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Unmooring the Komagata Maru : charting colonial trajectories

Unmooring the Komagata Maru : charting colonial trajectories

Author: Rita Dhamoon; Davina Bhandar; Renisa Mawani; Satwinder Kaur Bains
Publisher: Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"In 1914, the SS Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver Harbour and was detained for two months. Most of its 376 passengers were then forcibly returned to India. "Unmooring the Komagata Maru" challenges conventional Canadian historical accounts by considering the international colonial dimensions of the incident. By situating South Asian Canadian history within a global-imperial context, the contributors offer a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Unmooring the Komagata Maru.
Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, 2019
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rita Dhamoon; Davina Bhandar; Renisa Mawani; Satwinder Kaur Bains
ISBN: 0774860650 9780774860659 0774860669 9780774860666
OCLC Number: 1074277705
Awards: Commended for Best Edited Collection, Canadian Studies Network 2020 (Canada)
Description: xix, 329 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
Chronology of events --
Map: Route of the SS Komagata Maru --
Introduction: Unmooring the Komagata Maru / Davina Bhandar, Rita Kaur Dhamoon --
Part 1: The politics of anticolonial resistance in the journey of the Komagata Maru. Rightto the empire? British imperial citizenship before the first world war / Ian Christopher Fletcher --
The last stretch of the journey: The Komagata Maru, wartime political radicalism, and migrant workers from Punjab in Calcutta / Suchetana Chattopadhyay --
The resistance of Indian migrants: Facing lies, deception and racism / Satwinder Kaur Bains --
Part 2: Migration regimes in colonial contexts. The Komagata Maru as event: Legal transformations in migration regimes / Radhika Mongia --
Borders, boats, and brown bodies: Reading Tamil "irregular arrivals" through the history of the Komagata Maru / Nadia Hasan, Sailaja Krishnamurti, Omme-Salma Rahemtullah, Nayani Thiyagarajah, Nishant Upadhay --
Temporary arrivals: The Komagata Maru passengers and migrant labour / Davina Bhandar --
Part 3: Colonial temporalities of memory and cultural production. The Komagata Maru incident as described in two Japanese works / Kaori Mizukami --
(Mis)representing the Komagata Maru in Indian print cultures / Irina Spector-Marks --
The time and sound of the nautical border / Ayesha Hameed --
Part 4: Disrupting colonial formations of nation. When home and harem collide: The "Hindu women's question": A mass spectacle of the Canadian nation, family and modernity / Enakshi Dua --
The Komagata Maru recontextualized: Memory, history, and diasporic Sikh subnationalism in Anita Rau Badami's Can you hear the nightbird call? / Rajender Kaur --
Past wrongs and a new national imaginary: Remembering the Komagata Maru incident / Alia Somani --
The politics of empire: minor history on a global scale / Renisa Mawani --
Poems: Still chanting denied shores / Tariq Malik --
Appendix 1: Historical figures cited in the chapters --
Appendix 2: BC government apology, May 23, 2008 --
Appendix 3: Canadian government apology, May 18, 2016 --
Contributors --
Responsibility: edited by Rita Kaur Dhamoon, Davina Bhandar, Renisa Mawani, and Satwinder Kaur Bains.


Unmooring the Komagata Maru challenges conventional historical accounts to consider the national and transnational colonial dimensions of the Komagata Maru incident.  Read more...


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