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New issues of settler colonial studies are being published via Taylor & Francis. See below for the open access back issues.

settler colonial studies is a peer reviewed academic journal, which is published twice a year. We have established it to respond to what we believe is a growing demand for reflection and critical scholarship on settler colonialism as a distinct social and historical formation. We aim to establish settler colonial studies as a distinct field of scholarly research. Scholars and students will find and contribute to historically-oriented research and analyses covering contemporary issues. However, we also aim to present multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research, involving areas like history, law, genocide studies, indigenous, colonial and postcolonial studies, anthropology, historical geography, economics, politics, sociology, international relations, political science, literary criticism, cultural and gender studies and philosophy.

Author guidelines

The essay should include a title page, with a 300-word abstract and list of no more than six keywords, along with the author’s full name, affiliation and contact details. The author’s name must not appear anywhere in the main text.

The articles should be framed in one of the following ways:

  • Single case-studies, preferably research aimed at furthering theoretical analysis;
  • Contributions to a theoretical appraisal or description of settler colonialism (how it works, where it appears, etc.);
  • Applications of critical theory, or a particular thematic approach, to one or more settler colonial place or idea;
  • Comparative or transnational analyses involving two or more settler sites;
  • Research focusing on evolving relationships between settlers and indigenous peoples;
  • Analyses of legal and political ramifications of settler colonial phenomena.

The journal will be accepting feature articles (approx. 6000-9000 words), review articles/essays and discussion papers (1500 words or more). All articles that are submitted to this journal will undergo a peer review process.


Endnotes, not footnotes. Examples:

Firstname Lastname, ‘Journal Article: Subtitle’, settler colonial studies 1, 1 (2011), pp. 1-20.
Lastname, ‘Journal Article’, pp. 10-4.

Firstname Lastname, Monograph: Subtitle (Place: Publisher, Year), pp. 5.
Lastname, Monograph, p. 7.

Firstname Lastname, ‘Chapter’, in Firstname Lastname and Firstname Lastname (eds), Edited Collection (Place: Publisher, Year), pp. 5-25.

For websites: Firstname Lastname (if authored), 'Page Title', < >, Accessed 1 Nov 2010.

For newspapers, periodicals: Sydney Morning Herald (21 June 1844).

Anglo-Australian/Anglo-Canadian English (e.g. -ise not -ize, colour not color, etc.) and ‘in-sentence single inverted-comma quotes’, 'with "quotes-in-quotes" like this', but otherwise loyal to the Chicago Manual of Style. Writing must be presented in a clear, 12-point font, with double spacing and regular margins. Do not indent regular paragraphs. Quotes larger than 40 words should appear indented. ‘Nineteenth’, not ‘19th’.

The decision whether or not to capitalise the term ‘indigenous’ – along with all other ethnic/national/racial terms – is to be made by the author, providing that: (a) their usage is in line with a current trend in their particular field, or region, of study; and (b) it is accompanied by a footnote explaining the author’s reasons for making their decision.

More specific formatting questions can be directed to the editors; otherwise, consult the published issues and emulate exactly.





Copyright notice

Authors retain copyright of their articles and are free to publish them elsewhere. Back issues are published here under an Australian Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd) licence, which means that the work may be freely copied and distributed, provided that it is not altered in any way or used for commercial purposes, and provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the author and to the journal.

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Journal archive

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Vol 2, No 2 (2012)

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Scott Lauria Morgensen Theorising Gender, Sexuality, and Settler Colonialism: An Introduction
Brendan Hokowhitu Producing Elite Indigenous Masculinities
Nada Elia Gay Rights with a Side of Apartheid
Andrea Smith The Moral Limits of the Law: Settler Colonialism and the Anti-Violence Movement
Mishuana Goeman The Tools of a Cartographic Poet: Unmapping Settler Colonialim in Joy Harjo’s Poetry
Qwo-Li Driskill Measuring the Distance between Seattle and Texas
Renya K. Ramirez Henry Roe Cloud to Henry Cloud: Ho-Chunk Strategies and Colonialism
Mike Krebs, Dana M. Olwan ‘From Jerusalem to the Grand River, Our Struggles are One’: Challenging Canadian and Israeli Settler Colonialism
Hulleah J. Tsinhnhahjinnie Image: We’wha, The Beloved
Scott Lauria Morgensen Queer Settler Colonialism in Canada and Israel: Articulating Two-Spirit and Palestinian Queer Critiques
Michelle Erai Responding
Edward Cavanagh Review: Aboriginal Title
Jared McDonald Review: Grappling with the Beast

