In this Book

The Imperial University

At colleges and universities throughout the United States, political protest and intellectual dissent are increasingly being met with repressive tactics by administrators, politicians, and the police—from the use of SWAT teams to disperse student protestors and the profiling of Muslim and Arab American students to the denial of tenure and dismissal of politically engaged faculty. The Imperial University brings together scholars, including some who have been targeted for their open criticism of American foreign policy and settler colonialism, to explore the policing of knowledge by explicitly linking the academy to the broader politics of militarism, racism, nationalism, and neoliberalism that define the contemporary imperial state.

The contributors to this book argue that “academic freedom” is not a sufficient response to the crisis of intellectual repression. Instead, they contend that battles fought over academic containment must be understood in light of the academy’s relationship to U.S. expansionism and global capital. Based on multidisciplinary research, autobiographical accounts, and even performance scripts, this urgent analysis offers sobering insights into such varied manifestations of “the imperial university” as CIA recruitment at black and Latino colleges, the connections between universities and civilian and military prisons, and the gender and sexual politics of academic repression.

Contributors: Thomas Abowd, Tufts U; Victor Bascara, UCLA; Dana Collins, California State U, Fullerton; Nicholas De Genova; Ricardo Dominguez, UC San Diego; Sylvanna Falcón, UC Santa Cruz; Farah Godrej, UC Riverside; Roberto J. Gonzalez, San Jose State U; Alexis Pauline Gumbs; Sharmila Lodhia, Santa Clara U; Julia C. Oparah, Mills College; Vijay Prashad, Trinity College; Jasbir Puar, Rutgers U; Laura Pulido, U of Southern California; Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo, California State U, Long Beach; Steven Salaita, Virginia Tech; Molly Talcott, California State U, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: The Imperial University: Race, War, and the Nation-State
  2. Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira
  3. pp. 1-50
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  1. I. Imperial Cartographies
  2. pp. 51-52
  1. 1. New Empire, Same Old University? Education in the American Tropics after 1898
  2. Victor Bascara
  3. pp. 53-78
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  1. 2. Militarizing Education: The Intelligence Community’s Spy Camps
  2. Roberto J. González
  3. pp. 79-98
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  1. 3. Challenging Complicity: The Neoliberal University and the Prison-Industrial Complex
  2. Julia C. Oparah
  3. pp. 99-122
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  1. II. Academic Containment
  2. pp. 123-124
  1. 4. Neoliberalism, Militarization, and the Price of Dissent: Policing Protest at the University of California
  2. Farah Godrej
  3. pp. 125-144
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  1. 5. Faculty Governance at the University of Southern California
  2. Laura Pulido
  3. pp. 145-168
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  1. 6. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement and Violations of Academic Freedom at Wayne State University
  2. Thomas Abowd
  3. pp. 169-186
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  1. 7. Decolonizing Chicano Studies in the Shadows of the University’s “Heteropatriracial” Order
  2. Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo
  3. pp. 187-214
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  1. III. Manifest Knowledges
  2. pp. 215-216
  1. 8. Normatizing State Power: Uncritical Ethical Praxis and Zionism
  2. Steven Salaita
  3. pp. 217-236
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  1. 9. Nobody Mean More: Black Feminist Pedagogy and Solidarity
  2. Alexis Pauline Gumbs
  3. pp. 237-260
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  1. 10. Teaching outside Liberal-Imperial Discourse: A Critical Dialogue about Antiracist Feminisms
  2. Sylvanna Falcón, Sharmila Lodhia, Molly Talcott, and Dana Collins
  3. pp. 261-280
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  1. 11. Citation and Censure: Pinkwashing and the Sexual Politics of Talking about Israel
  2. Jasbir Puar
  3. pp. 281-298
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  1. IV. Heresies and Freedoms
  2. pp. 299-300
  1. 12. Within and Against the Imperial University: Reflections on Crossing the Line
  2. Nicholas De Genova
  3. pp. 301-328
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  1. 13. Teaching by Candlelight
  2. Vijay Prashad
  3. pp. 329-342
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  1. 14. UCOP versus R. Dominguez: The FBI Interview. A One-Act Play à la Jean Genet
  2. Ricardo Dominguez
  3. pp. 343-354
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 355-356
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 357-360
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 361-385
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