Settler Colonial and Indigenous Geographies

Writings that critically engage the distinct form of colonialism that functions through the displacement and elimination of indigenous lands and lives with a settler society, with particular focus on its ongoing spatial presence as a system of power. Entries in this section also attend to engagements with and within Indigenous communities that foreground indigenous resurgence, resistance, and self-determination.

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Infrastructures as colonial beachheads: The Central Arizona Project and the taking of Navajo resources

Using archival documents, this article accounts for the colonial politics necessary to bring Colorado River water into Phoenix and Tucson. It highlights how the following moments worked to enlarge Arizona’s population and power while denying Diné water claims: the 1922 Colorado Compact, Arizona’s 1960s campaign for the Central Arizona Project, and recent Indian water settlements between Arizona and Navajo Nation.


Andrew Curley

Modernity’s (non)objective character

My direction in contemplating both settler colonialism and its undoing is at least twofold: first, to think through the urgent interventions of Black feminism to develop a means of centering processes and relations of social reproduction—in ways distinctive from Indigenous studies frameworks and yet, in that difference, generative from any standpoint to clarify--and second, to elaborate what such perspectives yield for rethinking social death discourse, multiple regimes of captivity, and the intimacies involved in making race, space, and social life that escapes.


Sharon Luk

Rendering settler sovereign landscapes: Race and property in the Empire State

This article by Meredith Alberta Palmer examines the politics of race, indigeneity, and landscape in US American enactments of property in the homelands of the Haudenosaunee.


Meredith Alberta Palmer

Repurposing Beauty Pageants: The Colonial Geographies of Filipina Pageants in Canada

This paper considers how notions of beauty and performances at pageants transform as they move across different colonial times and spaces. It examines how gender, racial, and sexual subjectivities take shape among cisgender Filipina women who participate and organize community-based pageants on the traditional and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver, Canada).


May Farrales

Nunamii’luni quvianaqtuq (It is a happy moment to be on the land): Feelings, freedom and the spatial political ontology of well-being in Gjoa Haven and Tikiranajuk, Nunavut

In Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven, Nunavut), we worked with Uqsuqtuurmiut (people of Uqsuqtuuq) on local priorities of caribou and well-being.


Sean Robertson, Gita Ljubicic

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