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Ilana Feldman and Lisa Rofel

Why Anthropologists Should Boycott Israeli Academic Institutions

On Israel and Palestine: Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israeli Institutions In its best moments, anthropology is a discipline that is dedicated to social justice. It is a discipline that has historically stood up for marginalized peoples around the world. Anthropologists have not always lived up to these best ideals, of course, and the history of our discipline includes cooperation with colonial and imperial regimes and with war machines. Yet there have always been ...

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Ilana Feldman and Lisa Rofel


Ilana Feldman is associate professor of anthropology, history, and international affairs at George Washington U. Her research on the Palestinian experience, inside and outside of historic Palestine, has focused on bureaucracy, policing, and humanitarianism. She is the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-67.

Lisa Rofel is professor of anthropology and director of the Center for the Study of Emerging Worlds at U of California, Santa Cruz. Her research and recent interests include transnational capitalism, postcoloniality, comparative settler colonialisms, and imperial entanglements.