Work of Settler Colonialism II: Emergent Solidarities 

April 22, 2017, OISE Library at University of Toronto

9:00 AM – 10:30  Panel #1: “From Turtle Island to Palestine, Occupation is a Crime”

  • Claire Stewart-Kanigan (University of Victoria), “(En)countering Colonial Violence:
    Challenges in Community-based Sex Work Advocacy on Lekwungen and
    WSANEC Territory”
  • Patrick DeDauw (Freie Universität  Berlin/Montreal Prisoner Correspondence Project), “Prisoner Correspondence Project”
  • Rana Sukarieh (York University), “Your Cause is Mine: The Strategy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement in Building Solidarity Alliances”
  • Yara Hawari and Francesco Amaruso (University of Exeter), “Including Palestine in Indigenous Studies: Challenges and Opportunities”

10:45 – 12:15  Panel #2: Against Extraction

  • Shiri Pasternak (Trent University), “Lawyers, Consultants, Accountants, Insurers: The Shadow Economy of Colonization”
  • Jen Preston (York University), “Dismantling ‘White Possession’: White Settler Colonialism and ‘Racial Extractivism’ in Canada”
  • Derek Kornelson (University of Manitoba), “Deconstructing Settler Colonial Domination: Implications for land-protectors and Indigenous-Settler alliances”
  • Eva Portillo (York University), “Decolonizing Settler Colonialism”

12:15 – 1:30  Lunch 

1:30 – 3:00  Panel #3: Unsettling Subjectivities

  • Ben Kapron (York University), “Settler Grounded Normativity: Learning Settler Decolonization through Engagement with Land”
  • Jamey Jesperson (New School), “Queer Resistance on Stolen Land: Trans* Settler Accountabilities in EnGendering Decolonization & the Collateral Queer Damage of Settler Colonialism”
  • Delores Calderon (Western Washington), “Mestizo Longing as a Settler Futurity along the U.S./Mexico Borderlands”
  • Adam Lewis (York University), “Social Movements, Prefiguration and Settler Colonialism: From Radical Imagination to Decolonial Futures?”

3:15 – 5:15  Keynote Roundtable

Moderated by: 

Dr. Eve Tuck (Unangax), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto


Bonita Lawrence (Mi’kmaw), York University

Vanessa Gray (Anishinaabe), Aamjiwinaang & Sarnia Against Pipelines

Kyle Mays Wabinaw (Black/Saginaw Chippewa), University of North Carolina

Anne Spice (Tlingit), CUNY Graduate Center

Matt Chrisler, CUNY Graduate Center

Work of Settler Colonialism II: Emerging Solidarities

We are very excited to present the second Work of Settler Colonialism Symposium, with a focus on Emergent Solidarities, in  Toronto on April 22, 2017. Our conference schedule will be posted in mid-March and look forward to sharing our exciting panels of papers and keynotes with you.

We’d like to thank the sponsors who are helping to make this event possible:

  • CUPE 3903
  • CUPE 3907
  • Historical Materialism
  • OISE Department of Social Justice Education
  • OISE Social Justice Education Student Caucus
  • OISE Master of Teaching Program
  • Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies
  • University of Waterloo – Renison University College
  • York University Department of Political Science
  • York University Global Labour Research Centre
  • York University Graduate Political Science Student Association
  • York University Sociology Graduate Committee
  • York University Graduate Student Association

Call for Papers

– an interdisciplinary symposium –

April 2017, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 9, 2016

The Work of Settler Colonialism Symposium was launched in April 2016 at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. This event brought together conversations between the emerging field of settler colonial studies and scholars engaging in the continual crises of neoliberal capitalism with new approaches to labour, capitalism, and resistance against the contemporary issues of late capitalism. This convergence of fields brought to light the interrelations of settler colonialism, anti-Blackness, and neoliberal capitalism as they operate through and within each other. The symposium offered scholars across interdisciplinary fields the opportunity to generate unique lines of inquiry and envision new alliances for resistance and movement building.

This Call For Papers proposes a second symposium that builds on these important discussions and asks, where do we go from here? The Work of Settler Colonialism II – Emergent Solidarities asks writers, activists, and scholars to expand on the collaborations, contradictions, and possibilities that arise when we organize within and against settler colonialism. This is especially pertinent when situated alongside processes of the exploitation of migrant labour, racial slavery and its afterlife, imprisonment, the expansion of extractive industries, and the corresponding struggles that have emerged out of these conditions.

The future of the settler state will be brought about through the work of reproducing social, economic, and political life in its many spaces and forms. Therefore, a central question of this symposium is: how might we interrupt this labour, and instead work towards anti-colonial and decolonial futures?

From ongoing land-based resistance movements against the expansion of pipelines, to movements calling for the abolition of police and prisons, and mobilizations against the increasingly precarious and temporary nature of work and citizenship, this conference is interested in activist, art-based, and scholarly engagements that are firmly rooted in anti-colonial resistance.

We welcome contributors from within as well as beyond the academy, including activist and community-rooted perspectives, to join us in April 2017 in Toronto. We invite contributions (papers, panels, performances) to this symposium that address themes including, but not limited to:

The labor of expansion; enslavement; extractive industries; land ruination and preservation; land parceling and dispossession; the commons; sovereignty; unions and unionization; anarchism, socialism, and Marxism; migrant workers; solidarities and divergences; anti-racism and prison abolition; intersectionality in anti-colonial movements; gendered labor and gendered violence; reproductive labor, education, and child abduction; laboring within recognition; academic labor; and transdisciplinary interventions.

Our primary concern is to hear from those interested in thinking through emergent solidarities across Indigenous, settler, and arrivant positions as we collectively work against ongoing settler colonialism. We look to incite discussions around questions such as:

  • What is the work of settler colonialism?
  • What is the work of resisting settler colonialism?
  • What can be generated by comparing settler colonial contexts (Canada, US, Australia, Israel etc.)?
  • Is the future of labour a settler future?
  • Where are the points of convergence and divergence in potential anti-colonial coalitions?
  • How can interlocking oppressions (such as race, gender, sexuality, and class) be conceptualized within settler colonialism?
  • Where is solidarity work already happening?
  • What is the status of movements across the world committed to decolonization?

Please submit an abstract, no longer than 500 words, single-spaced, including your name and institutional affiliation, by December 9th, 2016, to

Papers will be due February 15th, 2017.