Recently, I wrote a post for the blog run by the Anthropology and Environment Society, a section of the American Anthropological Association. It is part of a series on ‘Life on the Frontier: The Environmental Anthropology of Settler Colonialism‘ edited by a group of HDRs and ECRs, and will feature commentaries by Zoe Todd and Clint Carroll. Those who have read previous posts on my own blog will know I have been thinking for a while about settler colonial theory, its elements, and how it fits with my research projects. My post begins:
Two propositions to start: there is a significant parallel (or companionship) between settlers and weeds; and, there is also a significant parallel (or companionship) between the structures of settler colonialism and those of weed ecology. These are the propositions that I want to work through in what follows, propositions that draw upon both the significant existing body of work by Indigenous and non-indigenous historians, anthropologists and others on the ways in which nonhuman actors have been mobilised within projects of settler colonial territorialization, and more recent work, including my own, in settler colonial nations such Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand where exotic nonhuman species dominate many landscapes.
You can read more here. (Also, huge thanks to the editors for publishing [and editing!] this piece).