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Europe-China Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer School


As the Institutional Contributor of Europe-China Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer School, UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association would like to welcome you to participate in the 2018 edition of the Europe-China Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer School. 

After the successful experience from 2014 till 2017. China Media Observatory – Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), the School of Journalism and Communication (Peking University) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will operate in collaboration the FIFTH edition of the Europe-China Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer School. The program will take place in Brussels, Belgium between 09.07.2018 and 18.07.2018.

The program is open to the full variety of academic work from the field of communication and media studies for scholars at their early academic careers, PhD students and master students who have strong academic interests. It aims to bring together researchers from Europe, China, and North America in order to debate contemporary issues in media, communication, political economy and cultural studies. This year, the Summer School is specifically themed to discuss the challenges posed by the digitalization of the media sphere and the new trends in global communication.

Inspired from the ECREA Doctoral Summer School, this summer school aims to provide: a high qualified international setting where professors from Europe, China, and the United States will present and discuss their updated research work; and a high supportive international setting where students participants can present their ongoing work, receive feedback on their current or future research projects from international experts and meet students and academics from other countries, establishing valuable contacts for the future.


The learning format of the 2018 Summer School is divide into three parts:

  1. Lectures: a mix of European and Chinese Faculty gathers together prominent scholars in the field of media, language, communication and culture studies

Western Faculty


Prof. Caroline PauwelsVrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Rector of Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Prof. Leo Van AudenhoveVrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Head of Department of Communication Studies.

Prof. Nico Carpentier, Uppsala University, Sweden. International Director of ECREA Summer School, executive board member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)

Prof. Daniel Perrin, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland. Dean of School of Applied Linguistics, President of AILA International Association of Applied Linguistics

Prof. Daya Thussu, University of Westminster, UK. Co-director of the India Media Centre and research advisor to the China Media Centre. Chief-editor of SAGE journal Global Media and China

Prof. Gabriele BalbiUniversità della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland. Co-director of China Media Observatory and Institute of Media and Journalism, Vice-Chair of ECREA Communication History Section.

Dr. Zhan ZhangUniversità della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland. Research fellow at China Media Observatory, Co-founder of Europe-China Dialogue Media and Communication Studies Summer School.

Dr. Gianluigi NegroUniversità della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland. Research fellow at China Media Observaotry.  

Prof. Bettina Mottura, University of Milan, Italy. Scientific coordinator of the Contemporary Asia Research Center (CARC) of the University of Milan.

Dr. Emma Lupano, University of Milan, Italy. Fixed-term researcher in Chinese language and culture studies, Freelance correspondent for media in China and Italy.



Chinese Faculty

Prof. Jack Linchuan Qiu,  Hong Kong Chinese University;

Prof. Lu ShaoyangPeking University, Beijing;Prof. Gong Wenxiang, Peking University. Director of Institute of Communication & Culture, founding executive dean of School of Journalism and Communication. 

Prof. Gong Wenxiang, Peking University. Director of Institute of Communication & Culture, founding executive dean of School of Journalism and Communication. 

Prof. Chen Changfeng, Tsinghua University. Executive dean of School of Journalism and Communication, Chair of Chinese Association for History of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Prof. Xu Jing,  Peking University, Beijing;

Prof. Chen Kaihe Peking University, Beijing

Prof. Liu Hailong, Renmin University. Chief-editor of Chinese Journal of Journalism and Communication Research.

Prof. Wang Xiaohong, Communication University of China. Deputy Director Chief of Faculty of Journalism and Communication.

During the Summer School, enrolled students will present their research projects and receive structured, qualified and multi-voiced feedback on their work from Summer School lecturers and scholars. These workshops are designed to structurally improve the quality of the students’ academic work and stimulate their further research interests. Short visiting programs (i.e. visit at the European Union, city tour in Brussels) are also included.

  1. Students Feedback Workshops: participating students will present their research projects and receive structured, qualified and multi-voiced feedback on their work from Summer School lecturers and scholars, allowing students to structurally improve the quality of their academic work and stimulate their further research interests;


  1. Media Dialogue: two dialogues with media experts from European and Chinese media organizations will be set in the Summer School. In some cases, when possible, the Dialogue will be arranged on site at the media organization, where students can personally observe the media practice. (to be confirmed or exchanged to visit at European Union this year).


