Events

James Millward Lecture: The PRC Re-education Gulag - Repression, Islamophobia and Assimilation in the Name of "Stability" and "Chineseness"
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to Monday, October 7, 2019 - 7:45pm
James Millward Lecture: The PRC Re-education Gulag - Repression, Islamophobia and Assimilation in the Name of "Stability" and "Chineseness"

This talk surveys recent PRC policies in Xinjiang, including the disappearing of the elite stratum of Uyghur society, the creation of a high-tech surveillance regime and vast expansion of a network of detention facilities, including prisons and "reeducation" camps in which 1-2 million indigenous Muslims have been interned.  The talk then examines the previous PRC diversity regime against the historical backdrop of the Qing empire, and considers reasons for the party-state's Han-assimilationist turn under Xi Jinping. 

About the Speaker  

James A. Millward is Professor of Intersocietal History at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, teaching Chinese, Central Asian and world history. 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’s 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 articles and op-eds on contemporary China appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Review of Books and other media.

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