A Diaspora in Cultural Crisis: Non-formal Education and Ethnic Uyghur Migrants in Turkey
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Rebecca Clothey, PhD
Associate Professor of Education and Director of Global Studies
In recent years Turkey’s population of ethnic Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic group from China’s northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, has rapidly increased due to political turmoil in their home region. As the Uyghur community rebuilds their lives in Turkey, they are also seeking ways to preserve their unique culture, as it is under assault at home. This talk explores the political situation in China leading to challenges for Uyghurs in Turkey, and describes non-formal education initiatives undertaken by the community to preserve their culture amid these challenges.
Rebecca Clothey is an associate professor of Education and the Director of the Global Studies program in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences. She recently returned from a sabbatical in Istanbul, Turkey, where she conducted a qualitative study on the challenges the Uyghur immigrant community is facing to preserve their culture as a diaspora community. Her research was funded by an American Research Institute in Turkey – National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship (ARIT-NEH). Dr. Clothey has also conducted research on Uyghur education in China, where she lived off and on for almost six years. Among her published work, she is co-editor (with Richardson Dilworth) of the forthcoming book entitled, “China’s Urban Future and the Quest for Stability,” to be published by McGill Queen’s University Press, and the recent “Another Way: Decentralization, Democratization, and the Global Politics of Community Based Schooling” (with Kai Heidemann), published in 2019 by Brill/Sense Publishers as part of the Pittsburgh Series on Comparative and International Education.