Afro-Palestine Solidarity Past and Present

Bill Mullen (professor of American Studies, Purdue University)

Séance exceptionnelle du séminaire « La question palestinienne : quelles comparaisons possibles ? » organisée conjointement avec l’Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine (AURDIP). Avec l'intervention de Bill Mullen (professor of American Studies, Purdue University).

"This presentation will delineate the history of solidarity efforts between African-Americans and Palestinians. The presentation will focus on the period 1967 to the present. The so-called “Six Day” War of 1967 advanced African-American support for Palestinians. Both the Black Panther Party and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) expressed support for Palestinian self-determination. In the 1970s, more mainstream figures like Jessie Jackson and Andrew Young attempted to collaborate with representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization. More recently, the Movement for Black Lives platform endorsed the use of the term “apartheid” to describe Israel’s occupation, and approved support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign against Israel. There have been particular instances of solidarity, as the “Ferguson to Gaza” hashtag showed. In 2015, the “Black for Palestine” solidarity statement signed by more than 1,000 prominent Black intellectuals, activists, writers indicated a new phase of Afro-Palestinian solidarity. This talk will discuss this tradition of solidarity within the context of wider anti-colonial movements in the contemporary period."

Bill V. Mullen is professor of American Studies at Purdue University. He is the author of W.E.B. Du Bois Revolutionary Across the Color (Pluto Press, 2016) ; Un-American : W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution (Temple University Press, 2015), Afro-Orientalism (University of Minnesota Press, 2004), and Popular Fronts : Chicago and African American Cultural Politics, 1935–1946 (University of Illinois Press, 1999). He has edited or co-edited five books including, with Fred Ho, Afro-Asia : Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connection Between African-Americans and Asian-Americans. His articles have appeared in African-American Review, Social Text and American Quarterly. He is a member of the Organizing Collective for USACBI (United States Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) and faculty advisor for Purdue Students for Justice in Palestine. In 2012 he was a member of a USACBI delegation to Palestine.

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Sociologie et sciences politiques Amérique du Nord, Arabe (monde), Méditerranéens (mondes)

Informations pratiques

  • Jeudi 16 mars 2017 - 17:00 - 19:00
  • EHESS (salle du Conseil A) - 190-198, avenue de France 75013 Paris