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Dr Mamtimyn Sunuodula, BA, PGCert, PG Diploma, PhD (Durham), FHEA

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Mamtimyn Sunuodula's research investigates how multilingual practices, language policies and identities are interrelated. He is fluent in Chinese, Central Asian Turkic languages (Uyghur, Uzbek, Kazak) and has reading knowledge of Arabic, Japanese, Russian and Turkish.

Research Interests

  • Language and identity
  • Ethnicity and nation
  • Security and securitization
  • Multilingualism and multiculturalism in China
  • Silk Roads, 'One Belt One Road'
  • China and the Muslim World

Teaching Areas

  • Ethnicity and Nation in East Asia
  • Politics of Pacific Asia

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2018). Mandarin Chinese in Education and Society in Xinjiang. In Language, Identity and Symbolic Culture. Evans, David Bloomsbury Academic.
  • 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. Andersen, Lars Erslev, Ehteshami, Anoush, Sunuodula, Mamtimyn & Jiang Yang Copenhagen: Danish Institute for International Studies. 76-83.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2015). Second/third language learning and Uyghur identity: language in education for Uyghurs in urban Xinjiang. In Language, Education and Uyghur Identity in Urban Xinjiang. Smith Finley, J. & Zang, Xiaowei London: Routledge. 95-113.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn & Cao, Yu. (2014). Language Learning and Empowerment: Languages in Education for Uyghurs in Xinjiang. In Trilingualism in Education in China: models and challenges. Feng, Anwei & Adamson, Bob. Springer. 65-102.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn, Feng, Anwei & Adamson, Bob (2014). Trilingualism and Uyghur Identity in the People's Republic of China. In Language and Identity: Discourse in the World. Evans, David Bloomsbury Academic. 81-104.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2011). An Uyghur linguist at an English university: intercultural encounters. In Chinese Learning Journeys: Chasing the Dream. Feng, Su Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books. 69-87.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn & 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. Feng, Anwei. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. 260-283.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2009). Selection of Central and Inner Asian art. In 10,000 years of art. London: Phaidon.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2007). Selection of Central and Inner Asian art. In 30,000 Years of Art: the Story of Human Activity across Time and Space. London: Phaidon. 364, 400, 427, 498, 511, 515, 626.

Edited book

  • Andersen, Lars Erslev, Ehteshami, Anoush, Sunuodula, Mamtimyn & Jiang, Yang (2017). 'One Belt One Road' and China's Westward Pivot: Past, Present and Future. Copenhagen: Danish Institute for International Studies.

Journal Article

  • Feng, A.W. & Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2009). Analysing language education policy for China's minority groups in its entirety. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 12(6): 685-704
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2007). Supporting international students in Durham: a library perspective. QED (Quality Enhancement at Durham) 5: 8.
  • 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 = Research in Ethnic Minority Education 1995(1): 12-19.

Book review

  • 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.

Conference Paper

  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2016), Role of the Middle Eastern Studies libraries in university internationalisation, 38th MELCOM International Conference. Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands, 30 May - 1 June 2016, MELCOM.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2014), Multilingualism and negotiating Uyghur identity, British Association for Chinese Studies Annual Conference. Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK, BACS, Newcastle University.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2013), Effective Trilingual Learning by Minority Students in Xinjiang, The Fourth International Conference on Trilingual Education in Minority Regions in China. Chengdu, China, Chengdu.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2011), Dynamics of Languages in Education for Linguistic Minorities in Urban Xinjiang, Dynamics of China's Borderlands: 18th – 21st centuries. EHESS, 190-198 Ave de France, 75013 Paris, France, EHESS, Paris.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2010), Foreign Language Education for the Uyghurs -- opportunity or Challenge?, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, London School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2010), Globalisation, language learning and empowerment: languages in education for the linguistic minorities in China, Languages in Education: the Chinese Context. Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China, Hong Kong Institute of Education.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2009), Foreign Language Education for the Linguistic Minorities in China, Trilingualism and trilingual education in minority regions in China: Comparative multiple-case studies in minority autonomous regions. Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Institute of Education.
  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn. (2003), Chinese Studies Library Collections in the Digital Age, Regional governance Greater China in the 21st century. Durham, UK, Durham.

Doctoral Thesis

  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2016). Multilingualism, Language Policy and Negotiation of Uyghur Identity. PhD: 337.


  • Sunuodula, Mamtimyn (2017), Beyond the Confines of Sinology: “Going out” and Service Innovation in Chinese Studies Libraries, 2017 International Conference on Integrated Development of Digital Publishing and Digital Libraries. Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China.


  • Senior, Karen., Bent, Moira., Scopes, Marie. & Sunuodula, Mamtimyn. (2008). Library services for international students. SCONUL.

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