Middle East studies in the News
Academics Mull Boycott of U.S. Conferences as a Way of Fighting Travel Ban [incl. Max Weiss]
by Shannon Najmabadi
Some faculty members are calling for a boycott of academic conferences in the United States in reaction to an executive order, signed on Friday by President Trump, that bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
A petition circulating online has drawn the signatures of hundreds of academics around the world.
"We the undersigned take action in solidarity with those affected by Trump's executive order by pledging not to attend international conferences in the U.S. while the ban persists," the petition says. "We question the intellectual integrity of these spaces and the dialogues they are designed to encourage while Muslim colleagues are explicitly excluded from them."
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Max Weiss, an associate professor of history and Near Eastern studies at Princeton University and a signer of the petition, said in an interview that "academic boycott is one of the few resources that intellectuals and academics have for expressing their opposition to policies of a given government."
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