Modern Languages Association

W. J. T. Mitchell: “Palestine at the 2016 MLA”

W. J. T. Mitchell: “Palestine at the 2016 MLA”

26 January 2016 W.J.T. Mitchell is editor of Critical Inquiry. One of the most notable developments at the 2016 Modern Language Association meeting in Austin, Texas could be glimpsed simply by looking at the program. There were no less than a dozen sessions devoted to the question of Palestine. Many of them were, of course, devoted to the movement known as BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction), which for the last ten years has been directed at Israel’s financial, agricultural, and military institutions and now includes academic and cultural institutions as well.