Globalizing China’s Uyghur Problem?

Oct 26, 2015
04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Foster Auditorium

Dr. Dru Gladney, Pomona College

Dr. Gladney in his research has examined the variety of Islamic experiences in Asia and argues that there is a distinctly “Asian Islam.” His talk will focus on the widely dispersed Uyghur diaspora which has become increasingly connected and engaged in advocacy on behalf of the plight of the 10 million Uyghurs still under a steadily repressive Chinese rule in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province (also known as Eastern Turkestan).  In his talk Gladney will examine not only the globalization of China’s “Xinjiang problem,” but also the role of global social media and Western scholarship in shaping and interpreting Eastern Turkestani “separatism” in China. 

Dru C. Gladney is Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College in Claremont, California.  In addition to a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle, Dr. Gladney has three M.A. degrees in religion and philosophy.  He has been a Fulbright Research Scholar in Turkey and China, and has held faculty positions and post-doctoral fellowships at Cambridge University, Harvard University, the University of Southern California, the University of Hawai’i and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.  Inaugural Dean of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, he has also recently served as President of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College. He is author of the award-winning book, Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People's Republic (Harvard University Press, 1996, 1st edition 1991) as well as Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality  (Wadsworth, 1998); Making Majorities: Constituting the Nation in Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey, and the U.S. (Editor, Stanford University Press, 1998); and Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Sub-Altern Subjects  (Chicago University Press, 2004).  He has testified to the US Congress and Senate on numerous occasions regarding China’s human rights record and treatment of Muslim minorities.  His research has been regularly featured in interviews on CNN, BBC, CBS, Al Jazeera, and in Newsweek, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. 

This talk is sponsored by the Departments of History, Asian Studies, Anthropology, Penn State Libraries, and the Center of Global Studies.

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