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Remembering Air India

The Art of Public Mourning

Chandrima Chakraborty, Amber Dean & Angela Failler, Editors

Political Science, Race and Ethnicity

Published: July 2017
ISBN: 9781772122596
Pages: 320 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 5 black and white photographs

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 pernicious 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, and creative writing, this innovative volume tenders a new public record of the bombing, one that insists on how important creative responses are for deepening our understanding of the event and its aftermath.

Chandrima Chakraborty is associate professor in the department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Amber Dean is associate professor in the department of English and Cultural Studies and the Graduate Program in Gender Studies and Feminist Research from McMaster University in Hamilton.

Angela Failler is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

Contributors Include:
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