In this talk, Dr. Angela Failler will explore the events of June 23, 1985, when two deadly bombings hit two separate Air India flights. She will examine how these tragic events have taken form in the Canadian public memory from 1985 to today.
On June 23, 1985, 329 passengers were killed when a bomb detonated on Air India Flight 182 as it travelled from Montreal via Toronto to Delhi. That same day, a second bomb went off on another Air India flight that was scheduled to leave Japan's Narita International Airport, killing two baggage handlers.
Dr. Angela Failler is Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory at the University of Winnipeg. Failler is also a Research Affiliate of the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, Lead Researcher of the Cultural Studies Research Group (CSRG) and a professor in the MA program in Cultural Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Her research program is focused on how practices of culture and public memory are used to grapple with the “difficult knowledge” of historical traumas and their after-effects. She is specifically interested in the potential for these practices to contribute to reconciliation, redress, and decolonized forms of relating. Her projects pay special attention to memorials, museums, commemorative artworks, community-based practices of remembrance, and government sponsored memory projects. She employs interdisciplinary, collaborative methodologies that combine the expertise of scholars, educators, artists, curators, and other cultural practitioners.