Based at the University of South Australia's School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, the Narratives of War (NOW) research group has been working as a collaborative research concentration since 2006. The group is an interdisciplinary group which allows each member to conduct research in their own area of interest but with an overall focus on the representation of war, peace, conflict and reconciliation in the aftermath of conflict – thus it encompasses representation in literature (fiction, drama, children’s and young adult fiction), nonfiction, memoir, historical accounts, personal records, film and digital media, journalism, reporting, art and so on. Its interest is not in military history per se but in the way in which the individual and collective experience of conflict has been described, depicted, memorialised, commemorated – thus the overall notion of ‘narratives’; the telling and making of the accounts of the experience of the trauma and meaning of such experience in the community.
The group has a commitment to community engagement. It thus opens its biennial symposium to the wider community (local history groups, the military historical society of South Australia, the RSL, interested individuals, family historians and the community at large). It has forged close links with these organisations with many people eagerly awaiting the notice of the next symposium.