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Borders in the English-Speaking World

Sandrine Baudry
Hélène Ibata
Monica Manolescu


A History of Shifting Settler-colonial Borders: Reading the Native/Non-Native Territorial Palimpsest in and around Rapid City, SD

Céline Planchou et Sandrine Baudry

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The strong relationship between space—its representations, uses, control—and forms of political or economic domination has been well demonstrated (Lefebvre 1974; Soja 2013). In the case of settler colonialism, which “describes a form of colonialism wherein non Indigenous or ‘settler populations’ implant themselves in new lands” (Barnd 2017, 9), it is not only a matter of domination, but also of gradual erasure. As Wolfe explains, “settler colonialism destroys to replace” (Wolfe 2006, 388). In other words, “settler presence is the core feature of this mode of domination, with the goal of establishing a new home to solidify territorial claims” (Barnd 9). This phenomenon is thus to be understood as a process, something which “cannot be localized within a specific period of removal or extermination and [which] persists as a determinative feature of national territoriality and identity” (Rifkin 2013, 324). If the erasure of Native geographies is a process, one needs to adopt a long-term ...

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