Past Event

Atrocities in Xinjiang: Religion, Race, Culture

November 16, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Speakers: Lisa Ross (photographer), Magnus Fiskesjo (Cornell University), and Ajinur Setiwaldi (Human Rights Activist and Lawyer)

Moderator: Andrew J. Nathan (Columbia, Political Science)

What’s happening in and beyond the camps in Xinjiang make occasional headlines here in the United States. But what should an extended discussion focus on? Newspaper accounts often frame the atrocities in relation to “Muslim minorities,” or the question as one of “freedom of religion.” Is this apt? If not—or if not wholly—how and why? To what extent do matters of race or culture also play a role? And how can we understand what’s happening today in historical perspective?

This event is organized by the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life and co-sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

Contact Information

Marianna Pecoraro