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Keynote Speakers



School of Journalism and Media

University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Wenhong Chen is a professor of media studies and sociology and a Distinguished Scholar in the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Chen earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Toronto in Canada and was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University. Dr. Chen has more than 100 publications, including articles in top-ranked journals in the fields of communication and media studies, sociology, and management. Dr. Chen’s research has received awards from the Academy of Management, International Association of Chinese Management Research, American Sociological Association, International Communication Association, The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and National Communication Association.  Her research has focused on digital media technologies in entrepreneurial and organizational settings, supported by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the Ford Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Foundation of Science and Technology of Portugal, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the East-West Center, the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Advanced Micro Devices, Bell Canada, and the City of Austin among others.  Dr. Chen’s current project examines how U.S. and Chinese AI policies affect tech and media entrepreneurship and beyond. 

Dr. Chen has been an award-winning educator. She is a Provost’s Teaching Fellow (2021-2024) and received the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award at UT Austin in 2023 and the Barry Sherman Teaching Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2022.

Dr. Chen is the vice chair (2023-2025) of the Global Communication & Social Change Division, International Communication Association. She served as the founding co-director of Center for Entertainment and Media Industries at UT Austin from 2018 to 2023 and  the chair of the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Section of American Sociological Association in 2017. 

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Digital Communication and Culture, Media and Communications, School of Art, Communication & English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

University of Sydney

Dr. Terry Flew is Professor of Digital Communication & Culture, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at The University of Sydney and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow. He is the author of 16 books (seven edited), including Regulating Platforms, SAGE Handbook of the Digital Media Economy, Understanding Global Media, Politics, Media and Democracy in Australia, Media Economics and Global Creative Industries.

He has authored 73 book chapters, 127 refereed journal articles, 10 research monographs and 10 commissioned reports.

In 2024 he commences an ARC Laureate Fellowship for a five-year project on Mediated Trust: ideas, Interests, Institutions, Futures.

He was the President of the International Communications Association (ICA) during 2019-2020 and organized the 69th ICA Annual Conference in Washington DC in 2019, He is a member of the ICA Executive until 2023. In 2019, he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.He was President of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) in 2009-10, and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Asia-Pacific Communication Alliance and the International Media Management Academic Association (IMMAA).

He has been involved in research activities that have generated about $11 million in research income, including $9.9m in Cat. 1 ARC funding. Grants have included ARC Discovery projects on the value of news, digital platform governance, trust and mistrust in news, creative industries in suburban areas, and East Asian media production and creative industries in China, as well as ARC Linkage projects on citizen journalism, web counselling for young people, social media and crisis communication, and creative industries in regional Australia.

He has worked with corporate and government partners including the Special Broadcasting Service, Facebook, Fairfax, Telstra, and Arts Queensland. He has advised the OECD on the future of news, adn the NSW Department of Education on AI in schools. He was Lead Commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission heading the National Classification Scheme Review in 2011-12.

He currently holds Honorary Professorships at Communications University of China and University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) and has held visiting professorships at George Washington University and City University, London. He received a Bicentennial Fellowship from the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies in 2019, and was a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for the Learned Academies Special Program on Understanding the Formation of Attitudes to Nuclear Power in Australia. He is a Research Fellow of the UK Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre.

He has undertaken keynote presentations in China, Russia, Portugal, United States, United Kingdom, South Korea, Finland, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and New Zealand.

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