The Department of History presents 2008 Keith Sinclair Lecture by Professor Bruce Scates, Chair of History and Australian Studies, Monash University.
16 October 2008
OGGB4, Owen G Glenn Building, Business School, University of Auckland, 12 Grafton Road.
Followed by refreshments.
Every year, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders make their way to Gallipoli and walk the battlefields of the Great War. What draws them to Anzac? And do they walk in the footsteps of earlier generations of pilgrims, those who made their journey to the killing fields to lay to rest the bodies of their loved ones? This paper will explore the changing and contested memory of the Great War across four generations of Gallipoli travellers. Based on a rich historical record and powerful oral testimony it will explore the many meanings of Anzac pilgrimage.
Professor Bruce Scates is the Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University. A former lecturer at The University of Auckland, he has published widely in the field of trans-Tasman history and his latest work, Return to Gallipoli: Walking the Battlefields of the Great War (Cambridge 2006) pioneers new fields in the history of memory and emotion.