Archive for the ‘Sovereignty’ Category

Craig Bryan Yirush, ‘Claiming the New World: Empire, Law, and Indigenous Rights in the Mohegan Case, 1704–1743’, Law and History Review 29, 2 (2011). In 1773, with the empire on the brink of revolt, the Privy Council gave the final ruling in the case of the Mohegan Indians versus the colony of Connecticut. Thus ended […]


Edward Cavanagh, ‘A Company with Sovereignty and Subjects of its Own? The Case of the Hudson’s Bay Company, 1670-1763’, Canadian Journal of Law and Society 26, 1 (2011) Questions about the ways in which colonial subjects were acquired and maintained, and how it was that multiple and often contradictory sovereignties came to overlap in history, […]


Between Indigenous and settler governance: histories and possibilities To be held in the conference room of the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy, University of Western Sydney Bankstown campus, Building 3, August 18-20, 2011. Waged/salaried: $400 (or $170 per full day, $85 per half day) Casually employed and student rate: $150 (or $70 per full […]


Lorenzo Veracini of Swinburne University’s Institute for Social Research, responding to a critique of settler colonialism as interpretative category, exclusively for settler colonial studies blog: Tequila Sovereign (“a Native, progressive, forty-something, anti-racist, feminist, woman”) has recently reflected in a series of blog postings on her dissatisfaction with settler colonialism as an interpretative paradigm (“Why ‘Settler […]


Robert J. Miller, ‘Tribal Constitutions and Native Sovereignty’, working paper. More than 565 Indigenous tribal governments exercise extensive sovereign and political powers within the United States today. Only about 230 of the native communities that created these governments, however, have chosen to adopt written constitutions to define and control the political powers of their governments. […]


Dear all, We are pleased to announce that the first issue of settler colonial studies is now available for your viewing. Check it out here. In this stage of its life, settler colonial studies is an online, open-access journal. There are may benefits of such a medium (among them, universally free access, and immediate registration […]


David A. Chang, ‘Enclosures of Land and Sovereignty: The Allotment of American Indian Lands’, Radical History Review 2011 This essay cautiously compares the dispossession of Native lands in the United States with the enclosure of the English commons, in light of the transfer of political sovereignty that occurred in the case it explores. The federal […]


Here’s a teaser for the forthcoming settler colonial studies 1 (2011). ARTICLES Lorenzo Veracini: Introducing settler colonial studies pp. 1-12 Patrick Wolfe: After the Frontier: Separation and Absorption in US Indian Policy pp. 13-50 Scott Lauria Morgensen: The Biopolitics of Settler Colonialism: Right Here, Right Now pp. 51-75 Ivan Sablin and Maria Savelyeva: Mapping Indigenous […]


Ken MacMillan, ‘Benign and Benevolent Conquest?: The Ideology of Elizabethan Atlantic Expansion Revisited’, Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 9, 1 (2011). This essay revisits the language of conquest in metropolitan writings advocating Elizabethan Atlantic expansion. It argues that contrary to the belligerent connotations scholars usually attach to the word conquest, in Elizabethan England it […]


Yep, I’m still stumped by the land grabs, investment, and extra-sovereign speculation taking place on the African continent – all at levels unprecedented since the winds of change. For more balanced perspective, try this from the NY Times: Across Africa and the developing world, a new global land rush is gobbling up large expanses of […]