october, 2019

30oct6:00 pm8:00 pmHistory keynote: 'Endogeneity, Precarity, Surveillance'Associate Professor Lorenzo Veracini6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Flinders University Victoria Square (Level 1, Room 1)Audience:Alumni,Career Counsellors,Donors,Employers,Future students,General Public,Government departments & agencies,High school students,Industry partners,International students,Recent graduates,Researchers,Staff,Students,Teachers

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This paper develops two analogies in order to conceptualise endogeneity as a category of analysis. The first analogy compares indigenous understandings of place and place-making and territorio as defined in Italian territorialist traditions. They are both locales endowed with a specific personality and agency: one is the home of indigenous peoples facing settler colonialism as a
specific mode of domination, the other is the home of endogenous collectives facing increasing modalities of exogenous control. The second analogy links the current appropriation of metadata under ‘surveillance capitalism’ with past appropriations and their justification: terranullius.

This paper’s first and third section deal each with one of these analogies; its short second section bridges between the two by focusing on early expression of territorialist aspirations and on an early experience of electronic networks development: Adriano Olivetti’s activity as a political theorist and early developer of electronic machines. Both analogies sustain the analysis of a global settler-colonial present.

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Lorenzo Veracini is Associate Professor of History at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.

His research focuses on the comparative history of colonial systems and settler colonialism as a mode of domination.

He has authored;

  • Israel and Settler Society (2006)
  • Settler Colonialism: A Theoretical Overview (2010)
  • The Settler Colonial Present 2015).
  • Lorenzo co-edited The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism (2016), manages the settler-colonial studies blog and is Founding Editor of Settler Colonial Studies.

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