New Article in Games and Culture!

Greetings from Shanghai! I’m here for a month of research and hope to have some exciting new things to write about soon. In the meantime, check out my new article on the “spectacle” of e-sports culture in China. Please email me if you’d like a copy and can’t get past the paywall.

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Job Opening at Pace University

We have a tenure track job opening in Communication Studies at Pace University. Please come be my colleague 🙂 See the Chronicle ad for more information.

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Article on ‘Diaosi’ now available in the new issue of China Information!

My article on ‘diaosi’ culture is out in the latest issue of China Information!  There are also a number of great articles written by other Internet/digital media scholars. Check it out!  Click here to be redirected to the China Information site and my article…

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How China’s Youth are Transforming Chinese Society

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be participating in a series of public panel discussions about Chinese youth at the Brookings Institution on April 24th.  The panel will bring together American scholars and scholars from the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.  Find more information and the full program here.

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New Positions and Publications!

It has been a busy and exciting few months, and I am happy to announce that I have accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Pace University in NYC. This semester I am teaching the following: Digital Cultures, Communication & Popular Culture, and Public Speaking. Aside from that, a course that I taught while at MIT has just been published on their Open Courseware site! Please check out my Technopanics class and let me know what you think! I am always open to suggestions for how to workshop and improve the course content. Finally, I am looking forward to the forthcoming publication of my latest journal article, a piece written about the Chinese “diaosi” (loser) meme and its implications. The article will appear in a special issue of the Journal China Information, edited by Professor Guobin Yang. As soon as it becomes available I will share a link to it here on my site.

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CIRC 2012: Patriotic Leisure

A video of a presentation I gave at the 2012 China Internet Research Conference in Los Angeles was recently posted online.  Thanks to the USC US-China Institute for making this video available on their website. The presentation is a bit rushed (our speaking time was cut from 20 minutes to 10 minutes with virtually no warning, yikes!), but it gives a quick overview of some of the arguments I make about e-sports and the cultivation of “patriotic leisure.” You can check out the video on youtube here.

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I am happy to announce that I will be joining the MIT Department of Comparative Media Studies as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in July.  I am excited to join such an excellent team of scholars and look forward to meeting people in Boston.  Drop me a line if you will be there!

Click here to see the announcement and check out some of the other scholars I will be joining!

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