Oct 20 book Launch for Rob Nichol's book, Theft is Property

Book Launch for Rob Nichol's book, Theft is Property
Tuesday, October 20, 12-2:00 pm

The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE), in partnership with the Department of Political Science, is excited to announce an upcoming book launch for Robert Nichols' new book Theft is Property!.

In his recent publication, Theft is Property! (Duke 2020), Robert Nichols reconstructs the concept of dispossession as a means of examining how shifting configurations of law, property, race, and rights have functioned as modes of governance, both historically and in the present. Through close analysis of arguments by Indigenous scholars and activists from the nineteenth century to the present, Nichols argues that dispossession has come to name a unique recursive process whereby systematic theft is the mechanism by which property relations are generated. In so doing, this work also brings long-standing debates in anarchist, Black radical, feminist, Marxist, and postcolonial thought into direct conversation with the frequently overlooked intellectual contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Robert Nichols is an Associate Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and currently visiting faculty in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Professor Nichols is the author of two books, The World of Freedom: Heidegger, Foucault, and the Politics of Historical Ontology (Stanford 2014) and Theft is Property! Dispossession and Critical Theory (Duke 2020), and recipient of grants and awards from the Fulbright, Humboldt, Killam, McKnight, and Trudeau Foundations, as well as from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

We will be joined by Dr. Robert Nichols, as well as Dr. James Tully, Dr. Kelly Aguirre and PhD candidate Phil Henderson for a critical panel discussion. Registration is required and can be accessed through the following link: https://uvic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMldeiorz0rE9GEcI8JLJ7VEoVFsdOk_mmp. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.