Bhandar, Brenna. Colonial lives of property: Law, land, and racial regimes of ownership. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2018). Bhandar’s work offers an intellectual history of terra nullius dating back to the 16th century, and uses case studies from the United States, Palestine, and Canada to understand how racial divisions and property ownership came to be synecdochic to each other. Both in its methodological attention and its errancy with respect to area, I find Bhandar’s text instructive and aspirational. Brathwaite, Edward Kamau. The Arrivants: A New World Trilogy. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1973). Brathwaite’s Arrivants trilogy is a necessary interlocutor to my work. It offers simultaneously a song cycle, a theory of history, and an oral history. It epitomizes the kinds of temporal and geographic errancy necessary to historical work that attends properly to the entangled histories of indigenous peoples, settlers, forced migrants, and others in the Americas. Derrida, Jacques. Specters of Marx: The state of the debt, the work of mourning and the new international. (New York: Routledge, 2012). Derrida’s text is primarily about justice and Marxism. What does a just relation look like? It is one that gives without end, that exceeds the transactional market logic of “justesse.” In thinking about debt and gifts, Derrida’s work is integral and prescient. Fuentes, Marisa J. Dispossessed lives: Enslaved women, violence, and the archive. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). Fuentes’ book takes up Saidiya Hartman’s method of critical fabulation to offer a history of Black enslaved women from multiple archives—the archive of the body, the archive of rumor, the archive of accreted textual evidence. In constructing a narrative that does not emphasize the written word at the expense of other knowledges, Fuentes’ book is an primer for me in method. Glissant, Édouard. Poetics of relation. (Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1997). Glissant’s work is a compelling theory of anticolonial and Creole knowledges. I see value in following Glissant’s threads where they disrupt colonial hierarchies of knowledge and narrative, namely those around disciplinarity and linearity. Graeber, David. Debt: The First 5,000 Years. (New York: Melville House, 2011). Graeber’s book is a comprehensive account of debt mechanisms and the development of currency that draws upon anthropology, religious studies, history, and economics. Most fundamentally, it seeks to displace thought experiments that pepper economics with a more materialist, historically-grounded account of how currency and debt instruments developed. By denaturalizing and historicizing debts, Graeber’s work has given me a much richer understanding of debt and financialization, and also offers me a bibliography from which to draw as I continue my project. Hartman, Saidiya V. Scenes of subjection: Terror, slavery, and self-making in nineteenth-century America. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997). Hartman’s work has long been a cornerstone for my own thinking (as it has been for so many Black Studies scholars since Scenes of Subjection was published). I find particularly instructive Hartman’s contention that indebtedness is a tie of duration, that binds together the past, present, future by requiring abstention in the past and present to finance the future. Paired with Derrida’s Specters of Marx, these ways of thinking about debt have structured my work. King, Tiffany Lethabo. The Black shoals: Offshore formations of Black and Native studies. (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019). Because of disciplinary boundaries, there remains a paucity of texts that develop the entanglements between indigenous and Black Studies. King’s work is one of the more recent and most synthetic texts doing this scholarly work by positioning Black and indigenous peoples not as antagonists (as some are wont to do, such as adherents of Afropessimism) but as sharing certain forms of relation and dispossession, as entangled in ways that exceed shared vulnerability to colonial catastrophe. I read King’s work very recently, so I am still working out the connections it has to my own project, but I am conscious of its contributions.