The current centenary of the 1914-18 conflict has stimulated a major public conversation about the meaning of the ‘Great War’. Attention has been directed to the war’s significance as a vast historical event, its cost in human and social terms, and its place in Australian identity and myth-making.

Research and engagement activities undertaken by UQ’s History staff and affiliates have contributed to this conversation, from formal research projects and doctoral theses to symposia, exhibitions and even a theatre production. Join us to hear key figures in these research and commemorative activities discuss what the University community has learnt in remembering WW1.


  • Dr Geoff Ginn (UQ), introduction (5 minutes)
  • Dr Mark Cryle (UQ) UQ during WWI: Loyalism, Duty and Sacrifice. (25 minutes)
  • Dr Romain Fathi (Flinders U): Remembering the War: Somewhere in France (25 minutes)
  • Michael Futcher, playwright: The Blood Votes: The Conscription Debates on Stage (25 minutes)
  • Discussant: Associate Professor Martin Crotty, followed by audience Q&A  (20-30 minutes)


(light refreshments provided)