Connecting Spirits: the commemorative patterns of an Australian school group in Northern France

Fathi, Romain (2014) Connecting Spirits: the commemorative patterns of an Australian school group in Northern France. Journal of Australian Studies, 38 3: 345-359. doi:10.1080/14443058.2014.921635


Author Fathi, Romain
Title Connecting Spirits: the commemorative patterns of an Australian school group in Northern France
Journal name Journal of Australian Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1835-6419
1444-3058
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14443058.2014.921635
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 38
Issue 3
Start page 345
End page 359
Total pages 15
Place of publication Melbourne VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Australian school tours on the Western Front are a fast-growing phenomenon. One school tour-called Connecting Spirits-is deserving of particular attention both because it sheds light on contemporary patterns of commemoration and because its organisers and participants created several records of its commemorative activities. This article analyses the purpose of the tour and its broader relevance to commemoration. I ask which past is passed on-or discovered-during these tours, why, and under what circumstances? To whom did this tour actually "connect"? Through the study of the 2006 edition of Connecting Spirits, and specifically its journey in Northern France, I explore three main concepts: the "commemorant", terra media", and "oneself in history". This article is located at the intersection of memory, identity, commemorative tourism, and the history of emotions. By studying the activities of Connecting Spirits, I seek to understand the exponential growth of such tours in Australia and the meanings with which they are invested.
Keyword World war I
Australian national identity
Commemorations
Battlefield tourism
Somme
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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