Romain Fathi - Our Corner of the Somme

Thursday 18 April 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Register until 18 April 2019 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

Associate Professor Martin Crotty is in-conversation with Romain Fathi discussing Our Corner of the Somme: Australia at Villers-Bretonneux.

This book explores how the French remember ANZAC, and how Australia has remembered its Anzacs in France. Our Corner of the Somme: Australia at Villers-Bretonneux tells the fascinating century-long story of French-Australian relations through previously unexplored and untranslated French primary materials, and renews our understanding of Australian war commemoration.

The book documents Australians’ interactions with local French people and French institutions on the former Western Front through their commemoration of Australia’s participation in the First World War. These commemorations, sometimes large and political and sometimes personal and moving, hold a significant place in Australian history.

In this rigorous and richly detailed study, Dr. Romain Fathi revises our current understanding of the battlefields of France, and examines the assembly, projection and performance of Australia’s national identity overseas.

Romain Fathi (PhD) is Lecturer in Australian History at Flinders University and a chercheur associé at the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po, Paris. He has taught and researched at Sciences Po in France, Yale in the United States, and the University of Queensland. His primary research interests focus on the First World War, war commemorations and Australian identity.