Archive for November, 2018

Description: The American West and the World provides a synthetic introduction to the transnational history of the American West. Drawing from the insights of recent scholarship, Janne Lahti recenters the history of the U.S. West in the global contexts of empires and settler colonialism, discussing exploration, expansion, migration, violence, intimacies, and ideas. Lahti examines established […]

Abstract: Yu-ting Huang and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower have collected essays that reflect on the production, circulation, and signification of settler material texts. Settlers, by definition, move, and as they do, and as they retrospectively reflect on the implications of their displacement, they produce and reproduce specific texts and create archives of material and discursive production. This […]

Abstract: How might we conceptualize settler colonialism differently when we study contemporary Germans in Namibia as enduring settlers, despite the fact that their forefathers failed to maintain a settler sovereign state? What if settler-colonial research took seriously the possibility that a community center in New Zealand’s Far North could do the work of decolonization? And […]

Abstract: Natural hazard management agencies across the settler countries Canada, Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the United States (or CANZUS countries) are presently involved in an increasing range of collaborative and consultative engagements with Indigenous peoples. However, perhaps because these engagements are diverse and relatively recent, little has been written about how they emerged and, […]

Abstract: For the already besieged and malnourished population of Gaza, the summer of 2014 was a summer of hell. For 51 days and nights, Israel decimated the Strip, dropping some 20,000 tons of explosives-the rough equivalent of six nuclear bombs-on one of the world’s most densely populated territories: a piece of land smaller than Liechtenstein, […]

Abstract: Despite increasing institutionalised recognition of Indigenous and Black environmental concerns in governance processes, the structures of settler colonialism and racial capitalism in North America continue to normalise dispossession and disproportionately burden marginalised communities with environmental harms. Engaging recent critiques of the inability of Indigenous rights frameworks to reverse ongoing colonial dispossessions and the failure […]

Excerpt: Modern migration to the “four great Nordic nations” rested on conquest, colonialism, and displacement. These nations were British, or (in the case of the United States) ex-British, settler-colonial societies. They were societies that shared remarkably similar understandings of national space, civilizational origins, and power dynamics associated with labor exploitation and racial classifications. Underlying this similarity […]

Abstract: This paper uses a settler colonial lens to highlight the limits of the post‐political while interrogating aspects of Indigenous politics and assertions of sovereignty in Perth, Western Australia. One of the ways in which Indigenous rights to urban space are being practiced in cities is through native title claims and negotiated settlements. In the south‐west […]

Abstract: In the 1970s, Aboriginal people in remote Australia took decisive steps to decentralize from government settlements and missions to live and make a living on their ancestral lands at places that have become known as homelands. Over time, this migration garnered some state support and saw the emergence of new facilitating institutions. But in the […]

Abstract: Dominant theorizations of settler colonialism identify it as a social form characterized by a problem with historical narration: because the existence of settler communities depends on the dispossession of indigenous peoples, settlers find themselves trapped by the need both to confront and to disavow these origins. How might this problem affect the aesthetics of the […]