We will only enroll 30 student participants to the program. The composition of selected students will be ideally (but not limited to) half from Chinese institutions and half from European and other institutions from other places of the world. 3 ECTS will be granted to those students who participated the whole program. 

To apply: All participants are required to send an abstract (up to 500 words) of their research projects before 30/04/2018 to The confirmation of participant students will be sent by 15/05/2018, and the full-draft of research project should be sent before 30/06/2018


30 students will be enrolled including young scholars, PhD and graduate students from and not limited to China and European countries. Ideally, the composition of selected students will be 15 from European institutions and 15 from Chinese institutions.

To apply:

All participants are required to send an abstract (about 500 words) of their research projects and a short bio (200 words) before 30.04.2018 to The confirmation will be sent by 15.05.2018, and the full draft of research projects should be sent before 30.06.2018.

Admission fee and payment:

900 euros per student including accommodation for 10 nights nearby the Campus, one farewell dinner and the city visiting tour. 450 euros per student for those who do not require accommodation.

3 ECTS will be granted to those students who participated the whole program. A scholarship award of 200 euros will be given to the two best student participants, and they will get the chance to be recommended to the ECREA Summer School 2019 as well as the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships Programme. 



China Media Observatory at USI Lugano:  China Media Observatory aims at the systematic monitoring of the evolution of the system of media and communications in China according to the main economic, political as well as social and cultural dimensions. In function of the activities it carries out, the Observatory encourages the exchanges for teaching and research purposes and establishes collaboration agreements with European universities, which have started permanent research activity on media in China, as well as with Chinese universities, that are interested in collaborating and exchanges with our university in the scientific and teaching field.  Link:

School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University: Peking University is a pioneer in modern Journalistic education in China. In 1918, Peking University started the first Journalistic course and founded the Journalism Research Institute that was the first of its kind in China. In 1952, Peking University opened the first Journalism Studies program since the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the new School of Journalism and Communication was established in 2001. Founded in 1898, Peking University was the first national comprehensive university in China and became a centre for progressive thought in China across time. Mao Zedong, Chen Duxiu, Hu Shi and many other leaders of China all gained professional experience here. In 2014, The Chinese University Alumni Association and China Education Center considered it as No.1 among national universities. Internationally, both the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the World Reputation Rankings recently placed Peking University at 45th position worldwide. Link:

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) : The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a dynamic comprehensive university with 184 years history. Located in the heart of Europe, the university and the university hospital are spread over four green campuses in Brussels. It counts over 15,000 students including 1,448 PhD candidates, 25% of whom are international. VUB offers high-quality English-taught graduate programmes, supported by outstanding research. At the VUB, students and professors work closely together. We coach our students to become open-minded world citizens, with a strong commitment towards sustainable humanistic societal values. Our graduates are well prepared for professional careers in an increasingly multilingual and international environment. An independent research attitude, as well as a multidisciplinary, international and intercultural environment are key features in the VUB’s ambition to be an open, international university platform. Our expertise and strategic position at the heart of Europe makes us an ideal partner for excellent research and education with a wide outlook on Europe and the world. Link:

Institutional Contributors:

ECREA European Media and Communication Doctoral Summer School

UK-China Media and Cultural Studies Association (UCMeCSA), United Kingdom.

Department of Applied Linguistics, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland.

International Relations office & Department of Communication Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Confucius Institute at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Università degli Studi di Milano 

Institute of Communication & Culture,Peking University

BlueFuture PR Consulting, China



Blue Future, origins from Blue Focus—the first listing PR company in China and the largest PR company in Asia, which has 70 member companies and a number of business groups—is a leading brand of campus public relationship and communication in mainland China. Within its target of exploring the campus marketing value, Blue Future has established its resources covering 700 colleges and universities, and operated series of projects training young entrepreneurs and graduates on different levels and in different fields. Blue Future has been the sponsor for Europe-China Dialogue: Media and Communication Studies Summer School since the program launched in 2014, its great support not only facilitated the Summer School to grow its strength and reputation among scholars and students in China and different European countries, but also helped the exchange and knowledge sharing in the field of media and communication studies between (and beyond) the two continents.


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