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Book Launch – Remembering Air India: The Art of Public Mourning
September 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please join us for the launch of a new book, Remembering Air India: The Art of Public Mourning edited by Chandrima Chakraborty, Amber Dean and Angela Failler (University of Alberta Press, 2017).
The launch will include commentary by the editors and presentations by contributors including Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Surrey Poet Laureate. The book will be available for purchase. Snacks and refreshments provided. Everyone welcome!
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: The Art of Public Mourning 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.
Sponsored by: Women & Gender Studies Institute (U of T); Another Story Bookshop; University of Alberta Press; SSHRC