Robert Nichols in Conversation with Kelly Aguirre, Phil Henderson, Cressida J. Heyes, Alana Lentin, and Corey Snelgrove

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Robert Nichols
Phil Henderson
Cressida J. Heyes
Kelly Aguirre
Alana Lentin
Corey Snelgrove


Kelly Aguirre, Phil Henderson, Cressida J. Heyes, Alana Lentin, and Corey Snelgrove engage with different aspects of Robert Nichols’ Theft is Property! Dispossession and Critical Theory. Henderson focuses on possible spaces for maneuver, agency, contradiction, or failure in subject formation available to individuals and communities interpellated through diremptive processes. Heyes homes in on the ritual of antiwill called “consent” that systematically conceals the operation of power. Aguirre foregrounds tensions in projects of critical theory scholarship that aim for dialogue and solidarity with Indigenous decolonial struggles. Lentin draws attention to the role of race in undergirding the logic of Anglo-settler colonial domination that operates through dispossession, while Snelgrove emphasizes the link between alienation, capital, and colonialism. In his reply to his interlocutors, Nichols clarifies aspects of his “recursive logics” of dispossession, a dispossession or theft through which the right to property is generated.

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Nichols, R., Henderson, P., Heyes, C. J., Aguirre, K., Lentin, A., & Snelgrove, C. (2021). Robert Nichols in Conversation with Kelly Aguirre, Phil Henderson, Cressida J. Heyes, Alana Lentin, and Corey Snelgrove. Journal of World Philosophies, 6(2), 181–222. Retrieved from
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Robert Nichols, University of Minnesota

Robert Nichols is Associate Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Political Science. He is the author of Theft is Property! Dispossession and Critical Theory (Duke 2020) and The World of Freedom: Heidegger, Foucault, and the Politics of Historical Ontology (Stanford 2014).

Phil Henderson, University of Victoria

Phil Henderson is a settler and PhD candidate in Political Science and Indigenous Nationhood at the University of Victoria (Lkwungen Territories). His work investigates Canadian Politics through community-based relationships between settlers and Indigenous peoples with an eye to both white backlash politics in an era of rising white identitarianism and also towards the emerging possibility of land-based alliance-building projects in the face of global climatic change. Future research plans include a detailed study of the interrelations between Indigenous land/water defenders and organized labor.

Cressida J. Heyes, University of Alberta

Cressida J. Heyes, is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, where they also hold a Henry Marshall Tory Chair. They are the author, most recently, of Anaesthetics of Existence: Essays on Experience at the Edge (Duke University Press, 2020), winner of the David Easton book award from the American Political Science Association, and are currently writing a book about sleep, gender, and sexuality.

Kelly Aguirre, University of Victoria

Kelly Aguirre is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria located on lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. She is mestiza of Nahua and ñuu savi ancestry and German-Russian and Welsh settler descent. She received a BA Honours in Politics from the University of Winnipeg (2007) and an MA in Politics from the University of Manitoba (2009). Her PhD is from the University of Victoria (2019). She has previously worked in the Indigenous Studies program and EyēɁ Sqâ’lewen: The Centre for Indigenous Education and Community Connections at Camosun College. Her areas of research are Indigenous politics and decolonial and critical theory. She is interested in the role of theorists as storytellers of political life and movements, methodological ethics and most recently, experiences of racialized and other disabled and neurodiverse people in academia and as subjects in/of political theory.



Alana Lentin, Western Sydney University

Alana Lentin is an Associate Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University. She is a Jewish European woman who is a settler on Gadigal land. She works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism. Her latest book is Why Race Still Matters (Polity 2020) and she previously published The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age with Gavan Titley (Zed, 2011). She co-edits the book series ‘Challenging Migration Studies’ (Rowman & Littlefield) and “Decolonization and Social Worlds” (Bristol University Press). She is an editorial board member of Ethnic and Racial Studies and Identities among other journals. Her personal website is

Corey Snelgrove, University of Toronto

Corey Snelgrove is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. His research examines the politics of reconciliation, the articulation between colonialism and capitalism, and Indigenous visions of decolonization, especially Indigenous treaty visions as a critique of capitalism. His latest essay “Treaty and the Problem of Colonial Reification” is forthcoming at Theory & Event. He can be reached by email at: