Conferences and Major Events
Public Forum on 'Anzac - why does it last?'
5 August, 2014
6 - 6.30PM
With the Anzac Centenary and the ‘cacophony of ceremonies’ about to begin, you are invited to a Public Forum on 'Anzac - why does it last?' on Tuesday 5th August at Sydney University. Prof Joan Beaumont (Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU), author of Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War, will address this topic. There will be a Q&A session following the address.
Topic: 'Anzac - why does it last?'
Speaker: Prof Joan Beaumont (Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, ANU) and author of Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War
When: Tuesday 5th August - 6.00pm for 6.30pm
Where: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Sydney University
Co-hosted by: Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), Global Social Justice Network and Gallipoli Centenary Peace Campaign
Entry: By donation
More info: http://www.gcpc2015.org.au/future-events/
Quote from interview with Prof Joan Beaumont:
"It is time for us to start having a clearer differentiation between history and memory. I would personally like to see the Centenary of WWI being used as an opportunity, as I try to do in my book (Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War), to really understand in a more nuanced and multi-dimensional way what Australia's involvement in WWI consisted of. The emphasis on Gallipoli and the Anzac legend has really been part of our political culture. It is not part of history. All commemoration tells us more about the present, than it does the past. All commemoration is inherently political." Prof Joan Beaumont, quoted in Adrienne Francis, `'All commemoration is political': Historians lead charge against Gallipoli 'myth'’ ABC News, first posted on 11 Nov 2013.