Archive for the ‘Scholarship and insights’ Category

Sidney L. Harring, ‘Diamond Exploration and the San in Namibia: Toward a Legal History’, Environmental Justice 5, 5 (2012). The Ju/’hoansi are a poor people with few resources living in the Kalahari Desert along the border between Namibia and Botswana. In Namibia, 200 of them occupy their traditional lands in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, living […]


Rebecca Hamlin, ‘International Law and Administrative Insulation: A Comparison of Refugee Status Determination Regimes in the United States, Canada, and Australia’, Law & Social Inquiry 37, 4 (2012). International law provides nations with a common definition of a refugee, yet the processes by which countries determine who should be granted refugee status look strikingly different, […]


Michael Witgen, ‘The Native New World and Western North America’, Western Historical Quarterly 43, 3 (2012). bit in lieu of abstract: It is a mistake to imagine that Native peoples held political power only when they could align themselves with European empires and nation-states. Native peoples held power when they controlled territory and when they used […]


Donal P. Mccracken, ‘Equivocators or zealots? Post-revolutionary re-imaging colonial languages, names and name change in Ireland and South Africa’, Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies 26, 4 (2012). Successful revolutionaries often find themselves in a distinctly uneasy position vis-à-vis the cultural burden of the pre-revolution which they inherit. Establishing a stable and effective government […]


Carl H. Nightingale, Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities (University of Chicago Press, 2012). When we think of segregation, what often comes to mind is apartheid South Africa, or the American South in the age of Jim Crow—two societies fundamentally premised on the concept of the separation of the races. But as Carl H. […]


Heather Douglas and Mark Finnane, Indigenous Crime and Settler Law: White Sovereignty after Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). In a break from the contemporary focus on the law’s response to inter-racial crime, the authors examine the law’s approach to the victimization of one Indigenous person by another. Drawing on a wealth of archival material relating to […]


Marcelo Svirsky and Simone Bignall (eds), Agamben and Colonialism (Edinburgh University Press, 2012). Svirsky and Bignall assemble leading figures to explore the rich philosophical linkages and the political concerns shared by Agamben and postcolonial theory. Agamben’s theories of the ‘state of exception’ and ‘bare life’ are situated in critical relation to the existence of these […]


Tess Lea, Martin Young, Francis Markham, Catherine Holmes and Bruce Doran, ‘Being Moved (On): The Biopolitics of Walking in Australia’s Frontier Towns’, Radical History Review 114 (2012). It is in the contemporary period of Indigenous cultural recognition that the biopolitical system of policing Aboriginal walkers in Australia’s frontier towns has become so normalized that it […]


Ian McLean, ‘Reinventing the Savage’, Third Text 26, 5 (2012). The noble aims of ‘Exhibitions: L’Invention du Sauvage’ (‘Human Zoos: The Invention of the Savage’) at the Musée du quai Branly were not enough to counter the museum’s primitivist postmodern architecture or the exhibition’s curatorial strategy. Presenting a large number of archival images, as if […]


There is a wonderful self-assurance about the zero-sum game when you are always on the winning side. The winnings may not amount to much materially or objectively. That is not the point. The feeling of winning is itself the most important of the winnings. Joseph lee on settler Unionists, native Catholics and the zero-sum contest […]