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08-04-11, 12:58
Conversations with Scholars: Xinjiang or East Turkestan? Thoughts on the Uyghur Homeland with Sean Roberts, Alim Seytoff and Nury Turkel

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
12:30PM - 2:00PM
The Chung-wen Shih Conference Room
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503
This event is an informal luncheon and Q&A session on Xinjiang/East Turkestan and the Uyghurs with Sean Roberts, Alim Seytoff, and Nury Turkel for OAS members and GW students.

Professor Sean Roberts is a sociocultural anthropologist, the Director of the International Development Studies Program and Associate Professor of International Development and International Affairs at The George Washington University. Having conducted ethnographic fieldwork among the Uyghur people of Central Asia and China during the 1990s, he produced a documentary film on the community entitled Waiting for Uighurstan (1996). He also has published extensively on this community in scholarly journals and in collected volumes, including "A 'Land of Borderlands': Implications of Xinjiang's Trans-border Interactions" in Xinjiang: China's Muslim Borderland (ME Sharpe, 2004) and "Imagining Uyghurstan: re-evaluating the birth of the modern Uyghur nation" (Central Asian Survey, 2009). He holds a B.A. in history and Russian from Bowdoin College and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from University of Southern California.

Mr. Alim Seytoff is the president of the Uyghur American Association, the director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, and special assistant to the President of the World Uyghur Congress, Ms. Rebiya Kadeer. He frequently appears in the media and his articles on the Uyghurs have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Asia Times, and The Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst (a publication of Johns Hopkins University). Mr. Seytoff holds a B.A. in Chinese Studies from Xinjiang University, a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Southern Adventist University, an M.A. in Political Science from the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, a Certificate of Graduate Studies in International Politics from Regent University, and a J.D. from Regent University.

Mr. Nury Turkel is a Uyghur-American lawyer and activist, the co-founder of the Uyghur Human Rights Project and former president of the Uyghur American Association. He writes and speaks frequently to advocate for Uyghur human rights. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northwest A&F University in Xianyang, Shaanxi, China, an M.A. in International Affairs from American University, and a J.D. degree from American University.

Lunch will be provided!

Please RSVP to http://tinyurl.com/uyghurhomeland with your name and affiliation.

11-04-11, 12:57
This sounds like an interesting event. Will be there.