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Griffith Review: Enduring Legacies


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The stories we tell about war allow us to grapple with extreme and overwhelming experiences, to celebrate great sacrifices and condemn atrocities. But how do these shared mythologies form, and where should the line be drawn between what is deserving of commemoration and what is best left forgotten? What wartime stories remain untold, and why?

The latest Griffith REVIEW draws together distinguished soldiers, military historians, academics and popular writers in a collection that goes against the grain of popular war narratives — uncovering the multifaceted legacies of people typically omitted from our commemoration of the wars of the twentieth century, and providing new insights, graphic portraits and telling analyses of their consequences. Contributor David Carlin recalls a lifelong family friendship forged by his grandfather and an Italian PoW; Joy Damousi explores the lingering war memories of the Greek diaspora in Australia, while Jeannine Baker illuminates the often unrecognised contributions of  women to war reporting and combat journalism.

Carlin, Damousi and Baker will join Griffith REVIEW editor Julianne Schultz for a discussion about how conflict has shaped modern Australia at various levels — and how can we understand them more fully.

(Painting: Ben Quilty, Troy Park, after Afghanistan 2012, courtesy of Ben Quilty and Jan Murphy Gallery)


Julianne Schultz

Professor Emeritus Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the Chair of The Conversation. She was the publisher and founding editor of Griffith Review, and is Professor Emeritus of Media and Culture at Griffith’s Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, and a member of the board of the Sydney Wr... Read more

David Carlin

David Carlin is author of The Abyssinian Contortionist and co-directs the nonfictionLab as an associate professor at RMIT. David Carlin is author of The Abyssinian Contortionist (UWAP, 2015) and Our Father Who Wasn’t There (Scribe, 2010). He is also a director, researcher and teacher, an... Read more

Joy Damousi

Joy Damousi is a Professor of History at University of Melbourne.

Jeannine Baker

Jeannine Baker is a historian and documentary maker, and is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. Jeannine Baker is a historian and documentary maker, and is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Me... Read more


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