Visting scholar talks on troubles in China’s far west

Dru C. Gladney, professor of Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, will speak on “China’s ‘Xinjiang Problem’: Another Chechnya?” today from 1 to 3:30pm in the Anthropology Multipurpose Room, 2054 Vari Hall. The dru gladneytalk about China’s far western region is presented by the York Centre for Asian Research, the Centre for Refugee Studies and the departments of Anthropology and Political Science.

Right: Dru Gladney

Gladney is currently a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute in Germany and has a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Washington, Seattle. He has been a Fulbright Research Scholar twice and has conducted long-term field research in China, Central Asia and Turkey. He has written more than 50 academic articles and chapters, as well as numerous books: including, Muslim Chinese: Ethnic Nationalism in the People’s Republic (Harvard University Press, 1991), Ethnic Identity in China: The Making of a Muslim Minority Nationality (Wadsworth, 1998), and Making Majorities: Constituting the Nation in Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, Fiji, Turkey, and the U.S. (Editor, Stanford University Press, 1998).

Gladney has pioneered the study of contemporary Central Asia as well as of Muslims in present-day China. His research interests include minority and majority nationalism, transnationalism, the nation-state, global/local identity and religion in China and Central Asia, as well as conflict resolution, comparative Islam, cultural tourism and nomadism.

Gladney is a consultant to the Soros Foundation, Ford Foundation, World Bank, UNHCR, National Academy of Sciences, the European Centre for Conflict Prevention, and UNESCO, and has regularly been featured in media including CNN, the BBC, al-Jazeerah, Time, Newsweek and numerous newspapers. His most recent book is: Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Sub-Altern Subjects (University of Chicago Press, 2004).