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Omar Jabary Salamanca, Mezna Qato, Kareem Rabie, Sobhi Samour Editors’ Introduction
Zachary Lockman Land, Labor and the Logic of Zionism: A Critical Engagement with Gershon Shafir
Ilan Pappé Shtetl Colonialism: First and Last Impressions of Indigeneity by Colonised Colonisers
David Lloyd Settler Colonialism and the State of Exception: The Example of Israel/Palestine
Mansour Nasasra The Ongoing Judaisation of the Naqab and the Struggle for Recognising the Indigenous Rights of the Arab Bedouin People
Magid Shihade Settler Colonialism and Conflict: The Israeli State and its Palestinian Subjects
Shir Hever Exploitation of Palestinian Labour in Contemporary Zionist Colonialism
Patrick Wolfe Purchase by Other Means: The Palestine Nakba and Zionism’s Conquest of Economics
Waziyatawin Malice Enough in their Hearts and Courage Enough in Ours: Reflections on US Indigenous and Palestinian Experiences under Occupation
George Mansour The Arab Worker under the Palestine Mandate (1937)
Fayez Sayegh Zionist Colonialism in Palestine (1965)
Patrick Wolfe Arabic Translation: Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native (2006)
Joshua Simon Review Essay: The United States as Settler Empire
Lorenzo Veracini Review: On Settler Colonialism and Science Fiction (Again)

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Gabriel Piterberg Literature of Settler Societies: Albert Camus, S. Yizhar and Amos Oz
Ingrid Huygens Developing a Decolonisation Practice for Settler Colonisers: A Case Study from Aotearoa New Zealand
Bianca Isaki HB 645, Settler Sexuality, and the Politics of Local Asian Domesticity in Hawai‘i
Jay Hammond Speaking of Opium: Ownership and (Settler) Colonial Dispossession
Andreas Brieger Mother and the Other: Situating New Zealand Women’s Captivity Narratives in a Transcolonial Settler Culture of Anxiety
Gairoonisa Paleker Talking in Tongues: Genocide and the San in the South African Imagination
Peter Karsten Law and Politics in British Colonial Thought
Daniel Paul The Hidden History of the Americas: The Destruction and Depopulation of the Indigenous Civilisations of the Americas by European Invaders
Penny Edmonds Afterword: On Recognition, Apology and the ‘Hidden History of the Americas’
Alan Aubry Photo Feature: Orania
Lorenzo Veracini Afterword: Orania as Settler Self-Transfer

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Lorenzo Veracini Introducing settler colonial studies
Patrick Wolfe After the Frontier: Separation and Absorption in US Indian Policy
Scott Lauria Morgensen The Biopolitics of Settler Colonialism: Right Here, Right Now
Ivan Sablin, Maria Savelyeva Mapping Indigenous Siberia: Spatial Changes and Ethnic Realities, 1900-2010
Jo Smith Aotearoa/New Zealand: An Unsettled State in a Sea of Islands
Carol Summers Boys, Brats and Education: Reproducing White Maturity in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1915-1935
Edward Cavanagh Review Essay: Discussing Settler Colonialism’s Spatial Cultures
Jim Windeyer Foreword: Richard Windeyer (1806-1847)
Richard Windeyer Historical Document: Richard Windeyer, On the Rights of the Aborigines of Australia: A Lecture
Edward Cavanagh, Lorenzo Veracini Afterword: On the Rights of the Settlers of Australia
Gary Fields Photo Feature: Landscapes of Occupation in Palestine