Call for Papers: April 21, 2014

Networking East and West: Communications, Commerce and Culture
Renmin University is now accepting papers for their conference, “Networking East and West: Communications, Commerce and Culture,” in China which will take place between July 11 -12, 2014. The conference seeks to promote an increasing understanding of networks between the East and the West, and to foster a common research agenda. For many centuries, the East and the West have been entangled in dense networks of communications and commerce. Yet only in our current age of globalization, influenced by a generation of media theorists shaped by the emergence since the 1970s of digital media, has it become customary to interpret these networks as a distinctive social relationship with a pervasive and enduring influence on culture, economics, politics, and international relations. For these theorists, media is more than a representation; it is an institutional practice laden with cultural meaning. Therefore the papers in this conference explore the conflicts, commonalities, and contrasts that have shaped communications networks linking East and West, with a focus on China, the Pacific Rim, and the United States in the period between the mid-nineteenth century and the Second World War.  The call for papers (CFP) is intended to encourage submissions on a broad range of topics from various disciplinary perspectives. Possible topics include: journalistic ethics, technology transfer, telegraphy, print culture, and media theory. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation expenses. Interested applicants should send the texts of their proposed papers (in Microsoft Word .doc/.docx) by June 1 to the organizing committee at mediaculture2014@163.com . Successful proposals will be announced on June 15.