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Episode 173: Settler Memory: The Disavowal of Indigeneity and the Politics of Race

May 17, 2022
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Settler Memory: The Disavowal of Indigeneity and the Politics of Race in the United States (University of North Carolina Press 2021) is about the displacement of Indigeneity in the discourse around race in American political theory.

The book specifically touches on settler memory and acknowledging the history of Indigenous peoples in colonialism, and then disavowing the active presence of settler colonialism and Indigenous politics in the present.

Am and Kevin discuss how Black theorists, like James Baldwin, discuss indigeneity in their politics, and how tensions can arise between different conceptions of land, history, and identity. Kevin’s overall project is to link antiracism with anticolonialism, which shows through in the conversation.

About Our Guest

Kevin Bruyneel

Kevin Bruyneel is Professor of Politics at Babson College, teaching about  race, colonialism and collective memory.

He wrote the books, Settler Memory: The Disavowal of Indigeneity and the Politics of Race in the United States (University of North Carolina Press 2021) and The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations (University of Minnesota Press 2007). Kevin was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, studied at Simon Fraser University and the New School for Social Research in New York City, and now lives and teaches in Massachusetts.

Cite This Episode

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Johal, Am. “Settler Memory: The Disavowal of Indigeneity and the Politics of Race — with Kevin Bruyneel” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, May 17, 2022. https://www.sfu.ca/vancity-office-community-engagement/below-the-radar-podcast/episodes/173-kevin-bruyneel.html.

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