Dianjing Li

Dianjing Li

Participant in 2016
Work history 08/2010-06/2012
Political Journalist & News Editor Kunming Daily, Kunming, China

Intern Journalist & Web-News Editor The Beijing News, Beijing, China
Study history 09/2013-present PhD Candidate
Media and Communication
University of Westminster London, UK

MA Media and the Diversity
University of Westminster London, UK

09/2006-06/2010 BA Journalism
Hubei University of Economics
Wuhan, China
Publications Li, Dianjing (March 10, 2016): Great firewall of China reinforced as foreign media banned from publishing online. The Conversation. [Accessed online < https://theconversation.com/great-firewall-of-china-reinforced-as-foreign-media-banned-from-publishing-online-55091 >]

Li, Dianjing (February 12, 2016): The BBC in the brave new China. Open Democracy. [Accessed online ]

Li, Dianjing (April 10, 2014): Chinese media coverage of MH370 playing catch-up with diplomatic ambition. The Conversation. [Accessed online ]

Phd Projects


The peripheral alternative: Media and Tibetan nationalism in Chinese Tibetosphere

This research is aimed to examine the existing theories on media, nationalism and identity from the perspective of audience study with specific reference to Sino-Tibet issues. Tibetan nationalism has been a global and historical hotspot in identity politics and news reports, and the uniqueness of Tibetan culture and Sino-Tibet relations has continuously been redefined by the sophisticated Tibetan Studies relating thereto. In turn, there is a subtle resonation between Tibetan nationalism and its narratives derived from different interpretative approaches, from which its flourished past and present connected with its uncertain future have emerged into the flows of Tibetans’ everyday life through symbolic relics and daily behaviours. If the tension between power, knowledge and identity formation as the result by the “knowledge flowing’’ (Ma, 2015:190) driven by the intertwined political power, economic development, academic manipulation and rituals of everyday life practiced by individuals, it alerts us to check how these specific knowledges and power relations on Tibetan nationalism are interacted with the identity discourse of Tibetans on the ground. Realising this complexed and fluid resonation between the knowledge flowing and the ‘ordinariness’ performed by the observed in their daily routine, my researching on Tibetan nationalism and everyday media practice aims to understand transcultural generations’ imaginings on nation and state through incorporating media history of Tibet and Tibetans’ current media use both into analyses, therefore, glimpse into the plight of identity politics and the rise of periphery.


Dissertation title The peripheral alternative: Media and Tibetan nationalism in Chinese Tibetosphere

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