|Title||Histories of Settler Colonialism|
|Publication Type||Special Issue|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Journal||BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly|
|Type of Work||Special Issue|
This special issue of BC Studies examines the histories of settler colonalism that have shaped British Columbia. Building from existing scholarship, the articles in this special issue position the construction of racialized difference and exclusion, claims to land and sovereignty, familial and social lives, and contested political formations as critical to the dynamics of power and changes in the relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the province. They also push in new directions, asking how historians might investigate settler colonialism without taking for granted its meanings, distinctiveness, and ascendency in British Columbia. Drawing on the methodologies and frameworks of fields too often separated – histories of the future, childhood and family, settler colonial studies, and Indigenous history – the articles offer new insights into the configurations and limits of settler colonialism. At the heart of this special issue lies the shared conviction that settler colonialism has played a powerful and violent role in shaping British Columbia, even as it has been a profoundly vulnerable, contingent, and aspirational project that has never entirely contained the identities, experiences, and relations of power in this place.