WWI: Where do we go next?

The closing months of the Great War centenary offered an opportune moment to review what we have achieved over the past several years, and to consider where Great War studies may go without the impetus (or indeed impediment) of the centenary.

UNSW Canberra, its associates and friends, has been a notable centre for research on the Great War, and we had several postgraduates and Visiting Fellows at work in the field. What would the scholarly future of Great War studies hold for them?

This symposium was prompted by the visit of Assistant Professor John Mitcham of McAnulty College at Duquesne University, Pennsylvania, who was working on imperial relations during the Great War and who opened the symposium with a paper on ‘Jan Smuts, Imperial Statesmanship, and the First World War’.

We also invited a number of Great War specialists to give short presentations looking at what they had done or were doing, what they hoped or planned to do in the field or what they thought may or ought to happen in Great War studies in the aftermath of the centenary.

This symposium was jointly hosted by the HASS Humanities Research Group and the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict.


Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Australian Defence Force Academy, Northcott Drive, Campbell A.C.T.


Symposium Speakers

  • Assistant Professor John Mitcham
  • Dr John Connor
  • Ross Mackie
  • Dr Christina Spittel
  • Dr Lewis Frederickson
  • Ashleigh Brown
  • Damien Zuccarini
  • Paul Dalgleish
  • Dr Albert Palazzo
  • Adjunct Professor James Goldrick
  • Dr Meleah Hampton
  • Richard Stobo
  • Adjunct Associate Professor David Stevens
  • Dr Richard Dunley
  • Luke Carroll
  • Dr Meighen McCrae
  • Dr Aaron Pegram



Session 1

Jan Smuts, Imperial Statesmanship, and the First World War Assistant Professor John Mitcham
Ethnic Diversity and the British Empire armies at Amiens
and Megiddo
Dr John Connor
Something for Everybody: the broad appeal of CMT in New Zealand
Ross Mackie
Understanding Great War Remembrance: From fiction for grown-ups
to the attitudes of young people
Dr Christina Spittel
Terence Patrick McSharry Dr Lewis Frederickson
The Great War in the Air Ashleigh Brown
Vimy Blindness and the Forgotten Commanders of the CEF Damien Zuccarini
Recordkeeping in the First AIF: significance, connections and legacy Paul Dalgleish
Examining the New No Man’s Land: Crossing 2,000 Kilometres of Death Dr Albert Palazzo

Session 2

Gaps and Windows of Opportunity in studying the Maritime Conflict of 1914-18 Adjunct Professor James Goldrick
Bullecourt and Beyond: Operational Studies of the Great War into the future Dr Meleah Hampton
From Amiens to the Hindenburg Line in 1918: British Victories with an Australian Accent Richard Stobo
New Perspectives on the 2nd Battle Cruiser Squadron Adjunct Associate Professor David Stevens
War, Law & Diplomacy: Mine Warfare and Maritime Rights 1914-15 Dr Richard Dunley
Working in a crowded field: trying to differentiate Great War research and ultimately have it mean something Luke Carroll
Notions of Victory Dr Meighen McCrae
Captivity on the Western Front Dr Aaron Pegram
General discussion Led by Dr John Connor and Professor Peter Stanley