LETTER OF SEMINAR 72
 

ARTS & SOCIETIES

Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po

 
 
 

EXHIBITING THE GREAT WAR AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
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The Australian War Memorial's Roll of Honour commemorating each Australian who died in war. Photo: Romain Fathi.

Romain Fathi
Exhibiting the Great War at the Australian War Memorial: How the Rejection of Modernity Serves as a Foundation for Sacred Origins



Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Gautier, Milena Glicenstein, Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis

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EDITORIAL

         Romain Fathi is a student of the Great War and of commemorative practices.  He invites us to reflect on the way in which Australia set up a section for the celebration of the arrival of the Australian and New Zealand Corps (ANZAC) in the Dardanelles in April 1915, a date hallowed as Australia’s birthday.  In dismissing the Aborigines and the inglorious period of British colonization, the country constructed an edifying history and endowed itself with a commemorative site in Canberra: the Australian War Memorial (AWM).

         This commentary on the AWM collections informs us about all the things used to celebrate the ideal type of the good Australian soldier, deemed bigger and stronger than all others—a guardian of the nation in the most archaic sense of the term.



Laurence Bertrand Dorléac


  ISSN 2268-3119    

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