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Book launch and lecture by professor Guobin Yang

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The Fudan Centre is proud to announce that Associate Professor Guobin Yang from the University of Pennsylvania, who researches and specializes in Chinese Internet, activism, ethnic identity, and racial contestation in cyberspace as well as voice, power and connectivity in China’s microblogosphere, will be holding a book lunch and lecture on the 13th of October 2015 at NIAS. The title and topic of the book is China’s Contested Internet.

Venue: Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353, Copenhagen K, Denmark, CSS, NIAS.

Abstract: Is there a pre-Weibo and post-Weibo era in Chinese Internet history? Are hacker spaces in China the same as in the West? How can the censorship of an Internet novel end up “producing” it? How is Lu Xun’s passive and ignorant spectator turned into an activist on the Internet? What are the multiple ways of being political online? Such intriguing questions are the subject of this captivating new book. Its ten chapters combine first-hand research with multi-disciplinary perspectives to offer original insights on the fast-changing landscape of the Chinese Internet. Other topics studied include online political consultation, ethnic identity and racial contestation in cyberspace, and the Southern Weekly protest in2013. In addition, the editor’s introduction highlights the importance of understanding the depth of people’s experiences and institutional practices with a historical sensibility.