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Sandrine Catris "Recovering History from Fragments: The Cultural Revolution in Xinjiang" Graduate Student Brown Bag Talk

Wed, Apr 23, 12:00 pm
Ballantine Hall 004

Sandrine Catris, a Ph.D candidate in the Department of History will be giving a talk entitled "Recovering History from Fragments: The Cultural Revolution in Xinjiang" on Wednesday, April 23rd at noon in Ballantine Hall 004.

"In this talk, I will discuss the challenges of doing research in Xinjiang, particularly the problem of the archives and of primary sources. Then, I will give an overview of my research project, which investigates the cultural and social history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (CR), (1966-1976) as it played out in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. I contribute to the scholarship of the Cultural Revolution that suggests that we should understand the Chinese Cultural Revolution not as one monolithic countrywide revolution, but as an amalgam of regional Cultural Revolutions. I contend that understanding what happened on the edge of  “China” during that decade offers a new window through which we can view this political movement and its multiple faces, at once Maoist and Imperialist."

This is a talk in the new Graduate Student Brown Bag Talks, designed to allow students to share their research, work, experiences and goals with their peers.