Archiving Settler Colonialism
November 13, 2018
|Culture, Space and Race (Empire and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-2000)
|Rebecca Weaver Hightower, Yu-ting Huang
Archiving Settler Colonialism: Culture, Race, and Space brings together 15 essays from across the globe, to capture a moment in settler colonial studies that turns increasingly towards new cultural archives for settler colonial research. Essays on hitherto under-examined materials―including postage stamps, musical scores, urban parks, and psychiatric records―reflect on how cultural texts archive moments of settler self-fashioning. Archiving Settler Colonialism also expands settler colonial studies’ reach as an international academic discipline, bringing together scholarly research about the British breakaway settler colonies with underanalyzed non-white, non-Anglophone settler societies. The essays together illustrate settler colonial cultures as―for all their similarities―ultimately divergent constructions, locally situated and produced of specific power relations within the messy operations of imperial domination.