Archive for April, 2011

To a fruitful and lively blogobate about the value of (specifically) settler colonial studies, Patrick Wolfe has recently and insightfully contributed: So what’s specific about [settler colonialism]? Or even, as Cheryl Harris asked me at UCLA, why not just call it imperialism? My answer is that, within the imperialist social formation, the settler-colonial relation of […]

Ron J. Smith, ‘Graduated incarceration – The Israeli occupation in subaltern geopolitical perspective’, Geoforum ?, ? (2011) This paper highlights the importance of analysis of the microgeographies of occupation, and the spatially-differentiated means that the Israeli Occupation Forces use to maintain the occupation and create spaces of graduated incarceration for Palestinians. Using the examples of […]

Edward Cavanagh, ‘A Company with Sovereignty and Subjects of its Own? The Case of the Hudson’s Bay Company, 1670-1763’, Canadian Journal of Law and Society 26, 1 (2011) Questions about the ways in which colonial subjects were acquired and maintained, and how it was that multiple and often contradictory sovereignties came to overlap in history, […]

A. Dirk Moses, ‘Official apologies, Reconciliation, and Settler Colonialism: Australian Indigenous Alterity and Political Agency’, Citizenship Studies 15, 2 (2011). The burgeoning literature on transitional justice, truth commissions, reconciliation and official apologies tends to ignore the conditions of settler states in which ‘reconciliation’ needs to take account of indigenous minorities. The settler colonialism literature is worth […]

Beth H. Piatote, ‘Domestic Trials: Indian Rights and National Belonging in Works by E. Pauline Johnson and John M. Oskison’, American Quarterly 63, 1 (2011): This interdisciplinary literature and law essay considers the legal mechanism of marriage as a site that joins notions of love and consent with the apparatus of state regulation, and how […]

Between Indigenous and settler governance: histories and possibilities To be held in the conference room of the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy, University of Western Sydney Bankstown campus, Building 3, August 18-20, 2011. Waged/salaried: $400 (or $170 per full day, $85 per half day) Casually employed and student rate: $150 (or $70 per full […]

Lorenzo Veracini of Swinburne University’s Institute for Social Research, responding to a critique of settler colonialism as interpretative category, exclusively for settler colonial studies blog: Tequila Sovereign (“a Native, progressive, forty-something, anti-racist, feminist, woman”) has recently reflected in a series of blog postings on her dissatisfaction with settler colonialism as an interpretative paradigm (“Why ‘Settler […]

From Owen Bowcott of the Guardian: Highly embarrassing colonial-era files detailing the British army’s repressive tactics against Mau Mau insurgents in Kenya during the 1950s will be revealed in a landmark compensation case. The discovery of thousands of documents withheld for decades from the Kenyan government will raise awkward questions about the Foreign Office’s attempt […]

Emma Kowal of the University of Melbourne, sharing her provocative insights on ‘elimination’, exclusively for settler colonial studies blog: As Veracini argues in his provocative introductory essay to new settler colonial studies journal, if settler colonialism is logic of elimination, then the anticolonial response is Indigenous survival. Only when we stop wanting Indigenous people to disappear […]

Palestinian villager Ibrahaim Salah faced a rude welcome after arriving at his olive grove Tuesday, claiming that his trees were cut down by settlers. “I arrived at my land Tuesday morning and couldn’t believe my eyes,” said the Samaria resident, who is allowed to access his grove only a few times a year with a […]