Below is link to Alex Lubin’s presentation at the 2016 MLA. The paper was given as part of the roundtable “What It Means for MLA Members to Support the Academic Boycott of Israel” (Austin, Jan. 8, 2016). Lubin situates BDS activism in relation to what he calls the de-facto boycott of Palestinians orchestrated by US Foreign policy, analyzing how US affective, diplomatic, and economic investment in Israel contributes to the epistemic and ontological erasure of Palestinians.
Download Lubin MLA 2016 Paper
Lubin is Professor and Chair of the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of Romance and Rights: The Politics of Interracial Intimacy, 1945-1954 (2005) and Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro Arab Political Imaginary (2014). He is also the editor of Revising the Blueprint: Ann Petry and the Literary Left and the co-editor of American Studies Encounters the Middle East (2016). This essay is a modified version of his chapter in Vijay Prashad’s Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation (Verso Books, 2015).