A pre-conference, held in association with the annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association (WSCA), at the Golden Nugget Hotel, in Reno, Nevada, February 16, 2013.
Relations between the U.S. and China will play a significant role in shaping the twenty-first century. Standing as the world’s two largest economies, marshaling the world’s two largest armies, holding enormous stockpiles of nuclear weapons and natural resources, and serving as the media generators for billions of image consumers around the world, the two nations are positioned to influence conceptions of democracy, nationalism, citizenship, human rights, and global trade for the foreseeable future. Addressing how the U.S. and China communicate about and with each other therefore stands among the key challenges of our time. By tackling theory, criticism, and specific examples of communication-in-action, this pre-conference will begin to address the multiple ways that U.S. and Chinese officials, publics, media, and grassroots organizers influence one another and global audiences.
The primary purposes of the pre-conference are:
- To deepen participants’ understanding of how the US and China configure and engage one another across multiple contexts and in multiple media.
- To showcase current research related to the pre-conference theme.
- To build a network of researchers across subfields of our discipline and beyond in order to facilitate collaborative research projects about communication patterns between and in the U.S. and China. In particular, the organizers hope this pre-conference will serve as a springboard to follow-up conferences held in conjunction with the 2013 NCA convention in Washington, D.C., and a 2015 conference to be held in Beijing, China.
- To begin the process of assembling materials that will eventually be published in an edited collection by a leading university press.
For more information and a preliminary schedule:
Schedule for Saturday, February 16, 2013
All events will take place in the Golden Nugget Hotel, Reno, NV.
9:00-9:15 am Welcome and Introductions, Dr. Stephen John Hartnett
9:15-10:45 am Session I: Human Rights in the Age of Globalization; or, American Myths, Chinese Fears, and Dissident Pressures.
Chair: Stephen J. Hartnett, University of Colorado Denver
Xing Lu, DePaul University, “Human Rights in China: American Myths and Chinese Interpretations.”
Leonard Hawes, University of Utah, “Collectivist and Individualist Human Rights: A Source of U.S/China Tension.”
Michelle Murray Yang, Belmont University, “Revealing the ‘Real Face’ of China in Stealthy Fashion: Western ‘Spies,’ Empty Protest Zones, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.”
Sharon Hom, CUNY and Human Rights in China, “Negotiating Internet Censorship in China—Beyond a Cat and Mouse Game.”
Respondent/Note Taker: Donovan Conley, UNLV
11:00-12:30 pm Session II: Health Communication, the US, and China.
Chair: Lisa Keranen, University of Colorado Denver
Gary L. Kreps, George Mason University, “Extending the US Health Information National Trends Survey to China and Beyond: Promoting Global Access to Consumer Health Information Needs and Practices.”
Jingwen Zhang, USC Annenberg, “The Online Discourses of HIV/AIDS in China; From Cyberchondria to AIDS Phobia.”
Yanqin Liu, University of Utah, “Media Representations of Food Security in China.”
Mingjie Wang, Grassroots Home Beijing, “Civil Society Formation and Grassroots Rhetorical Strategies Regarding Migrant Labor Health Issues in Southern China.”
Respondent/Note Taker: Supriya Karudapuram, International College Beijing.
12:30-2:00 pm Lunch on own.
2:00-3:30 pm Session III: New Media Technologies, Grassroots Efforts, and Citizenship in China.
Chair: Patrick Shaou-Whea Dodge, University of Colorado Denver & International College Beijing (email@example.com)
Erik Nilson, China Daily and Step Up (NGO), title TBA.
Dongjing Kang, Ohio University and Machik (NGO), “Dialogue, Phronesis, and Citizenship: Engaging Education and Innovation Across the Tibetan Plateau.”
Respondent/Note Taker: Betsy Brunner, University of Utah.
3:45-5:00 pm Session IV: Closing Discussion and Future Directions
This closing session, chaired by Donovan Conley, is dedicated to reviewing lessons learned and brainstorming possible routes forward. The designated session respondents/note takers (Conley, Karudapuram, and Brunner) will present the key ideas, themes, questions, and conflicts of their respective sessions in commentaries of no more than 7 minutes each, hence opening a dialogue about moving our conversations and research projects forward.
5:15 pm No Host Happy Hour in Hotel Lobby.