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Dr Jian Xu

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer, Communication

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Comm & Creative Arts

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, 2013

Biography

Dr Jian Xu is a Senior Lecturer in Communication in the School of Communication and Creative Arts and a member of ADI, Deakin University. He is Co-convenor of the Asian Media, Culture and Society Research Group and Associate Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child. Jian Xu researches Chinese digital media and communication and celebrity studies with critical approaches. He has widely published on China's digital activism, internet governance, digital youth cultures, cultural governance and celebrity politics. He co-edits the book series of Asian Celebrity and Fandom Studies for Bloomsbury. He received the Faculty Mid-Career Researcher Award for Career Excellence in 2022 and the Faculty Partnerships and International Award in 2021 and 2018. 

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Career highlights

Faculty Mid-Career Researcher Award for Career Excellence, Deakin University, 2022

Faculty Partnerships and International Award, Deakin University, 2021

Inaugural Deakin Fellowship for Internationalisation, Deakin University, 2018

Faculty Partnerships and International Award, Deakin University, 2018

Research interests

Digital media and communication in China

Regulation and governance of the internet and digital media

Media politics and political communicaiton in China

Digital youth cultures

Celebrity studies

Affiliations

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University

Asian Media, Culture and Society Research Group (AMCS), Deakin University

China Studies Centre (Associate), University of Sydney

Australian & New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)

China Studies Association of Australia (CSAA)

Teaching interests

Global media, international communication, Asian media and communication, digital and social media, communication concepts and theories

Units taught

ALM215: Global Media

ACX707/708: Professional Research Project

ACX701: Communication Concepts

Knowledge areas

Chinese media and cultural studies, digital media and communication, celebrity studies, international communication, public diplomacy

Expertise

Chinese media and cultural studies, digital media and communication, celebrity studies, international communication, public diplomacy
  • Communication

Professional activities

Co-convenor, Asian Media, Culture and Society Research Group (AMCS), Deakin University

Associate Investigator, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child

ANZCA Regional Representative (Victoria)

Series Editor, Asian Celebrity and Fandom Studies (Bloomsbury Academic)

Editorial Board Member, Digital China Series (Anthem Press)

Media appearances

‘Crazy love: Behind China’s crackdown on K-pop and other fan clubs’, BBC News, 10 September 2021, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-58459318

‘Tainted celebrities’: What’s behind China’s crackdown on the entertainment industry?, The Straits Times, 06 September, 2021, https://www.straitstimes.com/life/entertainment/show-business-crackdown-communist-party-of-china-sees-itself-as-moral-authority

‘Why it is no longer cool to be a crazy rich Asian in China?’, BBC News, 10 June, 2021, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-57380367

‘A queda de uma estrela e a 'política da celebridade' na China’, O Globo, January 25, 2021, https://blogs.oglobo.globo.com/marcelo-ninio/post/queda-de-uma-estrela-e-politica-da-celebridade-na-china.html

Research groups

Communication

Awards

Faculty Mid-Career Researcher Award for Career Excellence, Deakin University, 2022

Faculty Partnerships and International Award, Deakin University, 2021

Inaugural Deakin Fellowship for Internationalisation, Deakin University, 2018

Faculty Partnerships and International Award, Deakin University, 2018

Visiting Fellowship, Centre for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania, 2016

Visiting Fellowship, Centre for Global Communication Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2015

Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Australian Government, 2015

Projects

‘Cyber sovereignty and global Internet governance: A comparative study between China and Australia'

The project is funded by Australia-China Joint-Action Program Grant, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), 2018-2019

Publications

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2023

'Telling China's anti- pandemic stories well': Documentaries for public diplomacy and the paradox of China's soft power

Jian Xu, Qian Gong, Weiwei Xu

(2023), Vol. 4, pp. 149-173, Documentary in the Age of COVID, Peter Lang, B1

book chapter

Doing and supervising China studies PhD projects in Australia: Experiences of Chinese PhD students and Australian supervisors

J Xu, W Chan

(2023), Vol. 63, pp. 165-184, Australian Journal of Adult Learning, Adelaide, S.Aust., C1

journal article

Digital transnationalism in the era of China's rise: WeChat, Chinese diaspora, misconceptions and future research

W Sun, J Xu

(2023), Vol. 8, pp. 127-134, Communication and the Public, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2022

Governing the Algorithmic Distribution of News in China: The Case of Jinri Toutiao

Jian Xu, Terry Flew

(2022), pp. 27-47, The Algorithmic Distribution of News: Policy Responses, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

Coping with the 'double bind' through vlogging: pandemic digital citizenship of Chinese international students

J Xu, X Zhao

(2022), Vol. 36, pp. 260-273, Continuum, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Maintaining ideological security and legitimacy in digital China: governance of cyber historical nihilism

Jian Xu, Qian Gong, Wen Yin

(2022), Vol. 185, pp. 26-40, Media International Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Regulating and governing China's internet and digital media in the Xi Jinping era

J Xu, H Yu

(2022), Vol. 185, pp. 3-8, Media International Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Introduction: Platformization of entrepreneurial labor via Chinese digital networks

Haiqing Yu, Jian Xu, Ping Sun

(2022), Vol. 7, pp. 253-262, Global Media and China, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Governing social eating (chibo) influencers: Policies, approach and politics of influencer governance in China

J Xu, L Qu, G Zhang

(2022), Vol. 14, pp. 525-540, Policy and Internet, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Indenturing Celebrity: Governing China's Entertainment Industries

