Archive for February, 2010

Daniel M. Anderson, “Sexual Threat and Settler Society: ‘Black Perils’ in Kenya, 1907-30”, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 38, 1, 2010. Abstract: This essay deals with ‘black peril’ scares in colonial Kenya, reviewing the evidence of reported cases of sexual assaults to provide a detailed account of their social and cultural resonance for settler […]

dear bono


Out-of-date rock star receives Santa Claus-style wishlist, reports the Aboriginal News Group: Dear Bono, We call on you now not to grant legitimacy to a state that practices the most pernicious form of colonialism and apartheid. […] Rather than shifting the blame from the violence of the colonial oppressor to the resistance of the indigenous […]

Berghahn Books has recently re-published the edited collected, A. Dirk Moses, ed., Empire, Colony, Genocide: Conquest, Occupation, and Subaltern Resistance in World History. This collection of essays is rich in critical insight, and boasts of vast historical coverage. Its original appearance in 2008, I think, proved that the experimental fusion of genocide studies and colonial studies […]

The Northern Territory intervention has allowed the Australian government to experiment with ‘quarantined’ welfare provision – by rolling out ‘Basics cards’ – in the region. Today the ABC has published an interview in which the system is called ‘apartheid-like’ – although this type of rhetoric has been around since 2008 (see rollbacktheintervention). The comparison of […]

From the 2010 Metis National Council president’s address.

Just last week, I posted on the topic of Noel Pearson and native title. Unfortunately, I had to rely on the ABC’s sources for the speech contents. Today I have discovered that the Cape York Institute has published a transcript of the speech online, and can be found here. I will post some clippings below […]

This from the latest edition of Native South, courtesy of Malinda Maynor Lowery, ‘Indians, Southerns, and Americans: Race, Tribe and Nation during “Jim Crow”‘: After the Civil War, Southerners of all races struggled to resolve questions of citizenship, opportunity, political autonomy, and freedom in a drastically changed economic environment. The story of Southern African […]

From Interventions: The Journal of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, 11, 3, 2009: Rebecca L. Stein, ‘Travelling Zion: Hiking and Settler Nationalism in pre-1948 Palestine’: This essay considers the political import of the hike or walk (ha-tiyul; plural, tiyulim) among Jewish settlers in Palestine during the first decades of the twentieth century. Situating this travelling […]

From Postcolonial Studies, 13, 1 (2010): A. Dirk Moses, “Time, Indigeneity, and Peoplehood: The Postcolony in Australia”: Despite many differences between settler colonial states and the African successor states of the European empires, some important parallels are identifiable in the debates among their black intelligentsias. If in Africa and Australia the language of decolonization was […]

In a speech in Sydney yesterday, before an audience of American lawyers, Noel Pearson of the Cape York Institute argued that the developments in recognising Native Title during the 1990s have left most Aboriginal communities no better: Native title in this country is the sum total of whatever berry-picking rights Indigenous claimants might be able […]