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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
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World solidarity with the indigenous peoples of Xinjiang, China


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 29 Aug 11:00 - 17:15


Room 3.138

During 2017 and 2018 the Chinese authorities launched an intensive campaign of forced cultural assimilation and mass detentions in Xinjiang, western China. The indigenous Uighur [Uyghur] and Kazakh peoples are the main targets. Their use of local languages, customs and symbols is widely restricted. This includes religious practice and different forms of social gatherings. The adoption of modern Chinese ways of living and acting is strongly encouraged, sometimes coerced or even forced. The campaign includes mass relocations, as well as the internment of hundreds of thousands of people in punitive 're-education' camps, where they are subjected to harsh indoctrination. Officially the campaign targets those with radical religious or separatist views; potential terrorists and subversive “two-faced” cadre. Yet, ordinary people have reportedly been interned for merely having relatives abroad or for being categorized as “unsafe” in the social credit score system – often due to simple infringements of the demands of the assimilation campaign. Hundreds of prominent indigenous cultural and religious figures, intellectuals and business people, most of whom were previously well integrated into the Chinese government and economic system, have also been interned in the camps. The battle for hearts and minds in Xinjiang has in the past two years taken on a new coercive and violent quality. In this panel, we welcome papers on the ongoing campaign of forced assimilation and on the detention camps; and especially also on worldwide solidarity with the targeted indigenous peoples and the Uighur and Kazakh refugee diaspora.


  • P 42.1
    • Dr. Fiskesjö, Magnus (Cornell University)
    • Dr. Steenberg, Rune (University of Copenhagen)
  • P 42.2
    • Dr. Fiskesjö, Magnus (Cornell University)
    • Dr. Steenberg, Rune (University of Copenhagen)

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In the wake of the Chinese government campaign of internments of Uyghurs and other minority people in Xinjiang, starting in May 2017, the Uyghur diaspora has experienced a pronounced rise in activities and new organisations. This is in part due to the large number of people who fled or decided not to return to China after the introduction of 'strike hard' policies in 2014 and the increasing polici ... More
Presented by Halmurat UYGHUR on 29/8/2019 at 11:40
In this paper I try to map the global response to the Xinjiang human rights crisis since 2017, including the responses to the Chinese government's attempts to cover up the mass detentions, the concentration camps, and the forced assimilation campaign that they are undertaking. Around the world, there have been both popular protests, and governments criticizing China. There have also been very unev ... More
Presented by Dr. Magnus FISKESJÖ on 29/8/2019 at 15:50
The paper presents core elements in political indoctrination in different educational institutions in XUAR. It focuses on the prevalent teaching methods in schools and training centres in the region in order to make sense of the reports and material leaked about teaching in the detention camps in Xinjiang and compares them to similar methods and strategies during the Cultural Revolution. The analy ... More
Presented by Nijat HUSHUR on 29/8/2019 at 12:00
Uyghurs around the world are starting to speak up more openly and more freely than they have before. This includes people who have been abroad but stayed silent for decades. Why? The situation in Xinjiang has become significantly worse since 2014 and been dramatically escalated in 2017. There is more to speak up about, but this is not the sole reason. Uyghurs in and outside China have before endur ... More
Presented by Dr. Rune STEENBERG on 29/8/2019 at 11:00
Over the past two years, international media has reported more and more from Xinjiang, the area historically known as East Turkestan, of facilities reminiscent of concentration camps where over a million Uyghurs have been imprisoned without trial. Several well-known academics, poets, musicians, singers and artists have been arrested or have gone missing. In addition, China has embarked on a fier ... More
Presented by Patrick Oscar HÄLLZON on 29/8/2019 at 11:20
This paper draws from an intensive and on-going fieldwork in Belgium to map out the continuous violations of privacy, close surveillance and repeated intimidation (including insistent attempts to recruit agents ) the Uyghurs recently settled in Belgium faced while still in China. I argue that these daily experiences for the Uyghur business and intellectual elites, often silenced for fear of reta ... More
Presented by Dr. Vanessa FRANGVILLE on 29/8/2019 at 15:30
Presented by Dr. Magnus FISKESJÖ, Dr. Rune STEENBERG, Dr. Agniezka JONIAK-LÜTHI - DISCUSSANT
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