Symposium on the Identity Crisis of Uyghurs Today- Friday, May 25th, 2018 9:30 am to 4:00 pm


May 22, 2018

The Uyghur American Association, Uyghur Academy & UHRP are pleased to host a “Symposium on the Identity Crisis of Uyghurs Today”

This one-day event will be held from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, May 25th, 2018 at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Room #214

Address: 1957 E Street, NW, Suite 412, Washington, D.C.

Symposium Agenda
9:00-9:40 Refreshments and Registration
9:40-10:00 Opening Remarks

10:00 – 12:00: Session A
Challenges in Uyghur Education & China’s Harsh Policy towards Uyghurs
Chair: Rishat Abbas, Research Scientist, USA

1. Rebecca Clothey, Drexel University, USA, “Education Policy Appropriation, Ethnic Segregation and Cultural Transmission in Urumqi”
2. Nury A. Turkel, Lawyer, USA, “China’s Re-Education Detention Centers: Examination Uyghur Rights under China’s Constitution and International Human Rights Law”
3. Lauren Hansen Restrepo, Bryn Mawr College, USA, “The Middle Can not Hold: Unpacking the Role of Development on the Rising Culture War within Urban Uyghur Society”
4. Memet Emin, Colombia University, USA, “Mental Impact of Chinese Harsh Policy towards Uyghurs”

12:00 – 1:30 LUNCH TIME

1:45 – 3:15: Session B- China’s Cultural Assimilation Policy towards Uyghurs
Chair: Ilshat Hassan Kokbore, Uyghur American Association, USA

1. Louisa Greve, Washington Fellow, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, USA, “The Campaign to “Sinicize Religion” in the XUAR”
2. Abdulhamit Karahan, Uyghur Academy, TURKEY, “Uyghur Language Crisis in Education both in Uyghur Homeland and Diaspora”
3. Nicole Morgret, Uyghur Human Rights Project, USA, “Uyghur Intangible Cultural Heritage”

3:15 – 3:30 Closing Remarks
3:30 – 4:00: Post-Symposium Social

For more information please contact Mr. Mehmetjan Bugra,  Phone: +15712149208   E-mail: