Archive for May, 2012

Jordan Branch, ‘”Colonial reflection” and territoriality: The peripheral origins of sovereign statehood’, European Journal of International Relations 18, 2 (2012). The modern international system is commonly argued to have originated within Western Europe and spread globally during centuries of colonialism. This article argues, instead, that the character of the modern system of territorially sovereign states […]

Nan Seuffert, ‘Civilisation, Settlers and Wanderers: Law, Politics and Mobility in Nineteenth Century New Zealand and Australia’, Law Text Culture 15, 1 (2011), pp. 10-44. Mobility was constitutive of the 19th century British colonial period in the Pacific. The circulation of capital and commodities, technologies of transportation and communication, travelling ideologies and systems of governance […]

Robert A. Williams Jr., Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization (Palgrave, 2012). From one of the world’s leading experts on Native American law and indigenous peoples’ human rights comes an original and striking intellectual history of the tribe and Western civilization that sheds new light on how we understand ourselves and our contemporary society. […]

Robert J. C. Young, ‘Postcolonial Remains’, New Literary History 43, 10 (2012). Extract in lieu of abstract: The postcolonial remains: it lives on, ceaselessly transformed in the present into new social and political configurations. One marker of its continuing relevance is the degree to which the power of the postcolonial perspective has spread across almost […]

Susanne Schech, ‘Development perspectives from the Antipodes: an introduction’, Third World Quarterly 33, 6 (2012): Is there a distinctive Antipodean approach to development? In this introduction I take up Raewyn Connell’s challenge to explore the possibilities for knowledge production that reflects Australia’s and New Zealand’s geographical situation of rich peripheral countries and their history of […]

From a House of Commons Parliamentary Paper on Aborigines, no. 627 of 1844.

broken dreams


Broken Dreams 3 2010 Michael Cook Bidjara people digital colour photograph National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 2011 One of the pieces in unDisclosed, the 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, May 11 – July 22, 2012. Lifted from ABC News.

Ato Quayson, ‘Periods versus Concepts: Space Making and the Question of Postcolonial Literary History’, PMLA 127, 2,(2012). extract in lieu of abstract: Certain dates are now viewed as classic loci of the time and contradictory temporalities of the postcolonial: 1492 (Columbus’s arrival in America and the expulsion of Jews from Spain); 1603 (Lord Mountjoy’s colonization […]

Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 13, 1 (2012). Ann Curthoys, ‘Indigenous People and Settler Self Government: Introduction’. Zoë Laidlaw, ‘Slavery, Settlers and Indigenous Dispossession: Britain’s empire through the lens of Liberia’. Rachel Standfield, ‘Protection, Settler Politics and Indigenous Politics in the work of William Thomas’. Mark McKenna, ‘Transplanted to Savage Shores: Indigenous Australians and […]

Harriet Wild, ‘Primal Curiosity, Primal Anxiety: The Child Settler in Vigil and The Piano’, New Zealand Media Studies 12, 2 (2012). From introduction: Vincent Ward’s Vigil (1984) and Jane Campion’s The Piano (1993) can be considered as significant points in the filmic depiction of the settler psyche. These films depict the settler struggling against the […]