Howler of the Month (archive)
"This article posits a theorisation of decolonisation in relation to queer as it emerges from the settler-colonial context of Palestine, what I call decolonial queering. The first part provides a new reading of Zionist settler-colonialism, which I define as hetero-conquest. Its novelty lies in refocusing the question of colonialism in native grounded knowledge of queering, while showing the limitations of those existing studies whose frames emanate mainly from American and/or global north contexts of racism and homo-nationalism."
Walaa Alqaisiya, Fellow of Gender, Conflict, and Sexuality in the Dept. of Gender Studies at the London School of Economics; "Palestine and the Will to Theorise Decolonial Queering"; Middle East Critique, Vol. 29, 2020, Special Issue on Queering the Middle East. (link to source)
We Couldn't Have Said it Better (archive)
"I'm happy that the Maricopa Community College governing board has acknowledged the importance of the First Amendment and academic freedom, even into subjects that may be controversial — without that freedom of thought and inquiry, America just isn't America anymore."
Nicholas Damask, chair of political science at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, on the support he has received in the face of a lawsuit brought by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) after a student objected to test questions on how Muslim terrorists are motivated by Islam. Caleb Parke, "Arizona Professor Sued for Including Questions about 'Islamic Terrorism' on a test"; Fox News, July 16, 2020. (link to source)
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