Archive for May, 2010

Dear readers, I am pleased to announce that we have issued our first call for papers for our new, peer-reviewed, inter- and multi-disciplinary scholarly journal: settler colonial studies. It will explore a new theme every second issue, but will also present articles that don’t align with the theme, so long as they relate to the […]

Premesh Lalu, The Deaths of Hintsa: Postapartheid South Africa and the shape of recurring pasts (HSRC Press 2009). In 1996, as South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission was beginning its hearings, Nicholas Gcaleka, a healer diviner from the town of Butterworth in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, set off on a journey to retrieve […]

Gregory D. Smithers, Science, Sexuality, and Race in the United States and Australia, 1780s–1890s (routledge, 2009). This book combines transnational history with the comparative analysis of racial formation and reproductive sexuality in the settler colonial spaces of the United States and British Australia. Specifically, the book places “whiteness,” and the changing definition of what it […]

Jessica R. Cattelino, ‘The Double Bind of American Indian Need-based Sovereignty’, CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 235–262. ABSTRACT This essay examines a double bind that faces indigenous peoples in the Anglophone settler states, the double bind of need-based sovereignty. This double bind works as follows: indigenous sovereigns, such as American Indian tribal nations, […]

The candidates for land titles were dressed in traditional costume and armed with a bow and arrow. After ordering a candidate to shoot his arrow into the distance, the presiding officer, usually the agent, would announce, “You have shot your last arrow.” The arrowless arches would then return to the tipi and re-emerge a few […]

Call for chapters, ‘Biomapping: Indigenous Identities”, proposals due by June 15. The Commonwealth at 60, University of Sheffield, June 3 2010. Scholarly networks in the British Empire, Oxford, 5-6 July 2010. 5th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Colorado, 2 August 2010. EACLALS Postgrad conference, ‘Postcolonialism and Labour’, Germany, 26-7 March 2011. Call for content, […]

European emigrants and their descendants are all over the place, which requires explanation Alfred Crosby, Ecological Imperialism, 1986. And some other quotations that appear in the book: Yet, if we wield the sword of extermination as we advance, we have no reason to repine the havoc committed. Charles Lyell, Principles of Ecology, 1832. When civilized […]

On the cards for a couple of years now, the South African government is (apparently) preparing to enact its Expropriation Bill. Yolandi Groenewald, from the Mail and Guardian: On Tuesday Beeld reported that Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson had proposed a new empowerment charter for agriculture requiring farmers to sell a 40% share of their farms and land […]

The United States has formally apologised to American Indian tribes for “ill-conceived policies” and acts of violence against them. Republican Senator Sam Brownback read the congressional resolution at an event attended by representatives of five Indian nations at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington: the Cherokee, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and Pawnee nations. Four […]