Dianjing Li

Dianjing Li

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

My main job was as a political journalist reporting on regular political news happened across Yunnan Province in Southwest China front. My investigative Report the Circulation pushes up prices (09/2009) won the 27th Yunnan Investigative News Award (2010) and the 13th Kunming City’s Good News Award (2010).

Intern Journalist & Web-News Editor The Beijing News, Beijing, China

After six-month internship, I was appointed as a web-news editor before my graduation due to my excellent performance in 2009. The Beijing News is an important place for me although I have left for five years, not only because my first journalist report was published there, but also for it plays as an inspiration for me and my colleagues to spare no efforts in working for news ideal and journalistic professionalism.
Study history 09/2013-present PhD Candidate
Media and Communication
University of Westminster London, UK

I’m a fully funded PhD student in CAMRI, and my researched topic is Media and Tibetan nationalism in the Chinese Tibetosphere. This research is aimed to examine the existing theories on media, nationalism and identity, and explore the impacts of nationalism and modernisation on the nation-building processes in multiethnic China from the perspective of media study with specific reference on Tibetan Autonomous Region.

MA Media and the Diversity
University of Westminster London, UK

I obtained my MA degree in Diversity and the Media in 2013. And my MA dissertation explores on how do Tibetans negotiate their identities through media utilisation in China with a comparative case study in three different Tibetan regions —U-tsang, Amdo and Kham. The research shows that individual Tibetans have developed critical attitudes towards both mainstream media and alternative media along with the skills that enable them actively to construct their identities in daily life rather than being trapped into the politicalised ‘national imagination’.

09/2006-06/2010 BA Journalism
Hubei University of Economics
Wuhan, China

I obtained Bachelor degree in Journalism in 2010. The four-year study had helped me gorge a general idea on both the theoretical and practical knowledge on journalism and media, while the cultivated skills about interviewing, writing and editing were discovered useful when I became a journalist.
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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