Prof Wasserman talks Chinese Media in Africa at LSE

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Prof Herman Wasserman, Principal Investigator on the South African Media and the New Geopolitics of Communication Research Project, recently presented the result of his ongoing research on China’s Media in Africa: Expansion, perception and reception at the London School of … Continued

China’s media in Africa: expansion, perception and reception

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Professor Herman Wasserman, the Principal Investigator of the South African Media and Geopolitics of Communication Research Project, recently presented the results of ongoing research on the geopolitics of communication to the London School of Economics and Politics. His presentation entitled China’s … Continued

African agency crucial in China-Africa media coverage

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On 10 November 2016 Wits’ Africa-China Reporting Project hosted the Africa-China Journalists Forum at which the project’s new branding was launched. Among the prominent themes that featured were the critique of the good-bad binary which has dominated coverage on China-Africa, … Continued

Our PhD Student gets to know Beijing for the first time

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In March 2016, the South African Media and the New Geopolitics of Communication Research Project sent its PhD student, Willemien Calitz, to Beijing, China. Here she conducted interviews with journalists working for Chinese publications for her comparative research on South … Continued

Building Images Conference: The Role of Representation in the China-Africa Relationship

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On 14-16 January 2016 I attended the Building Images conference at the University of Nottingham. The conference was organized to explore 21st century Sino-African dynamics through cultural exchange, media representation and translation. As a first-time visitor to the UK, leaving … Continued

WWF hosts sustainable development conference ahead of FOCAC

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On 1 December 2015, in the build-up to FOCAC6, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) hosted a conference on China-Africa relations and sustainable development. In his opening speech, Dr Deon Nel, acting Executive Director for Conservation at WWF International, stated that … Continued

Quality media coverage a goal for Africa-China relations

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Roundtable 2015: Reporting FOCAC6 – A Turning Point for Africa-China Engagement On 12 November 2015 two members of the University of Cape Town’s South African Media and the New Geopolitics of Communication research project, Herman Wasserman and Willemien Calitz, attended … Continued

New paper presented in Beijing

SA-China Media’s visiting researcher Dani Madrid-Morales presented the paper ‘Chinese media in South Africa: attitudes and awareness amongst media practitioners’ co-written with Herman Wasserman in Beijing on 12 June 2015. The paper was presented at the Communication University of China’s (CUC) … Continued


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Join us today, from 1300 to 1430, at HUMA, the Institute for Humanities in Africa, for a presentation of Herman Wasserman’s “China’s “Soft Power” and its influence on Editorial Agendas in South Africa.” The venue for the seminar will be … Continued

New paper published

The paper “China’s “Soft Power” and its influence on Editorial Agendas in South Africa,” authored by the principal investigator of the project, professor Herman Wasserman, has been accepted for publication by the Chinese Journal of Communications, edited at the Chinese … Continued

Website launched

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The ‘South African Media and the New Geopolitics of Communication‘ research project at the University of Cape Town (South Africa) has a new website. This National Research Foundation funded project, lasting for three years, explores the dynamics of international communications … Continued

Herman attends CCS-AFRASO Conference

Principal investigator, Professor Herman Wasserman, attended the Conference “African-Asian Encounters (II) Re-Thinking African-Asian Relationships: Changing Realities – New Concepts” that took place in Cape Town from 24 to 26 March 2015. Herman presented the paper “China-Africa media: contestations and collaborations,” … Continued

Background paper

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A paper outlining a media perspective on the relationship between South and Chin the context of BRICS by Herman Wasserman, PI of the research project, appeared in the latest issue of the Journal of Asian and African Studies. The paper, titled … Continued