Academia and political change

24 March 2015, via PACBI

What is the Role of Academia in Political Change?: The Case of BDS and Israeli Violations of International Law

At the December 2014 American Anthropological Association (AAA) annual conference the issue of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and academic freedom was addressed in a public forum.

The forum featured a conversation among legal scholars, anthropologists, and social justice activists, who discussed BDS as a significant policy issue of our time.

The goal of the forum was three-fold: first, it was designed to educate the public about BDS, its goals and methods; second, it sought to raise awareness of the legal framework of the conflict; and third, it helped to open debate about the influence anthropology and an academic association such as the AAA can and should have in pressing for academic freedom and human rights for Palestinians, both those living as second-class citizens in Israel and those living under Israeli military occupation.

The panel was moderated by Lori Allen, and included Omar Barghouti, Richard Falk, Noura Erakat, Rebecca Vilkomerson, Saba Mahmoud, and Dan Segel as speakers.

Transcripts and sound recordings available via the PACBI website >>>

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