Anniversaries can be more than occasions for remembrance; they may transform our understanding of what is being commemorated.
Exploring the consequences of Australia's involvement in war with a critical and inquiring eye, Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies assembles a team of scholars, non-fiction and fiction writers, journalists and broadcasters to pose hard questions about why we remember and what we forget. How did the wars shape Australia socially, economically and politically? How did they alter the understanding of Australia's place in the world and in our region? Did Gallipoli mark the coming of age of the new nation, or did that war devastate its potential?
Subjects traversed include the politics of commemoration and forgetting; the fear of Asia and the racial dimension of our participation in wars; how wartime experience has shaped political leadership; the personal experience of war and the broader historical perspectives that make sense of it; protest and dissent in wartime; the legacy of wars for democracy; indigenous Australians and the effects of twentieth century wars; the Labor Party and the Anzac tradition; the POW experience; veterans and trauma, plus myriad other legacies of war, including the familial, the psychological and the surgical.
Featuring work by: John Clarke, Clare Wright, Tim Rowse, Jenny Hocking, Peter Cochrane, Tim Bonyhady, Peter Stanley, Frank Bongiorno, Joy Damousi, Cory Taylor, Jim Davidson, Barry Hill, Marina Larsson, Rosetta Allan, Gerhard Fischer, Laura Jan Shore, Ben Stubbs, Gerard Windsor, Ross McMullin, Jill Brown, David Walker, Jeannine Baker, Craig Cliff, Paul Ham, Meredith McKinney, David McKnight, Tom Bamforth, Stephen Garton and David Carlin, as well as three soldiers with distinguished military service and successful careers in academia, research and writing – James Brown, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Christopher Pugsley and Greg Lockhart.
Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies, co-edited by Julianne Schultz and Peter Cochrane, will highlight the importance of remembering beyond prescribed and celebratory frameworks.