Regional Australia at War

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th August 2014

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As part of New England History Week, 2014, and to coincide with the centenary of the First World War, the University of New England (UNE), Australia, is hosting a two-day public conference on ‘Regional Australia at War’.

Both academics and members of the public are invited to participate, join in discussions, and consider presenting papers that explore the regional Australian experience of war, including both the experiences of service personal in the armed forces and of civilians on the home front.

While the focus will be on the First World War, the conference has an intentionally broad scope to encourage public contributions and participation on the broader Australian experience of war throughout conflicts in the past and present.

Papers may cover such issues as:

  • Regional Australians in the armed forces;
  • The role of civilians on the home front;
  • Children in regional Australia during wartime;
  • Gender and war in regional Australia;
  • Community politics during wartime;
  • Conscription debates in regional Australia;
  • The wartime regional economy;
  • Labour movements during wartime;
  • Anti-war and peace movements in regional Australia;
  • Conscientious objection in regional Australia;
  • Commemoration in regional Australia;

We invite proposals for:

  • Standard papers [20 minutes]
  • Panels/symposia [3 presenters over 1 hour];
  • Short papers [5 minutes]

The conference is being convened by the Heritage Futures Research Centre at the University of New England. For more information please contact Nathan Wise (

FREE TO ATTEND! Just show up!

Please note, bookings for the conference dinner have closed.