Archive for August, 2017

Abstract: My dissertation, “Empire’s Imagination: Race, Settler Colonialism, and Indigeneity in ʻLocal’ Hawaiʻi Narratives,” addresses the history of U.S. empire in Hawaiʻi, arguing that empire persists into the present through the structuring of contemporary literary representations of Asian migrants and Kanaka Maoli, the Indigenous population. This project intervenes into postcolonial studies, American studies, and ethnic studies […]


Abstract: During the first half-century of Britain’s presence in Canada, the Aboriginal policy was largely shaped by strategic and military matters. This policy, however, changed rapidly and radically in the early nineteenth century. The new official objective of Britain’s policy quickly became civilizing the Aboriginal peoples. Focusing particularly on the period during which the Aboriginal civilization […]


Abstract: By the end of the eighteenth century, intense transformations had taken place in the Americas in relation to both local processes and to more general circumstances that affected the population, economy, and politics. Accordingly, the Spanish Crown expressed a vigorous interest in its American colonies through economic goals formulated in the framework of a general […]


Abstract: The 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states that Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination for social and cultural development. This fundamental right has been impeded worldwide through colonisation where many Indigenous peoples have had to adapt to ensure continuation of cultural knowledge and practice. In South East Australia colonisation […]


Abstract: As movements for social justice within settler colonial states like Canada and the United States begin to centralize Indigenous struggles for sovereignty as foundational to liberation, non-Indigenous movement participants are challenged to contend with what it means to decolonize within their respective movements. This article explores the potential to engage in decolonizing research methodologies among non-Indigenous anti-authoritarian […]


Abstract: Few people are aware that dairy cows form part of Antarctic exploration history. Richard Byrd’s second expedition of 1933–35 took with it three Guernseys, ostensibly to provide milk for the men. We outline the cows’ Antarctica experience, discussing the way in which their celebrity benefited the expedition and its sponsors. Contextualizing the episode within the […]


Excerpt: Between 1977 and 1979, the Wampanoag Mashpee of Massachusetts attempted to reclaim ancestral lands as a source of geographical unity, cultural heritage, and economic support. The Mashpee alleged that in violation of the Indian Nonintercourse Act (1790), “tribal land was taken from [the Mashpee tribe] between 1834 and 1870 without the required federal consent.” The […]


Abstract: This thesis explores debates over inter-colonial union in the Upper Canadian public sphere from 1822 to 1842. In doing so, it examines the emergence of a distinct settler society through its political culture and constitutional development. It argues that these debates, which remained generally consistent over time, reveal the intellectual framework of settler debate bound by emerging and contested […]


Abstract: In 2004, Dr. Marlene Brant-Castellano published a well-received, and now widely cited article entitled “Ethics of Aboriginal research” in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Aboriginal Health. About a decade after this inspirational publication, we asked her to reflect on (1) the progress made in terms of ethics of research with Aboriginal people; (2) […]


Abstract: There is a complex geography to Aboriginal-dingo-settler-dog relationships in Australia. This paper examines aspects of that geography in a world heritage area, heavily contested by multiple stakeholders for whom the dingo has come to represent resource and identity, as well as a powerful symbol of nature. The Butchulla people were recently recognised in Australian law […]