Archiving Settler Colonialism: Culture, Race, and Space brings together 15 essays from across the globe, to capture a moment in settler colonial studies that turns increasingly towards new cultural archives for settler colonial research. Essays on hitherto under-examined materials—including postage stamps, musical scores, urban parks, and psychiatric records—reflect on how cultural texts archive moments of settler self-fashioning. Archiving Settler Colonialism also expands settler colonial studies’ reach as an international academic discipline, bringing together scholarly research about the British breakaway settler colonies with underanalyzed non-white, non-Anglophone settler societies. The essays together illustrate settler colonial cultures as—for all their similarities—ultimately divergent constructions, locally situated and produced of specific power relations within the messy operations of imperial domination.

chapter |16 pages


Settler colonialism and its cultural archives—ways of reading

part I|2 pages

Spaces, sites and scales

chapter 1|17 pages

More than just symbols

Resurfacing Indigenous place in the Far North of Aotearoa New Zealand

chapter 3|18 pages

The settler urban landscape of a British concession

Victoria Park in Tianjin, China

part II|2 pages

Subordinate settlers

chapter 4|15 pages

Colony at the crossroads

The “translated” settlement of Texas under Stephen F. Austin

chapter 6|14 pages

“They become some thing like the natives”

Liberia, colonization, and the rhetoric of belonging

part III|2 pages

Variations in genres

chapter 7|14 pages

William Henry Bell

Composing an art music frontier in Cape Town

chapter 9|21 pages

The visual rhetoric of settler stamps

Rhodesia’s rebellion and the projection of sovereignty

part IV|2 pages

Settler psyches

chapter 10|17 pages

Murder for white consumption?

Jimmy Governor and the bush ballad

chapter 11|15 pages

Queering settler romance

The reparative eugenic landscape in Nora Strange’s Kenyan novels

part V|2 pages

Settler languages

chapter 13|17 pages

Reprinting the past

Persisting German settler narratives in Namibia today

chapter 14|16 pages

The settler baroque

Decay and creolization in Chang Kuei-hsing’s Borneo rainforest novels

chapter 15|15 pages

“Being Hawaiian” in Pidgin

The literature of John Dominis Holt and Brandy Nālani McDougall

chapter |6 pages


The global archive of liminal settlement