25 November 2022

New ThinkChina Lecture: Researching urban-digital life in/on/from China

Chinese people with phones in metro

In this ThinkChina Lecture Dr Carwyn Morris (Leiden University) will discuss researching (i) activism, (ii) migration, (iii) governance, (iv) secrecy, and (v) internet celebrity in contemporary China, with a focus on how these subjects manifest in urban-digital environments and as hybrid phenomena. During the talk Carwyn will discuss different types of hybrid fieldwork, the role of temporality in hybrid fieldwork, and how he takes a 'spatial' approach to digital relations in order to find new avenues of enquiry.

Carwyn will discuss in more detail how he conducted hybrid fieldwork in Beijing, how he extended the findings from that work to think about mobility and materiality in different ways, how one can explore ongoing issues such as the Sitong Qiao incident from outside of China, and how one can theorise from China to understand imaginaries around Europe, by conducting application walkthroughs on Xiaohongshu.

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