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  • Speaker | 27 November, 2018

    (Dis)Integration of Ethnic Minorities in Xinjiang: Prevalence, Causes and Policy Options

    In the past few years there has been a documented rise of inter-ethnic tensions and violence in Xinjiang.  Drawing upon four recent studies, two approaches to understand this reality will be considered. First, tensions are a manifestation and expression of a growing and heightened ethno-cultural consciousness stemming from Uighurs’ low socio-economic status due, in part, to internal Han migration, and a labour market process that has disadvantaged Uighurs. Second, what are the logic, effectiveness and consequences behind the state’s oscillating “soft approach” and “hard approach” towards Xinjiang.
    “What Explains the Rise of Majority-Minority Tensions and Conflict in Xinjiang?”, Central Asian Survey 38 (2019).
    “Holding Up Half the Sky? Ethno-Gender Labour Market Outcomes in China”, Journal of Contemporary China 28 (2019).
    “Outsider Ethnic Minorities and Wage Determination in China”, International Labour Review 158 (2018).
    “Beyond Special Privileges: The Discretionary Treatment of Ethnic Minorities in China’s Welfare System”, Journal of Social Policy 47(2): 295-316 (2018).
    Reza Hasmath (Ph.D., Cambridge) is a Professor in Political Science at the University of Alberta. He is the author and editor of nine books, and his recent journal articles appear in the International Political Science Review, Journal of Social Policy, Development Policy Review, Voluntas, Journal of Civil Society, International Labour Review, Current Sociology, The China Quarterly, and the Journal of Contemporary China.  He is also the Foundation Editor for Routledge’s Book Series on the Politics and Sociology of China.

    Seminar | 14 November, 2018

    FCCC Security Workshop: Do I really need to bring a fire ladder?

    The last couple of years has (hopefully) seen a change in how far the media companies duty of care for their employers stretches. This workshop will be led by a security officer from a national media organisation who will discuss what he has learned in the last seven years of working closely with journalists. He characterises safety/security for journalists as like a Cinderella about to change. We’ll look at what tools (from threats assessments to gizmos and behaviour) you could use to improve your own situation at the office and in the field.