Book details

Publication date: June 2017
Features: 5 B&W photographs, notes, bibliography, index
Keywords: Memory Studies / Art & Literature / Terrorism / Racism
Subject(s): LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Politics, Literary Criticism, Canadian History, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations, ART / Art & Politics, Social discrimination & equal treatment, Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, Memory Studies / Art & Literature / Terrorism / Racism, Ethnic minorities & multicultural studies, The arts: general issues
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
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.

"[Remembering Air India] is an important book. It explores, through a number of essays, poems and excerpts from the public record, a question that should haunt us all still: why has this terrible disaster been relegated to the very margins of public memory?... The focus of this book is not just on a failure of surveillance, policing, intelligence or the court system. Its theme is a wider, and painful, reality: the failure to embrace the Air India bombing and its aftermath as our own....” [Full review at http://reviewcanada.ca/magazine/2017/06/a-tragedy-of-our-own/]

Bob Rae, Literary Review of Canada


"When 329 people, mostly Canadians, perished at sea in the 1985 Air India bombing, there was ... no mass public mourning. The only memorial was in County Cork, Ireland, near the spot where Flight 182 took whole families to their death. Few Canadians recall the year this mass murder occurred. The victims were modest people of ordinary means and little public profile. Would it have been different if 329 bankers died, or 329 tennis players? Of course. Would it have been different if 329 white Christians died? Remembering Air India answers this last, jarring question.... Remembering Air India is a poignant postmortem on memory and culture." [Full article at https://www.blacklocks.ca/review-329-hearts/]

Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter


"Another standout for its typography, which is pleasing at a glance and impressive on closer inspection. The complex content is demanding, and the solutions are elegant, displaying sensitivity to the subject and cohesiveness while connecting the many structural elements of the page."

Jury Comments, The Alcuin Society, 36th Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, 2017 - Prose Non-Fiction (Second Prize)


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Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada (Second, Prose Nonfiction), Canada

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xi Acknowledgements
xiii The Art of Public Mourning
An Introduction
CHANDRIMA CHAKR ABORTY, AMBER DEAN & ANGELA FAILLER
Remembering in Relation
3 Remembering in Relation
The Air India and Komagata Maru Disasters
AMBER DEAN
29 On the Shores of the Irish Sea
UMA PARAMESWARAN
33 The Ever After of Ashwin Rao (excerpt)
PADMA VISWANATHAN
49 Remembering across Place and Time
The Komagata Maru and Air India
RITA KAUR DHAMOON
A Nation Outside of History
55 From Foreign to Canadian
Air India and the Ongoing Denial of Racism
MAYA S ESHIA
85 The Impact of Systemic Racism on Canada’s Pre-Bombing Threat Assessment and Post-Bombing Response to the Air India Bombings
SHERENE H . RAZACK
118 Courtroom 1 from the Flight 182 Series
DEON VENTER
119 In the Vestibule of the Nation
SHERENE H . RAZACK
The Political Apology
127 Politics of (Im)moderation
The Production of South Asian Identities in the Canadian Apology for Air India Flight 182
CASSEL BUSSE
153 Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada at the Commemoration Ceremony for the 25th Anniversary of the Air India Flight 182 Atrocity
PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA
159 The Canadian Government’s Apology to the Victims and Families of Air India Flight 182
KAREN SHARMA
Creative Archive
167 Mediating Memories of the 1985 Air India Bombings
A Critical Dance with Lata Pada’s Revealed by Fire
ELAN MARCHINKO
183 Revealed by Fire
Artist Statement
LATA PADA
187 An Invocation Dance for Lata
UMA PARAMESWARAN
189 An Ethics of Remembering
Air India 182 and Its Creative Archive
TERE SAHUBEL
Personal Loss, Collective Grief
195 Model Mourning, Multiculturalism, and the Air India Tragedy
CHANDRIMA CHAKRABORTY
221 The Management of Grief
BHARATI MUKHERJEE
239 Desperately Seeking Helen
Film Synopsis
EISHA MARJARA
241 air india, unsent / letters from the archive
RENÉE SAROJINI SAKLIKAR
287 “Courting Aphasia, We Travel”
SUVIR KAUL
291 Contributors
297 Index
ISBNs: 9781772122596 978-1-77212-259-6 Title: remembering air india ISBNs: 9781772123111 978-1-77212-311-1 Title: remembering air india