How is Chinese journalism affected by the recent focus on deepening reform in China and by China’s rise? Do intensified economic change and evolving state-society relations influence media organizations? What does all this talk about change mean for the variety in media practice and the kinds of themes that journalists choose (or are allowed) to address? These are the issues under debate at an international conference at the Clingendael Institute, which will dispel the myth of China as a media monolith.
15-16 May 2014 | 9.00-17.00 hrs
Clingendael Institute | The Hague
Programme 16 May
WORKSHOP: MEDIA, INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CHINA
Address: Leiden University Campus Room B4.03 Schouwburgstraat 2 The Hague
10:45 Opening Remarks Chair: Daniela Stockmann, Leiden University
11:00-12:00 Panel 1: Observers Located in China Chair: Pál Nyíri, University of Amsterdam
Title t.b.a. Presenter: Ingrid d’Hooghe, Clingendael Institute
European journalists in China: caught between a rock and a hard place (download a draft version) Presenter: Garrie van Pinxteren
Media narratives of China in Africa: Voices Less Heard – Independent Chinese views and Kenyan perceptions Presenter: Filip Noubel, Internews Beijing
12: 00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Panel 2: China Observers Located Abroad Chair: Daniela Stockmann , Leiden University
Tourists, Immigrants, Media, and European Views of China: How Direct and Indirect Contact Shapes British, French, and German Knowledge about and Attitudes towards China ( download) Presenter: Peter Gries, University of Oklahoma
The China Factor in the US Think Tank Community: How American Policy Experts Analyse China (download) Presenter: Repnikova, Georgetown University
14:00-15:00 Open discussion
15:00-15:15 Closing remarks
Senior Chinese journalists will discuss the fundamentals of media ethics in China, and illustrate the roles and missions of leading Chinese media organizations. They will reflect on the greater visibility of the Chinese media in Europe and elsewhere. European scholars will present their most recent work on Chinese media. Chinese correspondents based in Brussels and other European capitals talk about how they represent Europe to their domestic audiences.
An eye towards the future
The conference will enhance our understanding of the dynamic, varied and fast-changing media landscape in China, and the relevance of these changes for Europe’s stance towards China. It is aimed at scholars, journalists and policymakers who are interested in what is happening in Chinese media today.
In 2014 the Asia and Oceania Department (DAO) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs organises together with external partners the ‘Azië Carrousel’. This series of Asia-related events is aimed at enlarging the knowledge about Asia and emphasising the importance of Asia for the Netherlands, strengthening and expanding the Asia network and contributing to potential and existing forms of cooperation between the Netherlands and Asia.
Co-organizing institutions of this international conference on the Chinese media are the Modern East Asia Research Centre (MEARC) of Leiden University, the Clingendael Institute and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The conference will take place on 15 May 2014 at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague, The Netherlands. See also the Clingendael website: http://www.clingendael.nl/event/chinese-media-and-relations-europe. For more information, please contact the conference manager Ms Gina van Ling: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank Pieke, Professor Modern China Studies, Leiden University; Director MEARC
Jan Melissen, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute
Garrie van Pinxteren, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute