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Welcome to the research events portal of the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University. Here is where you will find information about upcoming and recent talks, seminars and other public events related to journalism, communication studies, and film, organised by our departments and centres, and/or featuring our researchers. To find out more about our work, please visit our main Research site.

Coming up

The 19th Chinese Internet Research Conference from 23–24 May is being hosted by the School. It will feature more than 40 scholars from around the world.> MORE


Communicating Multi-modally: Research & Expressive Culture is a pre-conference event of the International Communication Association Annual Conference in Paris in May 2022 . It is co-organised with three North American schools.> MORE


HKBU-affiliated faculty and students will have a significant presence at the International Communication Association’s Annual Conference in May 2022. For a full list of presenters, click here.


On Thursday, 12 May 2022, Jie Li (Associate Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University) dives into her recent book Utopian Ruins: A Memorial Museum of the Mao Era which traces the creation, preservation, and elision of memories about China’s Mao era, reckoning with both its utopian yearnings and its cataclysmic reverberations.> MORE


Catch up

HIGHLIGHTS

2021 marked the 30th anniversary of the original Cold War, the half-century of US-Soviet superpower rivalry that left few societies untouched. Our conference interrogated dominant frames of Cold War thinking, examining how these frames are constructed, circulated, mobilised and contested through media and culture. > MORE

June 30, 2021, marked the first anniversary of Hong Kong’s new national security law. A roundtable of academic experts attempts to make sense of the tectonic shifts in Hong Kong’s media environment. > MORE

As the deluge of disinformation becomes a tsunami—creating real societal problems and stoking divisions—how do we combat it? Should government pass laws to regulate so-called “fake news”? This symposium on 7 July 2021 was organized by the HKU journalism centre in collaboration with CUHK and HKBU. > VIEW


TALKS

On Friday, 22 April 2022, Drew Margolin (Associate Professor, Cornell University) presents a “theory of informative fictions” which argue that false stories, while misleading about the objective world, can provide useful “character information”, which portrays the theory of mind of persons and groups.> MORE


In this symposium on 12 April, 12 leading international scholars presents analysis and case studies of everyday aesthetic interest and experience from different cultural settings in the East and the West. > MORE


On Friday, 8 April 2022, Romain Badouard (Associate Professor, Université Paris Panthéon-Assas) uses YouTube and Facebook to discuss the impact of automation of moderation and shadow banning, two specific aspects of the reform of their content moderation policies, on free speech online.   > MORE


On Friday, 8 April 2022, Sai Wang (Research Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University) focuses on the phenomenon of hostile online interactions and its impact on individuals’ psychological and behavioural responses and the implications of digital technologies for promoting respectful behaviours in online environments. > MORE


On Wednesday, 6 April 2022, scholars and experts from Hong Kong and Italy will discuss how AI and technology can be applied to cultural heritage and digital humanities. > MORE


On Friday, 1 April 2022, Lin Zhu (Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong Baptist University) introduces culture as a value framework and discusses its application in analyzing cases of public diplomacy, crisis communication, and social media influencer endorsements. > MORE


On Friday, 1 April 2022, Marina Hassapopoulou (Assistant Professor, New York University) aims to approach AI, automation, machine learning, and algorithmic culture from an Arts and Humanities-oriented perspective in order to propose a more interdisciplinary accompaniment to techno-scientific and corporate research.  > MORE


On Wednesday, 30 March 2022, Cuihua Cindy Shen (Professor, University of California, Davis) introduces two categories of big data most relevant for communication scholars, content and digital footprints, and their characteristics and research implications, as well as recent trends and challenges of computational communication. > MORE


On Wednesday, 23 March 2022, Lei Guo (Associate Professor, Boston University), shares her recent work that examines the impact of mainstream and partisan media exposure on individuals’ political opinions and social media expression regarding an important and highly polarized issue in the United States: gun violence. > MORE


This book talk on 22 March 2022 features the editor and chapter authors of a new volume on racial harmony in Singapore.> MORE


On Friday, 18 March 2022, Andrew Gambino (Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University) explains how emergent socio-technological phenomena can be studied to advance our understanding of both technologies and our interpersonal relationships. > MORE


On Thursday, 10 March 2022, Amanda D. Lotz (Professor of Media Studies, Queensland University of Technology) explores key concepts and premises for investigating subscriber-funded streaming services and their role in culture. > MORE


On Thursday, 3 March 2022, Dana Polan (Professor of Cinema Studies, New York University) brings the film The Great Escape (1963) into conversation with cultural and intellectual history of the times.> MORE


On Tuesday, 1 March 2022, Colin Sparks (Emeritus Chair Professor of Media Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University) reports on the findings of a number of collaborative research projects on Chinese newspapers in the period 2011–2021 to which he was a contributor. There is strong evidence that the nature of, at least, newspaper journalism and journalists is undergoing a significant change. > MORE


On Friday, 25 February 2022, Xi Tian (Research Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University) discusses how qualities of supportive messages and interactions influence people’s cognitive and emotional responses to adversity.> MORE


On Tuesday, 22 February 2022, Colin Sparks (Emeritus Chair Professor of Media Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University) reviews some of the most important contributions to the actualisation of de-westernizing media studies and asks why it has been so difficult to achieve such an obviously desirable goal.> MORE


On Tuesday, 15 February 2022, Colin Sparks (Emeritus Chair Professor of Media Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University) talks about what a thesis is and what it is not, particularly the importance of “originality” in most formal definitions of a successful submission, and the overall shape of the thesis and the constituent elements that together make up a satisfactory submission.> MORE


On Tuesday, 8 February 2022, Colin Sparks (Emeritus Chair Professor of Media Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University) gives advice to research post-graduate students, or any other concerned scholar, on how to develop their original ideas into publishable articles. > MORE


On Friday 28 January, Weiyu Zhang (Associate Professor, National University of Singapore) discusses the concepts, theories and general history of civic tech research, and introduces three cases of civic tech development in Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan. .> MORE


On Monday 29 November, Xinzhi Zhang (Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University) shares his research project which explores the possibility of establishing constructive and deliberative public communication among different social groups from a socio-psychological perspective.> MORE


On Friday 26 November, Colin Sparks (Emeritus Chair Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University) discusses various ways of undertaking comparative studies and review the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most impressive contemporary examples. > MORE


On Friday 26 November, Keonyoung Park (Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University) examines the way corporate social advocacy (CSA) generates brand loyalty. She will introduce two studies focusing on different mediators (i.e., social media community engagement, CSR scepticism) on the relationship between CSA and brand loyalty. > MORE


Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University) presented empirical examples ranging from corporate enterprises to simulated long duration space exploration to demonstrate how we can leverage people analytics–and in particular relational analytics—to mine “digital exhaust”—data created by individuals every day in their digital transactions. > MORE


Elina R. Tachkova (Department of Communication Studies) discussed about crises that emerge when organizations violate stakeholder expectations and place both stakeholders and the organization at risk of harm. Most crises are more regular than extreme in nature, but organizations often are entangled in extreme crises. > MORE


Shuhua Zhou (Missouri School of Journalism) examines the affordances provided by print newspapers and digital news sites based on the perspectives of Gibson’s ecological psychology and his conceptualizations of affordances. > MORE


Colin Sparks calls for a reflexive approach to making theoretical choices. He reviews the supposed opposition between social scientific and humanities inspired research; between administrative and critical research; and the claims of different methodological approaches to data and evidence. > MORE


Damian Tambini discusses his new book, Media Freedom. This lecture on 15 October looks at the history and emergence of two key theories of media freedom, focusing on the US and the UK, and argues that media freedom should be a core value that shapes media systems but that it needs to be fundamentally redefined. > MORE


On Friday 29 October, Kenny K. K. Ng (Academy of Film) discussed his latest book, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Hong Kong Cinema with Sino-link in Politics, Art, and Tradition. After 1949, Hong Kong Cinema became an ideological battleground. This talk highlighted controversial cases involving Hollywood, British, and Chinese-language film productions. > MORE


In her book talk on Thursday 17 June, 7pm, Dorothy Lau introduced her new monograph, Reorienting Chinese Stars in Global Polyphonic Networks: Voice, Ethnicity, Power, offering an exposition of the methodological shift from the visual-based to aural-based vectors of studying Chinese stars and reimagining Chineseness. > MORE