A curriculum of migrant home: settler geographies, land and colonial place-making

Smith, Bryan (2020) A curriculum of migrant home: settler geographies, land and colonial place-making. Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry, 12 (2). pp. 42-53.

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Abstract

In this article, I examine two ideas that have provoked me to reconsider my relationship to decolonising work as a settler. First, I consider the idea of home and the grounds, both material and symbolic, that make such “home-making” possible as a settler moving between states with similar aggressive investments in what Aileen Moreton-Robinson (2015) calls white possessive logics. Second, I take up a practice increasingly common in Australia – Welcomes to Country – that complicates how land is positioned as a space for people to gather. While I don’t suggest that Welcomes to Country are a panacea that resolve settler co-opting of acknowledgements as a tool of innocence (Asher, Curnow, & Davis, 2018), there is something inherently disruptive in Welcomes that might prove ethically instructive for those of us who find ourselves migrating within the settler-colonial sphere as we seek to make new homes.

Item ID: 67926
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1916-3460
Keywords: Reflections and reflexivity, sense of place, provoking colonial settler narratives
Copyright Information: © 2020 University of Alberta
Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 05:14
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development @ 80%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160399 Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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