Archive for December, 2019

Excerpt: The early twenty-first century has witnessed a surge of scholarly interests in the dominant technology of nineteenth-century American expansion: the railroad. Over the past decade, railway histories have reinvigorated debates about the incorporation of America, the growth of the federal government, and the conquest of Native America. As a growing cadre of historians of […]


Excerpt: The histories that produced these treaties and their divergent interpretations are part of a much larger story that scholars often overlook in their narratives of settler colonialism. The familiar emphasis on territorial dispossession has understandably dominated historical interpretations of Native North American history, and the fight for indigenous sovereignty has often been rooted in […]


Abstract: This paper offers a critical reflection on the appropriateness of ‘settler colonialism’ as an analytic category for understanding the political dynamics of early America. It argues that the paradigm’s focus on the elimination of the native obscures the resilience of Indian power, and the mechanisms by which that power was exercised and defended. The […]


Abstract: This dissertation examines myth and memory in settler colonial contexts. In particular, it explores the way Canadians engage with national mythology at sites of genocide commemoration. It focuses on three national sites that together constitute a memorial network: the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), which opened in Winnipeg in 2014; the Truth and […]


Description: How did the emigration of nineteenth-century Britons to colonies of settlement shape Victorian literature? Philip Steer uncovers productive networks of writers and texts spanning Britain, Australia, and New Zealand to argue that the novel and political economy found common colonial ground over questions of British identity. Each chapter highlights the conceptual challenges to the […]


Abstract: This thesis draws on the concept of white settler dysconsciousness, and explores how white settler dysconsciousness is complicated by ethnicity, with the goal of expanding on understandings of whiteness and settler colonialism in Canada. White settler dysconsciousness is an uncritical and dissonant form of consciousness. It is produced through a constant and complex dynamic […]


Abstract: This paper discusses the limits of recognition by investigating the politics of Indigenous rights in Paraguay. The “multicultural turn” of the 1980s–1990s promised to disrupt historical patterns of Indigenous dispossession through land titling initiatives across the Americas, yet as this case shows, recognition comes without guarantees. I draw from ethnographic research with the Xákmok Kásek Indigenous community in Paraguay’s […]


Abstract: While Forest Schools are increasingly popular in Canada and their work of connecting children to nature and enacting a new pedagogy for learning outdoors is important, how do Forest Schools, as places of learning in nature and on the land, connect with Indigenous ways knowing, learning, and teaching? This question is significant in the […]


Abstract: Ethnographic reports of ghosts, spirits, and other nonhuman agents are portrayed as very different entities depending upon whether the people perceiving them are recognized as indigenous or nonindigenous. The nonhuman agents apprehended by indigenous peoples are nearly always described as ontological, while ethnographers tend to treat ghosts and other spirits among nonindigenous peoples as […]


Abstract: As scholarly work on race in Shakespeare studies continues to develop, this article examines how important insights from critical Indigenous studies can help us to refine and enhance this work to more fully see historical moments at which Shakespeare’s works have been appropriated in response to the oppression of settler colonialism. Taking an 1893 […]