Nov 082013
Schedule and Location: Monday, May 26 1:45pm-3:15pm Vallee-399

Primary Session Category: Colonialism
Session Code: Col1-A
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: This session examines violence and settler colonialism, as well as the complex relations between settlers and indigenous populations.  While settler colonial violence can be understood as direct forms of violence, including physical destruction and genocide, violence may also take structural forms, such as the silencing of indigenous narratives, the denial of historical and ongoing injustice, poverty and racism.  The session welcomes historical and contemporary critical engagement with settler colonial apparatuses, institutions, discourses and relations in Canada and settler colonial regimes around the world.  Moreover, the session aims to focus attention on challenges to settler colonialism, strategies of resistance, struggles for justice and the narrating of alternate stories and histories both by indigenous peoples and their allies.  The session will, furthermore, consider justice for the victims and survivors of settler colonialism and the possibility of remaking settler colonial societies.  Topics of interest may include (but are not limited to): Theorising settler colonialism; genocide; apartheid; settler-indigenous relations; the impact of ethnic/cultural diversity on settler-indigenous relations; land; forced relocation; deaths and disappearances; institutions (e.g., residential schools, criminal justice); transitional justice, including notions of “reconciliation”; indigenous social movements; and the comparative study of diverse settler colonial regimes.

Session Organizers:
Augustine Park, Carleton University, Sociology and Anthropology,
Madalena Santos, Carleton University
Konstantin Petoukhov, Carleton University

Chair: Madalena Santos


1.     Konstantin Petoukhov  

A critical assessment of challenges and opportunities for transitional justice as a method of redress for Indian Residential Schools

2.     Jennifer Matsunaga   

 Speak the truth, but not to each other: Unsettling truth-telling about internment camps and residential schools

3.     Jeff Denis  

Idle No More: A Four Directions Model of Indigenous Self-Determination Movements

4.     Tia Dafnos  

The Enduring Settler Colonial Emergency: Indian Affairs and Contemporary Emergency Management

5.     Laura Landertinger  

Imperial Feminism and White Settler Colonial Nation Building: Contextualizing the Canadian Child Welfare System

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