The Early Tradition of the Chinese Internet and Its Lost Treasure - Yang Guobin (University of Pennsylvania)
By studying the stylistic, social and political features of the Chinese internet in its early history, this talk retrieves a past that is now remembered as a “golden age.” The “golden age” narrative of the past serves as a critique of the present conditions of internet culture and politics in China.
Martedì 6 NOVEMBRE ore 10,30
Polo MIC, Piazza Montanelli 1, Sesto San Giovanni - aula P3
Guobin Yang is the Grace Lee Boggs Professor of Communication and Sociology and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also on the faculty of the Department of Sociology, in the Graduate Group of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and in the Center for the Study of Contemporary China. He is the author of The Red Guard Generation and Political Activism in China (2016) and The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online (2009). His Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind (2003) is an annotated English translation of the 6th-century Chinese classic of rhetoric and literary theory Wenxin Diaolong. He has edited or co-edited four books, including Media Activism in the Digital Age (with Victor Pickard, 2017), China's Contested Internet (2015), The Internet, Social Media, and a Changing China (with Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein, 2016), and Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China (with Ching-Kwan Lee, 2007). Yang is co-editor (with Zhongdang Pan) of the journal Communication and the Public.