June 7 and 8, 2018
Center for Chinese Studies, National Central Library, Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences
About the Conference
“Fake News” has recently emerged in the global lexicon as a central issue affecting social and political systems around the world. Information has, of course, been manipulated by various agents since the dawn of time. But the large questions of trust and authority in the media have dramatically erupted at certain times in history, bringing instability and challenges to existing social and political orders.
This 2-day conference explores crises of authority in the circulation of information during three periods in Chinese history that have seen dramatic shifts in forms of social and political media:
- The late fifteenth and early sixteenth century of the Ming period, with the rise of printing;
- The late nineteenth and early twentieth century of the Qing and Republican periods, with the rise of new journalism;
- The late twentieth and early twenty-first century, with the rise of the internet.
- Media and Social and Political Control
- Genres of Journalism
- Rumors, Stories and Fiction
- Propaganda and the Discourse of Dissent
- New Media and Social Media