The Everyday Politics of Digital Life in China

October 7, 2016 - 5:00pm to October 8, 2016 - 5:30pm
Friday Oct 7: Keynote Lecture Professor Goubin Yang, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania.  "Enchantment and Disenchantment in the Everyday Politics of Digital Life n China."  University Club Conference Room A
Saturday Oct 8: Panel Discussions University Club Conference Room A
This conference is sponsored by the Asian Studies Center, the China Council, and the Film Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Schedule of Events

Panel Discussions
October 8, 2016 (All day)
9:00am: Breakfast
9:30-11:30am: Networks and Power
Moderator: James Cook (University of Pittsburgh)
Andrew MacDonald (University of Louisville) "The Impact of Internet Use on Political Attitudes:New Survey Data from China"
Bo Mai (University of Pennsylvania) "Talking about Censorship: Mapping Topic Clusters on the Chinese Twitter Sphere"
John Wagner Givens (Carnegie Mellon University) "Justice Online: Is the Internet Empowering Lawyers, Legal Mobilization, and Rule of Law Reform in China?"
11:30am-1:00pm, Lunch for participants
1:00-3:00pm: Digital Virality and Volatility
Moderator: Gabriella Lukacs (University of Pittsburgh)
Joshua Neves (Concordia University) "People as (Media) Infrastructure: Pirated Copy and the Volatility of Distribution"
Rongbin Han (University of Georgia) "The Impact of Micro-blogging Experience on Chinese College Students"
Yun Fan (Zhejiang University) "Parody as the Structure of Feelings for Contemporary Chinese Netizens"
3:00-3:20pm, Coffee Break
3:20-5:20pm: Eco-Media
Moderator: Iza Ding (University of Pittsburgh)
Christopher Cairns (Cornell University) "Hazy Messaging: Framing Air Pollution on Chinese Social Media"
Jinying Li (University of Pittsburgh) "Grey Clouds: The Micro-Ecology of Eco-Apps"
Ralph Litzinger (Duke University) "Media Deep Time: A New Politics of the Extractive?"