Archive for March, 2010



In 1973, Cher released a track called “Half Breed” – which is certainly news to me. Check out the album art for the Japanese version: What’s interesting is that this American song – about living with mixed white and Cherokee heritage – made number 1 in Canada and New Zealand (but only made number 3 […]

The Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) project is an ARC Linkage project examining treaty and agreement-making with Indigenous Australians and the nature of the cultural, social and legal rights encompassed by past, present and potential agreements and treaties. The project also examines the process of implementation and the wider factors that promote long term […]

Check out the artwork from a new computer game by German software designers Pegasus Spiele. Of course, “the smartest farmer harvests the biggest potatoes”: The fresh country air, romantic sunsets, a picnic on a meadow – many people are fascinated by life in the country. A feeling of home is in the air. However, there […]

“Natives and the Vanished Dignity”, From New Era, flashed via AllAfricaNews: For us to achieve the notion of ‘all people are equal’, the colonised must first be deliberately allowed to come at the same socio-economic level as the colonisers and their children, then we can start talking about equality as there can never be equality […]

I recently came across Carolyn Lake’s review of Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, and found it interesting. As she writes in her article “Colonial Nation”: Although Drover is at home on the land, Sarah is not. The character of Neil Fletcher reminds us of this when he remarks on Sarah’s arrival in Darwin: “She won’t last, a delicate English […]

K. N. Gulson and R. J. Parkes, “From the barrel of the gun: policy incursions, land, and Aboriginal peoples in Australia” Environment and Planning 42(2), 2010, 300 – 313. Abstract: This paper focuses on the enduring traces of colonialism within the Australian nation-state and the ongoing challenges to Aboriginal peoples’ rights, especially land rights. We try to […]

Here are some snippets from an essay by James Hughes (LSE), published recently in the Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict, and subsequently available online as an e-print: A persuasive case has been made for the colonial “land grabbing” origins of the modern conception of genocide. A pattern of genocide has emerged historically in places where […]

Richard Broome, author of the survey history Aboriginal Australians, has recently released a new and updated version for Allen and Unwin Press, featuring coverage right up to the Intervention, and engagement with more recent scholars. In the creation of any new society, there are winners and losers. So it was with Australia as it grew […]

In a recent editorial for Vanguard (which also flashed up on AllAfrica News), Nigeria is called “A country of settlers”: The arguments are not about who settlers are and who are the indigenes, they are about the fact that Nigerians are now grappling with issues of citizenship. It is an issue that deserves handling with […]

Penny Edmonds has recently published Urbanizing Frontiers: Indigenous Peoples and Settlers in 19th-Century Pacific Rim Cities with UBC Press. From their website comes the following details: Colonial frontiers were not confined to the bush, backwoods, or borderlands. Early towns and cities in the far reaches of empire were crucial to the settler colonial project. The […]