Archive for December, 2020

Abstract: This dissertation examines place-based national origins stories told in the context of the City of St Augustine and Florida tourism. Using data from two commemorations and a national monument, I examine how discourses of race and settler colonialism structure the narratives at the city, state, and national levels. Historicizing the USA as a settler […]

Abstract: The legacy of settler-colonialism is manifest most potently as a dominant narrative that rationalizes First Nations compliance with Western-liberal institutions of common law, property and market-based economic growth. These have become de facto requirements for socioeconomic improvements and well-being within First Nations communities. This dissertation challenges this assumption and narrative through an examination of […]

Abstract: This article, split into 2 parts that will be published over 2 journal issues, examines environmental attitudes and actions amongst the first generation of settlers in Otago, New Zealand, between 1840 and 1860. Based on extensive analysis of diaries, letters, artworks and official documents, it argues for the need to recognise the complexity of […]

Abstract: This dissertation offers a normative account of how we should conceive of reconciliation between Indigenous people(s), states qua states, and their non-Indigenous citizens. It mines pre-theoretic understandings of reconciliation to determine appropriate governing norms for reconciled relationships, the normative expectations that attend these, and what processes or initiatives might be necessary to achieve them. […]

Abstract: In this essay, we survey recent prominent works of climate fiction, or cli-fi, through the lens of Indigenous futurism, arguing that several of these works pointedly absent or even appropriate Indigenous perspectives and traditions. We conclude that this genre potentially works to justify settler colonialism.

Abstract: This thesis explores a conception of dual sovereignty, consisting of Indigenous and state sovereignties existing and operating within the same territorial space. A dual sovereignty construct, standing in distinct contrast with the common settler-held presumption of Canadian state sovereignty and hegemony, provides a superior frame for articulating just relations between Indigenous peoples, the Canadian […]

Description: This book explains how recognition theory contributes to non-colonial and enduring political relationships between Indigenous nations and the state. It refers to Indigenous Australian arguments for a Voice to Parliament and treaties to show what recognition may mean for practical politics and policy-making. It considers critiques of recognition theory by Canadian First Nations’ scholars […]

Excerpt: “Racial capitalism is all capitalism” writes Ruth Wilson Gilmore. “There was not one minute in the entire story of capitalism that it was not racial.” And so this story goes: the “explorer,” the survey, the map, the property owner, the corporation, and the shareholder stake a claim to the future that is “dripping from head […]

Abstract: How did transparency become the settler colonial version of justice? Answering this question involves tracking some of the ways that transparency has become a technology of communication, a medium whose message is honesty, accountability, truth, and justice. This essay offers a short history of this new medium, which includes modernist architecture, networked data, dispossession […]

Abstract: This brief article is a response. It engages with recent critiques of settler colonial studies as an intellectual endeavour. Settler colonial studies, a number of scholars have argued, is at best useless, but worse, it may actually be detrimental to Indigenous struggles. What is the use of studying settler colonialism as a specific mode […]