This workshop facilitates an open dialogue on the local and trans-local ground effects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in local Muslim communities in Xinjiang, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan. It aims at bridging empirical and local research perspectives with a more holistic and broader understanding of socio-economic transformation, moral discourses and power dynamics between centres and peripheries. The workshop features four public talks with commentary and discussion and a sneak preview screening from the film project AAA Cargo followed by a discussion in the evening.
Cholpon Chotaeva is a Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Diana Ibanez-Tirad is a doctoral researcher at the China Centre of Sussex University.
Agnieszka Joniak-Lüthi is a senior researcher at Human Geography Group of Fribourg University.
Hasan Karrar is an Associate Professor at the Department Of Humanities and Social Sciences of Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Rune Steenberg is an anthropologist and human geographer based in Copenhagen and Berlin. He is also a visiting researcher at the Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London.
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