Chinese Media, Global Contexts: Convergence and Conflicts

  • Summer schools
  • Global Academic Engagement
  • Application code LPS-MC204
  • Starting 2021
  • Short course: Open from October
  • Location: Beijing

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Video: Professor Bingchun Meng discusses her LSE-PKU Summer School course.

Chinese media and communication industries have been undergoing profound changes in the last few decades. On the one hand, we frequently hear the all-too-familiar stories about censorship and surveillance in China that repress freedom of expression; while on the other hand, the Chinese government prioritizes the communication industry as a key sector driving the economic growth. While champions of liberal democracy have been predominantly critical of the various ‘soft power’ campaigns that the Chinese state initiates, transnational media companies have wasted no time in not only entering the Chinese market but also incorporating Chinese investment. At the industry level, marketization, globalization and media convergence have significantly reconfigured the landscape of content production and distribution in China. For users, the proliferation of media content coupled with the fast development of communication technologies has been a process fraught with exhilaration, confusion and contestation.

This course provides critical analysis of the key aspects of the aforementioned transformation, focusing on the political economy of media and communication industries as well as the mediated politics underpinning stories and texts. It will unpack the operation of media and communication industries at the intersection of politics, business and culture. It will also explore the tensions and conflicts around meanings and narratives at the conjuncture of China’s economic growth, social stratification and geopolitical repositioning. 

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Programme details


Assessment will be based on a mid-term essay (worth 50% of the final mark) and a final exam (worth 50% of the final mark).


Dr Bingchun Meng

Dr Bingchun Meng is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. In addition to this, she serves as Programme Director for the MSc Global Media and Communications (LSE & Fudan).

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.

Expertise Details

Chinese media in a globalising era; copyright law and communication; ICT and development; political economy of media and information industries


Preparatory reading list

The list below provides an indication of some of the main recommended texts for the course, however a full reading list and electronic course pack will be provided to registered students approximately six weeks before the beginning of the programme.

  • Miller, T. & Kraidy, M. (2016). Global media studies. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Shirk, S. (Ed.). (2011). Changing media, changing China. Oxford: Oxford University 
  • Yang, G. (2009). The Power of the Internet: Citizen activism online. New York: Columbia 
University Press.
  • Meng, B. (2018). The politics of Chinese media: Consensus and contestation. 
Basingstoke: Palgrave.



There are no prerequisites for this course.

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