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Our histories of the First World War often focus on those who died. This project follows those who survived as they pursued their careers in the 1920s and 30s. It presents an alternate account of the importance of WWI to Australian nation-building, one founded not on the battlefield of Gallipoli, but in the expansion and professionalization of expertise.

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Trixie Whitehead: Intelligence and the First World War

Trixie Whitehead: Intelligence and the First World War

British intelligence tends to conjure up thoughts of MI6, James Bond and of course the Cold War. It was WWI, however, that was the first international conflict that British intelligence agencies became an important part of the government’s overall war effort. This is of particular relevance to the Expert Nation project. While doing research on the graduates of the Women’s College within the University of […]

Symposium: World War 1, the Universities and the Professions

Symposium: World War 1, the Universities and the Professions

  Save the dates: 12 & 13 October 2017  at Melbourne University The World War I, the Universities and the Professions symposium will bring together a group of researchers, each examining a different profession, grouped into four general themes: Medicine and Health, Science and Engineering, the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Arts. Themes to be explored include: the impact of World War I on […]

History of Education Review – Universities, Expertise and the First World War

History of Education Review – Universities, Expertise and the First World War

There are myriad connections between universities and war. The latest issue of History of Education (Vol 45 Issue 2) prompts us to see the war not simply in terms of guns and battles but also how the battlefield extended university expertise with long-lasting implications into the 1920s and 1930s. The contributors each ask how university education, expertise and professional experience were applied both in the context of […]

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Save the dates: 12 & 13 October 2017  at Melbourne University

The World War I, the Universities and the Professions symposium will bring together a group of researchers, each examining a different profession, grouped into four general themes: Medicine and Health, Science and Engineering, the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Arts. Themes to be explored include:
  • the impact of World War I on professional training and practice, including developments as a result of wartime research, interruption to and changes in training and university instruction, and accreditation, during and after the war
  • the post-war development of the professions, including the emergence of ‘new’ occupations, the formation and development of professional associations, the changing status of professional groups, shifts in professional membership (in terms of gender, age etc.)
  • how wartime mobility for those in the military and on other war work contributed to the development of the professions, including through enhanced national and international networks
  • how the role of the university as a place of research, and the scope of professional training, was understood and contributed to expertise
For more information please contact expert.nation@sydney.edu.au