On the Pedagogy of “Boomerangs”: Exposing Occupation Through Co-Implication

Abstract

This article explores the pedagogical takeaways of a faculty led study-tour with U.S. university students in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  It offers examples of how to teach students first-hand about settler colonialism, neoliberalism, securitization, and racialization.  We examine how theories of co-implication and bearing witness can encourage students to take part in transnational solidarity work.  

https://doi.org/10.5195/rt.2020.771
PDF

References

Note:
We would like to thank the anonymous reviewers, as well as Penelope Mitchell, Mahruq Khan, and Colette Hyman for their comments on earlier versions of this essay.  We are particularly grateful to the students who shared this learning experience with us, as well as the organizers, tour guides, and university administrators who made this trip possible.  Thank you, especially, to Lama Yahya and Joshua Stacher. A special thanks to all the Palestinians who shared their experiences, research, and critical labor for justice with us. The realization of this essay was a direct result of our individual participation in a Palestine Studies Faculty Development Seminar. Materials from the following sites are available and can be adapted in every classroom to discuss Palestine: Palestine is Here, Yasser Arafat Museum, Deadly Exchange and iNakba. 
Works Cited:

Ahmed, Sara. On Being Included Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 2012.

Butler, Judith. Precarious life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence. London: Verso, 2004.

Cole, Teju. “The White-Savior Industrial Complex.” The Atlantic. 21 March 2012. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/the-white-savior-industrial-complex/254843/

Erakat, Noura.  Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2019.     

Finkelstein, Maura.  “What is a Classroom for? Teaching the Anthropology of Palestine.” Society for Cultural Anthropology, May 1, 2019.      

Hartman, Saidiya V. Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in 19th Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Kelly, Jennifer Lynn. “Asymmetrical Itineraries: Militarism, Tourism, and Solidarity in Occupied Palestine.” American Quarterly, vol. 68, number 3, 2016, pp. 723-745.
International Institute for Nonviolent Action. ““The Invisible Force. A comparative study of the use of private military and security companies in Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territories and Colombia. Lessons for international regulation.” Privatization of War Report Series, 2016.
Mohanty, Chandra Talpade. “‘Under Western Eyes’ Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 28, no. 2, 2003, pp. 499–535.

---“Transnational Feminist Crossings: On Neoliberalism and Radical Critique.” Signs Intersectionality: Theorizing Power, Empowering Theory. Vol. 38, No. 4, 2013, pp. 967-991.

Nevel, Donna. “Facing the Nakba.” Radical Teacher, vol. 109, 2017, pp. 45-53.

Razack, Sherene H. “Stealing the Pain of Others: Reflections on Canadian Humanitarian Responses.”  The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, 29:4, 2007. pp. 375-394.

Salaita, Steven George. Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

Segal, Daniel A.  “Teaching Palestine-Israel: A Pedagogy of Delay and Suspension.” Review of Middle East Studies,Vol.53, Issue 1, 2019, pp. 1-6.

Veracini, Lorenzo. “The Other Shift: Settler Colonialism, Israel, and the Occupation.” Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2013, pp. 26-42.
Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Copyright (c) 2020 Mary Jo Klinker, Heidi Morrison