2013 Conferences in China

posted Nov 4, 2013, 2:41 PM by Lutgard Lams


In the Fall Semester, two presentations concerning 'Communication and China' were given by Lutgard Lams at two consecutive conferences in China.

 In September, she participated in the 2013  China Communication Forum and the First  Central Asia Communication Forum in Urumqi, co-organized by the School of Journalism and Communication from Xinjiang University, Urumqi, and  the National Center for Radio and Television Studies from the Communication University of China, Beijing.  After the introductory speeches by the Dean of Communication School, prof. Zhang Libin, and the  conference organiser, prof. Liang Zheng, both from Xinjiang University, the distinguished key note speakers Prof. Hu Zhengrong (Communication University of China, Beijing),  Prof. Zhao Yuezhi (Simon Fraser University, Canada), Prof. Colin Sparks (Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong) and Prof. Marguerite Moritz (University of Colorado, Boulder) presented the central theme of "International Communication and Central Asian Development" and opened up the discussion on 'Central Asia and the Geopolitics of Communication'.  In the panel on "Media, Xinjiang, and Central Asia", chaired by prof. Moritz, Lutgard Lams gave a talk on the Belgian press representation of Xinjiang. Kevin Peters from Web International English discussed shifting traditions in Xinjiang and Milica Pesic from the Media Diversity Institute, London presented a speech on "professional Journalism and the Question of Ethnicity". 


The second conference was held from 24 to 26 October at  the enchanting West Lake in Hangzhou. The Fourth International Conference of Multicultural Discourses was organized by Prof. Shi-xu, Director of the  Institute of Discourse & Cultural Studies, Zhejiang University. Lutgard Lams shared her views on how the Chinese press frames the US and Japanese Other in sensitive times of diplomatic standoffs. The plenary sessions welcomed a variety of speakers from the four corners of the world, in the true spirit of the conference.

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