Archive for April, 2012

John Docker, ‘Instrumentalising the Holocaust: Israel, Settler-Colonialism, Genocide (Creating a Conversation between Raphaël Lemkin and Ilan Pappé)’, Holy Land Studies 11 (2012). With the appearance in 2010 of an essay by Martin Shaw, ‘Palestine in an International Historical Perspective on Genocide’, Holy Land Studies has taken the hermeneutic initiative in bringing together into the one […]

Thursday, May 10, 2012 6275 Bunche Hall 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Session I: 2:30p.m.—4 p.m Aziz Rana (Cornell University) will present his book, The Two Faces of American Freedom . Discussant: Lorenzo Veracini (Swinburne University of Technology and Visiting Professor at UCLA) Session II: 4:30—6 p.m. Craig Yirush (UCLA) will present his book, Settlers, Liberty, […]

In their influential work on settler colonialism, Patrick Wolfe and Lorenzo Veracini explained that settler societies are not only predicated upon the structural elimination of Indigenous societies, but also on a historical trajectory culminating in settler colonialism’s own self-suppression. This accounts for recent scholarly efforts to deconstruct rhetorical and discursive attempts to represent our multicultural, […]

Allan Greer, ‘Commons and Enclosure in North America’, American Historical Review 117, 2 (2012). Opening paragraphs: What were the broad processes by which settlers of European stock created new forms of tenure and wrested control of lands from indigenous peoples, first in the Americas and later across wide stretches of Africa and Oceania? Anyone interested […]

settler colonial studies (‘Past is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine’), and a new collection, The Case for Sanctions against Israel are to be launched at University of Southern California on 20 April. Lorenzo Veracini will lead a seminar as well.

Alexander Etkind, Internal Colonization: Russia’s Imperial Experience (Polity, 2011). This book gives a radically new reading of Russia’s cultural history. Alexander Etkind traces how the Russian Empire conquered foreign territories and domesticated its own heartlands, thereby colonizing many peoples, Russians included. This vision of colonization as simultaneously internal and external, colonizing one’s own people as well as […]

Relationships between indigenous and settler citizens have been shaped and managed by physical and ideological boundary setting, from the expansion of frontier borders into Indian Country to the reservation system, from residential schools to social welfare programs aimed at indigenous people. As they fight against processes of erasure, indigenous people’s forms of resistance, place-making and […]

The ‘Arab Spring’ and the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movements have both, in their very different ways, brought to life the idea that ‘the people’, long thought to be missing, can and do make a difference. This conference is interested in the possibilities these kinds of ‘collaborative struggles’ are opening up for new ways of thinking […]


Steven Sabol, ‘Comparing American and Russian Internal Colonization: The “Touch of Civilisation” on the Sioux and Kazakhs’, Western Historical Quarterly 43, 1 (2012). This article compares American and Russian colonization of continental interiors and the consequences for the indigenous Sioux and Kazakhs, focusing on imperial perceptions, social and economic dislocation, political sovereignty, and sedentarization. It […]