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Komagata Maru Centenary Commemoration

Feb 27, 2014, 3pm-7pm

2014 marks 100 years since the Komagata Maru was turned away from Canadian shores as part of the consolidation of Canada as a white settler society.

The Komagata Maru, Anticoloniality and the Itinerant Politics of Indigeneity (3 to 4:30pm) with Renisa Mawani, University of British Columbia:

As we mark the centenary of the Komagata Maru’s arrival in Vancouver Harbour, the ship continues to be remembered primarily as an apogee of Canadian exclusion. As important as this historical narrative is in illuminating Canada’s long history of legalized racism and its ongoing politics of settler colonialism, the ship’s journey, I argue, must also be viewed as a global voyage that facilitated new entanglements between imperial jurisdictions. Drawing from my book, Across Oceans of Law, this talk foregrounds one effect of the Komagata Maru’s journey: the emergence of a transnational anticoloniality that engendered a global and itinerant politics of indigeneity.

Legacies of Komagata Maru: Canada’s Practices of Exclusion (5:30 to 7pm):

The talk will be followed by a round table with Harini Sivalingam, Davina Bhandar, Tings Chak, Zainab Amadahy, Aaron Berhane and Evelyn Encalada Grez. It will be moderated by Ali Kazimi. This roundtable will reflect on the significance of the history of the Komagata Maru to raise questions about immigration, race, diaspora, indigeneity and methods of exclusion that continue to be deployed in incidents such as the treatment asylum seekers on the Ocean Lady, the MV Sun Sea and beyond.

The day’s events also include “Irregular Arrivals”, a human float installation, demonstration and performance to be staged in Vari Hall from 12 to 2pm.


Location:305 Founders College
Sponsor:YCAR, United South Asians at York, South Asian Law Studentsí Association.
Posted by:South Asia Research Group at YCAR
Web Sitehttp://komagatamaru100.wordpress.com/
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