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Mobiles, Migrants, and Social Movements: China and Asia

September 5, 2012 - 09:15-12:00

Open lecture with Jack Linchuan Qiu, Chinese University, Hong Kong

Mobile phones have become almost ubiquitous among Chinese domestic migrant workers and international migrants in most Asian countries. What does this mean for migrant workers, especially their social life that may serve as the basis for new formations of solidarity, wirelessly and face-to-face? How do labor NGOs and grassroots networks of migrants make use of mobile phones in their daily operation, cultural expression, and the organization of social movements? This talk shall address these questions in the context of China and selected Asian countries.

Jack Linchuan Qiu is an Associate Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University, Hong Kong. His research focuses on information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the context of China. Major publications are Working-Class Network Society: Communication Technology and the Information Have-Less in Urban China, MA: The MIT Press (2009); New Media Events Research 《新媒體事件研究》, (co-editor with Joseph Man Chan), Beijing: Renmin University Press (2011); and Mobile Communication and Society: A Global Perspective (co-editor with Manuel Castells, Mireia Fernandez-ardevol, and Araba Sey), Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, (2006).

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Venue: Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Scheelevägen 15, room Alfa 1010
Contact: Marina Svensson
Mobiles, Migrants, and Social Movements: China and Asia


September 5, 2012