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Repression, Assimilation, and Islamophobia in China

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Date(s) - 05/06/2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Ottoman and Turkish Studies at NYU


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The PRC Re-education Gulag: Repression, Assimilation and Islamophobia in the Name of ‘Stability’ and ‘Chineseness’

Since 2016, Chinese authorities have embarked on an unprecedented securitization of the Xinjiang region, accompanied by technology-driven repression of the Uyghur people and other Turkic Muslim ethnic groups in the PRC. Most alarming has been the arrest and extra-legal detention of Uyghur and other Turkic cultural and intellectual elites, as well as the internment of up to 2 million others in a system of prison-like facilities in Xinjiang where they are subjected to coercive “re-education” programs and forced labor. This lecture provides the most recent evidence about the securitization and concentration camps in Xinjiang, and considers why the Chinese Communist Party is doing this, and why it is doing it now. Prof. Millward will also discuss the US and international response.

James A. Millward is Professor of Inter-societal History at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, teaching Chinese, Central Asian and world history. He is also an affiliated professor in the M├íster Oficial en Estudios de Asia Oriental at the University of Granada, Spain. His specialties include Qing empire; the silk road; Eurasian lutes and music in history; and historical and contemporary Xinjiang. He follows and comments on current issues regarding the Uyghurs and PRC ethnicity policy. Millward has served on the boards of the Association for Asian Studies (China and Inner Asia Council) and the Central Eurasian Studies Society, and was president of the Central Eurasian Studies Society in 2010. He edits the ”Silk Roads” series for University of Chicago Press. His publications include The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction (2013), Eurasian Crossroads: a History of Xinjiang (2007), New Qing Imperial History: the Making of Inner Asian Empire at Qing Chengde (2004), and Beyond the Pass: Economy, Ethnicity and Empire in Qing Central Asia (1998). His most recent album, recorded with the band By & By, is Songs for this Old Heart. His articles and op-eds on contemporary China appear in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Review of Books and other media.

This event is free and open to public.

Light refreshments will be served.

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