Moshe Shokeid: Can Academics Change the World?

Moshe Shokeid narrates his experiences as a member of AD KAN (NO MORE), a protest movement of Israeli academics at Tel Aviv University, who fought against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, founded during the first Palestinian intifada (1987–1993). However, since the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin and the subsequent obliteration of the Oslo Accords, public manifestations of dissent on Israeli campuses have been remarkably mute. This chronicle of AD KAN is explored in view of the ongoing theoretical discourse on the role of the intellectual in society and is compared with other accounts of academics’ involvement in different countries during periods of acute political conflict.

Moshe Shokeid is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. His major publications include Children of Circumstances (1988, Cornell), A Gay Synagogue in New York (1995, Columbia), and Three Jewish Journeys through an Anthropologist’s Lens (2009, Academic Studies Press). 2014 he was City of Vienna/IFK_Fellow.