The Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Zurich has issued a Call for Paper for a workshop to be held on November 27-28th, on the topic of Wired China: Digital Media and Online Culture. The workshop will take place at the University of Zurich and will also offer a limited number of bursaries for travel expenses and accommodation.

The workshop focuses on how digital technologies have changed China’s cultural landscape and how it affects media consumption and reception. Different apps and platforms are used for online dating, chatting, shopping, movie rating, virtual museum visits, and critical debates, etc under the state surveillance and censorship. This continues to reshape the society and our understanding of cyberspace and its social implications on recreational, commercial, and cultural activities.

Furthermore, these developments have sped up during the current Covid-19 crisis. New forms of digital labour and wired sociality have emerged and are emphasising on the posthumanist concerns about technology’s impact on the experience of everyday life.

Adopting a wide approach towards the concept of a “Wired China,” the workshop will explore

  • the current developments in Chinese-language digital culture
  • its social and political implications and,
  • the entanglements of cyberspace and digital technologies with Chinese history and aesthetic theory.

The paper may discuss humanities, cultural, literary studies issues, and also legal issues. Themes for the paper should contribute to topics and questions related to

  • social Media and Creative Digital Content
  • histories and Imaginaries of Cyberspace
  • cyberathletics, Digital Art and Virtual Museums
  • online platforms and their role in public discourse.
  • digital activism and dissent
  • algorithms and changing conceptions of content, originality, and knowledge.
  • artificial intelligence
  • digital play and gamification
  • digital technology as culture
  • wired life practices
  • influencer/celebrity- culture
  • 2D culture and the relationship between online identities and offline communities
  • reconfigurations of “waste” and “sustainability”, in the context of electronic ecologies and,
  • the Sinosphere in cyberspace.

The results will be published in a peer-review volume.

To apply, please submit an abstract and a short academic bio by June 14th to Dr. Jessica Imbach at

For further information, please visit

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This blog post was written by one of the Center’s interns, Sukhman Gill. Sukhman is from Finland but did her LL.B in England. She is currently doing a Master’s in International Business Law at the University of Helsinki and a M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration at Hanken School of Economics. She is particularly interested in Comparative Law, Cross-Border Transactions and Intellectual Property Law.