Archive for April, 2020

Excerpt: The history of colonialism in Canada has meant both the partition of Indigenous peoples from participating (physically, politically, legally) in the economy and a relentless demand to become assimilated as liberal capitalist citizens. Assimilation and segregation are both tendencies of colonization that protect the interests of white capital. But their respective prevalence seems to […]

Description: This anthology adds to the burgeoning field of settler colonial studies by examining settler colonial narratives in the underanalyzed medium of film. Cinematic Settlers discusses different cinematic genres, national traditions, and specific movies in order to expose related threads, shared circulations of knowledge, and paralleled representations. Organized into thematic groupings—conquest, settlement, natives, and space—the contributors […]

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Abstract: DNA analysis provides ranked probabilities of our kinship to specific ethnic, racial, and national groups, and with one another individually, without absolute reliability. By contrast, inherited ancestral stories remain a strong indicator of one’s identity, including cultural views and practices related to the so-called natural world. My family role is to remember cherished family […]

Description: Drawing on group position theory, settler colonial studies, critical race theory, and Indigenous theorizing, Canada at a Crossroads emphasizes the social psychological barriers to transforming white settler ideologies and practices and working towards decolonization. After tracing settlers’ sense of group superiority and entitlement to historical and ongoing colonial processes, Denis illustrates how contemporary Indigenous and settler […]

Description: Kris Manjapra weaves together the study of colonialism over the past 500 years, across the globe’s continents and seas. This captivating work vividly evokes living human histories, introducing the reader to manifestations of colonialism as expressed through war, militarization, extractive economies, migrations and diasporas, racialization, biopolitical management, and unruly and creative responses and resistances […]

Abstract:This article explores the complexities of settler relations within the context of an academic conference hosted by Indigenous hosts and inclusive of Indigenous ceremony and content. The authors explore a range of questions related to their settler identities as participants in the conference. How are we as settlers to engage in a conference entitled “CYC […]

Excerpt: People will often say hunting is the reason they own firearms, but the underlying structural reason, whether acknowledged or not, has more to do with white settler fears of racial rebellion. Indeed, the NRA—the most politically influential gun organization—isn’t powerful because it has a lot money to spend, but rather because it markets gun ownership as a means […]

Abstract: In August 2018, Ken Wilson completed Wood Mountain Walk, the first in a series of walking performances he intends to conduct—some solo, some with other people—in Treaty 4 territory in southern Saskatchewan over the next two years. “Wood Mountain Walk and the Possibilities of Decolonization through Relationships with People and Land in Solo Walking Performance” examines […]