Archive for November, 2010

About 400 hectares of land at North Tuncurry will be developed for housing. The CEO of the Native Title Services Corporation, Warren Mundine, says hopefully this will be the first of similar agreements. “I think this is a good template that we can now take across the state of New South Wales,” he said. “We […]

Robert J. Miller, Jacinta Ruru, Larissa Behrendt and Tracey Lindberg, Discovering Indigenous Lands: The Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies (Oxford University Press, 2010) This book presents new material and shines fresh light on the under-explored historical and legal evidence about the use of the doctrine of discovery in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and […]

Lorenzo Veracini, Settler Colonialism: A Theoretical Overview (Palgrave 2010). Settler colonialism is a global and transnational phenomenon, and as much a thing of the present as a thing of the past. In this book, Lorenzo Veracini explores the settler colonial ‘situation’ and explains how there is no such thing as neo-settler colonialism or post-settler colonialism […]

Kathryn Milun, The Political Uncommons: The Cross-Cultural Logic of the Global Commons (Ashgate  2011). In The Political Uncommons, Kathryn Milun presents a cultural history of the global commons: those domains, including the atmosphere, the oceans, the radio frequency spectrum, the earth’s biodiversity, and its outer space, designated by international law as belonging to no single […]

ABC News: A group of economists says remote Indigenous communities can earn money by protecting their land. Professor Owen Stanley from Charles Darwin University wants companies and governments to offset their carbon footprints by paying communities to rehabilitate and protect land across northern Australia. Some similar programs already exist but professor Stanley says they are […]

via this neat illustrated blog-history

kafka’s wish


If one were only an Indian, instantly alert, and on a racing horse, leaning against the wind, kept on quivering jerkily over the quivering ground, until one shed one’s spurs, for there needed no spurs, threw away the reigns, for there needed no reigns, and hardly saw that the land before one was smoothly short […]

Stefan Andreasson, ‘Confronting the settler legacy: Indigenisation and transformation in South Africa and Zimbabwe’, Political Geography 30 (2010) Abstract This article examines attempts to negotiate a perceived residual dominance of settler populations in South Africa and Zimbabwe by means of developmental and cultural policies deemed necessary to restore sovereignty to Africans. Indigenisation has become a […]

It is however, still a matter, of doubt and perplexity; it is a book sealed to the eyes of man, for the time has not yet come when the Great Ruler of all things, in His wisdom, shall make answer through his inscrutable ways to the question which has puzzled, and still puzzles the minds […]

Held at Newberry Library, Chicago   Becca Gercken, ‘Manifest Meanings: The Selling (Not Telling) of American Indian History and the Case of “The Black Horse Ledger”‘, The American Indian Quarterly 34, 4 (2010) In lieu of an abstract, here is a preview of the article. What is the value or perceived necessity—for an Indian or […]