Mamtimyn Sunuodula

Full Name and Title:

Dr Mamtimyn Sunuodula

Positions held:

Head of East Asia Section
Curator of Chinese Collections
Bodleian Libraries

Correspondence address:

Bodleian KB Chen China Centre Library
University of Oxford China Centre
Dickson Poon Building
Canterbury Road
Oxford OX2 6LU

Email address:

Mamtimyn.Sunuodula@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Research Interests:

My research interests lie in the intersection and interaction of language, identity and power in multilingual contexts. Drawing on ethnographic and historical research, I explore the ways in which language practices form part of the fundamental set of actions through which ethnic and social identities are performatively enacted and social relations are constructed. I am particularly interested in how disadvantaged minority linguistic groups shift the balance of symbolic power in their favour through acquisition of ‘high value’ international/foreign languages and challenge linguistic dominance and the dominant group’s precarious position in its claim to linguistic authenticity and authority.

Current Projects:

  • ‘Bodleian Library and the 17th century origins of Chinese learning in the UK’ exhibition project. (A physical and accompanying virtual exhibition are being planned for launch in Weston Library in the summer of 2021).
  • Bodleian Library Pre-Modern Chinese collections digitization project

Courses taught:

Ethnicity and Nation in East Asia
Politics of Pacific Asia
Society and Culture in China

Recent Publications:

  • Yan, Aimin, Binghan Zheng & Mamtimyn Sunuodula [ed.] (2018). Chinese wisdom and modern management. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Andersen, Lars Erslev, Ehteshami, Anoush, Sunuodula, Mamtimyn & Jiang, Yang [ed.] (2017). 'One Belt One Road' and China's westward pivot: past, present and future. Copenhagen: Danish Institute for International Studies.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (forthcoming). “Language and securitization of language policy in contemporary Xinjiang.”
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2018). “Mandarin Chinese in education and society in Xinjiang.” In Language, identity and symbolic culture, edited by David Evans. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2015). “Second/third language learning and Uyghur identity: languages in education for Uyghurs in urban Xinjiang.” In Language, education and Uyghur youth Identities in urban Xinjiang, edited by Joanne Smith Finley and Zang Xiaowei. London: Routledge, pp. 95-113
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn, and Feng Anwei (2011). “Learning English as a third Language by Uyghur students in Xinjiang: a blessing in disguise?” In English language education across Greater China, edited by Feng Anwei. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, pp. 260-283.
  • Feng, Anwei and Mamtimyn Sunuodula (2009). “Analysing language education policy for China's minority groups in its entirety.” International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. 12(6): 685-704.

Full Publications:

  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2017). “'One Belt One Road', one language or multiple languages? Multilingualism and language policy along the Silk Road.” In 'One Belt One Road' and China's westward pivot: past, present and future, edited by Lars Erslev Andersen, Anoush Ehteshami, Mamtimyn Sunuodula & Jiang Yang. Copenhagen: Danish Institute for International Studies. 76-83.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn, and Cao Yu (2015). “Language learning and empowerment: languages in education for Uyghurs in Xinjiang.” In Trilingualism and trilingual education in China, edited by Feng Anwei and Bob Adamson. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 65-102.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn, Feng Anwei and Bob Adamson (2014). “Trilingualism and Uyghur identity in the People's Republic of China.” In Language and identity, edited by David Evans. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 81-104.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn, and Cao Yu (2015). “Language learning and empowerment: languages in education for Uyghurs in Xinjiang.” In Trilingualism and trilingual education in China, edited by Feng Anwei and Bob Adamson. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 65-102.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn, Feng Anwei and Bob Adamson (2014). “Trilingualism and Uyghur identity in the People's Republic of China.” In Language and identity, edited by David Evans. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 81-104.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn. 2005. Chinese Studies Research Libraries in the Digital Age.” Social Sciences International. 2005(4): 66-69. [in Chinese]
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn. 2011. “An Uyghur Linguist at an English University: Intercultural Encounters.” In Chinese Learning Journeys: Chasing the Dream, edited by Su Feng. London: UCL IOE Press, Trentham Books, pp.69-87.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn. 2009. “Central and Inner Asian Art.” In 10,000 Years of Art, edited by Diane Fortenberry. London: Phaidon.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn. 2007. “Central and Inner Asian Art.” In 30,000 Years of Art: the Story of Human Activity across Time and Space, edited by Diane Fortenberry. London: Phaidon
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn. 2016. “The Art of Symbolic Resistance: Uyghur Identities and Uyghur-Han Relations in Contemporary Xinjiang.” Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies. 5: 80-83. [Book review]
  • Senior, Karen, Moira Bent, Marie Scopes and Mamtimyn Sunuodula. 2008. Library Services for International Students. London: SCONUL.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2005). “数字时代的中国研究图书馆资源 = Chinese Studies research libraries in the digital age.” 国外社会科学 [Social Sciences Abroad]. 2005(4): 66-69.
  • Ji, Shenying., Anar., Sunuodula, Mamtimyn. & Ouyang, Zhi. 1996. 新疆5-16岁维族儿童智力发展水平与对策研究 = 5-16 year old Uyghur children's IQ development level in Xinjiang and policy recommendations. 西北民族研究 = Northwest Minorities Research 1996(1): 97-108.
  • Ji, Shenying., Ouyang, Zhi., Anar. & Sunuodula, Mamtimyn. 1995. 新疆七族儿童智力发展水平研究 = Research into IQ development of children from seven ethnic groups in Xinjiang. 民族教育研究 = Ethnic Minority Education Research 1995(1): 12-19.

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