Entering the moment of impossibility: Indigenous sovereignty and the white subject in Critical Race Theory

Jane Haggis, Catherine Koerner

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    Abstract

    Utilising Derrida's notion of the impossible as a moment of critical breakthrough, Irene Watson suggests that it is precisely the impossibility of settling Indigenous sovereignty, based on ontologies of belonging, with the possessive sovereignty of the "mono-nation", that is "the ground 'exactly' where our thinking should begin". Drawing on Australian, North American and Aotearoa Indigenous scholarship the paper considers how the notion of sovereignty is critically re-invented and made into "a performative destabilisation" of the nation state. It brings this concept of indigenous sovereignty into a theoretical relationship with critical race and whiteness theory in terms of the possessive sovereignty that underwrites the settler-colony state and asks what are the implications for the white subject?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages251-251
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventInternational Conference Crossroads in Cultural Studies - University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris, Paris, France
    Duration: 3 Jun 20126 Jun 2012
    Conference number: 9th

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference Crossroads in Cultural Studies
    CountryFrance
    CityParis
    Period3/06/126/06/12

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    Haggis, J., & Koerner, C. (2012). Entering the moment of impossibility: Indigenous sovereignty and the white subject in Critical Race Theory. 251-251. Abstract from International Conference Crossroads in Cultural Studies, Paris, France.