Book launch: experiencing 11 november 2018- commemoration and the first world war centenary

Join us for the book launch of Experiencing 11 November 2018: Commemoration and the First World War Centenary, edited by Monash's Shanti Sumartojo on Friday 11 November 2020.

Published by Routledge, Experiencing 11 November 2018: Commemoration and the First World War Centenary is a unique collection of international and interdisciplinary research. The book focuses on commemorative events around the world on the same day: 11 November 2018, the centenary of Armistice Day, the end of the First World War. It argues that we need to move beyond discourse, narrative and how historical events are represented to fully understand what commemoration does, socially, politically and culturally. Adopting an experiential reframing treats sensory, affective and emotional feelings as fundamental to how we collectively understand shared histories, and through them, shared identities. The volume features 15 case studies from ten countries, covering a variety of settings and national contexts specific to the First World War.  Together the chapters demonstrate that a new conceptualisation of commemoration is needed: one that attends to how it feels.

The launch will feature keynote speaker Prof Jay Winter followed by a panel discussion with Chantal Kesteloot, Laurence van Ypersele, David C. Harvey, Emma Hanna and Kathy Smits. It will be hosted by Associate Professor of Design Research Shanti Sumartojo, a member of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash University. Her research examines how people experience their surroundings, and how this relates to concepts including national identity. In 2017–18 she held a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship at RMIT University that she used to establish the Commemoration Reframed research network that led to this book. She is the editor of Experiencing 11 November 2018 .

Keynote speaker

Prof Jay Winter is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University and world-renowned author and editor and an award-winning broadcaster.  He is a specialist on World War One and its impact on the 20th century.

Author panel

Chantal Kesteloot holds a PhD in Contemporary History from the Université libre de Bruxelles. Since 1992, she has been a member of the permanent team of the Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (CegeSoma), in the Belgian State Archives, where she currently leads the Public History section.

Laurence van Ypersele is full Professor at UCLouvain, Belgium, where her focus is the First World War and the memory of it. She is a member of the board of the Historial de la Grande Guerre of Péronne (France).

David C. Harvey is an Associate Professor in Critical Heritage Studies at Aarhus Universitet, Denmark, and an Honorary Professor of Historical Cultural Geography at the University of Exeter, UK. His work focuses on the geographies of heritage.

Emma Hanna is a lecturer in Modern British History at the University of Kent, UK. She has published widely on First World War history including contemporary memory, memorialisation, the media and wartime culture.

Kathy Smits is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. A political theorist, she writes on liberal political philosophy, historical and modern, and its relationship to nationalism, identity politics and multiculturalism


Date and Time: 11 November 2020, 8–9.30pm (Melbourne EST)

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