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Dr Bingchun Meng

Associate Professor, Programme Director: MSc Global Media & Communications (with Fudan University)

Bingchun Meng is an Associate Professor in the department of Media and Communications. She has a BA in Chinese Language and Literature (1997) and an MA 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. 

My main research interests lie in communication governance and media production, both of which are examined in the context of globalization and technological shifts. There are three strands in this research: 1) What are the institutional responses to the challenges brought by new communication practices such as disturbance to political control and subversion of the conventional business model; what are some wider ramifications of such responses? 2) How have the institutional arrangements of media production changed in response to the local and global conditions and how the change affects the content being produced. 3) Media production at the grass-root level. How citizens exploit the opportunities afforded by digital technologies to expand their cultural and political participation, which, in different social contexts, may be constrained. These lines of research are connected by a general inquiry into the power dynamics operating at the macro- and micro-levels in communication networks.

Within the first research theme, I have worked on copyright regulation in China and the UK, focusing on how copyright law functions as a form of control in the struggle toward a new, global communication order. My PhD dissertation is on the development of Chinese copyright policies. Based on my examination of the power negotiations among transnational organizations, the Chinese state, the local copyright industries, and the average Chinese citizen, I demonstrated how the copyright legitimacy is established and problematized in the Chinese context, and how post-WTO copyright governance is affecting access to information in China. As part of the LSE Media Policy Project, I co-authored a policy paper critiquing the 2010 U.K. Digital Economy Act, in which file sharing was identified as the primary threat to the development of the creative industries and gave Internet Service Providers (ISPs) more power and responsibility to curtail peer-to-peer file sharing. We questioned both the underlying assumptions and the pragmatic measures set out in this legal document, which will have a significant impact on the communication environment in digital networks.

Under the second theme, I have looked at the political economy of media industries in China. I addressed how the combined force of the state and the market is not only shaping the output of Chinese media industry, but also constructing a set of discourses that oft-times reinforce political control and social exclusion. For example, in my analysis of the phenomenon of Super Girls – a reality show in the American Idol format – from the perspective of media spectacle, I argue that the show is an indication of how far China is from democracy rather than how close it has come to.

Within the third research theme, I examined the empowering potential of digital networks in new communicative practices, and the obstacles to this empowerment. For example in my research on the political significance of online parodies on the Chinese Internet, I propose a cultural approach to Internet-mediated political communication that emphasizes discursive integration and the mutual constitution of communicative activity and subjectivity. A recently completed project on peer production communities in China is another attempt to capture the dynamics between structure and agency on the Internet. The project examines Zimuzu, which are Internet-based subtitle groups that translate foreign media content and share them via peer-to-peer networks. Using data collected through face-to-face interviews and online ethnography, I examined how the power relations operating at different levels configure the motivation and subjectivity of participants, the coordination of information production, and also the tensions between Zimuzu, the Chinese state and the global media industries.

My future research will continue to address questions such as: How the tensions between the old regulatory model and the new communication activities unfold in different contexts? How mainstream media industries cope with the changing social norms and consumer behaviour related to media consumption in digital networks? What is the mediating role of digital technologies in constructing the subjectivity of users, opening up a new communicative space, and offering counter-hegemonic discourses?

Articles 

The worlding of St. Petersburg and Shanghai: comparing cultures of communication before and after revolutions
Meng, Bingchun and Rantanen, Terhi (2015) The worlding of St. Petersburg and Shanghai: comparing cultures of communication before and after revolutions. Communication, Culture and Critique . ISSN 1753-9129

A change of lens: a call to compare media in China and Russia
Meng, Bingchun and Rantanen, Terhi (2015) A change of lens: a call to compare media in China and Russia. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 32 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1529-5036

Commons/commodity: peer production caught in the Web of the commercial market
Meng, Bingchun and Wu, Fei (2013) Commons/commodity: peer production caught in the Web of the commercial market. Information, Communication and Society, 16 (1). pp. 125-145. ISSN 1468-4462

Underdetermined globalization: media consumption via P2P networks
Meng, Bingchun (2012) Underdetermined globalization: media consumption via P2P networks. International Journal of Communication, 6 . pp. 467-483. ISSN 1932-8036

From steamed bun to grass mud horse: e gao as alternative political discourse on the Chinese internet
Meng, Bingchun (2011) From steamed bun to grass mud horse: e gao as alternative political discourse on the Chinese internet. Global Media and Communication, 7 (1). pp. 33-51. ISSN 1742-7665

Moving beyond democratization: a thought piece on the China internet research agenda
Meng, Bingchun (2010) Moving beyond democratization: a thought piece on the China internet research agenda. International Journal of Communication, 4 . pp. 501-508. ISSN 1932-8036

Articulating a Chinese commons: an explorative study of creative commons in China
Meng, Bingchun (2009) Articulating a Chinese commons: an explorative study of creative commons in China. International Journal of Communication, 3 . pp. 192-207. ISSN 1932-8036

Destruction of new media's myth on democracy: a review on historicizing online politics: telegraphy, the internet, and political participation in China
Meng, Bingchun (2009) Destruction of new media's myth on democracy: a review on historicizing online politics: telegraphy, the internet, and political participation in China. The Twenty-First Century Review, 113 (4). pp. 128-134.

