[csaa-forum] CFP: Other People’s Country: Law, Water, Entitlement - a Special Issue of Settler Colonial Studies

Timothy Neale nealet at unimelb.edu.au
Thu Oct 3 09:30:56 CST 2013

Call for Papers:
Other People’s Country: Law, Water, Entitlement
Special issue of Settler Colonial Studies (late 2014)

Guest editors: Timothy Neale (University of Melbourne) and Stephen Turner (University of Auckland)
There has been a tendency in settler colonial scholarship to focus, like settlers themselves, on land as the prime form of territory. But for indigenous groups, claims to ‘country’ or territory contain far more than the earth alone. Further, indigenous territorial claims not only often include or focus upon freshwater and saltwater but also can themselves resemble water: multivalent, transformative, animate. Recently, in Australia and New Zealand, questions regarding indigenous rights and the possession of water have revealed, once again, the contradistinction and entanglement of indigenous and settler laws. Setter attempts, in turn, to resolve these questions raise other issues regarding the nature of the object recognised and the form of its recognition.
The guest editors seek submissions considering ‘other people’s country’ as the conflicted site of claims to resources, knowledges, and futures in settler-colonial nations such as Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada, the United States of America and other iterations of settler-colonial ‘place’. How do legislation, policies and institutions ‘govern’ lands and waters in these places? How are bodies of water – whether rivers, lakes, seas or aquifers – made ‘lawful’ within settler-colonial nations today and can we think of them as possessing their own ‘law’?
Possible topics submissions to the Special Issue may chose to focus on:

  *   The ‘cosmopolitics’ of water
  *   The political ecology of contested sites
  *   The politics and ‘the political’ of waters in settler-colonial sites
  *   ‘Settlement today’ in resource contests
  *   Counter-mapping waters
  *   Settler and indigenous imaginaries of water
  *   First Law as a source of material and/or immaterial entitlement

The editors seek multidisciplinary perspectives on the study of water and law in settler-colonial sites. We welcome work from authors in the fields of anthropology, cultural studies, indigenous studies, Maori studies, cultural geography, sociology, media studies, heritage studies, history, gender studies, law, critical legal studies, postcolonial studies, economics, politics, international relations, political science, literary criticism and other related fields.
Proposal abstracts of 300-500 words should be sent by 1st of December 2013 to nealet at unimelb.edu.au<mailto:nealet at unimelb.edu.au> or sf.turner at auckland.ac.nz<mailto:sf.turner at auckland.ac.nz>. Successful applicants will then be notified ahead of submission of complete papers in early 2014. All submissions will then be peer-reviewed.
Settler Colonial Studies is a peer-reviewer journal published by Taylor & Francis. For more information see its website<http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rset20#.UkOI52RgY8Q>.

Timothy Neale | PhD Candidate
The University of Melbourne
School of Culture and Communication
John Medley Building
Parkville, VIC 3010
email: nealet at unimelb.edu.au<mailto:nealet at unimelb.edu.au>
web: http://unimelb.academia.edu/TimothyNeale

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