At a time of crisis for Uyghur language and culture, in the face of China’s policies of cultural erasure in the Uyghur homeland, we mark International Mother Language Day by inviting Uyghur writers, poets and artists, translators and experts on Uyghur culture, to discuss how best to sustain Uyghur language, literature and culture in the diaspora. 

PEN Uyghur Centre promotes literature, freedom of expression, and the right to use our mother tongue, and works to sustain Uyghur culture in the diaspora. 

We celebrate PEN International Centenary 2021!

100 years of celebrating literature and protecting freedom of expression

The Centenary is a celebration of PEN ’s 100 years. Bringing together PEN Centres, members, partners, writers, readers and activists for a unique programme of events, campaigns and activities across residencies and workshops globally, the Centenary is a celebration of PEN ’s unfinished story.


Aziz Isa Elkun
Writer, poet, director of Uyghur PEN Online Revitalisation Project


Mukaddas Mijit 
Ethnomusicologist, film maker, dancer, and music manager

Joshua Freeman
Postdoctoral fellow, Princeton Society of Fellows

Abduweli Ayup
Writer, poet, and linguist specialising in Uyghur language education

Tahir Imin
Scholar of political science, founder of Uighur Times Agency

Rachel Harris
Professor of Ethnomusicology, SOAS, University of London

Ross Holder
Asia Regional Programme Coordinator of PEN International


  • Date and time: Sunday 21 February, 15:00 London time
  • Discussion topic: “How to sustain Uyghur culture in the diaspora?”
  • Platform: Webex Webinar 
  • Language: English 
  • The event will be live streamed on Uyghur PEN’s Facebook page. 

Please register for the Webinar on Eventbrite:

Organised by Uyghur PEN Online Revitalisation Project with the support of PEN International |



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