Announcement and Call for Papers
2012 Melbourne Conference on China:
Global media and public diplomacy
in Sino-Western relations
Date: Wednesday 30 May and Thursday 31 May 2012
Venue: The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Organisers: The Asia Institute and the Centre for Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne, and Radio Australia of the ABC
The Asia Institute and the Centre for Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne and Radio Australia of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (the ABC) are jointly hosting the 2012 Melbourne Conference on China at the University of Melbourne on Wednesday 30 May and Thursday 31 May 2012, and seek participation from journalists, media professionals, experts and academic scholars from all sectors and disciplines.
The theme of this international conference is Global media and public diplomacy in Sino-Western relations.
The aim is to provide a lively and valuable opportunity to consider the relationship between global media and diplomacy, as well as the trends in media, China studies and international relations.
The conference is designed to be inclusive and interdisciplinary. Topics will include:
• Challenges faced by international media, particularly international broadcasting.
• The role of global media in public diplomacy, and how global media is shaping international politics.
• The changing nature of media in China and the West.
• The role of journalists and editors in public diplomacy, and how this relates to editorial independence.
• Innovative scholarship on global media and public diplomacy, and the differences between Chinese and Western perspectives.
Papers or presentations examining any other aspect of these broad themes from any other perspectives not mentioned above are also welcome.
In addition to an impressive line-up of international keynote speakers, the conference will also include presentations and roundtable discussions by broadcasters, journalists and editors from more than ten international broadcasters to China and China’s international broadcasting. This will be a rare gathering of such international broadcasting teams and an excellent opportunity to discuss the role of these international media services in the context of new geopolitical realities, and particularly in the context of Sino-Western relations.
Expressions of Interest
Please submit an abstract of up to 500 words no later than Friday 23 March 2012, as a Word document attachment to the following email address:
The abstract must be in English and must contain the proposed title of the paper, the author’s name and home institution, and a brief bio of no more than 150 words, along with contact details, including postal address in English (or Chinese if applicable). All submissions will be acknowledged in writing upon receipt via email. Other inquiries may also be sent to the above email address, or to the contact people listed below.
Each presentation will be for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. The conference will be conducted in English, but some sessions will be bilingual and conducted in both English and Chinese.
Venue and Accommodation
All sessions will be held on the University of Melbourne’s main Parkville campus, located just a few minutes from Melbourne’s city centre, on Wednesday 30 May and Thursday 31 May 2012.
Those attending the conference will be responsible for organising their own travel and accommodation, and some meals. The Conference Organising Committee will soon post more information about hotels located within a 15 minute walking distance of the University of Melbourne.
Submission of abstracts: Friday 23 March 2012
Notification of acceptance: Friday 30 March 2012
Conference program: Friday 27 April 2012
Standard registration: Friday 4 May 2012
All attendees should send a completed registration form (by email – contact person to be advised) after receiving notification of acceptance.
A standard conference fee of AU$100 is payable when you register. Postgraduate students are entitled to a discount of 50% on their registration fee.
More information about the registration form and fee, as well as hotels located within walking distance of the University of Melbourne, will be available in January 2012 on the official Asia Institute website at:
Conference Organising Committee
1. Professor Pookong Kee, Director, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne
2. Ms Sue Ahearn, Editor Asia, Radio Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
3. Associate Professor Margaret Simons, Director, Centre for Advanced Journalism, University of Melbourne
4. Mr Mark Hemetsberger, Head of Marketing & Communications, Radio Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
5. Dr Jia Gao, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne
Mail: Conference Organising Committee
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010, Australia
If you have questions about the conference, feel free to email:
Dr Gao, Jia: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program and Website
The first draft program is expected after Friday 27 April 2012.
The Program: Please visit the conference website for updates.
Information relating to this conference may be found on various websites, but the official Asia Institute website provides the most up-to-date source:
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