Unmooring the Komagata Maru book launch Oct 10, 3 pm

Rita Kaur Dhamoon, Political Science, UVIC
Davina Bhandar, Political Science, U of Athabasca

Unmooring the Komagata Maru: Charting Colonial Trajectories, 2019
edited by Rita Kaur Dhamoon, Davina Bhandar, Renisa Mawani, and Satwinder Bains

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, 3:00 pm, SED C168

In 1914, the SS Komagata Maru crossed oceans and jurisdictions – Hong Kong, Malaya, Singapore, Japan, and West Bengal – to arrive on the west coast of Canada. Citing regulations designed to limit the immigration of Indians, Canadian officials refused the ship and its passengers entry and detained them for two months in Vancouver Harbour. Most of the 376 passengers were then forcibly returned to India.

Unmooring the Komagata Maru challenges conventional Canadian historical accounts of the incident by drawing from multiple disciplines and fields to consider the international and colonial dimensions within the context of political resistance, migration, cultural memory, and nation-building. Drawing from various disciplines, the collection situates the history of South Asians in Canada within a larger global-imperial history, emphasizing the ways in which the Komagata Maru incident is related to issues of colonialism.

Co-sponsored by Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives