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Featured program: “The Detention of Uyghur Muslims in China” at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies

We recommend the following online event hosted by our colleagues at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies:

The Detention of Uyghur Muslims in China: Tuesday, February 8, 12:30 pm PST – 1:30 pm PST

In this event, UW alumni Darren Byler, Ph.D., and Mutallip Anwar, Ph.D., will draw on their research, fieldwork, and first-hand experiences to explain the scope and impact of the China’s detainment of Uhgyur Muslims in forced labor camps, in conversation with UW Professor Emerita Sandra Silberstein. To register for this event, email

About the speakers

Darren Byler is Assistant Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University. His recent book, “Terror Capitalism: Uyghur Dispossession and Masculinity in a Chinese City” (Duke University Press, 2021) is based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork in the Uyghur homeland in Chinese Central Asia, and examines the impact of detention and surveillance on Uhgyur and Han male migrants. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Washington.

Mutallip Anwar is Lecturer in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University. His teaching and research interests include rhetoric and composition studies, language education, discourse analysis, and translation. He received his Ph.D. in Language and Rhetoric at the University of Washington. As a member of the Uyghur Muslim community, his friends and family have been interned, surveilled and disappeared by the Chinese government.

Sandra Silberstein is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Washington, where she researches rhetoric in times of national crisis and discourses around terrorism; linguistic constructions of gender, race, ethnicity; critical applied linguistics and second language studies.

To view details for this event on the Stroum Center website, please follow this link.