A section of Bonnie Devine's artwork, called 'Titled/Untitled'. The artwork depicts a modern map of Toronto, overlaid with local indigenous language and iconography.
Bonnie Devine, © 2018. Ink and crayon on paper. Courtesy of the artist. Map courtesy of Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).

There was never a single beginning point to for the history of this place. It wasn’t Cook on a beach, it wasn’t the confiscation of land and storming of Parihaka, it wasn’t Gallipoli, it wasn’t the pushing apart of primordial parents, it wasn’t goldfields, it wasn’t the arrival of waka, it wasn’t a lovers’ tiff between mountains, it wasn’t a boat full of influenza docking in Samoa, it wasn’t the Treaty, it wasn’t (certain) women getting the vote, it wasn’t a fished-up fish. It was all of these. It was all of these and more besides.

Alice Te Punga Somerville, ‘Two Hundred and Fifty Ways to Start an Essay About Captain Cook’.

‘Our colonial experience traps us in the project of modernity. There can be no ‘postmodern’ for us until we have settled some business of the modern.’

Linda Tuihiwai Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies.


Entangled Modernities will take place at the University of Kent on May the 25th and 26th. It will bring together scholars from across the world to consider new directions in Critical Indigenous and Settler Colonial Studies, with a particular focus on the 18th and 19th centuries. View the full CFP.

Confirmed Keynotes:

Audra Simpson, Columbia University

Alice Te Panga Somerville, The University of Waikato

On this site, you can find information about the venue, travel and accomodation (including the latest relevant coronavirus information), and Canterbury itself. Check back here soon for information about registration, abstracts and blog posts from the symposium.