Queer­ing Anti-Zion­ism: Aca­d­e­m­ic Free­dom, LGBTQ Intel­lec­tu­als, and Israel/​Palestine Cam­pus Activism

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January 4, 2022

With engaged schol­ar­ship and an excit­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the field of Israel/​Palestine stud­ies, queer schol­ar-activist Corinne Black­mer stages a point­ed cri­tique of schol­ars whose anti-Israel bias per­vades their activism as well as their aca­d­e­m­ic work. Black­mer demon­strates how the Boy­cott, Divest­ment, and Sanc­tions (BDS) move­ment that seeks to dele­git­imize and iso­late Israel has become a cen­tral part of social jus­tice advo­ca­cy on cam­pus, par­tic­u­lar­ly with­in gen­der and sex­u­al­i­ty stud­ies pro­grams. The chap­ters focus on the intel­lec­tu­al work of Sarah Schul­man, Jas­bir Puar, Angela Davis, Dean Spade, and Judith But­ler, demon­strat­ing how they mis­ap­ply crit­i­cal the­o­ry in their dis­cus­sions of the State of Israel. Black­mer shows how these LGBTQ intel­lec­tu­als mobi­lize queer the­o­ry and inter­sec­tion­al­i­ty to sup­port the BDS move­ment at the expense of aca­d­e­m­ic free­dom and open discourse.

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