Women in War


International Conference


Friday, 31 July 2015 (9:00 am – 13:00 pm)


Village Roadshow Theatrette,

State Library of Victoria

Melbourne, Australia

For more information and to register for the FREE event at the State Library Victoria




It is not just those who serve who bear the burden of war. In this conference, Australian and international women speakers will explore the experience of women both on and off the battlefield. While it profiles women in the Gallipoli Campaign / Battle of Çanakkale, the themes it addresses have a cross-cultural and trans-national relevance till our days. Women in War will offer new insights into the nurses who cared for soldiers on all sides of the conflict, the women who faced broken men on their return and all who suffered the trauma and bereavement of war.


Speakers include:


 Professor Melanie Oppenheimer - author of 'Oceans of Love', who will retrace Sister Narelle Hobbes' extraordinary journey across the Mediterranean. 


 Her Honour Judge Felicity Hampel - Judge of the County Court of Victoria, former Victorian Law Reform Commissioner and former president of Liberty Victoria, with extensive experience in human rights and international war crimes tribunals.


 Dr Ozlem Suslerpresents her paper ‘Turkish Women at War’


The conference will be chaired by Professor Rae Frances from Monash University, co-author of 'Women and the Great War'.  


Monash University scholars Alice McConnell (author) and Professor Bruce Scates will present the historical book 'Lemnos-Gallipoli 1915: Women in War'.


The conference is organised by the Lemnos Gallipoli Project's Australian partner Artek Productions, in collaboration with the Australian Multicultural Foundation, Monash University and the State Library of Victoria.


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