International Uyghur Studies 2021 : Producing and Transmitting Uyghur Cultural Artefacts

Dates :
Jeudi 4 novembre 2021 - 14:00 - 19:30
Lieu :
Day 1 (4/11/2021) : Inalco – Auditorium des Pôle des Langues et Civilisations de l'Inalco (65, rue des Grands Moulins – 75013 Paris) - Day 2 (5/11/2021) : EHESS, 2 Cr des Humanités, 93300 Aubervilliers
Please note that registration is mandatory to join the conference either online or physically. Register before 2nd Novemver 2021 at
Links and venues will be sent by email to participants who registered at least 48h before the beginning of the conference.


This two-day (hybrid) conference brings together a diverse group of individuals, academics, teachers, translators and artists, whose work focuses on Uyghur people, their history, language, cultural productions, and society.
The questions we would like to discuss include: What is at stake in the production and transmission of Uyghur cultural artefacts ? How does the growth of scientific literature based on Uyghur sources impact our (mis)conceptions regarding the region’s history, its people, their language, cultural practices, and society ? What are the different perspectives brought forward by contemporary Uyghur artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, and poets on what is happening in their homeland ?

Une charette contre un mur parmi les ruines


Day 1 : november 4th 2021
Inalco, Auditorium, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, Paris 13ème

14:00-14:30: Welcome remarks 
Session 1: Transmitting, teaching, and training in Uyghur language and civilisation.
Chair: Alexandre Toumarkine (INALCO – CERMOM - CETOBaC)
14:00-14:20 : - Welcoming participants and registration
14:20- 14:40 : Welcome remarks
14:40-15:25 : (including Q&A): Keynote speaker 1: Jo Smith Finley, Newcastle University - ‘Some People are More Alike Than Others’: Inter-generational Cultural Transmission and Uyghur Identity in an Age of Erasure
15:25-15:45 : Muyesser Abdul’ehed Hendan, Independent Uyghur language teacher (online) - Role of Teaching Uyghur Language in Shaping Cultural Identity of Children of Uyghur Diaspora 

15:45-16:00 : Break
16:00-16:20 : Eric Schluessel, The George Washington University (online) – Teaching Uyghur History: Challenges in Decolonial Pedagogy
16:20-16:40 : Sam Tynen, Czech Academy of Science – Loving and Hiding with Nowhere to Go: Navigating Heteronormative Control for Uyghurs in Xinjiang
16:40-17:10 : Discussion and Q&A

17:10-17:20 : Break

17:20-17:50 : Closed Session on Craft-making in Kashgar

17:50-18:00 : Break

18:00-18:45 : (including Q&A): Keynote speaker 2: Joshua Freeman, Princeton University - East Asian Studies (online) – Uyghur Diaspora Poets and the Xinjiang Crisis 

18:45-19:30 : Concert

19:30-20:30 : Uyghur dinner for all on location

Day  2 : november 5th 2021
EHESS, 2 Cr des Humanités, 93300 Aubervilliers

Session 2 : Facing Contemporary Challenges through Uyghur Poetry, Songs and Films
Chair : Stéphane Dudoignon (CNRS – UMR 8582 GSRL)
15:00-15:20 : Mukaddas Mijit, ULB/EASt – Art in Times of Crisis: The Challenge of Anonymous Uyghur Creativity
15:20-15:40 : Timothy Grose, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Sonic Ziyarät : Mapping the Uyghur Wätän through Song
15:40-16:00 : Nimrod Baranovitch, The University of Haifa (online) – 'Farewell My Uyghur Language': Linguistic Anxiety and Resistance in Uyghur Poetry and Songs, 1990s-2010s
16:00-16:45 : Discussion and Q&A

16:45-17:00 : Break

17:00-17:45 : (including Q&A) Keynote speaker 3 : Darren Byler, Simon Fraser University (online) – Creating Uyghur Futures: Fiction and Memoir as Decolonial Method 

17:45-18:00 : Break
18:00-19:30 : Closed film screening (short film) and discussion with the filmmaker 

19:30-21:30 : Uyghur dinner for speakers

Organizing institutions:
École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS); Institut national des  langues et civilisations orientales (Inalco); Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB); European Uyghur Institute (IODE). 

Dilnur Reyhan (Inalco - IODE) and Vanessa Frangville (ULB/EASt - IODE)
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