AIIA Webinar: China’s Digital Nationalism, the Hong Kong protests and the Challenge of COVID-19

Webinar: China’s Digital Nationalism, the Hong Kong protests, and the Challenge of COVID-19

Wed, 6 May 2020
18:00 - 20:00

Dr Florian Schneider, Senior University Lecturer in the Politics of Modern China at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Nationalism, in China as much as elsewhere, is today adopted, filtered, transformed, enhanced, and accelerated through digital networks. And digital nationalism interacts in complicated ways with nationalism "on the ground". If we are to understand the political complexities of the 21st century, we need to ask: what happens to nationalism when it goes digital? In this talk, Florian Schneider explores what search engines, online encyclopaedias, websites, hyperlink networks, and social media can tell us about the way that different actors construct and manage a crucial topic in contemporary Chinese politics: the sovereignty of the Chinese nation and its state. Relating his earlier findings about Japan representations in Chinese cyberspace to the recent Chinese reactions to the Hong Kong protests and developments in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, Schneider asks how popular nationalism is evolving today, and how it might connect to domestic and foreign policy in the PRC.

Florian Schneider, PhD, Sheffield University, is Senior University Lecturer in the Politics of Modern China at Leiden University. He is managing editor of the academic journal Asiascape: Digital Asia, director of the Leiden Asia Centre, and author of Staging China: The Politics of Mass Spectacle (Leiden University Press 2019), China’s Digital Nationalism (Oxford University Press 2018), and Visual Political Communication in Popular Chinese Television Series (Brill 2013, recipient of the 2014 EastAsiaNet book prize). His research interests include questions of governance, political communication, and digital media in China, as well as international relations in the East-Asian region.

This event is online only. After registering, on Wednesday 6 May you will receive a follow-up confirmation email containing further details on how to join the webinar. (If you believe you have not received an email by early afternoon please check your junk folder!) The event will start at 6pm AEST (Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne time, UTC+10).

AIIA members may be selected to ask interactive questions via video. All registrants may type questions via the moderated Q&A text feed. To join your branch of the AIIA, click here. You must have joined 48 hours prior to the event to register as an AIIA member.

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