Politics of Disorder Research Group Inaugural Lecture

Monday 30th May 12:00 to 13:30pm, Bridge House BH0101, the University of Lincoln

Forging ‘permanent order’ from disorder in the Peoples Republic of China: national (in)security, frontier genocide, state terror and a sanctioned academic
Jo Smith Finley, University of Newcastle

In the very first inaugural lecture for the Politics of Disorder research group, Dr Jo Smith Finley will be giving an overview of her research on the Uyghur population in Xinjiang in Western China and their struggle against securitisation, human rights violations, and terror of the Chinese state, as well as her experience of being one of nine UK citizens sanctioned by the Chinese government.

Joanne Smith Finley joined Newcastle University in January 2000, where she is Reader in Chinese Studies. Her research interests have included the evolution of identities among the Uyghurs of Xinjiang, NW China, and in the Uyghur diaspora; strategies of symbolic resistance in Xinjiang; Uyghur women between Islamic revival and Chinese state securitization of religion; PRC counter-terrorism measures in Xinjiang as state terror; and political “re-education” in Xinjiang as (cultural) genocide. She is author of “Why Scholars and Activists Increasingly Fear a Uyghur Genocide in Xinjiang,” Journal of Genocide Research, 2020 (DOI: 10.1080/14623528.2020.1848109), “Securitization, Insecurity and Conflict in Contemporary Xinjiang: Has PRC Counter-Terrorism Evolved into State Terror?” Central Asian Survey, 2019 (DOI: 10.1080/02634937.2019.1586348), and The Art of Symbolic Resistance: Uyghur Identities and Uyghur-Han Relations in Contemporary Xinjiang (Brill Academic Publishing, 2013); and co-editor of Language, Education and Uyghur Identity in Urban Xinjiang (Routledge, 2015) and Situating the Uyghurs Between China and Central Asia (Ashgate, 2007). Based on her three decades of expertise in Uyghur studies, she writes occasional op-eds for the international media ( and gives frequent interviews to investigative journalists, documentary filmmakers, and radio and television broadcasters. She serves as expert country witness in Uyghur asylum cases in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada, and advises legal firms, refugee support organizations, government departments, non-governmental organizations and think tanks.


Previous Events:


  • Virtual Roundtable – ‘Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine: regional perspectives from the Baltic Republics, Central Asia and China

    Friday 11th March 2022 –  Watch HERE

  • The Politics of Disorder in conjunction with the School of Social and Political Sciences research seminar series presents Dr Filippo Menga from the University Bergamo who will provide a talk on ‘Populist Ecologies’.


    Wednesday 23 February 2022 on MS Teams – Watch HERE


    Populist Ecologies

    ABSTRACT: Right-wing variants of populism are on the rise across the globe, creating new patterns of interaction between society and the environment. These new socio-ecological relationships – dubbed ‘populist ecologies’ – are not homogenous and, instead, can vary from country to country and populist to populist. In this presentation, I will explore two particular right-wing populist ecologies: the government of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil (2019 onwards) and the politics of Matteo Salvini in Italy. In doing so, I will highlight the complexity of the relationship between contemporary right-wing populism and the environment – and the ways in which populist ecologies may act to conceal the more-nefarious elements of the populist moment.BIO: Filippo Menga is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Bergamo, Italy. His research draws on political ecology, political geography, and critical geography to advance an innovative approach to the study of water politics, particularly in relation to hydraulic infrastructure and water charities, global water networks and governance, and the dialectics of sustainability. He has published articles on these topics in a wide range of academic journals and is Associate Editor of Political Geography.
  • Politics of Disorder (PoD) Research Group Book Launch 

    16 February 2022, 1pm.  

    The University of Lincoln’s Politics of Disorder Research Group is happy to announce its first book launch event. Dr Nick Cowen and Dr. Sureyya Sonmez Efe will be presenting their recently published books Neoliberal Social Justice: Rawls Unveiled (Edward Elgar, 2021) and Rights of Migrant Workers: An Analysis of Migration Policies in Contemporary Turkey (Transnational Press, 2021).  Please join us for what will be a fascinating discussion!  Details of the speakers and books below:   Dr. Nick Cowen, Senior Lecturer in Criminology 

    Nick Cowen Book CoverNeoliberal Social Justice: Rawls Unveiled 

    This timely and provocative book challenges the conventional wisdom that neoliberal capitalism is incompatible with social justice. Employing public choice and market process theory, Nick Cowen systematically compares and contrasts capitalism with socialist alternatives, illustrating how proponents of social justice have decisive reasons to opt for a capitalism guided by neoliberal ideas.  The publisher has provided a 50 % discount when purchased from their website   Discount code: NCOW50   

    Rights of Migrant Workers Book CoverRights of Migrant Workers: An Analysis of Migration Policies in Contemporary Turkey 

    Dr. Sureyya Sonmez Efe  This insightful book discusses how policymakers define migrant workers’ status and rights at international and national levels. Assessing the evolution of the language of rights for migrant workers in international law; definition of migrant workers in Turkish legislation; key political and economic factors on Turkish migration policies; protection mechanisms that safeguard migrant workers’ rights, it critically examines the policymaking processes at international, regional and national levels and evaluates the impact of the ‘values’ such as universal or ethnocentric values, on the definitions of status and rights of migrant workers.  The publisher has provided a 30% discount for the book when purchased from their website Discount code: tpl*efe*2022