Archive for December, 2010

maori origins


TVNZ: A New Zealand historian says the idea of Maori being indigenous may need to be reconsidered. Research led by Janet Wilmshurst from New Zealand’s Landcare Research, and Atholl Anderson, from the Australian National University, suggests Maori first settled in New Zealand between 1210 and 1385 AD. That is in contrast to Maori genealogy, which […]

PAST IS PRESENT: SETTLER COLONIALISM IN PALESTINE 7th Annual Conference 5- 6 March | Brunei Gallery | School of Oriental and African Studies – London organised by SOAS Palestine Society and hosted by the London Middle East Institute For over a century, Zionism has subjected Palestine and Palestinians to a structural and violent form of […]

Bryan Fischer, from the American Family Association, freaking out about the UN-DRIP: Perhaps he figures that, as an adopted Crow Indian, he will be the new chief over this revived Indian empire. But for the other 312 million of us, I think we’ll settle for our constitutional “We the people” form of government, thank you […]

mars society


The Purpose of the Mars Society To further the goal of the exploration and settlement of the Red Planet. This will be done by: Broad public outreach to instill the vision of pioneering Mars. Support of ever more aggressive government funded Mars exploration programs around the world. Conducting Mars exploration on a private basis. Check […]

Thomas A. Koelbe and Edward Li Puma, ‘Traditional Leaders and the Culture of Governance in South Africa’, Governance 24,  1 (2011). Abstract The global neoliberal economic and political order impregnated the emergence of democracy in South Africa. One of the hallmarks of this order is that the capacity of the state to transform society is […]

With all its attendant cruelties, justifications, critiques, and regrets, Spanish colonizing was a narrative of the conquest of peoples living in civil societies. The narrative of English colonizing is one that progressively banishes existing inhabitants to the margins of its consciousness by denying their civic capacity, their sociability. In the English narrative the indigenous become […]

google ngram


‘When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books over the selected years’. Some graphs I whipped up:

Emma Battell Lowman and Adam Barker, ‘Indigenizing Approaches to Research’, from The Sociological Imagination (Oct 2010). What does it mean to see the world through Indigenous eyes, to come to understand the ontological worldview that Indigenous peoples assert as an essential component of their existences? These questions have more than just theoretical relevance; for Settler […]

Yep, I’m still stumped by the land grabs, investment, and extra-sovereign speculation taking place on the African continent – all at levels unprecedented since the winds of change. For more balanced perspective, try this from the NY Times: Across Africa and the developing world, a new global land rush is gobbling up large expanses of […]

A study in Nature journal shows that Denisovans co-existed with Neanderthals and interbred with our species – perhaps around 50,000 years ago. An international group of researchers sequenced a complete genome from one of the ancient hominins (human-like creatures), based on nuclear DNA extracted from a finger bone. and this, which wow: The study shows […]