Reflecting on the ANZAC centenary & memorialisation
Twelve months into the centenary of World War I it is timely to reflect on what this enormous investment in resources, money and scholarship has done for the practice of history. A panel of practitioners will reflect on what has worked and what we still have time to address/redress for the rest of the centenary period. How have centenary initiatives furthered our understanding of this conflict? Is there a disconnect between academic discussion about military history and the community’s connection to Anzac commemoration? What role does commemoration play in people’s lives?
- Marilyn Lake is Professor in History at the University of Melbourne and Past President of the Australian Historical Association. She is the author or editor of a dozen books including The Limits of Hope: Soldier Settlement in Victoria 1915-38 (OUP, 1987) and What's Wrong with Anzac (NewSouth, 2010).
- Carolyn Holbrook is a research fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. Her book, Anzac: The Unauthorised Biography (New South, 2014), won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Prize and the New South Wales Premier’s History Prize, and was shortlisted for the CHASS Prize and Asher Literary Award in 2015.
- Deborah Tout-Smith is Senior Curator, Home & Community, in the Humanities Department of Museum Victoria. She has curated major exhibitions including World War I: Love & Sorrow (2014), The Melbourne Story (with Liza Dale-Hallett, 2008), Spirit of the Games (2006) and Foundations of Fremantle (1997). Deborah curates Museum Victoria’s Home & Community, Clothing & Textiles, Childhood and (with Charlotte Smith) Military History collections. Her publications include Melbourne: a City of Stories (Deborah Tout-Smith (ed.), Museum Victoria Press, 2008).
The session will begin at 6:30pm, with food and drinks from 6pm.