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New Frontiers Seminar Series - Professor Ruoyun Bai

 

Location:  SW403 (Old Council Chambers)

All are welcome to attend the next New Frontiers Seminar given by Professor Ruoyun Bai who will discuss “The Internet and Political Scandals in China”.

 

Ruoyun Bai from UTSC’s Department of Arts, Culture and Media, received her Ph.D. in Communications from the Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois in 2007. Her research interests focus on Chinese media and popular culture in the context of China's integration into global capitalism. Her research agenda has been driven by a long-standing concern about the political implications of the phenomenal growth of popular media, particularly television and new media, in post-socialist China. Her first book, Corruption Dramas and the Disjunctive Media Order in Contemporary China (forthcoming, UBC Press), interrogates the changing discourses of corruption in Chinese television drama serials from the mid-1990s to the 2010s, and locates the source of these changes in the disjunctive nature of the state-controlled yet highly commercialized Chinese media. In addition to her forthcoming book, she has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and anthologies, and co-edited two books (one of them forthcoming). She is currently conducting research for her second single-author book project, Media Scandals in China.

 

 Abstract: Reworking John B. Thompson's concept of "political scandal," this paper defines and characterizes political scandals in China. It traces the rise of political scandals, i.e. scandals involving party and state officials and / or institutions, to the development of investigative journalism and the Chinese Communist Party's anticorruption campaigns in the 1990s. Then it focuses on the role of the internet in the proliferation of online political scandals since the mid-2000s. Online scandals refer to those scandals that depend on the internet and related communication technologies for publicizing a claim of bureaucratic offense, on collective intelligence for investigation into and validation of the claim, and on impassioned online publics for creating a response shaped by the internet culture. Focusing on a number of online scandals that expose sexual misdemeanors, corruption and other abusive behaviors of Chinese officials, the paper seeks to map out the characteristics and implications of these scandals, with a view to furthering our understanding of the evolving dynamics of Chinese media, society and politics.

 

Refreshments provided. Don’t forget to join your colleagues afterward at Rendezvous at the Ralph Campbell Lounge (4:00PM)!

 

The New Frontier Seminar Series is hosted by the Graduate Students' Association at Scarborough (GSAS) and sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Principal Research. The series showcases cutting edge research from the University of Toronto Scarborough, while highlighting new discoveries from leading researchers in North America.

 




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