Revisiting Commemoration. Practices, uses and appropriations of the Centenary of the Great War


Revisiting Commemoration. Practices, uses and appropriations of the Centenary of the Great War

Revisiter la commémoration. Pratiques, usages et appropriations du Centenaire de la Grande Guerre

Call for Papers : deadline December 15 2015 – International Conference 24-25 March 2016

Appel à communications : date limite 15 décembre 2015 – Colloque international 24-25 mars 2016

Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense / Archives Nationales



Marseille 1915-2015: gateway to the remembrance trails

International conference

Aix-Marseille University – Marseille Archives

Marseille 1915-2015: gateway to the remembrance trails

Marseille 1915-2015 : portail des chemins de mémoire

Thursday 9 April, Marseille Archives (Amphitheatre)

8:45 Opening address: Sylvie Clair (Director, Marseille Archives)

Chair: Gilles Teulié (Aix-Marseille)

9:00 Jean-Marie Guillon (Aix-Marseille), “Marseille porte de la France et de la Méditerranée.”

9:40 Marco Caccavo (EIPACA) “La Légion garibaldienne : les Italiens qui servirent la France pendant la Grande Guerre.”

10:20 Matthew Graves (Aix-Marseille) “‘Nos Alliés à Marseille’ : histoires croisées, mémoires partagées ?”

11:00 Coffee break

Chair: Martine Piquet (Paris-Dauphine/ ICT Paris-Diderot)

11:20 Gilles Teulié (Aix-Marseille), “L’Empire britannique à Marseille : les cartes postales, vecteur du premier cercle de la mémoire.”

12:00 Thierry Di Costanzo (Strasbourg) “L’Empire britannique des Indes et la Première Guerre Mondiale : une approche historiographique et mémorielle.”

12:40 Lunch

Chair: Matthew Graves (Aix-Marseille)

14:20 Cherie Prosser (Australian War Memorial) “Colonial forces and national identity in First World War French and British propaganda.”

15:00 Martine Piquet (Paris-Dauphine) “Charles E.W. Bean’s account of the Australian arrival in France.”

15:40 Deirdre Gilfedder (Paris-Dauphine) “The Invention of Anzac Day in Queensland.”

16:00 Coffee break

Chair: Deirdre Gilfedder (Paris-Dauphine/ ICT Paris-Diderot)

16:20 Ben Wellings (Monash) “Nation and Rejuvenation: youth and the politics of Great War commemoration in Australia.”

17:00 Andy Mycock (Huddersfield) “The First World War centenary and the post-imperial politics of commemoration.”

17:40-18:00 Summing-up

Conference dinner


Friday 10 April, Marseille Archives (Seminar room)

9:00 Round table: “Politics of the Past: the Centenary Effect.”

Chair: Andy Mycock (Huddersfield)

Discussion paper: Romain Fathi (Brisbane), “The (re)discovery of 1914-18.”

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Workshop: “The Wider War” (“Nation, Memory and War Commemoration, vol.2”, Presses Universitaires de Provence – Liverpool University Press)

Chair: Ben Wellings (Monash)

Discussion paper: Elizabeth Rechniewki (Sydney), “Resénégalisation in World War I.”

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Guided visit of the exhibition “Marseillais fais ton devoir !” (Marseille Archives)

15:00 Conclusion















Matthew Graves & Gilles Teulié (AMU/LERMA)

Centre for the Study of the Anglophone World, Aix-Marseille University


Scientific committee

Matthew Graves (Aix-Marseille University/LERMA/CREDO)

Jean-Marie Guillon (Aix-Marseille University/TELEMME)

Andy Mycock (Huddersfield University)

Martine Piquet (Paris-Dauphine University/ ICT Paris-Diderot)

Elizabeth Rechniewski (University of Sydney)

Shanti Sumartojo (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

Gilles Teulié (Aix-Marseille University/LERMA)

Ben Wellings (Monash University)



Australian War Memorial, City of Marseille, Huddersfield University, International Research Network for War Commemoration, Marseille Archives, Monash University, Paris-Dauphine University, RMIT University, University of Sydney.


“Mission du Centenaire 14-18”


‘Looking back on the Asia-Pacific War: Art, Cinema and Media’

International Symposium to be held at the University of Sydney, 5 November 2012. Free, public event, all welcome.

The Cultural Resonance of Conflict and Reconciliation in the Australian and Japanese Imaginary.

