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Cambridge Central Asia Forum


China Centre, Jesus College, invites you to a virtual seminar which will be given next week by Professor Michael Dillon (Professor of History and Affiliate of the Lau China Institute, King's College London), Dr Ildikó Bellér-Hann (Associate Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen) and Tim Clissold (Senior Research Associate, China Centre Jesus College, and author of three books on China, including Mr China). Their lectures, followed by Q&A, will take place from 4 – 6pm (UK time) on Wednesday 27 October.


Xinjiang: Pivot of Asia

Date: 27 October 

Time: 4-6pm

Venue: Zoom registration Email for link.

Professor Michael Dillon is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Asiatic Society and a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and the Mongolia Society. He was founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Durham. He was a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2009. Between 1988 and 2010 he carried out field research in Xinjiang and other Muslim regions of northwest China on many occasions, both independently and in conjunction with regional branches of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Additional academic visits included Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Taiwan. His most recent publications on Xinjiang include Xinjiang in the Twenty-first Century: Islam, Ethnicity and Resistance, Routledge, 2018 and ‘Religion, repression and traditional Uyghur culture in southern Xinjiang: Kashgar and Khotan’ Central Asian Affairs 2 (2015) 246-263. He is currently preparing a study of religion in Xinjiang for Routledge.


Dr Ildikó Bellér-Hann is Associate Professor of Central Asian / Turkish Studies at the University of Copenhagen. After studying Turkish, Archaeology, and English at the Lórand Eötvös University in Budapest, she received her PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK (in Turkish) and her habilitation degree from the Humboldt University, Berlin (in Central Asian Studies). She has held positions at Newnham College, Cambridge, the University of Kent at Canterbury and the Martin Luther University in Halle, Germany. Her main interests span the histories and societies, historical anthropology, social support networks, kinship, and oral and literate traditions of the Turkic-speaking peoples of Xinjiang, Turkey, and Central Asia


Tim Clissold graduated in Physics and Theoretical Physics from Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1982. He has lived and worked in China for nearly thirty years and published three books on Chinese business, society, history and classical poetry. He is fluent in written and spoken Chinese and has travelled extensively into remote regions of China, including multiple trips to Xinjiang beginning in 1988. His most recent book, Cloud Chamber, will be published this year by the Commercial Press of China, China’s oldest publisher. For many years, he has specialised in cross cultural dispute resolution, developing and implementing practical solutions to intractable conflicts that have occurred between Western and Chinese organisations.


Everyone is welcome.


If you wish to attend please email the China Centre Administrator, Denise Hayles ( or and she will be pleased to book a place for you and send you the Zoom joining instructions nearer the time. 


Poster Attached. 


Other China Centre seminars scheduled for this term are (all times shown are UK times):


4.30 – 5.15pm, Wednesday 20 October: Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, ‘US Grand Strategy and intellectual and political exchange among the US, China and Europe’

10 – 11.30am, Thursday 21 October: Professor Pan Jiahua, ‘Carbon neutrality: how fast can China go?’

5 – 6.30pm, Wednesday 3 November: Dr Frances Wood, ‘The lure of China: writers from Marco Polo to J.G.Ballard’

5 – 6.30pm, Thursday 11 November: Professor Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard, ‘Politics and governance in China: the Party in control?’

5 – 6.30pm, Thursday 18 November: Professor Harriet Evans, ‘Reflections on the afterlives of Mao era posters’

5 – 6.30pm, Wednesday 24 November: Dr Ming-chin Monique Chu, ‘China’s pursuit of semiconductor supremacy: opportunities and constraints’

5 – 6.30pm, Tuesday 30 November: Nicky Harman, ‘A drop in the ocean: The (in)visibility of Chinese literature in translation’


Further details will be posted on the China Centre webpage:



Peter Nolan                                                        

Director, China Centre, Jesus College

Director, China Executive Leadership Programme

Chong Hua Professor of Chinese Development (Emeritus)

Founding Director, Centre of Development Studies


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by Denise Hayles

Mobile: +44 (0)7900 583240

Administrator, China Centre

Programme Assistant, China Executive Leadership Programme (CELP)

China Centre, Jesus College, Cambridge, CB5 8BL, UK


Wednesday, 27 October, 2021 - 16:00 to 18:00
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