In Fall 2014, David Lloyd and Rebecca Comay submitted to the Organizing Committee of the Delegate Assembly a resolution and supporting documents calling upon the MLA to endorse the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. The resolution was proposed for discussion at the 2015 meeting of the Delegate Assembly. At that same time, two other members of the MLA submitted a resolution that opposed academic boycott resolutions. The Organizing Committee of the MLA requested that the two groups of proposers postpone the formal submission of their resolutions to the Delegate Assembly until 2017. In the meantime, both parties were granted space in the MLA convention program to debate the issue. Debate panels and other sessions on Palestinian culture and politics are scheduled for the 2016 MLA Convention. Below is the information on the debate panel organized by MLA Members for Justice in Palestine.
119. Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions
Program arranged by the MLA Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee
Presiding: Margaret W. Ferguson, Univ. of California, Davis
Responding: Stephanie Louise Kirk, Washington Univ. in St. Louis
Perspectives on the proposed MLA resolution to endorse the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Why call for such a boycott? What is the role of academic boycotts in a campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions? What are the consequences of an institutional boycott for Palestinian and Israeli scholars and for the MLA and its membership?