University of Wisconsin–Madison

CESSI Lecture Series- “The Soviet Union as the Land of Paradise: Reconsidering the Uyghur Exodus in the 1950’s and 1960’s from China to Soviet Central Asia”

When: August 1, 2017 4:00 pm

Where: 1651 Humanities, 455 N Park St, Madison, WI

Speaker:Gulnisa Nazarova, Senior Lecturer, Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University

About the talk: This talk concerns the Uyghurs who crossed the border and moved to Soviet Central Asia from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the 1950’s and 1960’s. It focuses on the process of the Uyghur migration, the reasons behind it, and the lives of Uyghurs in the Soviet Union. The paper is based on oral interviews conducted in the summer of 2016 in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

About the speaker: Gulnisa Nazarova is an ethnic Uyghur who was born in Kyrgyzstan, grew up and graduated from high school in Uzbekistan, obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Russia, and received her PhD in Kazakhstan; however, she considers Xinjiang (The Uyghur Autonomous Region in China) her homeland since both of her parents were born in that region and moved to the Soviet Central Asia in 1960s.  Gulnisa Nazarova is a Senior Lecturer at Indiana University. Besides teaching Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced level of Uyghur, she occasionally teaches a cultural course entitled “Central Asia: Cultures and Customs” as a part of the Central Eurasian Studies Department’s expanding undergraduate curriculum. In 2015 Gulnisa Nazarova received the Trustees Teaching Award in the At-Large NTT Faculty competition.