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War and Emotions

War and Emotions Symposium, Museum of Melbourne, 17-18 September 2015


Photograph: Frank and Ruby Roberts, circa 1916. Source: Jilba Georgalis

The highly-acclaimed exhibition World War I: Love & Sorrow at Melbourne Museum follows eight personal stories through the chronology of war and into the long post-war years, revealing the tragic consequences of 1914-18.

The War and Emotions symposium extends the themes and concepts of the exhibition, exploring new perspectives and understandings of the emotional and physical impacts of World War I.

Leading academics researching the history of war will

  • consider shifts in the representation of World War I during the centenary of the conflict;
  • discuss the effectiveness of an emotional and emotive representation of the war through exhibition; and
  • reflect on the possibility of a new, more sensitive and nuanced narrative about the war, in which families and individuals can take centre stage.

Presentations will include recent research into how understandings of World War I are shifting since the voices of the last participants/witnesses have been stilled; the long-term impacts of war for service people and their families; and changing responses to war-related wounds and psychological disorders.

The symposium will feature international keynote speakers Dr Tracey Loughran of Cardiff University and Professor Michael Roper of the University of Essex, as well as outstanding presenters and delegates from universities and museums across Australia.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Tracey Loughran, Cardiff University
  • Professor Michael Roper, University of Essex

Other speakers will include:

  • Professor Barry Conyngham, Victorian College of the Arts
  • Professor Joy Damousi, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Marina Larsson, La Trobe University
  • Dr Kerry Neale, Australian War Memorial
  • Professor Bruce Scates, Monash University
  • Professor Peter Stanley, University of NSW
  • Professor Alistair Thomson, Monash University
  • Ms Deborah Tout-Smith, Museum Victoria
  • Professor Andrea Witcomb, Deakin University
  • Dr Bart Ziino, Deakin University
Thursday 17 and Friday 18 Sep 2015

$165 full
$126.50 concession, student, Museum Victoria staff and volunteers, MV teachers and Museums Australia members

Book symposium tickets online

The two-day symposium includes free entry to Melbourne Museum and the Love & Sorrow exhibition, and an evening reception for speakers and delegates.

Museum Victoria and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

Presented with the generous support of Museum Victoria and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

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