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HKBU @ ICA2022

International Communication Association conference: BU set for a strong showing
The International Communication Association’s annual conference in Paris will feature more than 150 Hongkong-based scholars, with the largest delegation coming from HKBU. The conference programme lists 61 HKBU-affiliated presenters. Several are making multiple presentations. Communication Studies Department lecturer Vincent Huang (below) is listed four times in the programme, while the Journalism Department’s Celine Song Yunya and Cherian George feature in five sessions.
In addition, the School is organising two official ICA pre-conferences:
Chinese Internet Research Conference — The School is hosting the 19th Chinese Internet Research Conference from 23–24 May. This virtual event will feature over 40 paper presenters. Jonathan Zhu of the City University of Hong Kong and Naipeng Chao from Shenzen University will deliver keynote speeches. > Details
Communicating Multi-modally: Research & Expressive Culture — Co-organised with three North American communication schools, this event on 26 May brings together more than 25 established and emerging scholars from around the world who embrace expressive culture as foundation in communication research. > Details

AI and Tech in Cultural Heritage
and Digital Humanities

Wednesday, 6 April, 4–5:30 pm, Zoom

The next set of talks in the series, “AI and Technology in Media and Arts”, will focus on cultural heritage and digital humanities. Jointly organised by Paolo Mengoni (Journalism) and Angelo Lo Conte (Academy of Visual Arts), it is funded by the Consulate of Italy in Hong Kong and Macau. The event will feature the following three talks. Register here.
  • Esterina Nervino (City University of Hong Kong): Tech is the New Black: Communicating Heritage in Virtual Worlds
  • Valentino Santucci (University for Foreigners of Perugia, Italy): How AI can boost (Digital) Humanities
  • Kristen Li (HKBU Department of Computer Science): Augmented Reality Technologies for Cultural Heritage

Understanding Human Communication through Big Data

Wednesday, 30 March, 10–11:30 am, Zoom

Cuihua (Cindy) Shen will speak about computational communication as an emerging subfield that leverages computational tools to gather, analyze and make sense of digital datasets to understand human communication phenomena. Shen is Professor of Communication at UC Davis. Details and registration here .


Exploring Artificial Intelligence’s Creative Potential through Film Historiography

Friday, 1 April, 9:00 am, Zoom

Next in the series of talks to celebrate the launch of the latest issue of Global Storytelling is Marina Hassapopoulou’s presentation that aims to approach AI, automation, machine learning, and algorithmic culture from an Arts and Humanities-oriented perspective. Hassapopoulou is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Event details.

Unlocking the Power of Digital Traces with Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, 6 April, 4–5:15 pm

Celine Song’s
talk digs deep into AI-powered analytic approaches in collecting and analyzing digital trace data and making them meaningful and actionable. It will also address the limitations of AI-powered analytic approaches and argues for the need for mixed methods and action research. This talk is part of the Faculty of Arts’ “A.I. and Beyond, Culturally Speaking” conference. Details and registration here.

Hostile Online Interactions
and Coping Strategies

Friday, 8 April, 12:30–2:30 pm, Zoom

Sai Wang's Faculty Forum will focus on the phenomenon of hostile online interactions and its impact on individuals’ psychological and behavioural responses. It also discusses the implications of digital technologies for promoting respectful behaviours in online environments. Sai Wang is
a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Details and registration here.

Platforms regulation and free speech controversy in Europe

Friday, 8 April, 6:30–8 pm, Zoom

Romain Badouard will talk about how moderation on social media has generated intense controversy in recent years. Using examples of Facebook and YouTube he will elaborate on the reform of moderation policies that major social media platforms have undertaken. Badouard is Associate Professor at the Université Paris Panthéon-Assas. Details and registration here.

Comparative Aesthetics: East-West Studies in Contemporary Living

Tuesday, 12 April, 9:00 am–1:00 pm, Zoom

Eva Kit Wah Man of the Academy of Film is organising a symposium titled, “Comparative Aesthetics: East-West Studies in Contemporary Living”. Twelve leading international scholars will present analyses and case studies from varied cultural settings in the East and the West exploring aesthetic interests and experiences in our daily lives at home, in workplaces, in using everyday things, in our built and natural environments, and in our relationships and communities. The presentations are briefs of entries to the anthology, Comparative Everyday Aesthetics: East-West Studies in Contemporary Living edited by Eva Kit Wah Man and Jeffrey Petts, to be published by Amsterdam University Press in the summer of 2022. Event registration here.
PhD student Moon Nguyen received a Michael Hoefges Graduate Student Research Fund award from the Law & Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, presented to fund graduate student research on media law.
Jos Bartels
  • Ouwerkerk, Jaap W., and Jos Bartels. 2022. ‘Is Anyone Else Feeling Completely Unessential? Meaningful Work, Identification, Job Insecurity, and Online Organizational Behavior during a Lockdown in The Netherlands’. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19(3).
Kenny Ng’s new chapter examines the immense impact of Goethe on writers and intellectuals in Republican China.
Kenny Ng
  • Ng, Kenny K. K. 2022. ‘Romantic Love, Self-Exaltation, and Social Rebellion: The Influence of Goethe’s Werther on Chinese Epistolary Novels in the 1920s and 1930s’. In Cross-Cultural Encounters in Modern and Premodern China: Global Networks, Mediation, and Intertextuality, edited by Kelly Kar Yue Chan and Chi Sum Garfield Lau, 83–95. Chinese Culture. Singapore: Springer, 2022.      
Yu-Leung Ng, Celine Yunya Song and Yu Huang
  • Ng, Yu-Leung, Yunya Song, and Yu Huang. 2022. ‘Supportive and Uncivil Expressions in Discussions on Out-Groups by in-Group Members in Anonymous Computer-Mediated Communication’. Telematics and Informatics 69.
Luwei Rose Luqiu
  • Liao, Sara, and Luwei Rose Luqiu. 2022. ‘#MeToo in China: The Dynamic of Digital Activism against Sexual Assault and Harassment in Higher Education’. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 47(3): 741–64.
Kenneth Paul Tan’s new edited volume examines what Singapore's COVID-19 pandemic response in the first year can tell us about the strengths and weaknesses of the Singapore model and what its prospects might be in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous post-pandemic world. Singapore's First Year of COVID-19: Public Health, Immigration, the Neoliberal State, and Authoritarian Populism is published by Palgrave.
Kenneth Paul Tan (Department of Journalism) organised this event featuring the editor and other authors of a new book on Singapore's race relations .
Lei Guo (Boston University) spoke about political opinions and expression regarding gun violence in the United States.
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