Dr Romain Fathi

Senior Lecturer in Australian History

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences South (393)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a cultural historian focusing on the transnational dimension of war and its aftermath in both the Australian and European contexts. My primary research interests focus on the First World War, war commemorations and Australian identity.

My latest book Our Corner Of The Somme: Australia at Villers-Bretonneux was published with Cambridge University Press in March 2019.


Jointly Awarded PhD - Sciences Po (Paris) / The University of Queensland (Brisbane) with the distinction “Très honorable avec félicitations du jury”

Double Masters Degrees (Research & Professional) Sciences Po, Paris.

Undergraduate degree, Sciences Po, Paris.

Classe préparatoire

Honours, awards and grants


2018 - recipient of the Vice Chancellor's award for Early Career Researchers.

2018 - South Australia's Historian of the Year, awarded by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide on the behalf of the HCSA

2016 - Awarded a Prix Solennel de la Chancellerie des Universités de Paris for my doctoral thesis.

2016 - Short listed for the Serle Award by the Australian Historical Association (AHA).

2015 - Awarded the Gerda Henkel Foundation's Scholarship through the International Research Centre of the Historial the Great War.

Key responsibilities

Major Convenor for History

Lecturer in History, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

Chercheur Associé (Affiliated researcher), Centre d'Histoire de Sciences Po, Paris, France.

Research expertise
Historical studies
Research interests

First World War Studies - War commemorations - Warfare and violence - Australian National Identity - Anzac - French 20th century history

Chief Investigator (CI) in DP190101171 (2019 to 2022) 'Resilient Humanitarianism: The League of Red Cross Societies, 1919-1991'

Latest academic seminars or conference presentations:

“When the war is over. Burying the war dead in 1919”. Globalising and Localising the Great War Seminar, University of Oxford, January 2018.

“Creating records for the future. Commemorating commemorations in Northern France since the 2000s” for the International Society for First World War Studies’ conference, Deakin University, 9-11 July 2018.

“La Mission française en Australie de 1918. Attentes irréalisables, occasion manquée ou incompréhension mutuelle?” for the George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation, ANU, 4-7 July 2018.


Supervisory Interests:

20th Century Australian History - First World War Studies - War commemorations - 20th Century French History

Topic coordinator
HIST2075 The Real Games of Thrones, 1453-1789
HIST3046 The Great War: A Global History
HIST1803 'The Lucky Country'? Australia and the World since 1939
HIST1703 Turning Points in World History
HIST3001 Destination Australia. Migration Since 1901
Supervisory interests
20th century Australian history
Australian history
European history
European imperial expansion and decolonisation
Expert for media contact
History - Australian
First World War, Commemorations, Australian Identity, History of Warfare and French History and Politics
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Media expertise
  • France
  • History - Australian
  • War
  • First World War, Commemorations, Australian Identity, History of Warfare and French History and Politics
Further information

In 2014 I had the pleasure to be a Visiting Assistant in Research at Yale University under the advisorship of Professor Jay Winter. While researching at Yale and in the United States, I also took up a position of Teaching Fellow for Professor Timothy Snyder for his course Eastern Europe to 1914. This exchange was supervised by the Centre for the Americas at Sciences Po and Yale University.

One of my latest interviews for SBS: https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/french/fr/audiotrack/our-corner-somme-australia-villers-bretonneux?language=fr

South Australia's "Historian of the Year" for 2018, awarded by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide on the behalf of the HCSA

Forthcoming special issue: Fathi, Romain and Ziino, Bart. "Coming Home". Special issue for History Australia (16/1), publication February 2019.

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