The Vietnam War: New Perceptions [international symposium]

October 10-11, 2013

Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy

Vietnamese veterans marching on Anzac Day in Melbourne, 25 April 2011.
© Keith Broad

A symposium convened by Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow Nathalie Nguyen from the National Centre for Australian Studies in the School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies at Monash University, as part of her Australian Research Council Future Fellowship on “Forgotten Histories: Vietnamese Veterans in Australia.”

This interdisciplinary symposium examines the Vietnam War from new perspectives including those of the Vietnamese diaspora, and explores the ways in which perceptions of the war have altered in recent years. The effects of the Vietnam War outside the boundaries of the Vietnamese state are ongoing. The presence of a substantial Vietnamese diaspora in countries that participated in the conflict has contributed to changing interpretations of the war. This symposium acknowledges the South Vietnamese experience of the war and provides new insights into the reconstruction and memorialization of the war by Australian, American, Canadian and French scholars.


  • Dr Peter Edwards Deakin University
  • Dr François Guillemot CNRS/Institut d’Asie Orientale
  • Dr Robert McKelvey Oregon Health and Science University
  • Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen Monash University
  • Dr Frank Palmos University of Western Australia
  • Dr Noah Riseman Australian Catholic University
  • Professor Thanh-Vân Ton That Université Paris Est-Créteil
  • Associate Professor Kieu-Linh Valverde University of California Davis
  • Mr George J. Veith Independent Historian


  • Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, ARC Future Fellow, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University

Contacts During Symposium

  • Francesca Vivarelli

Reception and Accommodation Officer
Monash University Prato Centre
Via Publiesi, 26 – Palazzo Vaj – 59100 Prato PO – Italy
T: +39 (0) 547 43691

  • Nathalie Nguyen


Thursday 10 October

Sala Toscana, Monash University Prato Centre, Via Publiesi 26, Prato

  • 9.00am-9.30am Welcome

Dr Cecilia Hewlett, Director, Monash University Prato Centre

Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen, Symposium Convenor

  • 9.30am-10.30am Dr François Guillemot

An Intellectual through Revolution, War, and Exile: The Political Commitment of Nguyen Ngoc Huy (1924-1990)

  • 10.30am-11.00am Morning Tea
  • 11.00am-12.00pm Mr George J. Veith

“A Short Race to Hell”: Thieu, South Vietnam, and the Paris Peace Accords

  • 12.00pm-1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm Dr Noah Riseman

The Vietnam War and Indigenous Service in Australia and the United States

  • 2.30pm-3.30pm Associate Professor Nathalie Nguyen

Recognition of War Service: Vietnamese Veterans and Australian Government Policy

  • 3.30pm-4.00pm Afternoon Tea
  • 4.00pm-5.00pm Dr Peter Edwards

Fifty Years On: Half-Century Reflections on the Australian Commitment to the Vietnam War

  • 7.30pm Dinner

Antica Fiaschetteria, Via Dell’Accademia 49, Prato 5

Friday 11 October

Sala Toscana, Monash University Prato Centre, Via Publiesi 26, Prato

  • 9.30am-10.30am Dr Thanh-Vân Ton That

Stories of Passion and Decolonization from the Indochina War to the Vietnam War

  • 10.30am-11.00am Morning Tea
  • 11.00am-12.00pm Dr Frank Palmos

Vietnam’s Unfinished Revolution: Rising Voices in Alternatives to an Outmoded Ruling System

  • 12.00pm-1.30pm Lunch
  • 1.30pm-2.30pm Dr Robert McKelvey

The Vietnam War: A Personal Journey

  • 2.30pm-3.30pm Associate Professor Kieu-Linh Valverde

Viet Nam War as Concept: Recognizing Individual and Global Ownership of War Experience

  • 3.30pm-4.00pm Afternoon Tea
  • 4.00pm-5.00pm Round Table Discussions
  • 7.30pm Dinner

Il Baghino, Via Dell’Accademia 9, Prato

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