The December 2013 American Studies Association vote to join the academic boycott of Israeli institutions generated an intense public conversation. But it represented just one moment in the decades long struggle of Palestinians against the Israeli settler colonial state. This Periscope represents a next moment. Based on presentations at the February 28-March 1, 2014, NYU American Studies Program conference Circuits of Influence: US, Israel Palestine, the included essays aim to further expand international support for this ongoing Palestinian labor. Edited by Lisa Duggan For more on this topic, see Social Text's periscope on Palestine.
We publish this dossier to honor Stuart Hall. As a collective committed to transformative intellectual work, Social Text feels that we have a particular stake in commemorating Hall, for he believed above all in collaborative work. As the first editor of New Left Review, Hall played a pivotal role in debates concerning culture, politics, and hegemony in the post-1945 world. As co-founder of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, Hall established the key platform for British Cultural Studies, leading to seminal publications such as Resistance Through Rituals and The Empire Strikes Back. Working with collaborators at CCCS, Hall published Policing the Crisis, a groundbreaking anatomy of the role of racial politics in Britain’s rightward shift under Thatcher. Hall also helped mentor younger generations of radical scholars such as Paul Gilroy and Hazel Carby whose work has been central to challenging exclusionary nationalist axes of identity. Stuart Hall’s legacy, as a theoretician, an engaged intellectual, and a political activist, remains a vital one for radicals today. As a collective, we mourn his loss, celebrate his exemplary life, and remember his enduring struggle for justice.