This interdisciplinary project aims to unpack the many dimensions and paradoxes of networked authoritarianism and the impact of ICTs on Chinese society.
Our premise is a socio-constructivist understanding of technological developments that emphasize social processes, power relations, and agency among ICT producers, regulators, and users. ICT development, in other words, is not a zero-sum game, but the state and society can be empowered in different areas, to different extents, and with different consequences.
The project studies the complex negotiations that take place between individuals, different groups of people, companies, and the Chinese state at different levels and in different areas; the processes through which ICTs are developed and embedded into society; how both domestic and global forces are shaping the development of ICTs in China; and how and to what extent ICTs in their turn are shaping the Chinese society and the state, as well as state-society relations. The project members come from different disciplines and will study different areas within their expertise, such as education, the economy, media and communication, governance, and ICT industries.
Researchers on the project
- Marina Svensson, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Project leader, Lund University
- Stefan Brehm, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
- Christian Göbel, University of Vienna
- Karl Gustafsson, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs
- Annika Pissin, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
- Barbara Schulte, Department of Sociology, Lund University
- Tommy Shih, School of Economics and Management, Lund University
- Pils, Eva, and Marina Svensson. 2014. From Nonperson to Public Intellectual: The Life and Works of Yu Jianrong. Contemporary Chinese Thought: Translation and Studies 45, no. 4: 3-17.
- Schulte, Barbara. 2015. (Dis)Empowering Technologies: ICT for Education (ICT4E) in China, Past and Present. Chinese Journal of Communication, forthcoming.
- Schulte, Barbara. 2014. Chinas Bildungssystem im Wandel: Elitenbildung, Ungleichheiten, Reformversuche [China's Education System in Transformation: Elite Education, Inequalities, Reform Experiments].' In: Doris Fischer and Christoph Müller-Hofstede (eds), Länderbericht China [Country Report China]. Vol. 1501. Bonn: Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung. Pp. 499-541.
- Schulte, Barbara. 2014. ICT and Education: Glimpses into Policies and Practices. Paper read at the conference ICT and Development, at Beijing, September 23-24.
- Schulte, Barbara. 2014. Governing Technologies: Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Education, and Political Power in China. Paper read at XXVI Conference of the Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE), 'Governing Educational Spaces: Knowledge, Teaching, and Learning in Transition', at Freiburg, June 10-13.
- Schulte, Barbara. 2013. ICT for What Kind of Development? A Critical Synopsis of Chinese ICT Policies in Education. Paper read at the conference ICT for Development (ICT4D) in China: Digital Divides, Empowerment Strategies, and Development Discourses, at Lund, October 3-4.
- Svensson, Marina. 2014. Voice, power and connectivity in China's microblogosphere: Digital divides on SinaWeibo. China Information 28: 168-188.