Archive for February, 2023

Abstract: The New South Wales colonial project was a land-centred enterprise that became dependent on the surveying and sale of land. The process of land alienation was a significant factor in the configuration of the colonial territory as well as the development, distribution and typologies of architecture. This article considers a building that was central […]

Excerpt: This essay will argue that in contrast to better-known monuments in the Far West, which largely featured “cowboys and Indians” memories of the Old West or solo pioneer mothers embodying Euro-American civilization, most midwestern monuments erected between the 1890s and 1930s emphasized the process of U.S. westward expansion or White homemaking.1 Midwestern pioneer monuments, which […]

Excerpt: ‘the white Midwest as a specifically settler colonial project‘.

Abstract: During and following the decimation of the North American bison herds in the late nineteenth century, bison bones became a significant yet short-lived extracted resource. This article argues that while the gathering of bones on the prairies represents the endpoint of the once great herds, the story of bone hunting also aligns with industrial […]

Abstract: This essay argues that Laura Kina’s art series Holding On (2019) makes visible an “oceanic Okinawa”—that is, a discourse in the Okinawan diaspora that draws from Indigenous critiques in the Pacific to challenge the marginalization of Okinawa within the United States–Japan relationship. The methodological approach I use is one that examines Holding On in relation to the larger […]

Description: What is the place of Australia’s colonial memorials in today’s society? Do we remove, destroy or amend? Monumental Disruptions investigates how these memorials have been viewed, and are viewed, by First Nations people to find a way forward. In June 2020, on the heels of Australia’s James Cook anniversary commemorations and statue-toppling Black Lives Matter protests […]

Abstract: This essay argues that delimiting the settler colonial analytic to colonial legacies in the “Anglo-world” risks disavowing its congruent relationship with other colonial ideologies such as those of the Spanish imperial world. In examining Alexis de Tocqueville’s comparisons of Anglo- and Spanish American colonization alongside Latin American writers like Lorenzo de Zavala and Domingo […]

Description: The contributors to Biopolitics, Geopolitics, Life investigate biopolitics and geopolitics as two distinct yet entangled techniques of settler-colonial states across the globe, from the Americas and Hawai‘i to Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Drawing on literary and cultural studies, social sciences, political theory, visual culture, and film studies, they show how biopolitics and geopolitics produce norms of […]

Excerpt: I show agricultural infrastructure to be a political enterprise: it establishes hierarchical boundaries between communities and strengthens land control. It also establishes and maintains human–non-human boundaries, often resulting in compounding ecological harm. Yet a focus on the various dimensions of agricultural infrastructure within a given context of settler colonialism contributes a more nuanced approach […]

Abstract: In this essay, I examine the relationality between life and water in the context of its intercorporeal manifestations. Drawing on key aspects of Merleau-Pontian phenomenology, my concern is to reflect on water’s enfleshment of life and its complex ecologies of intercorporeity. These Merleau-Pontian key aspects, I note, are in close dialogue with a number […]