Conflict + Society Seminars


War and Society



Conflict + Society seminars debate issues relating to the nexus of social and military history.  

The seminars run from 12:00 noon to 1:30pm on four Tuesdays each semester in the Navy Room, Adams Auditorium, UNSW Canberra at ADFA. Free parking is available on campus. Action bus route 55 services the campus. 

The usual seminar format is to have two 20-minute papers on a related topic; one from a postgraduate or early career researcher, the other from an established academic or historian. The presentations are followed by a question-and-answer session. 

Those who participate (as presenters or audience) are postgraduates and academics from ACT universities, professional historians, early career researchers, independent scholars, Australian Defence Force personnel, and interested individuals. Attendance is free. Registration is not required. 

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Important announcement from the organising team of the Seminar 

As much as we would like to run Conflict + Society seminars, and even though an arresting programme with stimulating speakers has been developed for 2020, it is simply not wise to run face-to-face meetings at this time. We considered online delivery but, because we could not replicate the important Q&A component and the sharing of opinions and advice, deemed it unworkable. Consequently, and for everyone's safety, the Conflict + Society seminars have been suspended. We will let you know when the seminars resume. 

The organising team wish you all the best and good health.


Past Seminars



12:00 noon – 1:30pm

Navy Room, Adams Auditorium, UNSW Canberra at ADFA



Tuesday 19 March             View abstracts and biographies →

Alexandra McKinnon

Hereafter: Memory, Commemoration, and the First World War at the Australian War Memorial, 1927–1930s

Emeritus Professor Peter Dennis

The possibilities and perils of military prosopography revisited


Tuesday, 26 March         View abstract and biographies →

Georgia McWhinney

Uniform and Uniformity: Fashioning Vernacular Medicine in the First World War British and Dominion Forces

Damien Zuccarini

No Australian need apply: British officers, command and the Australian Imperial Force 


Tuesday, 23 April        View abstract and biographies →

Jordan Beavis

Co-operation between Commonwealth Armies during the Inter-War period

Nicole Townsend

Ready to see it through? Australian Preparations for a Second World War.


Tuesday, 30 April   View abstracts and biographies →

Honae Cuffe

The 1944 Australia-New Zealand Agreement: Wartime Diplomacy and Australia’s Future Role in the Asia-Pacific

 Liam Kane

‘Prompt and Drastic Action’: Policing, Discipline and Crime in the American-Australian Alliance, 1942–1945.



Tuesday, 13 August View abstracts and biographies 

Dr Meleah Hampton

Approaching the Battles for Bullecourt, April-May 1917

Jaclyn Hopkins

‘[O]ne needs a special Pal in a place like this’: Relationships between Australian nurses during the First World War


Tuesday, 24 September  View abstracts and biographies →

 Bryce Abraham

Policies, Politics and Patrols: The Mechanics of Recognition in Australia’s Korean War

 Ebony Nilsson

A “bloody migrant who thinks he can run a union”: Postwar Migrants, ASIO, and the Australian Trade Unions

Tuesday, 1 October     View abstracts and biographies →

Daniel Seaton

Conceptualising and Constructing a Group Biography of Australia’s Second World War Correspondents

Dr Emily Robertson

Complex Imperialism: the Western Australian labour movement press in Australia and the Great War

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