MIT-Harvard Conference on the Uyghur Human Rights Crisis
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This conference aims to present the police state in China, where over one million innocent Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims have been forced into concentration camps since 2016; explore China’s use of technology to escalate the crisis by conducting digital, biological, and cyber surveillance on the Uyghur; introduce the biopolitics of China’s “war on terror” in countering Uyghur people as an ethnicity; and open a dialogue on our role as leaders, educators, and technologists in engaging with China while being aware of its massive human rights violations.
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome & Speaker Introductions
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Keynote speakers
Sean R. Roberts, PhD: Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs; Director, International Development Studies Program, George Washington University
Darren Byler, PhD: Lecturer of Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Washington; Writer for CNN, ChinaFile, Dissent, and SupChina
Rian Thum, PhD: Associate Professor of History, Loyola University New Orleans; Author of The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History (Harvard University Press, 2014)
11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Q&A with speakers
11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Break
11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Keynote Speakers
- Jessica Batke: Senior Editor at ChinaFile in New York City; former foreign affairs research analyst in the US State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research of Uyghurs
- Joi Ito: Director of the MIT Media Lab, Professor of the Practice of Media Arts and Sciences
12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. Q&A and discussion with speakers
12:40 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Closing Remarks
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Co-sponsors: MIT Center for International Studies, Radius, Harvard University’s Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, Harvard FXB Center for Human Rights, MIT Student Activities Office, MIT CIS Human Rights and Technology Program
Free & open to the public | Refreshments served
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