Distinguished professor, author, and editor Warren Buckland , who teaches film theory, contemporary Hollywood cinema, and film narratology, has decided to uphold Palestinian human rights by declining to participate as a keynote speaker at the “10th International Tel Aviv Colloquium on Cinema and Television Studies: Cinematic Traces of Things to Come,” a conference sponsored by Tel Aviv University scheduled for June 8-11, 2014.
This colloquium seeks to invite its participants to lend their international scholarly credentials to an Israeli academic institution, and in effect to cooperate with the academic normalization of Israel’s human and civil rights violations of its Palestinian citizens. The colloquium touts itself as a "Research Workshop of the Israel Science Foundation."
Tel Aviv University is complicit in Israel’s unequal treatment of Palestinians, the majority of whom are citizens of the Israeli state. Tel Aviv University routinely suppresses political dissent, some recent manifestations are documented in the Electronic Intifada (http://electronicintifada.net/content/tel-aviv-university-bans-palestinian-speaker/13307) and Ha’aretz (http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.584153).
It is hoped that Professor Warren Buckland's refusal to participate in the colloquium will encourage necessary further discussion of BDS and the Academic and Cultural Boycott at Tel Aviv University and in film and media studies.