Bingchun Meng - Gender discourse on Chinese social media: From Douban feminism to PUA tutorial
|6 December 2022
|12:30 - 13:30
|What is it:
|Manchester China Institute
|Dr Bingchun Meng
WEBINAR: This online talk will explore the ever-changing landscape of gender discourse on Chinese social media.
The past decade has witnessed an ascendance of feminist discourse on the Chinese Internet. Not only is the spectrum of feminist views expanding, but clashes and confrontations on gender issues are also on the rise- often triggering an anti-feminist backlash among netizens or political sanctions from the state. The cacophony online is mutually constitutive with the social transformation taking place in the offline life-world. While the concept of digital feminism usefully highlights the importance of technological affordance, it sometimes runs the risk of isolating the digital from the social.
In this talk, Dr. Meng will make some preliminary attempts to develop a typology of online discourses related to gender issues in the Chinese context. Bearing in mind the dialectics of visibility/invisibility in mediated feminism, Dr. Meng will tease out a few prominent themes from both feminist and anti-feminist camps and then contextualise those in relation to the broader structural change and cultural shifts in contemporary China.
Dr. Bingchun Meng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, where she also serves as Programme Director for the MSc Global Media and Communications (LSE & Fudan).
Dr Bingchun Meng
Role: Associate Professor
Organisation: London School of Economics and Political Science
Biography: Dr. Meng has a Bachelor's in Chinese Language and Literature (1997) and a Master's in Comparative Literature (2000) from Nanjing University, China. She obtained a PhD in Mass Communication (2006) from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. Before joining the LSE, she was a post-doc fellow at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, where she worked at the Centre for Global Communication Studies and also taught courses on Chinese media.
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