Past Events

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Denara Amat: Ethical Entreptreneurship

For this seminar, we invited Denara to speak about her experiences in entrepreneurship.


Denara is an Uyghur/Uzbek migrant born in East Turkestan, living in Australia.


She is the founder of SEDA Collective, a social enterprise working with indigenous artisans making ethical jewelery and sandals. They aim to collaborate with artisans worldwide.


In this seminar, she shares transparent and detailed stories and insights about why and how she started SEDA.


She also gives some tips on how to begin your own ethical entrepreneurial journey.

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Introduction to Uyghur Culture: Music

Join Yet Again, in collaboration with The Tarim Network, for a series of online events exploring Uyghur culture and history.

In our first session, Rahima Mahmut and Professor Rachel Harris perform and discuss the significance of music as a part of Uyghur cultural heritage and identity.

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Uyghur Music in a Post-Truth World

Social media can be a strange and brutal space, and the contested representation of the ongoing crisis in the Uyghur region is no exception. Sometimes it feels hard to hold onto a sense of reality when faced with the relentless stream of Uyghur happiness now filling our social media feeds.

In this session we're joined by long-term researcher of Uyghur culture, Rachel Harris, for a deconstruction of the latest wave of propaganda videos, and a deep dive into her personal archives to highlight the rich forms of Uyghur culture which are not currently being sustained and revitalised under the leadership of the CCP.


Rachel Harris teaches in the School of Arts at SOAS University of London. Her latest book 'Soundscapes of Uyghur Islam' is now out with Indiana University Press. You can find videos and blogs arising from her current project on Uyghur meshrep in Kazakhstan here.

Longing for Home: Uyghur Muqam in Exile

Longing for Home: Uyghur Muqam in Exile

The Tarim Network presents the first transcontinental Uyghur concert!

Featuring:
Shohrat Tursun from Australia
Meshrep Uyghur Ensemble (Uyghur European Ensemble) from the Netherlands
SOAS Silk Road Collective from the UK


Hosted by:
Mukaddas Mijit

Livestreamed on both Facebook and Youtube

Date: 25th October 2020

All donations from the event will go to the European Uyghur Institute. You can support them directly on GoFundMe.

UNESCO and the continuation of Meshrep

Meshrep (3/3): UNESCO and the continuation of Meshrep

This is the third and final part of the Meshrep seminar series with Mukaddas Mijit. This week, she is joined by Professor Rachel Harris from SOAS University of London, who also specialises in ethnomusicology. The talk focuses on how Meshreps became an intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding (via UNESCO), the effects of this categorisation, and the continuation of Meshrep in Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

Speaker bios:
Mukaddas Mijit is an ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, dancer and music manager with a PhD and research background in ethnomusicology, focusing on Uyghur dance and music. Read more about her on her website.

Rachel Harris is a professor in Ethnomusicology and Director of Research in the SOAS School of Arts. She conducts research on China and Central Asia, particularly on the Uyghurs, and has conducted fieldwork in these areas for over 20 years. Her current research interests focus on intangible cultural heritage, music and identity formation, soundscapes and state projects of territorialization. Read more about her on SOAS.

Read more about the Kazakhstan Uyghur Meshrep project here.

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Filming Meshrep with Tahir Hamut

Meshrep (2/3): Filming Meshrep with Tahir Hamut

This is the second of a 3-part seminar series by our guest, Mukaddas Mijit, on Meshrep and its role in Uyghur cultural identity formation. In this talk, Mukaddas invites Tahir Hamut, a well known poet and filmmaker, to speak about his experiences filming Meshreps. 

This talk is in Uyghur.

Speaker bios:

Mukaddas Mijit is an ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, dancer and music manager with a PhD and research background in ethnomusicology, focusing on Uyghur dance and music. Read more about her on her website.

 

Tahir Hamut was born in 1969 in a small town near Kashgar, in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. His first poem was published in 1986, and in the last three decades he has become one of the foremost modernist poets writing in Uyghur. Since the late nineties he has worked as a film director and has founded his own production company, Izgil, which specializes in documentaries, advertisements and music videos. His work has previously appeared in English translation in Words Without Borders, Crazyhorse, Asymptote, Gulf Coast, Berkeley Poetry Review and elsewhere.

Uyghur Meshrep Project

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An Introduction with Mukaddas Mijit

Meshrep (1/3): An Introduction with Mukaddas Mijit

This is the first of a 3-part seminar series by our guest, Mukaddas Mijit, on Meshrep and its role in Uyghur cultural identity formation. In this talk, Mukaddas goes through the basics of what a Meshrep is and how it functions in Uyghur society, using examples from videos taken during her field research. The second half of the video is a recording of the Q&A session and discussion with the guests who attended the online seminar!

 

Speaker bios:

Mukaddas Mijit is an ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, dancer and music manager with a PhD and research background in ethnomusicology, focusing on Uyghur dance and music. Read more about her on her website.

Uyghur Meshrep Project

 

Recommended readings:

‘A Weekly Meshrep to Tackle Religious Extremism’: Intangible cultural heritage in Xinjiang: Semantics Scholar

Negotiating locality, Islam, and national culture in a changing borderlands: The revival of the Mäshräp ritual among young Uighur men in the Ili valley: Taylor & Francis Online

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An Intro to Islamic Finance

The Conscientious Finance: An Intro to Islamic Finance

We are excited to announce our second seminar, an introduction into Islamic Finance by Guzelya, a Partnerships Manager at Digitaraya (a Google Dev launchpad) and Dima, CEO of Alami Sharia (an Islamic fintech platform). Providing the basics to Islamic finance and their own unique journeys within the field.

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Stem Cells and the Potential

Stem Cells and the Potential

We are kicking off our Tarim Seminars with a talk on stem cells and their potential - can we grow organs in a dish? What is their applicability? Tune in to hear from Zeynep Aydin, a molecular biology student interning at the Whitehead Institute and working with some of the pioneers of stem cell research.

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