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APRU Games and Esports Webinar Series - September 2023

Date & Time:

September 25, 2023, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Pacific Time UTC -7 hours)
September 26, 2023, 8:30am – 9:30am (Hong Kong/Singapore UTC +8 hours)

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Speaker: Professor Zhongxuan LIN (Ph.D.), School of Journalism and Communication, Jinan University, China.

Topic: Technologies of the self(-deception): Confidence, optimism, and effort of Chinese esports players

Moderator: Professor Yupei Zhao, Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University.



Zhongxuan LIN
Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Jinan University

Zhongxuan LIN (Ph.D.) is Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China.

His research interests include game studies, cultural studies, and communication studies. His work has appeared in Chinese Journal of Communication; International Journal of Communication; European Journal of Cultural Studies; International Journal of Cultural Studies; Journal of Cultural Economy; Media, Culture & Society; Information, Communication & Society; and New Media & Society, among others. 

Professor Yupei ZHAO (Moderator)
Professor, Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University.

Dr Yupei Zhao (PhD in University of Leicester, UK) is an “Hundred Talent Program Young Professor” and doctorial tutor in college of Media and International Culture in Zhejiang University. She is currently vice chair-elected of International Communication Association Popular Media and Culture Division, vice dean of Chinese Society for Science and Technology Jounalism in Game and eSports Communication Research Professionals. Co-founder of UK-China Media and Communication Association. Before joining ZJU, she was working as a senior research associate in school of Communciation and Design in Sun Yat-sen University. Meanwhile, Yupei Zhao has been invited as senior researcher in Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, China Policy institute at University of Nottingham (UK), and the Eurasian Sport Industry at Emlyon’s Shanghai Campus, visiting professor in Xi’an-Liverpool University and Beijing Institute of Technology.

Her research interests widely includes mixed-methods use to examine digital culture and platformalization, global communication, media culture and industry. Particurly, she pays more attentions on eSports culture and industry, digital music and culture, fandom culture, media and platformalization. She has a PhD and MA focusing on Political Communication and New Media in University of Leicester (UK) since 2010 to 2016. Thus far, she is PI for twelve research funding projects, and her research has appeared in International Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Cultural Economy, International Journal of Communication, Social Science Quarterly, Sage Open, Social media + Society, Media International Australia, popular music and society etc. She got “The Best Paper” Paper Award in both 2020 and 2019 International Communication Association Popular Media and Culture Division, and 2019 European Association for Sport Management.



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