Events Calendar

“Paradoxes of Legitimation”: Authoritarianism(s) in modern Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan
May 24 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Sofya Omarova,
Ph.D. candidate in International Politics and Sociology
Department of Social Sciences
Oxford Brookes University

This presentation seeks to explore the concepts of legitimacy and legitimation and how they relate to regime self-legitimation in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. Legitimation and legitimacy in authoritarian contexts needs to be understood as a three-part process. The first concerns ‘inputs’: the narratives, discourses and claims of legitimation on behalf of the regime. The second aspect is the process of legitimation: the ways in which actors use and apply these claims in relation to a broader society. Finally, there are ‘outputs’: the extent to which the application of claims about the right to rule is ‘believed’ by the population. It is impossible to make generalized claims about the extent to which citizens in authoritarian states believe in the legitimacy of rulers because it is very difficult to discern genuine beliefs in such closed political contexts. Thus, the main focus is on conceptualizing authoritarian claims of self-legitimation.

The presentation is based on an upcoming book chapter from “Theorizing Central Asia” (Palgrave Macmillan), co-authored with Dr. Rico Isaacs (Reader in Politics, Oxford Brookes University).

The Identity Crisis of Uyghurs Today
May 25 @ 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
The Identity Crisis of Uyghurs Today @ Room 214, The Elliott School of International Affairs 2

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, Pfizer, 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
4. Memet Emin, Colombia University, USA, “Mental Impact of Chinese Harsh Policy
towards Uyghurs”

12:00 – 1:30 LUNCH

1:45 – 3:45: Session B: China’s Cultural Assimilation Policy towards Uyghurs

Chair: Ilshat Hassan, 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

3:45 – 4:00 Closing Remarks

4:00 – 5:00: Post-Symposium Social

This one-day symposium is organized by:

The Uyghur American Association,

The Uyghur Academy,

The Uyghur Human Rights Project