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Video: Cara Wallis on social media in contemporary China

Prof. Cara Wallis of Texas A&M University delivered 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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June 4, 2020 - 5:00pm

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a discussion with Hong Kong based author and photographer Antony Dapiran for a look at his new book on the city's protests and what they mean for the future of Hong Kong and China.

June 11, 2020 - 4:00pm

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for an online discussion with Professor Margaret Lewis on how the US government's use of criminal prosecutions to address a broad "China" threat is at tension with the criminal justice system.