Narratives of COVID-19 in China and the World: Technology, Society, and Nations

Mar 19, 2021 - Mar 20, 2021 at 8:30am - 12:00pm

This virtual, international two-day symposium will examine narratives of COVID-19 in China and the world, considering topics like technology, society, and nations.  This event is co-sponsored by Center on Digital Culture and Society

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March 19
8:30am – 8:45am EST
Welcome + Opening Remarks

  • John L. Jackson, Jr., Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Guobin Yang, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

8:45am – 9:45am EST
Digital Work and Infrastructures during COVID-19

  • "Locked Down but Not Locked Out: DingTalk and Digital Workplace Surveillance in Times of COVID-19" — Yizhou Xu, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • "Desperately Seeking the Public: COVID-19 Tracing Apps as the Digital Infrastructures in China and the U.S."  Elaine Yuan, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Moderator: Julia Ticona, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • Discussants: Jack Qiu, National University of Singapore; Julia Ticona, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania

10:00am – 11:00am EST
China – Africa: Connections and Conflicts

  • "What Motivates the Sharing of Misinformation about China and Covid-19? A Study of Kenya, Nigeria, and the USA" — Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town; Dani Madrid-Morales, University of Houston
  • "Racializing the Pandemic: Chinese Debates over African Evictions in Guangzhou" — Maria Repnikova, Georgia State University
  • Moderator: Amy Gadsden, University of Pennsylvania
  • Discussants: Amy Gadsden, University of Pensylvania; Silvia Lindtner, University of Michigan

11:10am – 12:20pm EST
Racism against Chinese Students and Asian Americans

  • "Cosmopolitan Imperative or Nationalist Sentiments: Mediated Experiences of Covid-19 Pandemic among Chinese Overseas Students" — Bingchun Meng and Zifeng Chen, London School of Economics; Jingyi Wang, University of Cambridge
  • "Freedom and Pandemic in the Eyes of Chinese Students in the U.S." — Yingyi Ma, Syracuse University
  • Moderator: Scott Moore, University of Pennsylvania
  • Discussants: Scott Moore, University of Pennsylvania; Hongmei Li, Miami University

1:30pm – 2:30pm EST
Voice and the Platformization of Truth

  • "Fact-Checking the Crisis: COVID-19, Infodemics, and the Platformization of Truth" — Kelley Cotter, Julia R. DeCook, and Shaheen Kanthawala, Arizona State University
  • "How TikTok Functions as the Voice of Young People in the Times of COVID-19" — Daniel Klug, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Moderator: Yue Hou, University of Pennsylvania
  • Discussants: Lisa Keranen, University of Colorado, Boulder; Yue Hou, University of Pennsylvania

March 20

8:30 am – 10:00am EST
Politics of Sharing, Connection, and Mourning on Social Media

  • "Visible Mourning on the Wailing Wall of the Internet in China" — Cao Xun, Soochow University; Runxi Zeng, Chongqing University
  • “The Politics and Politicization of a Global Pandemic: How Public and Private Sharing of Narratives on COVID-19 Were Managed on WeChat” — Lotus Ruan, Masashi Crete-Ni Wesley, Jakub Dalek, and Nicola Lawford, University of Toronto
  • "Cultivating Safe Connections: Narratives and Practices of Access Collaboration in a Time of Distance" — Zihao Lin, University of Chicago
  • Moderator: Benson Zhou, University of Pennsylvania
  • Discussants: Ruoyun Bai, University of Toronto; Fen Lin, City University of Hong Kong; Benson Zhou, University of Pennsylvania

10:10am – 11:10am EST
Nations and Nationalism during COVID-19

  • "Unpacking the 'K-quarantine': Biopolitical Nationalism and Narratives of 'Quarantine State' in the Era of Global Pandemic" — Ji-Hyun Ahn, University of Washington Tacoma
  • "Rewriting China’s Narrative of COVID-19 through Twitter Diplomacy" — Wendy Leutert and Nicholas Atkinson, Indiana University
  • Moderator: Jacques deLisle, University of Pennsylvania
  • Discussants: Jacques deLisle, University of Pennsylvania; Soomin Seo, Temple University

11:20am EST
Concluding Remarks and Future Publication Plan

  • Catherine Cocks, Editor-in-Chief, Michigan State University Press
  • Stephen Hartnett, University of Colorado, Boulder; Editor, Book Series on US-China Relations in the Age of Globalization, Michigan State University Press
  • Guobin Yang, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania