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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Unthinkable Thoughts

Academic Freedom and the One-State Model for Israel and Palestine

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Unthinkable Thoughts

Academic Freedom and the One-State Model for Israel and Palestine

In 2009, an international conference exploring models of statehood for Israel and Palestine was held at York University. The conference became a cause célèbre when extraordinary pressures were exerted on organizers and university administrators by academics, private donors, pro-Israel lobbies, and other groups concerned with this issue. This book covers the events from the perspective of one of the conference organizers. Based on her own experiences and communications, as well as drawing from confidential e-mails released under Freedom of Information legislation, Susan Drummond offers a behind-the-scenes, insider’s look at these extraordinary events and their implications for academic freedom.

348 pages


Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

An Unintended Ethnography: Part 1

1 Outside Academia

2 The Forbidden Question: “One State or Two?”

An Unintended Ethnography: Part 2

3 Mixing Jurisdictions: Academic Foreign Policy

4 Inside Academia

An Unintended Ethnography: Part 3 – Making Sense

5 Accountability and Validity

6 Academic Freedom and the Worthiness of Ideas

Conclusion: Epicycles and Political Work

Appendices: Correspondence and Documentation

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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