AAG Session: Settler-Colonial Governance & The Ordering of Indigenous Lands

Call for Papers

Session organisers: Janice Barry, University of Manitoba & Libby Porter, RMIT University


Settler colonialism is understood as a historically, politically and economically distinct relation of power in which generations of settlers not only came to stay on Indigenous lands, but also sought to replace Indigenous ways of knowing and governing those lands with a new colonial order. This colonial ordering of space is achieved through a variety of technologies of power, including the establishment of property regimes and jurisdictional arrangements. While these technologies are very explicitly geographical, they also link to other social science disciplines and professions including law, public policy & administration, urban and regional planning – to name just a few. This session invites papers that interrogate how the historical and contemporary practices of settler-colonial governance dispossess Indigenous peoples of their lands and political authorities. The papers should express clear interests in the ways in which settler-colonial geographies are produced and reproduced through non-Indigenous institutions, laws, policies and procedures. It particularly invites papers that appropriately centre Indigenous experiences, theories, knowledges and critiques across a range of geographic settings and contexts (urban, non-urban, etc). It also welcomes perspectives from a wide range of settler-colonial contexts, including less studied areas such as Africa, South America and the Middle East.


Please e-mail paper titles and 250-word abstracts to Janice Barry (janice.barry@umanitoba.ca) and Libby Porter (libby.porter@rmit.edu.au) by October 25, 2017. Potential panelists should also submit their abstracts directly to AAG by October 25, 2017. Please note that papers that do not sufficiently address the scope of the call may need to go to the pool of ‘unsessioned papers’ where they would be put appropriate sessions by the conference organizers.



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I respectfully acknowledge the Elders past, present and future of the Kulin Nations, on whose stolen lands I live and work. 

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