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CANCELLED - Urbs Nullius: Gentrification and/as Settler-Colonialism

CANCELLED - Urbs Nullius: Gentrification and/as Settler-Colonialism
15 Devonshire Place, Room 200, Larkin Building
Time: Oct 17th, 4:00 pm End: Oct 17th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Indigenous, Ethics, 2000-
CANCELLED -- Talk by Glen Coulthard, University of British Columbia

The Centre for Ethics presents Seminar Talk

Urbs Nullius: Gentrification and/as Settler-Colonialism


The ideological rationale and material effects of gentrification in major Canadian cities are best understood when existing explanatory frameworks are placed in conversation with the emergent literature on settler-colonialism and Indigenous decolonization. Although anti-gentrification scholars are correct to identify gentrification as a contemporary form of colonization - especially in settler-colonial contexts like Vancouver - they have yet to sufficiently reflect on what this analysis means for how we think of the relationship between anti-gentrification efforts and urban Indigenous land and sovereignty struggles. This scholarship risks anchoring anti-gentrification efforts to a decontextualized notion of "the commons" that threatens to inadvertently treat settler-colonial cities as urbs nullius - urban space void of Indigenous sovereign presence and land rights.

Glen Coulthard, University of British Columbia, is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and an associate professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Political Science. Glen has written and published numerous articles and chapters in the areas of Indigenous thought and politics, contemporary political theory, and radical social and political thought. He lives in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories.

Glen's book, Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (University of Minnesota Press), was released in August 2014 to critical acclaim. His co-edited book, Recognition versus Self-Determination: Dilemmas of Emancipatory Politics, was released in spring 2014 by UBC Press. He and Dr. Dory Nason were also featured contributors to the groundbreaking anthology, The Winter We Danced: Voices from the Past, the Future, and the Idle No More Movement (ARP Books), which was released to great acclaim in March 2014.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Ethics at 416 946-6288.

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