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Cara Wallis on Social media in contemporary China

Dr. Cara Wallis, associate professor at Texas A&M University's department of communication, was featured for the annual Walt Fisher Lecture at the USC Annenberg School of Communication.

March 16, 2020

Cara Wallis an interdisciplinary scholar whose work spans the fields of mobile communication, critical studies of technology, media studies, China studies and women’s and gender studies. Her research examines the mutually constitutive nature of new media technologies, modes of power and the intersections of multiple axes of identity, including gender, class and place (urban/rural). She is concerned with socio-techno practices, or how technology is integrated into existing social practices, thereby opening up spaces for individual and collective agency as well as the retrenchment of modes of domination. She is especially interested in how socio-techno practices emerge among groups that are socially or economically marginalized. To study these processes, she employs qualitative methods, including ethnographic fieldwork and participant observation, interviews, case studies and textual analysis. She primarily conducts research in China but has also studied such processes in the United States.

This lecture series honors the legacy of emeritus professor and former School of Communication, Walt Fisher.

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April 9, 2020 - 4:00pm

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for an online talk with Julia Strauss on her new book, which focuses on the period 1949 to 1954 and compares how the Communist Party in China and the Nationalist Party in Taiwan sought to consolidate their authority and foster economic development.

April 16, 2020 - 4:00pm

The USC U.S.-China institute presents a webcast with award-winning journalist Dexter Robert. His new book explores the reality behind today’s financially-ascendant China and pulls the curtain back on how the Chinese manufacturing machine is actually powered.