Theme: Innovation in Communication Studies = Communication + ?
Communication / media is prevalent everywhere and has become an essential part in modern society, closely linked to individuals and our daily lives. Many social science disciplines have developed a communication studies perspective, illustrating the depth and breadth of media’s influence, as well as its diversity. When including new phenomena such as new media and social media, we witness how the field of communication studies further expands into new territories.
Although media seems to be omnipresent in today’s world, media research hardly takes the center stage. Many media researchers participate in interdisciplinary studies, but seldom do these studies focus on communication research. In recent years, we also hardly see communication researchers take leading roles in these large-scale, interdisciplinary research projects. This prompts the question, is communication research really that influential?
It is not an easy task for scholars of communication studies to think outside the box, while also extending the depth and self-reflection ability of the discipline. The theme of the 2017 Annual Conference of the Chinese Communication Society, “Communication + ?” actually carries double meaning. On one level, communication studies plus another discipline is a form of innovation. Yet more intriguingly one doubts the authenticity of such innovation.
The 2017 Annual Conference of the Chinese Communication Society cordially invites all scholars of media and communication studies to take part in this year’s event, so that we can collectively assemble all kinds of innovative studies and propose reflective ideas through concrete cases. We would also like to invite scholars to present communication-related interdisciplinary research, so that we can understand how our discipline interacts and converses with other areas, and discuss the roles, processes, and challenges of media and communication in different phenomena.