Dr Romain Fathi is a Senior Lecturer at Flinders University and a Chercheur Associé at the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po in Paris. He was born and educated in France, where he graduated from Sciences Po, and he now lives in Australia. Dr Fathi is an award-winning cultural historian who focuses on the transnational dimension of war and its aftermath, in both the European and Australian contexts. The First World War, war commemorations and Australian identity are his primary research interests. His latest book, Our Corner of the Somme, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2019. Dr Fathi is currently investigating the handling of human remains during and after the First World War. He is one of Resilient Humanitarianism’s (DP190101171) Chief Investigators, an Australian Research Council-funded project (2019-2022). Dr Fathi publishes in French and in English, and he has taught at several universities including Sciences Po in France, Yale in the United States, and the University of Queensland in Australia.
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.
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.
Major Convenor for History
Senior 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.
Project leader for South Australians in France, a community-oriented public event which aims to recognise South Australian-French connections forged during the First World War through the interpretation of objects held by South Australian families which used to belong to their ancestors in the First Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F). It could be understood as an academic form of the Antiques Roadshow to explore South Australians lasting connections to the Western Front and France.
South Australians in France has received financial support from the French Consulate in Adelaide, the City of Unley, Flinders Universityn, the Government of South Australia through the Office of the French Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Anzac Day Commemorative Fund and Veterans SA. The Embassy of France to Australia, The Alliance Francaise d’Adelaide and Creative France in SA have also provided support.
Short radio interview detailing the project: http://bit.ly/2qwf4HV
One on SBS French
South Australia's 2018 Historian of the Year, awarded by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide on the behalf of the HCSA
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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