SOAS University of London

Centre for Palestine Studies

The Global Settler Colonial Present

Lorenzo Veracini, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

Date: 5 June 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 5 June 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Talk

This paper focuses on a specific mode of domination and its contemporary manifestations. It outlines the global settler colonial present: a predicament fundamentally characterised by a logic of elimination and containment rather than exploitation. This appraisal of a developing dispensation is offered as a reminder of the need to develop indigenous-nonindigenous alliances.

This paper emphasises a growing commonality of dispossession. It argues that a commonality between indigenous and non-indigenous dispossessions informs a non-Indigenous responsibility to engage in reconciliation and indigenous-led struggles. Of course, commonality does not mean identity and this article is not suggesting that ‘we’ are actually becoming ‘indigenous’.

I remain a migrant and a settler on indigenous land. But it seems important to note that we are increasingly being subjected to a mode of domination that treats us like indigenous peoples. ‘Responsibility’ literally means being able to respond. Focusing on a growing crisis and a convergence of interests offer important opportunities for responsible resistance and reconciliation.

Lorenzo Veracini is Associate Professor in History and Politics at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on the comparative history of colonial systems and settler colonialism. He has authored Israel and Settler Society (2006), Settler Colonialism: A Theoretical Overview (2010), and The Settler Colonial Present (2015). Lorenzo is co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism (2016) and Editor in Chief of Settler Colonial Studies.

Magid Shihade is a scholar of decolonial thought. His work is focused on Israel/Palestine, violence, race, and modernity, and on the politics and anthropology of knowledge.


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