Mukaddas Mijit


Free University & EAST, Brussels


Mukaddas Mijit is an ethnomusicologist, filmmaker and artist. She was born and raised in the Uyghur Region. She studied dance and music at Xinjiang Arts institute before moving to Paris in 2003. She obtained her MA at the University of Sorbonne, with a research focused on Sufi poetic and music practices in Ghulja, and was awarded her PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of Paris Nanterre in 2015, researching the ‘Staging of Uyghur Music and Dance’. She has published several articles in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals including Cahier d’Ethnomusicologie. She has made four substantial documentaries and a series of short films on Uyghur culture. Since 2019, she is involved in a research programme of the School of Oriental and African Studies on the Transmission of Uyghur Meshrep Gatherings around the Uyghur Diaspora. More recently, she has been involved in a postdoctoral research programme at the Free University of Brussels (LAMC–EASt). She is researching about artistic creativity among the Uyghurs of the diaspora.

As an artist director, she is finishing her first fiction film and she is also co-creating an immersive performance and an installation project, based on Uyghur political crises, with several groups of artists, activists and journalists in New York. She is also the co-creator and co-host of the WEghur Stories podcast sharing stories of the Uyghur diaspora in English and in French.

Publications related to the project’s theme

A) Texts

Mukaddas Mijit, et al. ‘“Où Est Ma Mère?” De l’Anonymat à l’Activisme International: Entretiens avec Akida Pulat et Halmurat H. Uyghur’, Monde Chinois 65/1 (2021): 54–66

Alexandre Papas & Mukaddas Mijit, ‘Researching Uyghur Spirituality: A Conversation with Alexandre Papas’, Monde Chinois 65/1 (2021): 103–10

Mukaddas Mijit, ‘L’Art pour Documenter, Éduquer et Sensibiliser à la Crise Ouïghoure sur les Réseaux Sociaux’, Monde Chinois Nouvelle Asie, 63/3 (2020): 30–45

Mukaddas Mijit, ‘Elley Balam, une Berceuse Ouïghoure sur Scène’, Cahier d’Ethnomusicologie 31 (2018): 241–8

Mukaddas Mijit, 2018, ‘Uyghur Jadidism and the Brief History of the Artistic Troupes in the Early 20th Century: The Artistic Exchange between Uyghur, Turkish, Azerbaijani and Uzbek Reformists’, in Proceedings of scientific Symposium in the Vth International Mugham Festival ‘The World of Mugham’, Baku, 2018: 302–15

Mukaddas Mijit, ‘Meddah, Ashiq et Dastanchi, les Pratiques Controversées de la Culture Ouïghoure’, in N. Dziub, G. Komur–Thilloy, P. Thilloy, ed., L’Ashiq et le Troubadour: Perspectives Transversales sur l’Art de la Poésie Musicale, Reims: ÉPURE Éditions & Presses universitaires de Reims, 2017: 149–58

Mukaddas Mijit, ‘Le Soufisme chez les Uyghur / Ouïgours de Ghulja: La Voie des Anciens’, Études Orientales 27-28/1-2 (2016): 117–60

  1. Mijit & F. Picard, ‘Vers à Soie du Printemps: Flûte et Luths Ouïghours, du Turkestan à la Chine’, Revue des Traditions Musicales, 10 (2016): 201–10

Mukaddas Mijit, ‘Sufism and the Ceremony of Zikr in Ghulja’, in T. Levin, S. Daukeyeva, E. Kochümkulova, ed., Music of Central Asia, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2016: 304–10

Mukaddas Mijit, ‘Chine: Musique Ouïghoure (Muqam Nava, Abdukerim Osman Chimani)’, Cahier d’Ethnomusicologie 28 (2015): 285–6

Mukaddas Mijit, ‘The Uyghur Traditional Music and Dance on Modern Stage’, in 8th International Turkology Conference, Istanbul: Istanbul University Press, 2013: 29–40

  1. Mijit & S. Kamal, ‘Le Théâtre Ouïghour, Hier et Aujourd’hui’, Dramaturgies 30 (2012): 321–6

Mukaddas Mijit, ‘Dance and Muqam on Uyghur Stage’, in Proceedings of the International Musicological Symposium ‘Space of the Mugham’, Baku, 2009: 322–7

B) Short Films

Mukaddas Mijit, Rahime, Mukaddas Mijit Production, 2015, 3’

Mukaddas Mijit, A centre for the Transmission of Qumul Muqams, Mukaddas Mijit Production, 2012, 30’

Mukaddas Mijit, Dolan Fever, Mukaddas Mijit Production, 2012, 6’

Mukaddas Mijit, A Zikr Ceremony in Ghulja, Mukaddas Mijit Production, 2009, 27’

C) Fiction Film

Mukaddas Mijit, Nikah, Les Films du Bal et L’Endroit, with the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC) et ARTE France, 2022

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