Commemoration reframed

This international and interdisciplinary project investigated the experience of the commemoration of the end of the First World War centenary in 12 countries. It used a range of transdisciplinary techniques to investigate how people make sense of and perceive national commemorative events and what meanings are ascribed to them.

Conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (CegeSoma), a Directorate of the Belgian State Archives.Funded by an RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship (2017-2018).

‘In a departure from conventional ways of researching commemoration that focus on how history is represented, this project takes the novel approach of asking how it is experienced by participants. In this way, we can understand what it means for individuals and societies in new ways.’ Associate Professor Shanti Sumartojo

Researchers: Associate Prof Shanti Sumartojo (Monash), Prof Kingsley Baird (Massey University), Martin Bayer (Freie Universität Berlin), Dr Frédéric Clavert (Université du Luxembourg), Dr Danielle Drozdzewski (Stockholm University), Associate Prof Matthew Graves (Aix-Marseilles University), Dr Jeremy Foster (Cornell University), Dr Emma Hanna (University of Kent), Associate Prof David Harvey (Aarhus University), Dr Anne Hertzog (Université de Cergy-Pontoise), Dr Anna Irimiàs (University of Trento), Dr Chantal Kesteloot (CegeSoma), Dr Christin Köber (NYU Abu Dhabi), Prof Olivier Luminet (Université Catholique de Louvain), Associate Prof Rafiq Pirzada (University of Kashmir), Associate Prof Katherine Smits (University of Auckland), Prof Peter Stanley (UNSW ADFA), Prof Laurence van Ypersele (Université Catholique de Louvain), Prof Dominique Vanneste (KU Leuven), Dr James Wallis (University of Exeter), Dr Caroline Winter (William Angliss Institute).

Contact: Shanti Sumartojo