Media and Nation building in China

Date & Time

07.12. 2022   5 PM, CET


ONLINE GUEST LECTURE : & Trainee centre 2.40


The study of the media in China is a subject of increasing interest and debate among several disciplines, from media to international relations studies. Indeed, the use of new and powerful technologies in the media has contributed to revolutionizing the world of Chinese communication.

The latest evolution of Chinese media system and its revolutionary character have implications both at a national and at a global level. Over the past 70 years, the People’s Republic of China has experimented with new technologies and forms of communication that have initiated an ever-evolving process of strengthening national identity.

In this process, factors related to population control, market needs and identity implications have shaped a new use of the media. The lecture is divided into three sections. The first part highlights the relevance of media history as a discipline applied to frame the Chinese case. The second section suggests a reconstruction of the history of Chinese media including newspapers and radio, television and cinema, social media and apps, since the founding of the People’s Republic of China to date. The main argument of this part is that Chinese media system has contributed to the construction of national identity. Finally, the last part provides a critical analysis of the phenomenon of convergence both at the domestic and international level.


Gianluigi Negro is Associate Professor in Chinese Studies at the University of Siena (Department of Philology and Literary Criticism) and research fellow at the China Media Observatory (CMO), Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland. After his PhD at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Communication of Tsinghua and Peking Universities.

He serves on the international editorial board of the Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies. He is in the editorial board of H-Hermes – Journal of Communication and the Journal of Transcultural Communication. His research focuses on Chinese media history and Chinese Internet governance.