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Noura Erakat, Alex Lubin, Steven Salaita, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, and Jasbir Puar

Substantive Erasures: Essays on Academic Boycott and the American Studies Association

[Graffiti from the Palestinian side of the separation wall in Bethlehem. Image by Neil Ward, via Flickr.]

Introduction [by Noura Erakat] Members of the American Studies Association (ASA) first considered an academic boycott seven years ago, discussed it openly four years ago, and presented a resolution to endorse it a little over one year ago. As with most boycott, divestment, and sanctions efforts (BDS), opponents made little noise about it assuming that it would disappear quietly under the crushing weight of establishment opposition and explicit threats to ...

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Noura Erakat, Alex Lubin, Steven Salaita, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, and Jasbir Puar


Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and writer. She is currently a Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple Law School and has taught International Human Rights Law and the Middle East at Georgetown University since Spring 2009. Her recent publications include "New Imminence in the Time of Obama: The Impact of Targeted Killings on the Law of Self-Defense" forthcoming in the Arizona Law Review and a co-edited volume entitled, Aborted State? The UN Initiative and New Palestinian Junctures. Noura is a Jadaliyya Co-Editor. 

Alex Lubin is Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for American Studies and Research at the American University of Beirut and is on-leave from the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico.  His most recent book is Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary, which is published in the John Hope Franklin series by University of North Carolina Press. 

Steven Salaita  has taught English at Virginia Tech for the past six years, but starting in the fall he'll join the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He writes regularly for Electronic Intifada and Salon. His most recent published book is Israel's Dead Soul, but he's working on a project that compares necolonial narratives in the New World and Palestine. 

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University. Kauanui is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity(Duke University Press), and is currently completing her second book, Thy Kingdom Come? The Paradox of Hawaiian Sovereignty, a critical study of gender, sexuality, and statist nationalism. Kauanui serves on the ASA National Council, and is on the advisory board of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

Jasbir Puar is an Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University.  She has also been a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin. Puar is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007), which won the 2007 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies and has also been translated into French. Puar’s edited volumes include “Queer Tourism: Geographies of Globalization” (GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies); and co-edited volumes on “Sexuality and Space” (Society and Space); “Interspecies” (Social Text); “Viral” (Women’s Studies Quarterly).