Archive for September, 2021

Abstract: This essay describes the US’s dominant linguistic ideology, settler monolingualism, which works with other white supremacist logics to organize social life. I show that monolingualism’s alignment of place, language, and culture plays a crucial role in settler colonialism’s temporal-territorial claims. Then, I outline settler monolingualism’s three key features: elimination, dispossession, and transcendence. Drawing on […]

Abstract: Settler colonial–language ideologies serve as one tool of dispossession within settler colonial assemblages of genocidal accumulation. We focus on the role of settlers in learning, codifying, and teaching Indigenous languages in order to analyze the language ideologies at play when language becomes colonized alongside the colonization of land. We develop a comparative reading of […]

Abstract: This article examines the socio-spatial reproduction of settler-colonial urbanism at a contested site of urban development in Canada’s capital city. Akikodjiwan is an Algonquin sacred site on the Ottawa River (Kichi Sibi) and the location of a large-scale private real estate development project. Using the Access to Information Act, this article demonstrates how the […]

Excerpt: Canada is a settler-colonial state built upon the foundational pillars of white supremacy, racial capitalism, territorial acquisitiveness, and the attempted elimination of Indigenous peoples (culture, political/legal authorities, and claims to land). A young, affluent country that relies on these ongoing processes for its wealth and stature, the institutions of white supremacy required to construct […]

Abstract: White settler colonies around the world have long reported disproportionately high rates of Indigenous suicides, a consequence of the continuing violence of imperialism. This article posits a need for interdisciplinary approaches to address this crisis and therefore turns to humanist methods developed in Indigenous and feminist scholarship. I analyze texts from U.S. psychologist Edwin […]

Abstract: This paper draws on theoretical insights associated with settler colonial studies and a collective memory work methodology to illuminate the multiple and contested meanings of land conveyed in tourism memory narratives of Settler Canadians. As part of a multi-day nature-based tourism experience in June 2019, 16 Settler co-participants wrote, and collectively analyzed, memory texts […]

Abstract: This article responds to Samuel Knafo and Benno Teschke’s recent critique of Political Marxism and their proposal for an alternative, ‘radical agency-centred’ historicism. While sympathetic to the critiques raised by the authors, I am less convinced by the conclusions they reach. Rather than abandon Political Marxism altogether, I argue that there remains much of […]

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Abstract: This paper interrogates the fundamental anti-Blackness of model minority discourses and how they are embedded in structures of anti-Blackness and settler colonialism through a genealogical examination of the contradictory history of the “Black model minority” within the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute’s Indian Program. This program educated both Black and Indigenous students throughout the […]

Abstract: Canadian government legislation implemented policies in the early 1900s that facilitated inter-racial marriages between Indigenous women and Chinese bachelors. Foreign workers were over-recruited from China, to migrate to Canada, to support the development of the railway system. To deal with this “perceived” over-population Canada began implementing racist policies that included intentional deterring of Chinese […]