Book Launch | Unmooring the Komagata Maru

Thursday, October 10, 2019 3:00 PM
University of Victoria, Sedgewick Building, Room 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 (UBC Press 2019) 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.

Edited by Rita Dhamoon, Davina Bhandar, Renisa Mawani and Satwinder Kaur Bains


Rita Dhamoon: Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria

Davina Bhandar: Assistant Professor, Political Science, Athabasca University

Chair: Victor V. Ramraj, CAPI Director and Professor, UVic LawCommentator: Reeta Tremblay, Professor, UVic Political Science


Light refreshments will be served

Hosted by University of Victoria, Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, Political Science

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