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Remembering Air India book launch

September 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Friday, September 15, 2017
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

McMaster Innovation Park,
175 Longwood Road South, Conference Room 1 CD



We are honoured to be taking part in the Hamilton launch of
Remembering Air India: The Art of Public Mourning.
Edited by McMaster University professors Chandrima Chakraborty and Amber Dean, with University of Winnipeg professor, Angela Failler.

Readings, panel discussion and book sale, with presentations by contributors including
Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Surrey Poet Laureate.

Snacks and refreshments provided. Everyone welcome!

Remembering Air India: The Art of Public Mourning:
On June 23, 1985, the bombing of Air India Flight 182 killed 329 people, most of them Canadians. Today this pivotal event in Canada’s history is hazily remembered, yet certain interests have shaped how the tragedy is woven into public memory, and even exploited to advance a strategic national narrative. Remembering Air India insists that we “remember Air India otherwise.” This collection investigates the Air India bombing and its implications for current debates about racism, terrorism, and citizenship. Drawing together academic analysis, testimony, visual arts, and creative writing, this innovative volume tenders a new public record of the bombing, one that shows how important creative responses are for deepening our understanding of the event and its aftermath.

Edited by: Chandrima Chakraborty is University Scholar and Associate Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies.  Amber Dean is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. Both are from McMaster University in Hamilton. Angela Failler is Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory, and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

Contributions by: Cassel Busse, Chandrima Chakraborty, Amber Dean, Rita Kaur Dhamoon, Angela Failler, Teresa Hubel, Suvir Kaul, Elan Marchinko, Eisha Marjara, Bharati Mukherjee, Lata Pada, Uma Parameswaran, Sherene H. Razack, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Maya Seshia, Karen Sharma, Deon Venter, Padma Viswanathan

Sponsors: South Asian Heritage Association of Hamilton and Region (SAHAHR); McMaster University Department of English & Cultural Studies and Graduate Program in Gender Studies & Feminist Research; University of Alberta Press; SSHRC; Bryan Prince Bookseller.


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