Teaching media studies during COVID-19

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Teaching media studies during COVID-19

Zoom: https://usc.zoom.us/j/97269972339

Day 2 : 26 June 2021

Melbourne, AEST (UTC +10) | 12:30 – 14:00

Beijing, CST (UTC +8) | 10:30 – 12:00
London, BST (UTC +1) | 03:30 – 05:00
New York, EDT (UTC -4) | (25 June) 22:30 – 00:00
Los Angeles, PDT (UTC -7) | (25 June) 19:30 – 21:00

Wei Wang | Shanghai Jiaotong University 
Pengfei Fu | Monash University
Wilfred Yang Wang | University of Melbourne

Invited speakers :
A/Prof Qiaolei Jiang | Tsinghua University
Dr Jian Xiao | Zhejiang University
Dr Bondy Valdovinos-Kaye | Queensland University of Technology


This workshop offers an opportunity for postgraduate students, early career researchers (less than 5 years post-PhD), and their mentors to discuss, reflect and evaluate the challenges and experience of teaching media and communication studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides the popular fascination of online education, COVID-19 has presented an interesting, albeit testing, case to discuss the political economy and geopolitics of media and communication research, in particularly relating to China and Chinese digital media.



This workshop takes the format of group interviews and breakout group discussions to facilitate highly interactive communication between experienced academics and registered ECRA participants. Followed by a round of self-introduction, we ask each invited speaker to give one tip (has to be different from others) regarding career development and doing media research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then we create two-three breakout groups for speakers to respond to questions from audience. Participants will be asked to provide their questions during the online registration.

Dr Wilfred Yang Wang


Dr Wilfred Yang Wang is the Lecturer in Media & Society at the University of Melbourne. 

His research focuses on digital/platform media, mobile media and ageing, digital geographies, and China. He is the author of the book, Digital Media in Urban China Locating Guangzhou (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2019). 

Pengfei Fu


Pengfei Fu is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Film, Media, and Journalism at Monash University, Australia, and visiting Ph.D. student in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Los Angeles. His research areas of interest are broadly situated around digital technology, creative industries, and public policy.

Wei Wang


Wei Wang is a lecturer at USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She received her PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. She is interested in China’s economic restructuring, rural-urban links, digital activism, and new economic forms. 

Dr Qiaolei Jiang


Dr Qiaolei Jiang is Associate Professor at School of Journalism and Communication at Tsinghua
University, where she also serves as Deputy Director for the MA in Journalism and
Communication as well as Tsinghua-USC Communication Data Science Dual Degree Program.
Her research interests include media psychology, ICTD, Globalization and popular culture. She
is the author of Internet addiction among cyberkids in China: Risk factors and intervention
strategies (Springer, 2019).

Jian Xiao


Jian Xiao (Ph.D. Loughborough University, UK) works as an associate professor (one hundred talents program) at School of Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University. She has published in International Journal of Communication, Cultural Critique, Journal of Popular Music StudiesEuropean Journal of Cultural StudiesChinese Journal of Communication, Space and CultureJournalism Practice and so on. She has also published a monograph, “Punk Culture in Contemporary China” with Palgrave Macmillan. Her research interest is focused on urban politics, new media and cultural studies

D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye


D. Bondy Valdovinos Kaye, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Université Sorbonne Paris Nord and an affiliated researcher with the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology. His research interests include digital music, cultural policy, and platform studies. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Industries (2021) from Queensland University of Technology, Australia, as well a Master of Science (by research) in Mass Communications (2016) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Sciences (2014) from Kansas State University, USA. 

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