In this talk Arianne Ekinci, a ‘China scholar’ from the U.S., uses her research on the political belonging of the Uyghurs in their homeland and among the diaspora, to explore what the National Archives of India, New Delhi, has to offer for historians of China generally and Xinjiang-Uyghur studies specifically. The talk will explore the state of the field of Xinjiang-Uyghur scholarship, common resources used by scholars of Xinjiang and the Uyghurs, and sources at the National Archives of India, New Delhi, that can – and should – be tapped for research in these fields.
About the Speaker
Ms. Arianne M. Ekinci is a PhD Candidate in Global/Asian History at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the U.S. Her research examines political belonging of East Turkestanis (Uyghurs) in their homeland and among the diasporic communities, c. 1930-1970. She is currently a Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellow and conducted Fulbright-sponsored research at the National Archives of India, New Delhi, in Summer 2022.
About the Chair
Dr. Debasish Chaudhuri is an Assistant Professor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He has been working on Chinese politics, nationalism and ethnicity, and socio-political & economic development in Xinjiang for over two decades. His areas of research are Chinese ethnic policies and local responses, regional development of minority regions of China, Shanghai Cooperation Organization & the Belt and Road Initiative in the peripheries, political dissident movements and Chinese literary works on minority life. Chaudhuri’s recent works include a book titled Xinjiang and the Chinese State – Violence in the Reform Era (Routledge, 2018) and a monograph titled Countering Internal Security Challenges in Xinjiang – Rise of the Surveillance State? (Institute of Chinese Studies, 2021).
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