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This seminar will critically engage with two key concepts, social media and Chinese digital diaspora (both highly contested concepts), and contribute to scholarship on the theorization of flexible and digital citizenship in the era of social media. It brings together researchers of Chinese digital/social media studies and Chinese diaspora/migration studies to engage in a dialogue with audience on the relation between Chinese migrants’ engagement with social media, their participation in Australian public life, and their reconceptualisation of identity, community, and spatiality in the age of always-on connectivity and sociality. The seminaris based on a forthcoming special issue of Media International Australia (MIA), co-edited by Haiqing Yu and Wanning Sun, which discusses the role of digital and social media platforms and practices in forging new forms of civic engagement among the highly diversified and stratified Chinese diaspora communities in Australia. Contributors of the special issue will share their research at the seminar.

Haiqing Yu (RMIT)
Fran Martin (Melbourne)
Jian Xu (Deakin)
Dino Ge Zhang (RMIT)
Andy Xinyu Zhao (Deakin)
Qiuping Pan (Melbourne)

A/Professor Haiqing Yu is a Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University. She researches the sociopolitical and economic impact of China’s digital media, communication and culture on China, Australia and the Asia Pacific. She is currently working on projects related to China’s digital expansion in Asia and Chinese-language digital/social media in Australia.

Professor Fran Martin is Reader in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has published widely on television, film, Internet culture, popular fiction and other forms of cultural production in the transnational Chinese cultural sphere, with a specialization in gender and queer sexuality. Fran is currently working on a research fellowship, funded by the Australian Research Council, focusing on the social and subjective experiences of young women from China studying and living in Australia.

Dr Jian Xu is Lecturer in Communication in the School of Communication & Creative Arts, Deakin University. He researches Chinese digital media with a particular focus on Internet activism, governance and culture.

Dino Ge Zhang is a media anthropologist and a PhD member of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT. He recently completed his PhD thesis “Zhibo: An Ethnography of Ordinary, Boring, and Vulgar Livestreams”.

Andy Xinyu Zhao is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. His doctoral project is a digital ethnographic study of Chinese students’ everyday social media practices in Australia.

Qiuping Pan is a PhD candidate at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on the reorganising process and practices of Australia’s ethnic Chinese community and explores the relationship between international migration, ethnic activism, and broader social changes in Australia.

Date: Friday 10 May 2019
Time: 12:30pm–2:00pm
Venue: RMIT Council Chamber: Building 1, Level 2, room 17

Bookings: here

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