Archive for October, 2011

Stumbled across this today, fresh of the press at the William & Mary Quarterly. Each contribution is available for free here. Critical Forum. Tomlins, Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580–1865 Julia Adams, ‘Clear, Hold, Build: Patriarchy and Sovereignty in the Colonization of Early English America’. Tamar Herzog and Richard […]

Lesley Erickson, Westward Bound: Sex, Violence, the Law, and the Making of a Settler Society (UBC Press/Osgoode Society 2011).  In the late nineteenth century, European expansionism found one of its last homes in the North American West. While the settlement of the American West was renowned for its lawlessness, the Canadian Prairies enjoyed a tamer […]

Edward Cavanagh, The Griqua Past and the Limits of South African History, 1902-1994 (Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2011). The Griqua people are commonly misunderstood. Today, they do not figure in the South African imagination as other peoples do, nor have they for over a century. This book argues that their comparative invisibility is a […]

Once in class, students receive lessons in indigenous rights, language and mythology and in the afternoons they get the chance to put practical skills to the test, herding buffalo and tending vegetable plots. The Indigenous University is far removed from its counterparts in Venezuela’s cities. But that is because it has been constructed by and […]

Ian W. Campbell, ‘Settlement promoted, settlement contested: the Shcherbina Expedition of 1896–1903’, Central Asian Survey 30, 3-4 (2011). The Shcherbina Expedition of 1896–1903 was the Russian Empire’s most concerted effort to gather the data necessary to facilitate peasant settlers’ migration to its largely nomadic steppe oblasts. Although this expedition was a massive exercise of imperial […]

  Newspaper Rock has collected a few indigenous perspectives, here and here. The omission of the realities of settler colonialism from this trendy little protest is ironic, he notes.

Jodi A. Byrd, Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Settler Colonialism (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). Jodi A. Byrd explores how indigeneity functions as transit, a trajectory of movement serving as precedent within U.S. imperial history. Byrd contends that the colonization of American Indian and indigenous nations is the necessary ground to reimagine a future […]

Shu-mei Shih, ‘The Concept of the Sinophone’, PMLA 126, 3 (2011). Sinophone studies — conceived as the study of Sinitic- language cultures on the margins of geopolitical nation-states and their hegemonic productions — locates its objects of attention at the conjuncture of China’s internal colonialism and Sinophone communities everywhere immigrants from China have settled. Sinophone […]

Fiona Batemen and Lionel Pilkington (eds), Studies in Settler Colonialism: Politics, Identity and Culture (Palgrave MacMillan: New York, 2011). Studies in Settler Colonialism: Politics, Identity and Culture offers an accessible overview of settler colonialism as a globally important cultural and political phenomenon within a range of historical and geographical contexts, including Palestine, Hawai’i, Canada, southern […]

I offer that we need to find a way of interpreting settler colonialism that captures the variety of ways that settlers partake in exclusionary and assimilative practices.. Perhaps, then, it might be more precise to include in a definition of settler colonialism that often despite their most genuine anti-colonial or decolonizing intentions, settlers can nevertheless […]