The Internationalization of China’s Digital and Communication Industries

18th CIRC, 25 – 27 JUNE 2021 

Virtual conference, organised by RMIT University, co-organised by Queensland University of Technology, Deakin University, and University of Southern California

The 18th CIRC focuses on the prospects for, and critiques of, the internationalization strategies of China’s digital and communication industries. It invites papers and panels that examine the internationalization mission and geopolitical implication of China’s global digital strategies, their successes and challenges that are centered on and beyond the Internet. It also welcomes papers that examine new dynamics and emerging trends related to Chinese Internet and digital culture /economy /politics from a comparative perspective—both historically and horizontally (with other countries).  

For general enquiries about CIRC 2021, please contact enquiry@circ2021.net.

18th CIRC Program


CIRC Student Paper Contest

Since 2005, the Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) has featured a graduate student paper contest. This important tradition highlights the best work(s) by members of the new generation of CIRC scholars. Winners will be chosen by the CIRC Steering Committee, which will announce the results on the last day of CIRC 2021 on 27 June 2021. 

To participate in this contest, the papers need to be authored / co-authored by students only. They cannot be co-authored by any faculty member or postdoc. The papers should be written in full, in a similar format as journal articles. They should include authors’ names and affiliations. 

Please send your paper to the following email by 30 May 2021, if you wish to be considered for the contest: submission@circ2021.net  


Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.