Panel 3A

BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions): Palestine, Israel and Middle East Studies Roundtable Discussion

16.15 – 18.15
Chair: Dr Ewan Stein, University of Edinburgh

Teodora Todorova, University of Warwick
Ashjan Ajour Goldsmiths, University of London
John Chalcraft, London School of Economics and Political Science
Nicola Pratt, University of Warwick

At BRISMES conference 2015, a motion was passed that committed BRISMES ‘to organising discussions at the BRISMES Annual Conference or other appropriate fora and provide a platform for debating BDS.’ It is within this context that the participants above present this roundtable discussion, open to all participants at the BRISMES 2017 conference, on the subject of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and its implications for Middle East studies. The roundtable aims to create an atmosphere free from intimidation and censorship where BRISMES participants can explore, debate and discuss the academic boycott of Israel and other aspects of BDS for scholars of the Middle East region. Each roundtable participant will present their own reflections on the issue before opening the discussion out to the audience.