Conflict + Society Seminars


War and Society



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

We are switching our Conflict + Society Seminar Series to Webinar Format. Our first Webinar will be on Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 at 5pm AEST (GMT + 10 hrs) or, in summer, at 5pm AEDT (GMT +11 hours)

Our webinar format will be a 30-minute presentation 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 required to receive a zoom link. 

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Tuesday 21 July             View abstracts and biographies →

Professor Peter Stanley

Inventing Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency: The Santal Rebellion of 1855 

Recording of the webinar is available here


Tuesday 25 August             View abstracts and biographies →

Dr Catherine Bond

 Internment by Law in First World War Australia:Franz Wallach and Wilhelm Karl Lude

 Recording of the webinar is available here


Tuesday 29 September             View abstracts and biographies →

James Morrison, PhD Candidate

The Militia, Conscription and Politics of ‘One Army’, 1939-1945 


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Tuesday 27 October            View abstracts and biographies →

Jessie Lewcock

 ‘I ought to have been killed at the War’: Studying Australian First World War Veterans who Died by Suicide

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Tuesday 24 November             View abstracts and biographies →

Dr Thomas J. Rogers

The New South Wales contingent to Sudan, 1885: colonial commemoration and commentary.


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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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