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Conference on the enduring legacy of cold war narratives draws more than 70 speakers from across the globe

The historic Cold War has generated stubbornly rigid ways of thinking about our world. Next month, the School of Communication and Film will host a conference critically exploring the ways in which cold wars have been narrated, what these narratives have left out, and how alternative possibilities may be imagined. The three-day event will feature a dozen invited experts and more than 60 paper presenters, selected from submissions responding to our open call. Kenneth Paul Tan, chair of the programme committee, said he is delighted with the response to the conference. “We put together interdisciplinary panels that address a range of issues including transnational cultural production, soft power, humanitarian and ecological trauma, migration and exile, and twitter diplomacy.” The event is organised in collaboration with Academy of Visual Arts and the Department of Government and International Studies. — Details.

The power of rumours in crises

Tuesday 12 October 2021, 11am–12:30pm
CVA932 and Zoom

Paul Lee of the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong will examine the factors behind the belief in rumors during a social crisis, using the 2019 Anti-Extradition Movement as a case
. His study found that political orientation has a very strong influence on belief in unverified information and rumors.Details.

A theory of media freedom

Friday 15 October 2021, 4–5:30pm, Zoom

Damian Tambini of the London School of Economics discusses his new book, Media Freedom
. Focusing on the US and the UK, he considers whether there is, and whether there should be, a right to media freedom as distinct from freedom of expression. He argues that media freedom should be a core value but that it needs to be fundamentally redefined.Details.

Hong Kong cinema on the Cold War front

Friday 29 October 2021, 8pm, Zoom

Kenny Ng of our Academy of Film discusses his latest book,
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Hong Kong Cinema with Sino-link in Politics, Art, and Tradition. After 1949, Hong Kong cinema became an ideological battleground between Communist China and Guomindang-controlled Taiwan, the American-led liberal camps and Soviet-centred communist blocs. Ng highlights controversial cases involving Hollywood, British, and Chinese-language films. — Details.


Celine Song awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Celine Yunya Song is one of only eight scholars across Hong Kong selected for this year's Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship. Her project focuses on news coverage about climate change in  China, the United States and Britain. Funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, the fellowship grants extended time-off and supporting funds to exceptional investigators in humanities and social sciences disciplines. — Read more.


Tackling vaccine hesitancy

Several of the School's researchers are contributing to the university-wide “Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy in Hong Kong”, which aims to provide authorities with timely incremental research findings to help them formulate more effective communication tactics promoting vaccination. — Read more.

New book on cartoon censorship

George, Cherian, and Sonny Liew. 2021. Red Lines: Political Cartoons and the Struggle against Censorship. Boston, Mass: The MIT Press.

“The political cartoon is the art form of our deeply troubled world, and this brilliant, disturbing, and ultimately hopeful book is far and away the definitive guide.” Vincent Mosco, author of The Political Economy of Communication and The Digital Sublime

Red Lines might not be beach reading, but it surely belongs on the syllabus of any media studies class as it sets the standard for discussion of this topic.”Rob Salkowitz, Department of Communication, University of Washington

New articles

Yi-Ru Regina Chen
  • Cheng, Yang, Chun-Ju Flora Hung-Baesecke, and Yi-Ru Regina Chen. 2021. “Social Media Influencer Effects on CSR Communication: The Role of Influencer Leadership in Opinion and Taste.” International Journal of Business Communication.
Cherian George Minos-Athanasios Karyotakis Dorothy Wai Sim Lau Stephanie Jean Tsang
  • Zhao, Xinyan, and Stephanie J. Tsang. 2021. “Self-Protection by Fact-Checking: How Pandemic Information Seeking and Verifying Affect Preventive Behaviours.” Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management.
Dan Wang and Steve Zhongshi Guo
  • Wang, Dan, and Steve Zhongshi Guo. 2021. “Native Advertising in the Chinese Press: Implications of State Subsidies for Journalist Professional Self-Identification.” Digital Journalism: 1–17.
Tien Ee Dominic Yeo
  • Liu, Piper Liping, and Tien Ee Dominic Yeo. 2021. “How Online Patient-Provider Communication Impacts Quality of Life: Examining the Role of Patient-Centered Care and Health Competence.” Health Communication: 1–6.
Xinzhi Zhang
  • Liang, Hai, and Xinzhi Zhang. 2021. “Partisan Bias of Perceived Incivility and Its Political Consequences: Evidence from Survey Experiments in Hong Kong.” Journal of Communication 71(3): 357–79.

Ka Lai (Sonia) Au did the theatrical translation (French to Cantonese) of “Soeurs (Sisters,《姐妹》),” written by Pascal Rembert, and performed by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre in Autumn 2021.
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