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What is really happening in Xinjiang?

April 24, 2019 - 14:15-16:00

Historical context, current developments and source criticism.

While Xi Jinping’s massive transcontinental “Belt and Road Initiative” (also known as the New Silk Road) has received a great deal of academic and media coverage, much less attention has been paid to the plight of the 12 million strong Muslim populations native to the area most central to this development project. The diverse groups inhabiting the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region situated in China’s far northwest include the Turkic speaking Uyghur, Kazakh and Kyrgyz that have in recent years been increasingly subjected to various securitization policies, such as high-tech surveillance, house searches, re-education and arrests.

Ildikó Bellér-Hann and Rune Steenberg, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies.

The talk by two researchers at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies actively working in and on the region will be of an informative rather than academic character. It will provide an insight into the current state of affairs in Xinjiang against a historical backdrop and address the extreme difficulties faced by local people in everyday life which, inevitably, also render research of all sorts nigh impossible. The talk focuses on Xinjiang and the PRC but it also invites a wider debate on modernization, surveillance, Islamophobia, academic freedom and ethical dilemmas surrounding research.

All are welcome!

What is really happening in Xinjiang?


April 24, 2019


Asian Dynamics Initiative
NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies


NIAS, room 18.1.08, CSS, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Cph