Reconciliation is often represented as taking place at an official level between governments, through memorial diplomacy, joint ceremonies, treaties, trade agreements etc. However it can be argued that the deeper and more significant shifts in understanding are realised and expressed in symbolic form, in art and literature, ritual and ceremony. This symposium explores the cultural shifts in the post-World War II relationship between Australia and Japan, as these have been articulated in theatre, film and literature. The keynote speakers include creative artists and practitioners who have taken up the challenges of expressing and contributing to these developments in their work.

Guest speakers include:

John Romeril, Rising Sun, Red Centre

Keiji Sawada, Ngapartji Ngapartji: an Australian Indigenous Play Evoking Memories of Marralinga, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima

Michael Lewis, War and Filmic Remembrance: The Ambon Atrocity, Blood Oath, and Essential Obstacles to Reconciliation.

Additional sessions on theatre and cinema with papers by Adam Broinowski, Yasuko Claremont, Mats Karlsson and Roman Rosenbaum.

2:30-3:30 Special Session: Bringing the Spirits of the Aboriginal Diggers to Rest. Rod Plant, Chairperson of the Kokoda Aboriginal Servicemen’s Campaign, with Liz Rechniewski.

A report on the campaign that enabled the culturally appropriate burial rites to be performed in PNG to bring to rest the estranged spirits of the aboriginal diggers who died and were buried during the Kokoda campaign.

Full programme can be viewed at :

Call for Papers

Endurance and the First World War, 22-23 November 2012, Air Force Museum, Wigram, Christchurch, New Zealand

It is now nearly a century since the outbreak of the First World War, and scholarly and public attention remains extensive. This free 2-day collaborative conference provides an opportunity for researchers from around New Zealand and beyond to come together and share research around the theme of ‘endurance’ in relation to the war. Proposals for 15-20 minute papers touching on any aspect of this theme are invited from academics, museum professionals and postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. Suggested topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • combat endurance and combat endurance (physical/psychological/emotional)
  • enduring connections (personal/national/imperial)
  • enduring ideas
  • enduring grief
  • enduring prejudice
  • enduring ‘total’ war
  • enduring traditions
  • enduring memories
  • enduring images and materials
  • enduring stories
  • enduring legacies and lessons of the war

Papers relating to New Zealand or international topics are equally welcome, and proposals are particularly welcome from post-graduate and early-career researchers. The conference will include opportunities for one-on-one mentoring and discussion.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words and any enquiries to The closing date for proposals is Friday 24 August 2012.

Organisers: David Monger and Katie Pickles (University of Canterbury), Sarah Murray (Canterbury Museum).

The Politics of the Past on radio

Dr. Ben Wellings (ANU) and Romain Fathi, PhD candidate (UQ) interviewed by ABC radio in Canberra on April 24th 2012.

ABC Radio Ben and Romain

Dr. Ben Wellings presents the symposium and its goals while Romain Fathi discusses the involvement of Australians in commemorations at Villers-Bretonneux, where the AIF fought during the Great War.

The Politics of the Past: Great War Commemoration in International Perspective

This international symposium took place at the Australian National University from 26-27 April 2012 and was hosted by the School of Politics and International Relations and the ANU Centre for European Studies. It brought together researchers from France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand with a common interest in Great War Commemoration who gathered in Canberra to observe the annual Anzac Day commemoration.

No discussion of Australian national identity today can avoid the memory of Australia’s fighting forces. Anzac Day has grown to be a remarkable cultural and political phenomenon in the past two decades, making 25 April a quasi-official independence day.    The increasing popularity of the anniversary and the intensification in its promotion by Australian governments is well-documented.  However, little has scholarly work has been done to place our understanding of Anzac in an international, comparative perspective.

With the centenary of the Great War only two years away, the symposium sought to address this gap in our understanding.  Participants set out to situate the recent resurgence of the Anzac legend within a wider international field of enquiry, with the aim of deepening our understanding of the global and domestic importance of this narrative ahead of the Great War centenaries of 1914-1918.  Papers drew on politics, history, sociology and international relations, exploring and analysing the distinctions and intersections between debates about the past in Australia and Europe.

The symposium was organised with support from the Embassy of France in Canberra.

Ben Wellings & Shanti Sumartojo (ANU)

The Politics of Great War Commemoration

Dr Ben Wellings (ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences) discusses issues of national commemoration, celebration and identity with Professor Laurence van Ypersele, Department of History, Catholic University of Louvain; Dr Matthew Graves (Aix-Marseille University) Research Fellow at the Australian Prime Ministers Centre, and Professor Jim MacAuley, Co-director of the Academy for British and Irish Studies (University of Huddersfield). This round table was held at the Australian National University, 27 April 2012.