restricted access Empire, Race, and Settler Colonialism: BDS and Contingent Solidarities


Articulations of the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement to oppose Israeli occupation and support Palestinian self-determination elaborate anti-imperial and decolonial intellectual praxis. This essay takes seriously that the first three major resolutions and declarations for BDS within U.S. academia emanate from American studies, Asian American studies, and Native American and Indigenous studies. As much as these fields collectively articulate the intersection between imperialism, technologies of racial oppression, and settler colonialism, a close reading of their support statements reveals a misapprehension of contingencies, a simultaneous knowing and unknowing, and provides a means for thinking through capacious visions of liberation.