Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures

Dr Jonathan Benney

Dr Jonathan BenneyJonathan Benney (白长生) studies contentious politics and political communication in modern China, with particular emphasis on new media, activism, dispute resolution, the role of law and rights, and the history of ideas.

He finished his PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2010, and has Honours degrees in Arts and Law from the same university.

His first book, Defending Rights in Contemporary China, was published by Routledge in 2013. 

Before coming to Macquarie, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for U.S.-China Issues at the University of Oklahoma; a visiting researcher on the LOEWE Research Focus project 'Extrajudicial and Judicial Conflict Resolution' at the Goethe University Frankfurt; and a research fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. Apart from these, he has worked and studied in China and Taiwan.

Publications

Books

Defending Rights in Contemporary China, Routledge, 2012.

Journals

(with Peter Marolt), "Activism and Engagement in the Chinese Public Sphere" special edited section, Asian Studies Review, volume 39, issue 1, March 2015.

Journal Articles (external peer review)

(with Peter Marolt) "Modes of activism and engagement in the Chinese public sphere", Asian Studies Review, volume 39, issue 1, March 2015.

 "How to avoid the centre: the strategies of a small feminist workshop in rural China", International Journal of China Studies, volume 3, issue 3, December 2012, pp 383-410.

"Twitter and legal activism in China", Communication, Politics and Culture, volume 4, July 2011, pp 5-20.

"Rights defence and the virtual China", Asian Studies Review, volume 31, December 2007, pp 435-446.

"The aesthetics of Chinese microblogging: state and market control of Weibo", Asiascape: Digital Asia, volume 1, issue 3, September 2014, pp. 169-200.

Book Chapters

"How to avoid the centre: the strategies of a small feminist workshop in rural China" in "China: Developmental Model, State-Civil Societal Interplay and Foreign Relations", edited by Emile K. K. Yeoh, University of Malaya Press, 2013, pp 379-406. (reprint of above article)

"'The corpses were emotionally stable': agency and passivity on the Chinese Internet", in China Online: locating society in online spaces, edited by David Kurt Herold and Peter Marolt, Routledge, 2015.

(with Nimmi Rangaswamy) "Social media: China and India compared" in Media at Work in China and India, edited by Robin Jeffrey, SAGE India, forthcoming.

Book Reviews

Cara Wallis. Technomobility in China. New York: New York University Press. 2012. For International Journal of Communication, volume 7 (2013).

Working Papers

"Stability maintenance at the grassroots: China's weiwen apparatus as a form of conflict resolution", LOEWE Research Focus Working Paper Series no. 8, Goethe University, October 2013.

"The aesthetics of microblogging: How the Chinese state controls Weibo", Tilburg Papers in Culture Studies No 66, Tilburg University, July 2013.

"Lawyers, not law? A taxonomy of the legal profession in China", National University of Singapore Asia Research Institute Working Paper Series No 175, February 2012.

Translation

He Jiahong, Back from the Dead: A Landmark Ruling of Wrongful Conviction in China, Penguin China, 2014.

 

Conference Papers

"The cram school versus liberal education: a tacit ideological struggle", presented at Chinese Students, Teachers and Scholars Abroad: Myths and Realities conference, University of Helsinki, Finland, May 2013.

"The life and death of rights in China", presentation given to Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, September 2012.

"From 'defending rights' to 'defending stability' - policy, effects, and discourse", presentation given to East Asia Institute, National University of Singapore, March 2012.

"The twittering of dissident sparrows: the rise and fall of microblogs in China", presented at Asia's Civil Spaces conference, National University of Singapore, September 2011.

"A taxonomy of the legal profession in China", presented at 2011 Melbourne Conference on China, University of Melbourne, August 2011.

"From 'defending rights' to 'defending stability' - policy, effects, and discourse", presented at the 2011 Conference of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia, Australian National University, July 13-15, 2011.

"#sixing: tweeting the death penalty in China", presentation given to antiTHESIS graduate symposium, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, July 2010.

"Reserving the right", presentation given to 2010 Melbourne Conference on China, University of Melbourne, July 2010.

"Appropriating and framing rights in China", presentation given to 2009 Melbourne Conference on China, University of Melbourne, July 2009.

"Rights, space and culture in China", presentation given to University of Technology Sydney Postgraduate Symposium, May 2008.

"Rights defence and the virtual nation", presentation given to Chinese Studies Association of Australia conference, June 2007.

"Rights defence and the Internet in China", presentation given to Internet symposium, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, November 2006.

 

Professional Service

Member of editorial board, International Journal of China Studies

Chief organiser, "Modes of Activism and Engagement in the Chinese Public Sphere" conference, held at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, April 2012

Reviewer of academic articles:

Asian Ethnicity
Governance
International Journal of Cultural Studies
Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
Journal of Chinese Political Science
New Media and Society
The China Quarterly
The International Journal of Press/Politics