Call for Papers: What is Settler Colonialism?
Ye doubted at first whether the inhabitants
of the regions you had just discovered
were not animals which you might slay without remorse,
because they were black,
and you were white.
[…] In order to repeople one part of the globe,
which you have laid waste,
you corrupt and depopulate another.
Presumably Diderot, ‘On the history of settlements and trade’
(from Abbe Raynal’s Philosophical and Political History, 1770).
The northern and middle states of America are a specimen of this stage of civilization in very favourable circumstances; having, apparently, got rid of all social injustices and inequalities that affect persons of Caucasian race and of the male sex, while the proportion of population to capital and land is such as to ensure abundance to every able-bodied member of the community who does not forfeit it by misconduct. They have the six points of Chartism, and they have no poverty: and all that these advantages seem to have done for them is that the life of the whole of one sex is devoted to dollar-hunting, and of the other to breeding dollar-hunters.
J. S. Mill, Principles of Political Economy, 1848.
If I wish to substitute a new building for an old one,
I must demolish before I construct.
Theodor Herzl, The Jewish State (1896).
Settler colonizers come to stay: invasion is a structure not an event.
Patrick Wolfe, Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology(1999).
Settler colonialism is a global and transnational phenomenon, and as much a thing of the past as a thing of the present. There is no such thing as neo-settler colonialism or post-settler colonialism because settler colonialism is a resilient formation that rarely ends. Not all migrants are settlers: they are founders of political orders who carry with them a distinct sovereign capacity. And settler colonialism is not colonialism: settlers want Indigenous people to vanish (but can make use of their labour before they are made to disappear). Sometimes settler colonial forms operate within colonial ones, sometimes they subvert them, sometimes they replace them. But even if colonialism and settler colonialism interpenetrate and overlap, they remain separate as they co-define each other.
settler colonial studies accepts articles that align with this theme (‘What is Settler Colonialism?’), but will consider articles that do not.
The articles should be framed in one of the following ways:
- Single case-studies, preferably research aimed at furthering theoretical analysis;
- Contributions to a theoretical appraisal or description of settler colonialism (how
it works, where it appears, etc.);
- Applications of critical theory, or a particular thematic approach, to one
or more settler colonial place or idea;
- Comparative or transnational analyses involving two or more settler sites;
- Research focusing on evolving relationships between settlers and indigenous peoples;
- Analyses of legal and political ramifications of settler colonial phenomena.