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China-Related Research in the Context of COVID-19

23 March 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEDT

Crowd of people in China

DigiChina Dialogues Webinar Series—a quarterly webinar series featuring informal conversations and exchanges in relation to China research.

From COVID-19 to a changing political landscape, the field of China Studies has experienced several significant challenges. Not only are researchers having to deal with political tensions and travel restrictions, but they must also work through the shifting administrative hurdles presented by their home institutions. This webinar will discuss how China-related research is undertaken within pandemic conditions.

Presenting information on navigating institutional constraints, charting the changing political culture in and around China, and working within the intensifying geopolitics between China, the US and its allies, this international panel of experts explores the frustrations and challenges while sharing tips, opportunities, and ideas.

This webinar will be of interest and use to both established and early-career researchers.


  • Guobin Yang
    Professor of Communication and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. He researches social movements, digital culture, global communication, and contemporary China. Guobin Yang is also Director of the Center on Digital Culture and Society, and Deputy Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China.

  • Weiyu Zhang
    Associate Professor of Communication and New Media at the National University of Singapore. She is the founder and director of the Civic Tech Lab and is a Principal Investigator at the NUS Centre for Trusted Internet and Community.
  • Chuncheng Liu
    PhD candidate in sociology and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on the politics of algorithms and his dissertation examine the design and implementation of Chinese social credit systems.

Moderator and discussant

  • Haiqing Yu
    ADM+S Associate Investigator and Professor of Media and Communication and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at RMIT University in Melbourne. Her research concerns the socio-political and economic impact of China’s digital media, communication and culture on China, Australia and the Asia Pacific. She is Chief Investigator of the China’s social credit system and everyday life project and founder of the DigiChina Research Network.


23 March 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEDT