Webinar on Upcoming AAA Vote to Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions

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The American Anthropological Association will vote on the boycott of Israeli academic institutions from April 15 to May 31 by electronic ballot. Do you have questions about the proposed resolution? Looking for information about what a boycott would entail? Want to find out how the boycott would affect you and/or your university?

Anthropologists for the Boycott of Academic Institutions invites you to a one-hour webinar on the boycott. Tune in to a live broadcast on Thursday, March 3, 12-1pm EST, where we will present the case for the boycott and answer all of your questions.

 

View Webinar Online:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7CxkY0YEGU

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https://plus.google.com/events/cj6blennusb82kp2v1ap83dja7s

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An Educator’s Perspective on the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

[This post originally appeared on Allegra Lab]

By Lara Deeb

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Over the past months, colleagues in anthropology and other fields have laid out strong arguments for why one should support the academic boycott of Israeli institutions. Last spring, students in one of my undergraduate seminars provided me with another reason: supporting Palestinian rights through the academic boycott is our responsibility as scholars and educators. This was the first time I taught a class focused entirely on analyzing representations of and mostly by Palestinians, in ethnography, memoir, short fiction, graphic journalism, and documentary and feature film. During the seminar, I challenged students to think about tensions between individual and collective understandings of the past and future, as well as the theoretical frameworks anthropologists use to analyze topics ranging from NGOs to religion. In turn, students consistently asked how they could read these materials ethically. It quickly became apparent in discussions and office hours that this class (unusually) shared the perspective that Palestinian rights were being systematically violated and wanted to discuss what kinds of action they could take in response. At their insistence, this question became the focus of our final class session.

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