Archive for August, 2011

To this end we might consider the possibilities that ensue from what can be called a “subversive genealogy” of humanistic study in South Africa. Such a genealogy, which is aimed at forging a reconstituted concept of the humanities beyond a tradition that must also be cultivated, has two specific instances. In the first a subversive […]

P.G. McHugh, Aboriginal Title: The Modern Jurisprudence of Tribal Land Rights (Oxford University Press, 2011). Aboriginal title represents one of the most remarkable and controversial legal developments in the common law world of the late-twentieth century. Overnight it changed the legal position of indigenous peoples. The common law doctrine gave sudden substance to the tribes’ […]

Emily Macgillivray, ‘Red and Black Blood: Teaching the Logic of the Canadian Settler State’. MA Thesis. (Queens University: Toronto, 2011). I examine Ontario history textbooks to demonstrate how the portrayal of the white settler fantasy of Canada being peacefully colonized and settled is enforced through the temporality and geography of the Canadian settler state, leading […]

Emma Christopher, A Merciless Place: The Fate of Britain’s Convicts after the American Revolution (OUP, 2011). Since Robert Hughes’ The Fatal Shore, the fate of British convicts has burned brightly in the popular imagination. Incredibly, their larger story is even more dramatic–the saga of forgotten men and women scattered to the farthest corners of the […]

Laura Robson, ‘Church, State, and the Holy Land: British Protestant Approaches to Imperial Policy in Palestine, 1917–1948’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 39, 3 (2011). British Protestants had long held to the notion of a legitimate Protestant interest in the Christian ‘Holy Land’, a concept that helped bolster Britain’s political claim to Palestine in […]

Lorenzo Veracini, ‘Settlers and Expatriates’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 39, 3 (2011). a bit: But there were yet other circumstances, including the double estrangement of those who returned to metropolitan Britain, and the peculiar position of the British of Ceylon, who could be described as ‘permanent boarders’ (p. 208). While expatriates never see […]

Aziz Rana, ‘Settlers and Immigrants in the Formation of American Law’, APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper. This paper argues that the early American republic is best understood as a constitutional experiment in “settler empire,” and that related migration policies played a central role in shaping collective identity and structures of authority. Initial colonists, along with […]

Marcella Fultz, ‘Bibliography of Books and Articles Published in English on Colonialism and Imperialism in 2010’, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 12, 2 (2011)  

settler girls


Settler colonies and colonies of occupation, such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Ireland, South Africa, and the Caribbean, held out the possibility for girls to experience freedom from, and the potential to reconfigure, British norms of femininity. ‘Colonial Girlhood/Colonial Girls’ seeks to draw together international scholars for a multi-disciplinary examination of how colonial girlhood […]

Lorelle Barry and Catharine Coleburn, ‘Insanity and ethnicity in New Zealand: Māori encounters with the Auckland Mental Hospital, 1860—1900’, History of Psychiatry 22, 3 (2011) This article examines Māori patients at the Auckland Mental Hospital between 1860 and 1900. We argue that the patient case notes reveal ‘European’ categories in which Māori were situated, and […]