Hacer Z. Gonul
F.R.S. - FNRS Fresh Research Fellow
Hacer Z. Gonul is currently a PhD candidate at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), a researcher at Faculté de Philosophie et Sciences Sociales (REPI) and a member of the team dedicated to the Research Centre for East Asian Studies (EASt). She was awarded a scholarship from the FRESH (F.R.S- FNRS) Doctoral Program. She was a visiting fellow in Centre of Islamic Studies in University of Cambridge and was one of the editors of the book: Hui Muslims in China, published by Leuven University Press. Her research critically examines how securitisation campaigns by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) turn the country’s Muslim minorities into potential threats, while simultaneously seeking to legitimise the CCP’s narrow definition of "legitimate religious practice". Her research interests include ethnic and religious minorities in China particularly: ethnicity, radicalization, Islam in China and securitization with a special focus on the Hui and Uyghur communities.