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Lori Allen and Ajantha Subramian

Engaged Anthropology: The AAA’s Task Force Report on Israel/Palestine

[Photo by Rawan Nassrallah via Wikimedia Commons]

On 8 October 2015, Israeli security forces brutally beat and arrested two students of Birzeit University, a major Palestinian university in the West Bank. In response, Birzeit issued an appeal to academic and human rights institutions to speak out against the crimes of the Israeli occupation. The university’s appeal is one of hundreds coming in the wake of Israeli actions that violate Palestinians’ academic freedom and human rights inside the occupied territories, as well ...

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Lori Allen is University Lecturer in Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics & Society and a Fellow at King's College at Cambridge University. She is a founding member of the Task Force on Middle East Anthopology, a group dedicated to increasing the relevance, visibility, and application of anthropological perspectives on the Middle East, and an emerita Editorial Committee member for Middle East Report. She is the author of The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine (Stanford, 2013).

Ajantha Subramanian is Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies at Harvard University. Her first book Shorelines: Space and Rights in South India (Stanford University Press, 2009) narrates the use of space as an instrument of power and rights politics on India’s southwestern coast. Her current research considers the relationship between meritocracy and democracy in India.