Manuscript workshop for Miranda Johnson's "Re-founding the Settler State"
By Rodney Taveira
20 February, 2013
Experts gather to workshop REGS Postdoctoral Fellow Miranda Johnson's book manuscript, "Re-founding the Settler State: Indigenous Rights in Australia, Canada and New Zealand 1967-2000."
We are excited to be soon hosting renowned local and international scholars to wokrshop Dr Johnson's "Re-foudning the Setter State: Indigenous Rights in Australia, Canada and New Zealand 1967-2000." The workshop - part of the University of Sydney's Race and Ethnicity in the Global South research program - is designed to provide helpful and timely feedback to junior faculty preparing their first academic book. Dr Johnson's book manuscript argues for the central importance of indigenous rights activism to a national "re-founding" of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand in the last three decades of the twentieth century. By re-founding, the manuscript refers to a process in which the three Commonwealth settler states, often directed by the courts, came to recognize the distinctive rights of and the compensation due to minority indigenous people. Activists had been protesting such rights from the late 1960 and they had even proposed the idea that indigenous people had played a constitutive role in
the making of the state and should thus be considered as co-founders. "Re-founding the Settler State" asks why and how the rights of minority indigenous people came to such prominence in national debate and discussions of the political constitution and history of the three Commonwealth settler states of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand in the closing decades of the twentieth century.
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