Weixiang Wang is a doctoral student in the School of Politics and International Relations at University of Nottingham. He obtained his BA degree Business English at Sichuan International Studies University (Chongqing, China) in 2019 and passed his MA degree Governance and Political Development with distinction at University of Nottingham in 2020, the same year when he started his PhD.
Weixiang's doctoral research focuses on propaganda contents on Chinese social media platforms in different forms ranging from texts, images and videos. He also has a broader interest in the fields of political communication, Chinese internet and social media, celebrity and fandom culture as well as amateur interests in basketball and Japanese animation.
Chinese internet and social media
Under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Sullivan and Dr. Annemarie Walter, Weixiang's doctoral research focuses on propaganda contents on Chinese social media platforms and their broader implications… read more
Under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Sullivan and Dr. Annemarie Walter, Weixiang's doctoral research focuses on propaganda contents on Chinese social media platforms and their broader implications upon civil society. Based on Jacques Ellul's theory of propaganda, this research highlights propaganda's nature as modern technique and sociological phenomena and explores the various expressive forms of propaganda contents including texts, images and videos. Also, it aims to illustrate the 'propaganda ecosystem' where Chinese party-state, social media platforms, key opinion leaders and the general public interact with each other. Efforts are made to link this research to a broader context beyond China, including cyber propaganda and authoritarian propaganda in general.
Apart from his doctoral research, Weixiang is currently working with Dr. Oana Burcu from UoN's Rights Lab on a paper about Chinese media's presentation of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and with Dr. Jonathan and Dr. Zhao Yupei (from Zhejiang University, China) on a paper about Chinese mayors' e-commerce live-streaming events.
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