Archive for April, 2019

Abstract: This article traces a discursive lineage from a 2013 Second Amendment billboard campaign in Colorado to visual accounts of white settler nostalgia that circulated in the 1860s. The billboard foregrounds fantasies of indigeneity for a contemporary political discourse of “gun rights” and quite literally backgrounds the reciprocities of nineteenth-century contexts of violence: the Civil […]

Description: As part of the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A Massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was […]

Abstract: This project investigates discourse about American wilderness, from the first European explorers through contemporary outdoor recreation, to reveal that wilderness is a socially constructed concept. By uncovering nine essential myths, this project argues that wilderness discourse is both influenced by and perpetuates American settler colonialism and racial capitalism. Section One traces a history of […]

Abstract: On 26 April 1901, members of the Righa tribe overran the French colonial village of Margueritte in central Algiers province. They seized the settlement’s male colonists and demanded they ‘make [them]selves Muslims’ by reciting the shehada and donning North African clothing. Several Europeans who could not or would not comply were killed. This article […]

Abstract: This essay proposes the category of the oceanic South. It presents the Southern Hemisphere’s blue expanses as one of its defining features and elaborates from this a framework that brings into agitated contention the extractive economies of the North, the persistent legacies of settler colonialism in the South, and other interlocking human and more-than-human […]

Excerpt: The study of settler colonialism in Asian American, Asian Canadian, and Asian diaspora studies offers important challenges to long-standing rubrics of racial “minority” politics, immigration and citizenship rights, and conceptions of national and transnational mobility. Since the groundbreaking publication of Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawai‘i […]

Description: In Search of Our Frontier explores the complex transnational history of Japanese settler colonialism, which linked Japanese America with Japan’s colonial empire through the exchange of migrant bodies, expansionist knowledge, colonial capital, and technology in the Asia-Pacific basin before World War II. Eiichiro Azuma outlines how the practices and thinking of members of pre–World War […]

Excerpt: The persistent tendency to abstract racist “hate crimes” from the contexts of settler colonialism in which they have occurred perpetuates the belief that expanding colonial state institutions of “counterterrorism” can provide a solution to white supremacy, when in fact they are part of the problem.  

Abstract: Settler colonial societies such as Australia revere their monuments. In such ‘young’ countries, monuments to conquerors, settlers and soldiers place the settler populations’ indelible stamp on the landscape. However, these monuments are as much about forgetting as about remembering. Despite this, Indigenous Australians are asserting their place, insisting that they never ceded sovereignty and refusing […]