Elaine Jeffreys, Jian Xu

(2022), pp. 1-25, Modern China, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2021

Internet philanthropy as China's 'Digital Solution' to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development: policies, practices, politics and critique

Jian Xu, Jian Xu, Dianlin Huang, Dianlin Huang, He Zhang, He Zhang

(2021), pp. 371-392, Palgrave handbook of international communication and sustainable development, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Celebrity Politics in COVID-19 China: 'Celebrities Can't Save the Country'

Jian Xu, Elaine Jeffreys

(2021), pp. 85-102, Cultural China 2020: The Contemporary China Centre Review, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Governing entertainment celebrities in China: practices, policies and politics (2005-2020)

Jian Xu, Ling Yang

(2021), Vol. 12, pp. 202-218, Celebrity studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Internationalising Celebrity Studies: turning towards Asia

J Xu, G Donnar, V Kishore

(2021), Vol. 12, pp. 175-185, Celebrity Studies, C1

journal article

Propaganda innovation and resilient governance: the case of China's smog crisis

Jian Xu, Wanning Sun

(2021), Vol. 48, pp. 175-189, Media Asia, C1

journal article

Celebrity Studies and China Studies: Toward China Celebrity Studies

Elaine Jeffreys, Jian Xu

(2021), Vol. 8, pp. 2-32, Global Journal of Media Studies, Beijing, C1

journal article
2020

Transformation of China's most popular dating app, Momo, and its impact on young adult sexuality: a critical social construction of technology analysis

Weishan Miao, Jian Xu

(2020), pp. 210-223, Young adult sexuality in the digital age, Hershey, Pa., B1

book chapter

The rise and fall of the 'King of Hanmai'-MC Tianyou

Jian Xu, Ge Zhang

(2020), Vol. 12, pp. 333-338, Celebrity Studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Regulation of COVID-19 fake news infodemic in China and India

U Rodrigues, J Xu

(2020), Vol. 177, pp. 125-131, Media International Australia, C1

journal article
2019

Changing platformativity of China's female Wanghong: from Anni Baobei to Zhang Dayi

Jian Xu, Xinyu Zhao

(2019), pp. 127-158, Female celebrities in contemporary Chinese society, Singapore, B1

book chapter

From technological issue to military-diplomatic affairs: analysis of China's official cybersecurity discourse (1994-2016)

Weishan Miao, Jian Xu, Zhu Hongjun

(2019), pp. 1-13, Second international handbook of internet research, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

A Brief Genealogy of Hanmai

G Zhang, J Xu

(2019), Vol. 2019, pp. 62-68, China Perspectives, C1

journal article
2018

The decline of Sina Weibo: a technological, political and market analysis

J Benney, J Xu

(2018), pp. 221-235, Chinese Social Media: Social, Cultural and Political Implications, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

Media since 1949: changes and continuities

J Xu, W Sun

(2018), pp. 1172-1192, The SAGE handbook of contemporary China, Los Angeles, Calif., B1

book chapter

The politics of Weiguan in China's internet events

J Xu

(2018), Vol. 1, pp. 23-28, China media report, Hong Kong, C1

journal article

Governing China's Coal Challenge: Changing Public Policy, Debate and Advocacy

E Jeffreys, J Xu

(2018), Vol. 12, pp. 575-588, Environmental Communication, C1

journal article

Privacy concerns in China's smart city campaign: the deficit of China's cybersecurity law

F Yang, J Xu

(2018), Vol. 5, pp. 533-543, Asia and the Pacific policy studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The Return of Ideology to China's Journalism Education: The 'Joint Model' Campaign Between Propaganda Departments and Journalism Schools

J Xu

(2018), Vol. 28, pp. 176-185, Asia Pacific Media Educator, C1

journal article
2017

Using social media to advance the social rights of people with disability in China: the Beijing One Plus One Disabled Persons' Cultural Development Centre

J Xu, M Kent, K Ellis, H Zhang

(2017), pp. 318-331, Disability and social media global perspectives, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Chinese social media today

M Kent, K Ellis, J Xu

(2017), pp. 1-5, Chinese social media : Social, cultural, and political implications, New York, N.Y, B1

book chapter

Shanzhai media culture: failed intervention to the disingenuous neoliberal logic of Chinese media

J Xu

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 249-262, Journal of contemporary China, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Celebrity-inspired, fan-driven: doing philanthropy through social media in Mainland China

E Jeffreys, J Xu

(2017), Vol. 41, pp. 244-262, Asian studies review, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Chinese social media: social, cultural, and political implications

Mike Kent, Katie Ellis, Jian Xu

(2017), New York, N.Y., A7

edited book
2016

Media Events in Web 2.0 China: interventions of online activism

J Xu

(2016), Eastbourne, Eng., A1

book

E'gao as a networked digital leisure practice in China

H Yu, J Xu

(2016), pp. 152-165, Digital leisure cultures: critical perspectives, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Blogging for truth: Ai Weiwei's citizen investigation project on China's 2008 Sichuan earthquake

J Xu

(2016), pp. 0-0, Civic media technology, design, practice, Cambridge, Mass., B1-1

book chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

China's Internet Innovation and Governance in the Xi Jinping Era: Big Initiatives, Power Dynamics and Global Impacts

Dr Jian Xu, Dr Weishan Miao

ASSA Grant - Joint call - Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

  • 2018: $7,000

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2022

Somsack Sengmany

Thesis entitled: Multiculturalism and Public Relations Practice in the Victorian Government and Multicultural Sectors

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts