The Communication University of China (CUC) and the National Communication Association (NCA) co-sponsored a summer conference in Beijing, China, June 17-19, 2016. The conference was held at the CUC International Convention Center, creating public space for scholars, media practitioners, government officials, and students to participate in open discussions and dialogue. Presentations were made in English and Chinese, with simultaneous translations available via headsets. China and the United States are positioned to influence notions of democracy, nationalism, citizenship, human rights, environmental priorities, and public health for the foreseeable future. This international conference addressed these broad issues as questions about communication—about how our two nations envision each other and how our interlinked imaginaries create both opportunities and obstacles for greater understanding and strengthened relations. Within the overarching theme of “Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Globalization,” the conference explored a variety of topics in panel sessions, workshops, graduate student panel sessions, and poster sessions.
The conference’s local host, the Communication University of China (CUC), plays a leading research role in studying, teaching about, and practicing communication, journalism, and radio and television arts in China. Since its founding, CUC has earned the reputation of being “the cradle of China’s radio and television talent”; it stands today among the top universities in China. Situated on a lovely campus on Beijing’s east side, CUC’s world-class Convention Center will provide a unique staging ground for conference participants to experience the charm and character of Beijing, the political, economic, and cultural center of China.
The National Communication Association (NCA), is the largest and leading American organization committed to advancing the discipline of communication. NCA’s role in this conference was led by Dr. Dodge, Dr. Qingwen Dong, and Dr. Zhi Li, all members of NCA’s Task Force on Fostering International Collaborations in the Age of Globalization. Members of NCA’s Task Force presented updates regarding their work in Research, Pedagogy, and Service & Conferences subcommittees during the conference.