Gallipoli to Coniston: remembering frontiers, mourning loss, building peace @ Lvl 3 Maryann House, 645 Harris St, near Central Station
Thursday, 28 August 2014 at 9:30 AM - Friday, 29 August 2014 at 4:00 PM (AEST)
San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
This two day FREE conference will ask the big questions about war and how we remember it.
On the 86th Anniversary of the 1928 Massacre at Coniston in Central Australia, can the Frontier Wars be recognised at the same time as Australians commemorate overseas battles like Gallipoli and Flanders? Can ANZAC Day mourning recognise also the violence of the Frontiers in Australia and New Zealand?
The Frontier Wars went on for at least 150 years and can be argued to continue to this day. Can we recognise the terrible wars inside as well as outside Australia at the same time?
Can the Black Diggers in Australia's armies be acknowledged? Along with the Maori who fought in the New Zealand Forces and the Indian troops who were at Gallipoli? They made great sacrifices and were undoubtedly courageous - but did they have dilemmas as well as bravery?
Can Gallipoli be recognised as an invasion? Can we mourn the loss of all those young lives - Aboriginal, Maori, settler Australasians, Indians at the same time as we recognise the devestating impact on Turkey, its soldiers and its civilians?
Women and civilians have borne the highest cost in war everywhere. The Frontier Wars in Australia often targetted women and settlers used rape as a weapon of war. The First World War was the same: how did the violence of war affect the invaded civilians of Turkey as well as France? How have women tried to bring the gendered violence of war to the foreground? What is happening as war rages today in Central Africa? Are there parallels with Frontier warfare but also with WW1 and beyond?
When & Where
Heather Goodall, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Heather Goodall: email@example.com