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HOW HAS IT COME THIS FAR? Historical perspectives on the current crisis in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region



We are happy to extend this call for papers to all researchers on Xinjiang and the Uyghurs. We ask for papers addressing the current situation in Xinjiang from a historical perspective including, but not limited to the below mentioned thematic clusters. A title, a 250 word abstract and personal details should be sent to: Rune Steenberg, by 31 March 2020.

If accepted, a 1500 paper summary will be required ahead of the conference.


Conference desription

Never has the international press covered Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region more than in the past two years. Leaked documents, online data digging, satellite images and witness-accounts have directed the world's attention to the region's so-called re-education camps and expansive high-tech surveillance. The situation in Xinjiang is tense. The last three years have witnessed an escalation of state violence, but the entire last decade has been marred by unrest. Returning conflict indeed characterises the regions recent history. Though often presented in terms of simple dichotomies or cultural-political determinisms in the press and by political commentators, the root causes and triggers of these conflicts and their recent escalation are complex. This conference seeks to shed light on different aspects of Xinjiang's history of the 20th and 21st century that have contributed to shaping the situation as it is today. The conference explicitly seeks a broad analysis that allows for a contextual understanding of the complexities behind the tensions. Even though the different contributions cover distinctive elements of Xinjiang's history they are all asked to focus on connections to the presence. In a concluding round table session future prospects and opportunities will be critically discussed taking departure from the historical analyses. 



The conference will be hosted the China Center of Technische Universität Berlin in collaboration with Freie Univeristät Berlin (Zentrum für Entwicklungländerforschung), Humboldt Universität Berlin (Zentralasienseminar). It is supported by Berliner Landeszentrale für politische Bildung and Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung. 


Preliminary thematic clusters:

Religion, ideology and state control 

Economy and resources

International connections

Trends in Chinese politics

New Technology: AI, marketing, social credit and surveillance

Uyghur culture and society


Abstract 250 words

Summaries of talks (1500 words) are required by the speakers on before hand

Speaker's stays will be organised and covered

Travel costs are covered for low income scholars and students. 


Responsible organisers, contact:

Johannes Küchler, China Center, TU Berlin,

Rune Steenberg, Kopenhagen/Olomuoc/Berlin,



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