BDS and Our Movements for Justice:
The Academic Boycott at the American Anthropological Association
Co-sponsored by Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions and Jadaliyya
Sarah Ihmoud, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the College of the Holy Cross
Moderated by Sami Hermez, Associate Professor in residence of Anthropology, Northwestern University in Qatar
The American Anthropological Association will be voting on a resolution to endorse the academic Boycott of Israeli academic institutions, starting 15 June. Watch this discussion on how the Palestinian BDS movement is embedded in and builds with transnational movements for decolonization, demilitarization and abolition, and to hear why anthropologists should support the boycott.
Sarah Ihmoud is a Chicana-Palestinian anthropologist whose work uplifts the lived experiences, histories, and political contributions of Palestinian women and Palestinian feminism. Dr. Ihmoud’s scholarship has been published in American Anthropologist, Feminist Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Feminist Studies, State Crime Journal, Jerusalem Quarterly and Biography. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC), the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the National Endowment for Humanities. She is a founding member of the Palestinian Feminist Collective and is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Orisanmi Burton is an assistant professor of anthropology at American University. His research employs innovative ethnographic and archival methods to examine historical collisions between Black radical organizations and state repression in the United States. Dr. Burton’s work has been published in North American Dialogue, The Black Scholar, American Anthropologist, and Radical History Review, among other outlets and has received support from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and The Margarite Casey Foundation, which selected him as a 2021 Freedom Scholar. Dr. Burton’s first book, entitled Tip of the Spear: Black Radicalism, Prison Repression, and the Long Attica Revolt will be published by the University of California Press in October 2023.
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies and affiliate faculty in Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches courses related to critical Indigenous studies, settler colonial studies, critical race studies, and anarchist studies. Kauanui is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press 2008); Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism (Duke University Press 2018); and Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders (University of Minnesota Press 2018). Her work is widely published in a range of academic journals and edited books. Kauanui is one of the six co-founders of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, established in 2008. She is the recipient of the Western History Association’s 2022 American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award.