Guldana Salimjan is a 2023-2025 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School for International Studies. She was also a recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) China Studies Fellowship in 2022. Guldana’s scholarship is broadly concerned with settler colonial dispossession, displacement, racial capitalism, ecological history, and memory. Her current book project is a feminist decolonial study of the post-1949 history of resource extraction, border securitization, and settler infrastructural development in China’s northwestern internal settler colony known as Xinjiang. By centering the lives and memories of Kazakh women who experienced Chinese socialist collectivization, land reform, capitalist development, and border control, this research asserts the indigenous status of Kazakhs in the face of Chinese settler colonial power, and connects their struggle to the global Indigenous community affected by settler colonial states. The book intervenes in the study of socialist modernity by showing how revolutionary projects can become entangled with racialized forms of colonial domination, dispossession, and occupation. Some of the findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Central Asian Survey, Asian Ethnicity, Human Ecology, Inner Asia, and an edited volume, Xinjiang Year Zero.
Primary SFU faculty contact: Michael Hathaway, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology