An Anthropology of ANZAC

School of Humanities and Social Science
HISTORY SEMINAR SERIES – 2009

An Anthropology of ANZAC

Barry Morris

Friday, 25 September 2009
10am to 11am

(with morning tea/coffee afterwards)

Cultural Collections Reading Room (near the Information Common)
Level 2, Auchmuty Library, Callaghan Campus

The general aim of this paper is to provide an anthropological understanding of ANZAC commemorations and its practices. ANZAC is the major commemorative of Australian nationalism. The narratives of ANZAC and the commemorative rituals are considered in this paper as a foundation myth of national origins. I will argue that the characterisations of ANZAC and of nationalism in terms of political alignments underestimates the power of myth and of nationalism.

Barry Morris has contributed years of research into indigenous issues and race relations in Australia. His approach has developed out of the insight that it is necessary to explore the cultural logic that has informed exclusionary practices in Australia rather than liberal approaches couched in more universal expressions of social or civil rights and, more recently, human rights. Dr Morris has contributed to an increased international and theoretical interest in localised as well as national expressions and practices of social exclusion and inclusion. He is currently an Academic Research Member of the Wollongong-Newcastle Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS).

Staff, students and members of the public are welcome

Enquiries to: Michael Ondaatje – Michael.Ondaatje@newcastle.edu.au

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