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Lecture Theatre 3

Building 30, UNSW Canberra

Australian Defence Force Academy

Campbell, ACT 2600


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The closing months of the Great War centenary offers 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 have several postgraduates and Visiting Fellows at work in the field. What will the scholarly future of Great War studies hold for them?

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

We have also invited a number of Great War specialists to give short presentations looking at what they have done or are doing, what they hope or plan to do in the field or what they think may or ought to happen in Great War studies in the aftermath of the centenary.

Speakers have been asked to present for up to ten minutes each, with five minutes for discussion, and with a longer closing session to enable participants to reflect on speakers’ presentations and ideas. The symposium is particularly recommended to current and intending HASS postgraduates, and participants are urged to stay for the entire duration of the symposium, in order to facilitate coherent discussion.

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


John Mitcham

Jan Smuts, Imperial Statesmanship, and the First World War

John Connor

Ethnic Diversity and the British Empire armies at Amiens and Megiddo

Ross Mackie

Something for Everybody: the broad appeal of CMT in New Zealand 1900–14

Christina Spittel

War and literature

Lewis Frederickson

Terence Patrick McSharry

Emily Robertson

First World War Propaganda as Grand Strategy?

Damien Zuccarini

Vimy Blindness and the Forgotten Commanders of the CEF

Paul Dalgleish

Recordkeeping in the First AIF: significance, connections and legacy

Al Palazzo

Examining the New No Man’s Land: Crossing 2,000 Kilometres of Death

James Goldrick

Gaps and Windows of Opportunity in studying the Maritime Conflict of 1914-18

Meleah Hampton

Bullecourt and Beyond: Operational Studies of the Great War into the future

Richard Stobo

From Amiens to the Hindenburg Line in 1918: British Victories with an Australian Accent

David Stevens


Richard Dunley

War, Law & Diplomacy: Mine Warfare and Maritime Rights 1914-15

Luke Carroll


Meighan McCrae

Notions of Victory

Ashleigh Brown

The Great War in the Air

Led by John Connor and Peter Stanley

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Building 30, UNSW Canberra

Australian Defence Force Academy

Campbell, ACT 2600


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