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IPSA's RC21-29 International Expert Conference
Xuzhou, China, September 18-20, 2013 (Wednesday-Friday)

A Conference on

Comparative Study on the Role of Higher Education and Communication in the Process of Political Socialization from Perspective of Globalization

By Song Yingfa

The 2013 IPSA’s RC21-29 International Expert Conference was held between September 18 to 19 in Xuzhou, China. This conference was organized by the Institute of Higher Education of China University of Mining and Technology. Relevant scholars from ten different countries, like the USA, Britain, Russia, Belgium, Japan, Denmark, India, Poland, the Netherlands and China attended this conference. The main topic of this conference is “Comparative Study on the Role of Higher Education and Communication in the Process of Political Socialization from Perspective of Globalization”.

In the keynote speeches at the conference, Zou Fangming, professor of CUMT, and Christ’l De Landtsheer, professor of the University of Antwerp in Belgium, delivered a wonderful speech respectively named “The Roles of Higher Education in Political Socialization” and “Political Socialization and Communication Research around the World: State of the Art and Methods”. In the three sessions, “Internationalization, Political Socialization and Political Knowledge”, “Citizen Education: Theory and Practice in the Contemporary World”, “Social Media and Youth’s Civic Engagement”, scholars presented the papers. Daniel B. German, professor of Appalachian State University in USA, Christ’l De Landtsheer, professor of the University of Antwerp in Belgium, Steen Sauerberg, professor at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, commented on conference papers respectively as discussants.

Another succesful 'expert meeting' by IPSA's RC21-29 was accomplished. We are already lookinjg forward to the upcoming events, such as the IPSA World Conference in Montreal (Canada) and our next expert meeting in Lublin (Poland) in 2014. Untill then we can look back at Xuzhou with a short photo collection of the conference (special thanks to photographer Song Xiao Xiao).









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