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Asiascape: Digital Asia explores the political, social, and cultural impact of digital media in Asia through both critical, theoretically-minded research and innovative digital methods. Bringing together inter- and multi-disciplinary research in the area studies, arts, communication and media studies, information and computer sciences, and social sciences, this peer-reviewed journal examines the role that information, communication, and digital technologies play in Asian societies, as well as in intra-regional and transnational dynamics.
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Visual Political Communication in Popular Chinese Television Series has been granted the EastAsiaNet 2014 Award!

In Visual Political Communication in Popular Chinese Television Series, Florian Schneider analyses political discourses in Chinese TV dramas, the most popular entertainment format in China today. Schneider shows that despite their often nationalistic stories of glorious emperors and courageous officials, such programmes should not be mistaken for official propaganda. Instead, the highly didactical messages of such series are the outcome of complex cultural governance practices, which are influenced by diffuse political interests, commercial considerations, viewing habits, and ideological assumptions. Schneider argues that these interlinking factors lead to a highly restrictive creative environment and to conservative entertainment content that ultimately risks creating precisely the kind of passive masses that Chinese media workers and government officials are trying so hard to emancipate.
Ästhetische Landschaft und lyrische Form im 18. Jahrhundert
Florian Schneider untersucht die Entstehung und Entwicklung der Landschaftsästhetik in der deutschen Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts vor dem Hintergrund jener theologischen, epistemologischen und philosophischen Umbrüche, die später als Charakteristika der Moderne angesehen werde.
Nicht nur, weil Landschaft im Ausschnitt der Natur jeweils die Totalität der Welt repräsentieren soll, sondern auch, weil sie als exemplarisches ästhetisches Objekt an der Herausbildung einer allgemeinen Ästhetik partizipiert, wird sie zum Modellfall des Anbruchs der Moderne.

This article examines how digital methods can provide a way to search for ‘Digital Asia’ in its networks, interfaces, and media contents. Using the example of higher education institutions in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Taipei, the paper explores how search engines, institutional homepages, and hyperlink networks provide access into the workings and representations of academia online. The article finds that even a seemingly cosmopolitan endeavour such as academia exists in rather parochial spheres, and that users that enter those spheres do so in highly biased ways. Further reviewing the digital tools that lead to these findings, the article also argues that while digital methods promise to bring together the ‘digital turn’ and the ‘spatial turn’ in the humanities and social sciences, they also pose new challenges. These include theoretical concerns, like the risk of implicitly reproducing views of neoliberal modernity, but also practical concerns related to digital literacy.

In: Asiascape: Digital Asia
In: Asiascape: Digital Asia
In: Visual Political Communication in Popular Chinese Television Series
In: Visual Political Communication in Popular Chinese Television Series