Weekly Forums

Weekly Forums

In addition to the regular speaker series and other co-sponsored events, CSCC convenes an informal “Weekly Forum,” noon on weekdays in the CSCC conference room. These sessions are envisioned as “brown-bag lunches” at which graduate students or faculty can informally introduce or present work in progress. This will be a great way for all of us to get to know one another and learn more about the kinds of work on contemporary China being done across Penn’s campus. Please email us your thoughts and suggestions on how to best organize the Friday Forum and to let us know when you would like to volunteer to discuss some of your work. Even on days when no discussion is scheduled, people are welcome to bring their lunch to eat with others in the CSCC conference room.

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Past Weekly Forums



Chinese Legal Reform after the CCP's Fourth Plenum

Weekly Forums

More than a year ago, the Fourth Plenum of the Chinese Communist Party’s 18th Central Committee signaled unprecedented emphasis on “the rule of law” and issued key policy documents to support legal…



The Future of 'Rights Defense' Lawyering in China

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Over the past 15 years, there has emerged in China a community of self-identified "rights defense" (weiquan) lawyers, akin to "cause lawyers" in the United States, who select cases and frame legal advocacy…



Chicken Soup for the Soul, Prepared by the Communist Party: How China’s Propaganda Machine Adapts to Social Media

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With China’s press commercialization started from the late 1970s, the influence of Communist Party mouthpieces had been diminishing. During recent years, however, we see the resurgence of Party media on social media…



The Power of the Power: Censorship in Mainland China and Hong Kong

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The Chinese government is constantly releasing new regulations to censor media content. In Mainland China, the Party strengthens its control on media agenda-setting and makes sure that the media remembers its…