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Other settlers, settling others: Narratives of indigeneity and postcolonial (im)migration in the liberal settler colony

2011/09/01

Bruno Cornellier has recently completed a PhD dissertation in the Joint Doctorate in Communication at Concordia University (Montréal). His postdoctoral research project explores the ways that settler sovereignty is articulated in Canada, Québec, and the U.S. through conflicting narratives of indigeneity that simultaneously put settler colonialism under erasure. Building on the author’s current research on Indigenous media and representations in Canada, this project proposes to also include new, non-Canadian locales, as well as other, non-Native minority groups who have so far been only marginally discussed in terms of their position within the specifically settler colonial projects of multicultural or multiethnic nationhood.

As a cultural critic and a media scholar, Cornellier’s analyses are rooted in the interdisciplinary and methodologically rich field of cultural studies. The predominantly critical and analytic work that he proposes to conduct seeks to illustrate how discourses and representations about race, indigeneity, and foreignness are being produced and disseminated in (and between) a series of cultural texts and practices (from cinema, literature and television to political speeches, advertisement, consumer culture, and the Law). By doing so, this type of analysis shall draw connections between these varied and eclectic textual practices and the larger historical and discursive fields that inform how knowledge and power circulate locally and globally. Such
analysis is meant to contribute to more pragmatic critical interventions that are setting up informed strategies of resistance and political actions.

Bruno’s research at the Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies is made available through the Programme de bourse postdoctorale of the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC). Cornellier’s research project takes advantage of Centre facilities supported by CFI, the Manitoba Government and the Canada Research Chairs Program.

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