Announcement: UK-China Dialogue on Future Academic and Industrial Collaboration in the Creative Industries Symposium + Book Launch


A new book, Cultural Industries in Shanghai: Policy and Planning inside a Global City (2018) will be published by Intellect this June. Edited by Professor Rong Yueming (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences) and Professor Justin O’Connor (Monash University), under the Intellect China Library Series, this is the first publication of its kind in the English language. It takes an insightful look into policy and planning of a city’s cultural development with specific case studies and its part in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. We are taking this rare opportunity to facilitate conversations around the topic of future UK-China collaboration in the creative industries and have invited experts from the UK as well as editor Rong to join us for a lively discussion.

 “The Shanghai Government sets the target to increase the creative industries contribution to local GDP from 12% to 15% by 2022. Huge potential for collaboration.” – Grace Lang, UKRI China Director. 

Researchers, practitioners, business leaders and government bodies will all find much of interest in this important forum, to explore the sheer scale and energy of the new cultural economy alongside the opportunities that it will bring:

Symposium Programme   

9.00 – 9.30

Arrival & Registration

9.30 – 10.00

Opening & Welcome Speech

10.00 – 10.45

Professor Rong, Yueming

Dean, Institute of Literature, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Editor of Cultural Industries in Shanghai: Policy and Planning inside a Global City (2018)

“The Future of Shanghai as an International and Cosmopolitan City of Culture”

10.45 – 11.30

Professor Brown, Kerry

Director, Lau China Institute, King’s College, University of London

“Creative Collaboration after Brexit: the UK and China”

11.30 – 12.00

Q&As with Professor Rong & Professor Brown

12.00 – 13.00

Lunch Break + Networking

13.00 – 13.45

Dr Zou, Mimi

Fangda Career Development Fellow in Chinese Commercial Law, University of Oxford

“The Legal Dimensions of UK-Chinese Collaboration in the Cultural Industries”

13.45 – 14.30

Dr Bao, Hongwei

Assistant Professor in Media Studies, University of Nottingham

“Shanghai as a Queer Film Festival City: Developing Alternative Cultural Industries in China”

14.30 – 15.00

Q&As with Dr Zou & Dr Bao

15.00 – 15.30

Discussion: Challenges & Possibilities in Future Collaboration

Chair: Mark Lewis, Managing Director, Intellect

Karen Wang (Deputy Director, Confucius Institute, University of Manchester), Dr Jenifer Chao (VC2020 Lecturer in Journalism, De Montfort University), Matthew Hurst (Operations Manager, Cine Asia), Dr Lin Feng (Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Leicester), Dr Fan Wu (University of Leeds)

15.30 – 16.00

Cultural Industries in Shanghai (2018) Book Launch 

*Limited places, please register your ticket in advance*

To register your place please click here.

For enquiries please contact symposium convenor: Hiu Man Chan via