David Tobin is Hallsworth Research Fellow in the Political Economy of China at the University of Manchester. He has several years of fieldwork experience in Xinjiang with peer-reviewed articles published on China’s ethnic policy, political violence, and Han-Uyghur relations in China Quarterly, Oxford Bibliographies, Inner Asia, and positions. His 2020 book with Cambridge University Press, Securing China's Northwest Frontier: Identity and Insecurity in Xinjiang, analyses the relationship between identity and security in Chinese policymaking and its impact on Han–Uyghur relations. His current research focuses on explaining China’s new ethnic policy and collecting Uyghur diaspora narratives on violence and trauma.
Over the past two decades, a rhetoric of terrorism has been used to conflate the criminal actions of a relatively small number of people with the religious and cultural practices of more than 12 million Uyghurs who call the southern part of the Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) their ancestral home. This has had a dramatic […]