2019 Sub keynotes Tues 1 Oct

Title: “Researching and Teaching the First World War in an Australian context”

Presenter: Dr Romain Fathi


Dr. Romain Fathi is a Lecturer in History at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide and an Affiliated Researcher at the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po in Paris. His research interests are concerned with war commemorations, the First World War, and Australian war memorialisation in Northern France. Dr. Fathi publishes in French and in English and has taught at several universities, including Sciences Po in France, Yale in the United States, and the University of Queensland in Australia. His latest book, Our Corner of the Somme. Australia at Villers-Bretonneux was published with Cambridge University Press in March 2019.


This presentation is an ‘in conversation’ between Dr Romain Fathi and Dr Rosalie Triolo about Romain’s latest book, Our Corner of the Somme. Australia at Villers-Bretonneux. The book tells the fascinating century-long story of French-Australian relations through previously unexplored and untranslated French primary materials and renews our understanding of Australian war commemoration. The book documents Australians’ interactions with local French people and French institutions on the former Western Front through their commemoration of Australia’s participation in the First World War from 1918 to today. These commemorations, sometimes large and political and sometimes personal and moving, hold a significant place in Australian history. In this rigorous and richly detailed study, Dr. Romain Fathi revises our current understanding of the battlefields of France, and examines the assembly, projection and performance of Australia’s national identity overseas. The 30-minute ‘in conversation’ will be followed with 20-minute of Q&A with the audience.

Title: ‘Poster Boy.’

Presenter: Mr Peter Drew


Peter Drew was born in Adelaide. He holds a master’s degree from the Glasgow School of Art. His work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of South Australia and the National Gallery of Australia, though his most prominent art is installed on city streets.


Peter Drew’s posters are a familiar sight across Australia – his ‘Real Australians Say Welcome’ and ‘Aussie’ campaigns took on lives of their own, attaining cult status and starting conversations all over the country. But who made them and why?

In his recent memoir ‘Poster Boy’, Peter Drew searches for the answers to these questions. He traces the links between his creative and personal lives, and discovers surprising parallels between Australia’s dark unacknowledged past and the unspoken conflict at the core of his own family.