Considering Palestine/Israel. What Does the Boycott Mean?

ASSUMING BOYCOTT: RESISTANCE, AGENCY, AND CULTURAL PRODUCTION Sat 7 Feb 2015 4.00PM-6.00PM The New School, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street
New York City

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Cultural production opens avenues for new ways of thinking. But how can withdrawal and boycott be productive or conducive to politically oriented artistic practices? This series of seminars poses an alternative view: to consider boycott and withdrawal as special conditions for discourse and artmaking. The seminars address timely questions of the agency of artists in the social and political sphere, and how culture can enact and perform change within a politics of disengagement.

Considering Palestine/Israel

Co-organized with Cabinet magazine, the fourth seminar in the Vera List Center series Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production, returns to the conflict in Palestine/Israel to look at the impact of the Israeli occupation on institutions and individuals. In formulating strategies of resistance, one must first map the material, cultural, psychological, communicative, and financial structures of oppression. These networks of oppression are constantly moving, adapting to changes in the political, cultural, and economic landscape. The same can be said for the resistance movements that, among other forms, can consist of calls for divestment, petitions, or actual boycotts. Boycotts thus become a sort of performance, enacting new public platforms for civic engagement and disengagement. Institutions of both oppression and resistance are thus modified by boycotts, whose demands and forms are often evolving and shifting. And given the various and sometimes even conflicting calls for boycotts, what is the impact on the individuals who make up and rely on these institutions? How do structures of oppression and resistance impact Israelis and Palestinians engaged in the fight for justice for Palestine? Media theorist, curator, and documentary film maker Ariella Azoulay, philosopher Adi Ophir and curator Jack Persekian present examples of individuals and institutions navigating the shifting landscape of Palestine/Israel, followed by a discussion moderated by anthropologist Ann Stoler.

Ariella Azoulay, Department of Modern Culture and Media; Department of Comparative Literature, Brown University
Adi Ophir, Professor, The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, The Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University
Visiting Professor, The Cogut Center for the Humanities, and the Middle East Studies Program, Brown University
Jack Persekian, Director and Head Curator, Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine
Ann Stoler, Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies, The New School for Social Research
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Considering Palestine/Israel is Seminar IV of the series Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency and Cultural Production. Other seminars in this series are:

The Legacy of the Cultural Boycott in South Africa
Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Cultural Production During BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel)
Monday, October 20th, 2014

Going the Distance: Cultural Work in Far-flung Political and Geographical Spheres
Monday, December 1st, 2014

• Considering Palestine/Israel. What Does the Boycott Mean?
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Who is Silencing Whom? Censorship, Self-Censorship, and Charlie Hebdo
Monday, February 23, 2015

Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production
Saturday, April 11, 2015

The series is organized by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics as part of the center's 2013–2015 curatorial focus on Alignment. It is curated by Carin Kuoni, director/curator, Vera List Center, and Laura Raicovich, president and executive director, Queens Museum.