This second conference looks at how Australia has organised an unprecedented commemoration of the Anzac legend and the First World War. The First World War touched the lives of nearly every Australian family and for this reason it is thought essential to commemorate, remember and learn from those event and understand the sacrifice of those who endured those years.
France has two main commemorations to celebrate the centenary. The first involves over 1,500 exhibitions, concerts, ceremonies, debates and public events run by the Mission du Centenaire (Centenary Mission). While the second commemoration will be to invite thousands of descendants of soldiers of the Great War from all over the world to organise marches commemorating the destiny and suffering of their men.
Australia is spending significantly more than France commemorating the centenary of this conflict and Romain will explain why and to what ends this difference is so profound. He will point out the differences in how France and Australia remember and commemorate the conflict. The Anzac legend is a cornerstone of the Australian national identity and this important consideration could be why France's commemorations of the First World War are totally different from what Australian's would expect.
The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session led by the presenter.
Romain Fathi is eminently qualified and passionately enthusiastic about French and Australian cultural diversities. He is enrolled in a jointly awarded Ph.D. program between The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) and Sciences Po (Paris, France), where his research interests are concerned with Australian national identity, the Great War and war commemorations. He has previously studied and taught in several universities including Sciences Po, Yale and The University of Queensland.
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