Archive for June, 2010

Keith D. Smith, Liberalism, Surveillance, and Resistance: Indigenous Communities in Western Canada, 1877-1927 (Athabasca University Press, 2009). Canada is regularly presented as a country where liberalism has ensured freedom and equality for all. Yet with the expansion of settlers into the First Nations territories that became southern Alberta and BC, liberalism proved to be an […]


David C. Hawkes, ‘Indigenous peoples: self-government and intergovernmental relations’, International Social Science Journal 53, 167 (2010), 153 – 161. The right of self-determination of indigenous peoples within states often branches in two directions: (1) a drive for more autonomy for indigenous nations and (2) a demand for greater participation in the decision-making institutions of the […]


Modernity and colonialism are intimately linked, and colonialism has mobilised people in unprecedented ways. While in many places processes of bloody or incremental decolonisation meant that the invaders returned home; in other settings they stayed. In countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, Taiwan, and others, the settlers stayed, and […]


Places are complex entities, not necessarily defined by physical structure or geographic location. Because of this, the ways of making place are many and diverse. In Australia, Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples have employed distinct strategies of place-making, and brought differing attitudes towards the constitution of place. While non-indigenous Australian histories of place-making have proved largely […]


An older article I stumbled across today: John Morrissey, ‘Geography Militant: Resistance and the Essentialisation of Identity in Colonial Ireland’, Irish Geography 37, 2 (2004). Abstract In recent years, a growing recognition of the interconnections (in addition to the conflicts) between the worlds of the coloniser and the colonised has enabled the construction of an […]


John Pickard, ‘Wire Fences in Colonial Australia: Technology Transfer and Adaptation, 1842–1900’, Rural History (2010), 21:27-58 After reviewing the development of wire fencing in Great Britain and the United States of America in the early nineteenth century, I examine the introduction of wire into Australia using published sources only. Wire was available in the colonies […]


Heejin Jun, ‘Formation of Modern Literary Field: Intersection of Gender and Coloniality in Korean History’, DPhil Dissertation, The University of Michigan 2010. Abstract: This dissertation begins with several questions regarding colonial modernity, gender and nationalism in colonial Korea. Why do some New Women, especially female writers, get memorialized as ideal models, and others do not? […]


The essence of a free colony, on the contrary, consists in this — that the bulk of the soil is still public property, and every settler on it therefore can turn part of it into his private property and individual means of production, without hindering the later settlers in the same operation. This is the […]


Jean M. O’Brien, Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). Across nineteenth-century New England, antiquarians and community leaders wrote hundreds of local histories about the founding and growth of their cities and towns. Ranging from pamphlets to multivolume treatments, these narratives shared a preoccupation with establishing […]


This from the ABC: The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is prosecuting the Framlingham Aboriginal Trust for failing to control the rabbit population in the Deen Maar Indigenous protected area. The DPI alleges the trust has not complied with a land management notice. The matter has been adjourned to be heard in the Warrnambool Magistrates […]