Parallel futures? Indigenous resurgence and the haunting of the settler

Palmer, Jane ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4131-4482 and Walsh, Angelia and Batorowicz, Beata ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4915-8357 (2022) Parallel futures? Indigenous resurgence and the haunting of the settler. Futures, 141:102969. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0016-3287


Abstract

Two kinds of futures have emerged in the shadow of colonialism: the haunted futures of a white settler society that suppresses or denies knowledge of the ‘founding wound’ of colonial invasion; and Indigenous futures constituted by a refusal of defeat and a ‘radical resurgence.’ While they appear as parallel and irreconcilable trajectories, we suggest, after Ahlqvist and Rhisiart (2015, ’Emerging pathways for critical futures research: Changing contexts and impacts of social theory’, Futures, vol. 71, pp. 91–104), that a haunting continues to link them; projects of Indigenous refusal and resurgence continue to alert non-Indigenous settler societies to a past not done with, and a futures trajectory based on denial and deception that must be unlearned. We describe one such project of Indigenous resurgence in South West Queensland, Australia, and suggest that it is an example of a local resurgence that performs, through its truth-telling, a ‘generative haunting’ of white settler society. In doing so, it forges a link between Indigenous and non-Indigenous futures, disturbing, and making more contingent, white settler imaginaries of the past and the future.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2022 23:58
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 01:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous resurgence; Spectre; Haunting; Indigenous futurisms; Truth-telling; White settler futures
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450107 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430312 Histories of race
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450118 Conservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441005 Social theory
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450103 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4302 Heritage, archive and museum studies > 430208 Intangible heritage
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210407 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210405 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander places of significance
21 INDIGENOUS > 2104 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture > 210404 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.futures.2022.102969
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/48922

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