Tuesday, October 22, 2019
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
True North Classroom (101), 280 Brook St.
Reception to follow
Peter Green Lecture on the Modern Middle East with Adeeb Khalid, Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies and History, Carleton College.
The current campaign of mass incarceration in Xinjiang is the latest twist in the long conflict between the Uyghurs and the Chinese state over the past, present, and the future. In this talk, Adeeb Khalid will attempt to place the current situation in its Central Asian context by tracing the emergence of national discourses among the Uyghurs. These discourses had little to do with China but were a part of broader development of Turkic modernities from the late nineteenth century on. Tracing these discourses takes us to the many ties that link the Uyghur sense of self to the Ottoman and the Russian empires and to Turkey and the Soviet Union. A comparison of Soviet and Chinese practices for managing national difference will round out the presentation.
Collaboration with the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs China initiative