Who needs democracy if we can pick our favorite girl?: Super Girl as media spectacle
Meng, Bingchun (2009) Who needs democracy if we can pick our favorite girl?: Super Girl as media spectacle. Chinese Journal of Communication, 2 (3). pp. 257-272. ISSN 1754-4750

Political scandal at the end of ideology? the mediatized politics of the Bo Xilai case
Meng, Bingchun Political scandal at the end of ideology? the mediatized politics of the Bo Xilai case. Media, Culture & Society . ISSN 0163-4437 (Submitted)

Book chapters

Regulating e gao: futile efforts of recentralization?
Meng, Bingchun (2009) Regulating e gao: futile efforts of recentralization? In: Zhang, Xiaoling and Zhang, Yongnian, (eds.) China's Information and Communications Technology Revolution: Social Changes and State Responses. China policy series. Routledge, Oxford, UK, pp. 52-67. ISBN 9780415462303

Monographs

Copyright and creation: a case for promoting inclusive online sharing
Cammaerts, Bart, Meng, Bingchun and Mansell, Robin (2013) Copyright and creation: a case for promoting inclusive online sharing. LSE Media Policy Project Series, Broughton Micova, Sally and Tambini, Damian (eds.) Media Policy Brief 9. Department of Media and Communications , London, UK.

Creative destruction and copyright protection: regulatory responses to file-sharing
Cammaerts, Bart and Meng, Bingchun (2011) Creative destruction and copyright protection: regulatory responses to file-sharing. LSE Media Policy Project Series, Sujon, Zoetanya and Tambini, Damian (eds.) Media Policy Brief 1. Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Property right or development strategy?: protection of foreign copyright in 19th Century America and contemporary China
Meng, Bingchun (2007) Property right or development strategy?: protection of foreign copyright in 19th Century America and contemporary China. 11. Media@LSE, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Conference/Workshop Item

Copyright and creation: a case for promoting inclusive online sharing
Cammaerts, Bart, Meng, Bingchun and Mansell, Robin (2013) Copyright and creation: a case for promoting inclusive online sharing. LSE Media Policy Project Series, Broughton Micova, Sally and Tambini, Damian (eds.) Media Policy Brief 9. Department of Media and Communications , London, UK.

Creative destruction and copyright protection: regulatory responses to file-sharing
Cammaerts, Bart and Meng, Bingchun (2011) Creative destruction and copyright protection: regulatory responses to file-sharing. LSE Media Policy Project Series, Sujon, Zoetanya and Tambini, Damian (eds.) Media Policy Brief 1. Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Property right or development strategy?: protection of foreign copyright in 19th Century America and contemporary China
Meng, Bingchun (2007) Property right or development strategy?: protection of foreign copyright in 19th Century America and contemporary China. 11. Media@LSE, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Website/Blog entries 

Copyright and creation authors respond to critics
Cammaerts, Bart, Meng, Bingchun and Mansell, Robin (2013) Copyright and creation authors respond to critics. LSE Media Policy Project (14 Oct 2013) Blog Entry.

Book review: political economies of the media: the transformation of the global media, by Dwayne Winseck and Dal Yong Jin
Meng, Bingchun (2012) Book review: political economies of the media: the transformation of the global media, by Dwayne Winseck and Dal Yong Jin. British Politics and Policy at LSE (15 Apr 2012) Blog Entry.

The government’s new Digital Economy Act will do little to prevent file sharing – the music industry must continue to innovate online if it is to survive
Cammaerts, Bart and Meng, Bingchun (2011) The government’s new Digital Economy Act will do little to prevent file sharing – the music industry must continue to innovate online if it is to survive. British Politics and Policy at LSE (30 Mar 2011) Blog Entry.

The DEA and our online privacy
Cammaerts, Bart and Meng, Bingchun (2011) The DEA and our online privacy. LSE Media Policy Project (10 Feb 2011) Blog Entry.

 

 

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 Bingchun Meng

I will be on sabbatical during Lent Term 2017.  I will not be supervising MSc students during Lent Term or Summer Term 2017.