The Academic Boycott Movement

This periscope brings together political analyses of the academic boycott as a global movement, from different political locations and contexts of struggle, as a way of taking stock of past gains and challenges and providing directions for the future. In this collection, edited by Sunaina Maira and Neferti Tadiar, Sunaina Maira highlights the radical significance of the boycott for struggles within the U.S.; Salma Musa traces the anti-colonial and anti-apartheid political genealogy of the academic boycott; Haidar Eid addresses the boycott’s strategy of denormalization as a means to decolonization; Kristian Davis Bailey argues for the need to develop the interconnections between racial and colonial violence; Robin D. G. Kelley argues for Black-Palestinian solidarity as a political stance; and Steven Salaita underscores the principles of decolonial activity and justice that will spell the future of the BDS movement.

A Radical Vision of Freedom

Sunaina Maira

2015 was the tenth anniversary of the official launching of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement by Palestinian civil society organizations, including over 170 political parties, activist organizations, trade unions, women’s groups, and other segments of the Palestinian national movement, … Continue reading “A Radical Vision of Freedom”

An Anti-Racist Movement

Robin D. G. Kelley

The summer of 2014 was a crucial historical conjuncture in which Palestinian-Black solidarity both deepened and became more complex, as Angela Davis’s latest book, Freedom is a Constant Struggle (2015) was absolutely right to identify. The killings of Eric Garner, … Continue reading “An Anti-Racist Movement”

BDS Beyond Palestine

Steven Salaita

When the editors of this dossier asked me to contribute, they suggested I look toward the future of BDS and think about what might await, and what should await, the movement as it moves forward. Where might its activists most … Continue reading “BDS Beyond Palestine”