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Conference participation at the 16th China Internet Research Conference in Leiden

At the upcoming 16th China Internet Research Conference to be held in Leiden 22-23 May I will be presenting a paper on a Chinese photo app. I have been using the app myself and you can see how it looks like here (my page which shows I have posted 27 photos and have 910 followers) and read the abstract below. … Continue reading

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Open lecture in Uppsala

I will give a lecture at the Foreign Policy Association at Uppsala University on 19th April about Chinese digital society and its challenges. The lecture will be in Swedish and is entitled Kina uppkopplat och nedkopplat: Det digitala samhället i en auktoritär stat.

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Congested curricula and incompatible goals: the curious absence of ICT from school-based learning in China

I presented this paper at the 46th congress of NERA (Nordic Educational Research Association), March 8-10, 2018. Worldwide, information and communication technologies (ICT), particularly in the sense of digital literacy, are increasingly considered as both inevitable and indispensable parts of the school curriculum. Also, international student assessment studies like PISA have on several occasions assessed computer and information literacy. Additionally, … Continue reading

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Nature in Chinese digital games for children

At the second conference of the European Association of Art History in Zürich, 24-27 August 2017, I presented some findings from my ongoing research about how the natural environment is depicted in games and apps for children. The presentation focused on the visual analysis of fourteen apps available for free (and one for 10 SEK) for children in the age … Continue reading

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Fairy tale transformations in the Chinese internet and the representation of women and girls

Ever since childhood I loved fairy tales and I still do so now. But only about a year ago I started searching for Chinese fairy tales online. I don’t know why it took me so long to also start checking out fairy tale and story telling apps, but I finally did it. I presented some ideas and mostly questions around … Continue reading

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Conference news: Digital Culture and Society: Chinese and European Developments

On October 19-20, 2017, Stefan Brehm, Barbara Schulte and Marina Svensson attended the conference Digital Culture and Society: Chinese and European Developments held at the Nordic Centre, Fudan University, Shanghai. Stefan’s presentation was entitled Let’s talk! Are online stakeholder dialogues empowering Chinese citizens? Abstract Chinese citizens articulate demands and voice grievances in social media; they organise resistance, reach out for … Continue reading

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New article: Chinese collective memory on the Internet: Remembering the Great Famine in online encyclopaedias

New article by Karl Gustafsson in Memory Studies Article abstract Recent research on how the Great Chinese Famine was debated on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, in 2012 suggests that information and communication technologies can challenge official versions of the past and increase pluralism in collective memory narratives in authoritarian states. This article suggests that analysing change in the … Continue reading

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New publication: “Digitally enabled engagement and witnessing: the Sichuan earthquake on independent documentary film”

Marina Svensson, “Digitally enabled engagement and witnessing: the Sichuan earthquake on independent documentary film,” Studies in Documentary Film Free download at http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/BDk3zQH7YBIZ7sUj8ucg/full Abstract This article builds on recent works on witnessing, socially engaged documentary filmmaking and studies on the role of new digital technologies for witnessing trauma, recording memories and enabling activism. In a devastating earthquake in Sichuan province on … Continue reading

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China and the world: Digital developments and challenges

As part of the Lund University’s 350 anniversary we took part in the thematic week digital society with the aim to highlight the multiple and diverse experiences of the Internet worldwide, and in particular in Asia with a special focus on China. It is easy to think that experiences and current debates in Sweden and the US are the norm, … Continue reading

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Impressions from the Digital Café

54th Bologna Children’s Book Fair, 3-6 April 2017 Certainly, the presentations in the Digital Café of the Bologna Book Fair were held in the name of commercial interest. With this in mind I provide a commented summary of some of the impressions I got from there. Who are the children-consumers? Sketching the demographics of child-users, a presenter points out that … Continue reading

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