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Thursday, March 15

3:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Ürümqi Unraveled: "Desettlement," Development, Islamophobia, and Uyghur Responses Since the 2009 Ürümqi riots, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed comprehensive measures intended to weaken the intense bonds between the Uyghurs and the sacred oases of present-day Xinjiang, to which this Turkic Muslim ethno-national group claims indigeneity. Recent public works projects, education reform, and restrictions on religious practice in the region seek to reorient the Uyghurs away from the Islamic umma and towards Beijing. Drawing on extensive research conducted in Ürümqi between 2010-2017, this talk describes the CCP’s strategies to “desettle” the Uyghurs (Dautcher 2007) in their “homeland” and “resettle” them within the “Chinese Nation,” a state-imagined identity that claims historical, racial, and geographical ties between the Han majority and China’s fifty-five ethnic minority groups, with a specific focus on religious policy. The talk will demonstrate that heavy-handed crackdowns on Islamic practice (e.g. restrictions on mosque attendance, prohibitions on religious dress, and bans on “overtly” Islamic names) undermine CCP efforts to promote genuine ethnic unity. Timothy A, Grose, PhD, Assistant Professor of China Studies, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Thursday, March 15, 2018 John Carroll University Dolan Science Center Donohue Auditorium, 7:30–9:00 p.m. This lecture is free and open to the public.