Was There a Countersphere in China’s Nationalist Narration of the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020? A Perspective from Feminist Internet Studies

Autor/innen

  • Cornelia Bogen Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Schlagworte:

China, Feminist Internet Studies, nationalism, online activism, Covid-19

Abstract

With the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in China, a nationalist discourse emerged across leading social networks, portraying female medical personnel as self-sacrificing heroines. Female activists not only questioned this media coverage and successfully launched online fundraising campaigns to support female doctors and nurses, but also raised attention to patriarchal structures within Chinese society. However, most feminists’ attempts to decentre nationalist discourse were either censored by algorithmic forms of social control or ignored by mainstream media. Hence, intercultural studies
investigating China’s global entanglement need to consider these restrictions on communicative possibilities and forms of censored resistance, to ensure nationalist discourse does not overshadow the transnational struggle that women face against patriarchal oppression, spurred by the pandemic.

Autor/innen-Biografie

Cornelia Bogen, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Dr. phil. (Medien- und  Kommunikationswissenschaften), Research fellow am Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS), Bochum; Lehrbeauftragte an der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (WS 2021/22)

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Veröffentlicht

2022-05-29

Zitationsvorschlag

Bogen, C. (2022). Was There a Countersphere in China’s Nationalist Narration of the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020? A Perspective from Feminist Internet Studies. Interculture Journal: Online Zeitschrift für Interkulturelle Studien, 21(36), 129–149. Abgerufen von https://www.interculture-journal.com/index.php/icj/article/view/446