Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CFP: NAISA Council on academic boycotts

The NAISA Council is soliciting proposals for panels and individual papers on the subject of academic boycotts for the program at the Annual Meeting of NAISA at Austin, Texas, May 29-31, 2014.

The NAISA Council is issuing this extraordinary call in the spirit of scholarly dialogue on the complex issues entailed in academic boycotts. On December 15, 2013, the NAISA Council issued a statement in support of the boycott of Israeli academic institutions ( This announcement came after the deadline for proposals for the 2014 meeting. For that reason, in order to facilitate critical and constructive scholarly exchange on the NAISA Council statement and on academic boycotts more broadly, NAISA Council extends this call.

The NAISA Council encourages panels that include varied stances on academic boycotts and that arise in varied contexts, e.g. labor disputes, anti-immigration legislation, etc.

Like other papers and panels on the program, proposed papers and panels on the issue of academic boycotts should be based on scholarly research and analysis. Proposals will be evaluated according to the same criteria as other proposals that were submitted under the general call for papers.

Please see those criteria and suggestions here:  Also, as is indicated in the Counciląs statement,  łNAISA is committed to the robust intellectual and ethical engagement of difficult and often highly charged issues of land, identity, and belonging. Our members will have varying opinions on the issue of the boycott, and we encourage generous dialogue that affirms respectful disagreement as a vital scholarly principle. We reject shaming or personal attacks as counter to humane understanding and the greater goals of justice, peace, and decolonization.

Unfortunately, time pressures in preparing the program force us to set the deadline for submission sooner than we would wish. Proposals are due Monday, March 3 via email to

Due to the extraordinary circumstances of this CFP, individuals are encouraged to submit proposals whether they have or have not had a proposal accepted for presentation at the meeting.

Individual paper submissions must include the following:
Author name, institutional affiliation, job title, email address, paper title, and a 250-word (maximum) paper abstract.

Panel submissions must include the following:
A panel title, a 250-word (maximum) panel abstract, the name and email address of the panel organizer, AND the following for each paper: author name, institutional affiliation, job title, email address, paper title, and a 250-word (maximum) paper abstract.

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