Imagining Globality Program


Telus Center, Room 134
87 Avenue & 111 Street

Day 1 - Wednesday, June 12

5:00-6:30pm Keynote Addresses

Dr. Pál Nyíri
Professor of Global History from an Anthropological Perspective, Vrije Universiteit
"Reporting for China: how foreign correspondents for PRC media report on the world"

Dr. Lü Xinyu
Professor of Journalism & Director of the Television Journalism Department in the School of Journalism, Fudan University
"Mass Media, New Documentary Movement and 'Subaltern' Narratives"

6:30-7:30pm Reception (Telus Centre Atrium)

Day 2 - Thursday, June 13

8:30-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:15 Panel 1 - Culture as a Resource for the State

Tina Mai CHEN, History, University of Manitoba
"Imaging China for Independent Burma: The Role of Film Exchange in Shaping Burma-China Relations as part of an Asian-Centered Global Imagination in the 1950s and 1960s"

Emily WILLIAMS, The London Consortium, University of London
"Imagining Communisms: the 1976 Huxian Peasant Painting Exhibition"

Marie LEDUC, Sociology and Art History, University of Alberta
"Contemporary Art - A Challenge to China's Global Image"

Lauren GORFINKEL, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University
"Imagining China and China-Africa Relations through CCTV Africa"

10:15-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:45 Panel 2 - China's Regional Strategies

Falk HARTIG, Post-Doctoral Researcher, AFRASO - Africa's Asian Options, Frankfurt University
"Making Foreigners to serve China's image: How China engages international stakeholders in its cultural diplomacy - the examples of Confucius Institutes and Panda Diplomacy"

Aly KOSKELA, English and Film Studies, University of Alberta
"汉语桥: A Bridge to Which China?"

Heather SCHMIDT, Sociology, University of Alberta
"Globality as imagined through the Confucius Institutes: How the Other is integral to an imaginary of China's globality"

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Panel 3 - Will the 'real China' please stand up

Tracey FALLON, Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham
"Showing 'the correct' China: The reproduction of national identity through the global promotion of Chinese Culture"

Mark MCCONAGHY, East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
"Which China in Whose World? The Controversial Concept of Global Sinophone Literature"

Cobus VAN STADEN, South African Research Chair on African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, University of Johannesburg
"Land of Plenty: CCTV's Vocabulary of Positive Images"

Bailan QIN, Institute of Cross-cultural Studies, Zhejiang University
(co-author Dr. Zongjie WU, Zhejiang University)
"Remembering and Forgetting of Confucian Space: A Pastiche of Confucius' Home City towards Spatial Narrative"

Dr. Huimei LIU, Visiting Scholar, University of Alberta, Asia Pacific Centre for the Study and Education of Leisure, Zhejiang University
(co-author Dr. Zongjie WU, Zhejiang University)
"Exploring the Aura of Chinese Leisure Heritage: A Narrative Construction of Dongwu Cultural Memory"

2:30-2:45 Coffee Break

2:45-4:00 Panel 4 - A New Twist on an Old Theme

Alison HULME, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London
"Projecting the good life at home and abroad: lineages of the Chinese national image from 1949 to the present"

Joe ALVARO, Department of English, City University of Hong Kong
"Re-imagining the hero in China's English press"

Kathy MORROW, Comparative Literature, University of Washington, Seattle
"Serious Inquiries Only!: Staging the Chinese Nation and the World through a Global Reality Show Format"

Gideon ELAZAR, Chinese Studies, Haifa University
"Back to Jerusalem: A Chinese-Christian Vision of Globalization"

Day 3 - Friday, June 14

8:30-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:00 Panel 5 - Making the Foreign Serve China

Lloyd SCIBAN, Communication and Culture, University of Calgary
"The Preservation and Promotion of Chinese Language in Canada"

Elim NG, Political Science, University of Alberta
"Canadian Broadcasters and Chinese language News Service - Its Evolution and Future Directions"

Dr. Jean DEBERNARDI, Anthropology, University of Alberta
"Chinese Tea Culture in Canada"

10:00-10:15 Coffee Break

10:15-11:30 Panel 6 - Culture and People in Circulation

Xiangfeng YANG, Politics & International Relations, University of Southern California
"The China Model away from Home: Testing the Myth of Beijing's Export of Authoritarianism"

Yaguang ZHU, Radio-Television-Film, University of Texas at Austin
"Viewing China's image campaign from media lenses: The Construction of Soft Power"

Astrid NORDIN, Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University
"Imagining globality in China's 'harmonious world'"

Daniel FRIED, East Asian Studies, University of Alberta
"'All Under Heaven We Hold in Common': Universalist and Exclusionary Ideologies in the Search for Soft Power"

12:30-1:30 Lunch & Roundtable discussion