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dc.contributor.authorThompson, Veronica
dc.identifier.other2008 EACLALS triennial Conference (jointly organized by the University of Padua, Ca' Foscari University, Venice, and Venice International University) in Vernezia, Italy, March 25-29, 2008
dc.descriptionThe paper was part of a session titled “Remembering Rights: Trauma”. The session was a designated VIU panel, indicating that the topic was of particular interest to the graduate students of Venice International University, the hosting institution. One of the presenters was not there, which allowed for additional question and discussion time for the two papers that were presented. Most of the discussion surrounded the importance of delineating between testimony of trauma and fictional representations of trauma, and the temptation to sometimes conflate the two. I was asked by one audience member if I would be willing to distribute my paper. I intend to revise this paper and submit it for consideration for publication in the EACLALS conference proceedings. If it is not selected for the conference proceedings, I will send it to South Asian Review, the refereed journal of the South Asian Literary Association. I have also been invited to participate in a panel on Anita Rau Badami at the 2009 CERPAC conference, as a direct result of this presentation to EACLALS.en
dc.description.abstract“Trauma, Memory and Testimony: Badami’s Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?and the Air India Inquiry.” On June 22, 1985 Air India Flight 182 exploded off the coast of Ireland, in what has been called by many “the worst act of terrorism in Canadian history” (Dorais 214). On June 21, 2007 witnesses declined to testify at the Air India Inquiry because they feared for their safety. Almost twenty-two years to the day, those affected by the Air India bombing, Canada and members of Canada’s diasporic Indian community, are not free from the terror of that event. Canada’s Conservative government, led by Stephen Harper, called an inquiry into the Air India bombing in May 2006. Anita Rau Badami’s novel Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? stages another kind of inquiry into this historical moment. Badami’s novel culminates in the bombing incident, bringing her novel and the lives of the three female protagonists together in this tragic moment. Although the novel is organized around the narratives of three women, all of whom have personal connections and investments in Canada, this paper will examine the minor, male character, Jasbeer, on whom Badami first intended to centre her novel, and how his personal experiences and choices affect and are affected by political decisions. Badami’s novel contextualizes the Air India tragedy in Canadian and Indian history, and, when read against the ongoing Air India Inquiry, raises important questions about trauma, memory and testimony. Works Cited Badami, Anita Rau. Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? Toronto: Knopf, 2006. Dorais, Veronique. Rev. of Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? Canadian Ethnic Studies 38.2 (2006): 214-15.en
dc.description.sponsorshipAVPR Special Research Opportunities & Academic Professional Development Fund (A&PDF)en
dc.subject1985 Air India Flight 182en
dc.subjectAir India Inquiryen
dc.titleTrauma, Memory and Testimony: Badami’s Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? And the Air India Inquiryen

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