 18th CIRC focuses on the prospects for, and critiques of, the internationalization strategies of China’s digital and communication industries. It invites papers and panels that examine the internationalization mission and geopolitical implication of China’s global digital strategies, their successes and challenges that are centered on and beyond the Internet. It also welcomes papers that examine new dynamics and emerging trends related to Chinese Internet and digital culture/economy/politics from a comparative perspective—both historically and horizontally (with other countries).  

The 18th CIRC (2021) brings the conference virtually to the southern hemisphere for the first time in its history since its inception in 2003. It will be jointly hosted by media and/or communication studies programs and schools in some of Australia’s innovative tertiary institutions. The conference will continue the proud tradition of CIRC in stimulating international research into the Internet and China within the broader field of media and communication studies. It aims to create dialogues between conceptual and empirical researchers; between academia, civil society, and industry. It focuses on understanding the transformation of Chinese digital media, communication and technologies and seeks to identify key new directions for research, debate, policy and application, in the current global environment of contestations and uncertainties. A particular goal of the conference is to encourage collegial interaction between higher-degree students, early career researchers and leading thinkers in this field. We will foreground innovation in digital methods of research, transformative programs of critical and creative inquiry, and the importance of dialogue between government, industry and the academia.


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