Archive for April, 2011

“There are three people sitting around a table: a black man, an American, an Afrikaner,” says our Ventersdorp host, a modest and mellow man, in Afrikaans. At first we expect to hear a nasty joke of some kind, but we soon realise he’s in fact explaining why he cannot be motivated to vote. “And there […]

The seventh annual conference of the very active SOAS Palestine Society attracted some 300 people over the weekend of 5-6 March 2011 (SOAS is the School of Oriental and African Studies in Bloomsbury and the event was hosted by its London Middle East Institute). These conferences have become something of an institution, bringing together every […]

Robert J. Miller, ‘Tribal Constitutions and Native Sovereignty’, working paper. More than 565 Indigenous tribal governments exercise extensive sovereign and political powers within the United States today. Only about 230 of the native communities that created these governments, however, have chosen to adopt written constitutions to define and control the political powers of their governments. […]

Gaetano Pentassuglia, ‘Towards a Jurisprudential Articulation of Indigenous Land Rights’, European Journal of International Law 22, 1 (2011) As expert analysis concentrates on indigenous rights instruments, particularly the long fought for 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a body of jurisprudence over indigenous land and resources parallels specialized standard-setting under general human […]

Lisa Slater, ‘Saltwater Cowboys: Life in a Time of Death and Destruction’, working paper, centre for muslim and non-muslim understanding. This paper begins at the Derby (western Kimberley, WA) bull rides, where young Aboriginal men compete to be champion bull riders – with the prize of a social status akin to an AFL football star. […]

Jessica R. Cattelino, ‘Thoughts on the U.S. as a Settler Society (Plenary Remarks, 2010 SANA Conference)’, North American Dialogue 14, 1 (2011). Analyzing the United States as a settler society has the potential to bring together insights from the anthropology of Native North America and the anthropology of the United States. This article suggests several […]

Helmut K Anheier and Yudhishthir Raj Isar (eds), Cultures and Globalization: Heritage, Memory and Identity (SAGE, 2011). Heritage, memory and identity are closely connected keywords of our time, each endowed with considerable rhetorical power. Different human groups define certain objects and practices as ‘heritage’; they envision heritage to reflect some form of collective memory, either […]

 Craig Yirush, Settlers, Liberty, and Empire: The Roots of Early American Political Theory, 1675–1775 (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Craig Yirush Traces the emergence of a revolutionary conception of political authority on the far shores of the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. Based on the equal natural right of English subjects to leave the realm, claim indigenous territory […]

In Perspectives on Politics 9 (2011), Andrea Smith reviews: The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.–Indigenous Relations. By Kevin Bruyneel. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. 320p. Broken Landscape: Indians, Indian Tribes, and the Constitution. By Frank Pommersheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. a bit of it: Both of these books provide […]