Press Release on MLA Delegate Assembly Vote

JANUARY 10, 2017 ~ MLABOYCOTT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2017 Media Contact: David Lloyd | dclloyd@ucr.edu In Keeping with Conservative History,  MLA Votes Down Resolution to Boycott Israeli Institutions At the annual convention of the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association [MLA], a resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions for their involvement in violations of international law was voted […]

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‘Progressive’ Defenders of the Racial State: Reflections on the Modern Language Association BDS vote

David Lloyd, Mondoweiss, January 9, 2017 The news is in: on Saturday, a resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions was rejected by the Delegate Assembly of the Modern Language Association, the largest and most traditional humanities association in the United States.  An opposing resolution that directs the MLA not to endorse a boycott of Israeli universities […]

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Message from Graduate Students on the MLA Academic Boycott Resolution

Graduate student MLA members who support the boycott of Israeli academic institutions wrote the message below. Please share widely with graduate students who may have questions about the politics of academic boycott and why it is relevant to graduate student politics in the United States today. Sincerely, –The Coordinating Committee MLA Members for Justice in Palestine   What will be the […]

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The MLA and the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

This short documentary makes the case for MLA (Modern Languages Association) members to vote in 2017 in support of a resolution to endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The video includes interviews with numerous prominent literary scholars who support the boycott resolution. Gayatri Spivak, W.J.T.Mitchell, Bruce Robbins, Margaret Ferguson, Rosaura Sanchez, David Lloyd, Malini Schueller, David Palumbo Liu, Jeffery […]

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Not so Much Anti-Boycott as Pro-Israel

David Palumbo-Liu(bio)1. Stanford University1 Symploke, Volume 23, Numbers 1-2, 2015, pp. 425-457 (Review) Download pdf: Palumbo-liu   The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel, edited by Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm (2015), aspires to be “a resource to bring reason, history, and sound information to campuses confronting [the] BDS [Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions] agenda” (19). The editors clearly feel their book […]

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Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

“Be it Resolved”: Full Text of the Proposed AAA Boycott Resolution Posted on October 21, 2015 by anthroboycott Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions has submitted a boycott resolution to the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for consideration at the upcoming Annual Meeting in Denver. The resolution endorses the Palestinian civil society call to boycott Israeli academic institutions until they take concrete steps to end their […]

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British university votes ‘Yes’ to academic boycott of Israel

  By Fanny Malinen New Internationalist Blog Published on March 5, 2015 Chants of ‘BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] yes, BDS yes!’ rocked the walls of the Students’ Union bar at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) last Friday. SOAS was the first university in Britain to hold a school-wide referendum on an academic boycott of Israel […]

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Talal Asad: Why do I support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement?

April 10, 2015 Carole McGranahan [Savage Minds is honored to publish this essay by Talal Asad. He teaches anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center and specializes on religion and politics in the Middle East and Europe.] I have never visited Israel, or the occupied West Bank and Gaza, but I have several friends, Jews and Palestinians, who teach in universities there and […]

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