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“Marseilles 1915-2015 : gateway to the remembrance trails” cfp

November 7, 2014
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“Marseilles 1915-2015 : gateway to the remembrance trails”, Marseilles Municipal Archives, 9-10 April 2015. « Marseille 1915-2015 : portail des chemins du souvenir », Archives Municipales de Marseille, 9-10 avril 2015. Call for papers The centenary of the landing of the colonial troops of the British and French empires in Marseilles provides an opportunity to reflect upon how...
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Revisiting Religion and the British Soldier in the First World War

October 21, 2014
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The Friends of Dr Williams’s Library Annual Lecture will be delivered at 5.30pm on 13 November 2014 in the Lecture Hall, Dr Williams’s Library, 14 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0AR. ‘Revisiting Religion and the British Soldier in the First World War’ by Dr Michael Snape (University of Birmingham) The significance of religion for the British soldier of...
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Screening the Past in a Post Cold War World

August 17, 2014
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Screening the Past in a Post Cold War World  Friday 26 and Saturday 27 September 2014 Old Geology Building, University of Sydney.  Recent films from Chile/Cuba, Catalonia/Spain, France/Algeria and Indonesia explore the troubled legacies of the Cold War. The themes that the films evoke carry a powerful resonance today: the violence and disintegration as...
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Commemorating WWI in “The Conversation”

August 6, 2014
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Commemorating WWI in “The Conversation” IRNWC network members are contributing a series of articles to The Conversation on Commemorating WWI Who owns the myths and legends of the Great War centenary? – Ben Wellings & Shanti Sumartojo Reconciliation or récupération: Indigenous soldiers in WWI – Elizabeth Rechniewski WWI commemorations in Belgium give a glimpse of a divided nation –...
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Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration – book launch

July 28, 2014
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Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration – book launch Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration – Mobilizing the Past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand (Peter Lang, 2014) edited by Shanti Sumartojo & Ben Wellings will be launched by Dr Douglas Craig – Head, School of History, ANU. Date and Time: 5.30pm, Monday 4 August 2014 Venue: ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge Street...
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Doctoral Workshop Call for Paper Displacement and Mobility during the Great War

May 10, 2014
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  Doctoral candidates at the CHSP (Sciences Po, Paris) are organising a doctoral workshop on Displacement and Mobility during the Great War. Here is the Call for Paper, in English and in French. Submission are due on 15 June 2014. The workshop will be held at Sciences Po on 21 October 2014. For more...
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Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration (Peter Lang, 2014)

April 19, 2014
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sumartojo-and-wellings-cover ‘Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration: Mobilizing the Past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand’, edited by IRNWC co-founders Shanti Sumartojo and Ben Wellings, is now in print and available to order from the publisher Peter Lang: http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=72209&concordeid=430937 Released to coincide with the beginning of the 2014-18 Great War centenary, this innovative volume combines...
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Nicolas Offenstadt: ‘What is at Stake in Commemoration of the First World War’

January 29, 2014
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Nicolas Offenstadt, one of the leading French historians of the First World War, recently gave an interview to the journal Caesar (reprinted in Mediapart 25 January) on what is at stake in remembrance of the war and the direction he would like to see commemoration take. The thrust of his argument is to warn...
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France Proposes 80 World War I Sites for Heritage Listing

January 11, 2014
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France has put forward 80 World War I sites for listing by the Unesco World Heritage Organisation. The sites include some battlefields but above all cemeteries and memorials.  To the criticism that a massacre cannot constitute a heritage site, the proposers point out that Auschwitz and Hiroshima are already listed by Unesco, as are...
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Australia, 11 November 2013: Commemorative event commemorates commemorative event.

November 12, 2013
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Twenty years after the interring of the Unknown Australian Soldier at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, former Prime Minister Paul Keating returned to the site of his eulogy – now inscribed in bronze on a wall close to the Tomb – and gave another speech reiterating his vision of the links between the...
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‘Réformer, réunir, réussir’ – French President François Hollande’s Slogan for the First World War Centenary Commemorations

November 10, 2013
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On 7 November the French President François Hollande launched the programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, using the opportunity to draw lessons  – as he sees them – for the national priorities of today. Under the slogan ‘réformer, réunir, réussir’ (reform, unite, succeed) Hollande concluded that only unity...
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Planning for First World War commemoration in Australia and the UK

November 5, 2013
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Planning for First World War commemoration in Australia and the UK Media reports in Australia and the UK are beginning to reveal official plans for First World War commemorative activities in both countries. In Australia, the new conservative coalition government, led by Prime Minister Tony Abbot, is committed to a widespread program developed by its Labour predecessor. Abbot recently  flagged the possibility of a new...
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CFP – War Memories: Commemoration, Re-enactment, Writings of War in the English-speaking World (18th-21st centuries)

April 16, 2013
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CFP – War Memories: Commemoration, Re-enactment, Writings of War in the English-speaking World (18th-21st centuries) Conference organised by the European University of Brittany (Rennes 2, France) and the Royal Military College (Kingston, Canada)  Université Européenne de Bretagne – Rennes 2, France 17, 18, 19 June 2014 The wars of the past have not left the same imprint on collective memory. Wars of conquest or liberation have marked the history...
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Review of Romain Fathi: Représentations muséales du corps combattant de 14-18

March 12, 2013
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Review of Romain Fathi: Représentations muséales du corps combattant de 14-18 Représentations muséales du corps combattant de 14-18: The Australian War Memorial de Canberra au prisme de l’Historial de la Grande Guerre de Péronne In this study of the Australian War Memorial through the optic of the Historial at Péronne in Northern France, Romain Fathi offers a fascinating reflection on the contrasting orientation of the two...
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Histories of Forgetting

January 16, 2013
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Histories of Forgetting Now in print, the latest issue of E-rea, Aix-Marseille University’s electronic journal of anglophone studies, takes as its theme Histories of Forgetting in the English and French-speaking Worlds, 20th-21st centuries: http://erea.revues.org/2734 Co-edited by Matthew Graves (LERMA/APMC) and Valérie André (LERMA), issue 10.1 brings together researchers from France, Australia, the United Kingdom and Ireland who...
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