Archive for July, 2019



In the Guardian Afua Hirsch concludes that ‘Whenever Trump says ‘infested’, we know he’s talking about people of colour‘. She is spot on, but there’s more than racism. Settler colonialism is a mode of domination that reproduces a specific sociopolitical body in the place of another. Unwanted and uncontrolled reproduction is the end of settler […]

Abstract: This paper examines the historical processes that transformed tar sands bitumen in the Athabasca river basin into a natural resource of Canada. The discourse of the resource was first applied to bitumen during the second half of the nineteenth century as the settler colonial state dispatched geologists into the region to quantify, calculate, and […]

Abstract: Katherine McKittrick famously wrote in Demonic Grounds that “black lives are necessarily geographic, but also struggle with discourses that erase and despatialize their sense of place” (McKittrick, 2006, p. xiii). From analyses of diaspora to the plantation, from studies of urban segregation to anticolonial circuits of resistance, Black thought has long been concerned with questions of […]

Excerpt: Must a non-US Western always be a pastiche of a US Western to be classified as a Western? Can a non-US Western be set outside of North America and still be called a Western? These are the challenging questions that come to mind when thinking about Argentina’s well-developed frontier mythology.

Excerpt: The slowest of the art forms, and one that generally starts with considering local context, community connections and subtle elements like site lines, is spun into a whole new dimension when architecture needs to consider the world’s oldest living culture, clan, inter-family and moiety relationships, and the ancient insider knowledge of songlines.

Description: If city life is a “being together of strangers,” what forms of being together should we strive for in cities with ethnic and racial diversity? Everyday Equalities seeks evidence of progressive political alternatives to racialized inequality that are emerging from everyday encounters in Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney, and Toronto—settler colonial cities that, established through efforts to […]

Abstract: While Australian political studies often appears to have neglected engagements with Indigenous peoples and politics, we argue this is not a simple question of omission. In fact, the discipline is deeply implicated in imperial knowledge production and the authorisation of racialised colonial governance. As non-Indigenous scholars working within Australian political studies, in this paper […]

Abstract: Australian political science is broadly derivative of British-European liberal ideas and prescriptions. It supports Settler governance by following dominant political dynamics, and struggles to engage with Indigenous political ordering other than through British-European settler-colonial logics. In response, this article experiments with a dialogical approach to studying political science that is responsive to Indigenous frames of […]

Abstract: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people navigate the social and political order of the Australian settler state in ways that seek to increase their personal freedoms and political autonomy. For some groups this means seeking a firmer place within the social, political and economic life of Australia, and for others it means navigating away, […]

Scandinavian Studies, 91, 1-2, 2019: ‘Nordic Colonialisms’