The organizing committee for Charting Imperial Itineraries, 1914-2014: Unmooring the Komagata Maru is:

Satwinder Bains
Director  |  Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, University of the Fraser Valley


Satwinder is the Director of the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. She is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Canada India Studies. Her current research interests include: cross-cultural education curriculum implementation; migration and integration; race and ethnicity; women’s rights and cultural politics; Diaspora studies, Sikhism and the politics of identity. Her professional background has included serving as diversity educator, community developer and community activist in the areas of women’s rights, youth development, race and anti-racism and immigrant settlement integration.

Satwinder has been featured in Canadian Literature and is currently a PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University.


Davina Bhandar
Professor  |  Trent University


Davina is a Professor in the Department of Canadian Studies at Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario). Her current research engages in contemporary critiques of the concept of citizenship that have emerged through notions of transnationalism and politics of diaspora, particularly focused on examining the notion of the migrant concept of citizenship. This includes the examination of citizenship practices from “below” or rather through acts of governance, freedom, migration and immigration. Her academic and teaching work includes the fields of contemporary political and social theory, critical race studies, post-colonial theory and feminist theory.

Davina has recently published  “Renormalizing Life and Citizenship in Fortress North America” (Citizenship Studies), in addition to several other works in the The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, 2nd Edition and the Routledge Feminist Encyclopedia.


Rita Dhamoon
Assistant Professor  |  University of Victoria


Rita is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria (Victoria, BC).

Her research interests have centred on issues of identity/difference politics and power, including multicultural policies and theories, culture, Canadian nation-building, gender politics and feminism, intersectionality, critical race studies, post-colonial and anti-colonial politics, democratic politics.

As well as journal articles and book chapters, she has published a book called Identity/Difference Politics: How Difference is Produced and Why it Matters (UBC Press, 2009). Her current research program is grounded in critical race feminism, and includes:

  • a book project on Sikhs in Canada and nation-building;

  • intersectionality and solidarity politics between people of colour and Indigenous people;

  • an intersectional analysis of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, with Dr. Olena Hankivsky (SFU).

Rita was also a participant at the 2013 Canadian Political Science Association annual conference on two roundtables: “Roundtable on Settler Colonialisms: Territorialities and Embodiment”, and “Conversations on Theories and Practices of Anti-Racism, Anti-Colonialism, & Decolonization”,


Renisa Mawani
Associate Professor  |  University of British Columbia


Renisa Mawani is Associate Professor of Sociology and the inaugural Chair of the Law and Society Minor Program at the University of British Columbia (2009-2010).  She works on the conjoined histories of indigeneity, migration, and settler colonialism and has published widely in the area of law and colonialism. Her articles have appeared in journals including, Law and Society Review, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Environment and Planning D, Law/Text/Culture, Social and Legal Studies, Social Identities, Theory, Culture, and Society, and Cultural Geographies.  Her first book, Colonial Proximities: Crossracial Contacts and Juridical Truths in British Columbia, 1871-1921 (2009) details the dynamic encounters between aboriginal peoples, Chinese migrants, mixed-race populations, and Europeans in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-centuries. Her second book, Across Oceans of Law (in progress), is a global history of the Komagata Maru narrated through time, law, and empire.