Future of Media and Communication Research: Media Ecology and Big Data
2017 International Conference
November 19-21, 2017
Fuxuan Hotel, Fudan University - Shanghai, P. R. China
Organized jointly by
Fudan Information and Communication Research Center & Fudan Journalism School, Fudan University, China
the Institute for International Journalism (IIJ) in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, USA
Center for Information and Communication Studies
The Center for Information and Communication Studies (formerly Center for Culture and Communication Studies) of Fudan University was founded in 1984. It underwent a major institutional restructuring in 2000, the year when, after rounds of stringent assessment, it was designated Key Research Base for Humanities and Social Sciences directly affiliated to the Ministry of Education.
In keeping with the expectations for the development of key research bases by the Ministry of Education, the center, the only one of its kind in the country, has achieved initial success in the following three areas: First, formulating a clear set of research criteria and styles consistent with its four mission objectives: Theory consciousness; empirical orientation; global vision; and local caring. Second, establishing clear research commitment and directions, including a focus on changes in media technology as the main theoretical starting point; contextualizing empirical research in urban communication; paying special attention to drastic transformations brought about by communication to society and lifestyle. Third, adopting clear and visible measures on the basis of local experiences to gradually fulfill the center’s goals of exploring theoretical and paradigmic innovations, leading and augmenting the overall quality of journalism and communication research in China, improving researchers’ ability to engage in intellectual dialogues with their counterparts in the rest of the world, and making solid contributions to facilitating culture and civilization of human race.
Faced with a global communication revolution unleashed by the rise of new technology, the center plans to devote itself to the following three tasks in the next five years, all of which revolving firmly around national development: First, theoretically examining the fundamental shifts in social exchange resulting from globalization, new technology, and urbanization so as to offer scholarly responses to the practical needs emergent from China’s new media boom and advances in urbanization. Second, striving for innovations in mechanisms of communication research by building an inter-disciplinary research platform spanning new media and urban communication research, thus making it possible to pool strengths from diverse fields to promote social applications of research results to gratify the priority needs of national construction. Third, by grounding analysis in the local Chinese experiences, the center is bent on restructuring communication theory and research paradigms in a bid to offer practical solutions to the flaws and insufficiencies in the country’s communication research. As such, specific research directions are laid down: restructuring of new media and Chinese communication research; urban communication theory and practice; data mining on the relationship between media and the history of urban transformation and between urban public life and new media use.
Guided by the attempt at theoretical and paradigmic innovations, the center aims at fulfilling its basic missions and objectives of building a high quality heavy-duty scholarly community that services the national needs. The center now has a power-packed team of 45 full- and part-time researchers and multiple research facilities in collaboration with domestic and overseas tertiary institutions. The center publishes the academic journal, China Communication Review. In addition, the center has continued without lapse to hold “Journalism and Communication: Theory and Methods” Summer Seminars every year for more than a decade and has trained more than 1,000 junior faculty members and graduate students from all over the country. The annual “Communication and China: Fudan Forum” organized by the center has become a well-recognized national platform for academic dialogues and exchanges.