Since 2014, more and more professional academic associations have engaged with the issue of the boycott of Israeli academic institutions. 2015 was an especially noteworthy year for the growth of the academic boycott movement as was demonstrated by the votes in favor of academic boycott this fall at the national meetings of the American Anthropological Association and the National Women Studies Association.
The success of those important votes has inspired the movement within the MLA. Our “Open Letter” in support of an MLA resolution endorsing the boycott of Israeli academic institutions has been circulating over the last year. Prior to this week, approximately 100 members of the MLA had signed the Open Letter. In the first half of this week (Jan 4-6, 2016), leading into the 2016 MLA Convention in Austin, the number of signatures on the “Open Letter” has more than doubled and continues to go up each day. Click here to read the “Open Letter.” Click here to sign.
In addition, the MLA Members for Justice in Palestine Commons Group has increased to 89 members. If you are an MLA member and you have not already joined, activate your account on the Commons and click the link above to add your name to our group. You will receive regular updates and can become directly involved in the movement as the resolution moves toward a Delegate Assembly vote at the 2017 Convention in Philadelphia.
Click here for help activating your MLA Common’s account and then join the MLA Members for Justice in Palestine Commons Group.
On the first day of the conference, two panels will be held to debate the topic of academic boycott.
Thursday January 7, 2016
119 Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions 3:30–4:45 p.m., Lone Star D, JW Marriott
148 The Academic Boycott: Taking Sides 5:15–6:30 p.m., Lone Star D, JW Marriott
It is crucial for MLA members who support the boycott of Israeli academic institutions to show up at these debates and demonstrate the strength of this movement within MLA. If you can’t attend the conference, sign the “Open Letter” and become part of the MLA Members for Justice in Palestine Commons Group.