CIDRAL Public Lecture: Jing Wang: The Makers Are Coming! China’s Long Tail Revolution
|Dates:||19 April 2016|
|Times:||17:00 - 19:00|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students, General public, Post 16|
Professor Jing Wang will lecture as part of CIDRAL's Semester 2 programme for the 2015-16 academic year, themed around Cultures and Temporalities. This event is presented in collaboration with the Centre for Chinese Studies.
This talk situates the outbreak of the Maker Movement in contemporary China in the context of national innovation policy, the changing ethos of Chinese educators, and the revisionist take on copy culture (shanzhai). The author explores ‘change-maker’ as an alternative proposal to the ruling paradigm of ‘maker as entrepreneur’ and investigates several maker projects that have emerged from below as well as the implications of the spread of makerspaces to the national pursuit of creative China.
Wang is the founder and director of New Media Action Lab (http://web.mit.edu/newmediaactionlab/www/) and serves as the Chair of the International Advisory Board for Creative Commons China (http://cn.creativecommons.org/). Her first book The Story of Stone, a post-structuralist study on ‘intertextuality’ won her the Joseph Levenson Prize for the “Best Book on Pre-Modern China Published in 1992.” Her third single-authored book Brand New China: Advertising, Media, and Commercial Culture came out in Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese translations. In spring 2009, she launched NGO 2.0, a social media literacy project for Chinese grassroots NGOs.(http://www.ngo20.org/?lang=en). Wang’s current research interests include advertising and marketing, civic media and communication, social media action research, popular culture, and nonprofit technology, with an area focus on the People’s Republic of China.
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