Terror Capitalism: Turkic Muslim Dispossession in Northwest China

Upcoming Events Login

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

DateTimeLocation
Monday, February 3, 20204:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place
Registration Full Print this Event Bookmark this Event

Series

East Asian Seminar Series

Description

A new system of control, made up of a multi-billion dollar industry of computer-vision technologies, militarized policing, and the mass mobilization of civil servants and private industrialists, is attempting to transform Uyghur and Kazakh native societies in Northwest China. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork, this talk describes the history which produced these forms of surveillance and demonstrates the quotidian experience of their effects on Turkic Muslim social institutions. It argues that this system of “reeducation” is, in fact, a social engineering system that works in concert with a Chinese form of illiberal capitalism to produce forms of family separation and economic production. As it is implemented, it has the effect of partitioning and radically disempowering women and men who are already marginalized within national and international systems.

Darren Byler is a post-doctoral researcher at the Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder. His book project titled Terror Capitalism: Uyghur Dispossession and Masculinity in a Chinese City focuses on the effects of digital cultural production and surveillance industries in the lives of Uyghur and Han male migrants in the city of Ürümchi, Xinjiang.


Speakers

Tong Lam
Chair
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto

Darren Byler
Speaker
Post-doctoral Researcher, Center for Asian Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder

Jayeeta Sharma
Discussant
Associate Professor, History and Global Asia Studies, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Vincent Wong
Discussant
William C. Graham Research Associate at the International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law


Main Sponsor

Asian Institute

Co-Sponsors

Department of History, University of Toronto


If you are attending a Munk School event and require accommodation(s), please email the event contact listed above to make appropriate arrangements.

Disclaimer: Please note that events posted on this website are considered to be public events – unless otherwise stated – and you are choosing to enter a space where your image and/or voice may be captured as part of event proceedings that may be made public as part of a broadcast, webcast, or publication (online and in print). We make every effort to ensure your personal information is kept and used in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). If you have any questions please get in touch with our office at munkschool@utoronto.ca or 416-946-8900.



Newsletter Signup Sign up for the Munk School Newsletter

× Strict NO SPAM policy. We value your privacy, and will never share your contact info.