Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History and Director of Teaching and Learning (ugrad), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University

Dr Sarah Midford is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University, the Director of Teaching and Learning (undergraduate) and Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Humanities, Innovation and Technology (https://www.latrobe.edu.au/courses/bachelor-of-humanities-innovation-and-technology).
Sarah's research focuses on cultural connections between antiquity and the modern world, especially the ways the past has informed contemporary societies and their future trajectories. She was a member of the Joint Historical and Archaeological Survey of the Gallipoli Peninsula (JHAS) between 2010 and 2015 and in 2016 was the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet's First World War historian.
Sarah has published in the fields of Australian Studies, First World War Studies, Art History and Classical Reception Studies. Her current research investigates the reception of ancient Greek and Roman culture in colonial Australia, between European settlement and Federation and its impact on our current understanding of Western Civilization in Australia. Sarah has also published in higher education pedagogy and curriculum development.
The Bachelor of Humanities, Innovation and Technology was born of the intersection between Sarah's research interest in the way the past informs the future and the development of future-focussed and innovative undergraduate curriculum.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Senior lecturer, Classics and Ancient History, La Trobe University
  • 2014–2018
    Lecturer, Interdiscipliary Studies, La Trobe University

Education

  • 2018 
    La Trobe University, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education
  • 2016 
    The Unviersity of Melbourne, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2009 
    The Unviersity of Melbourne, Master of Arts
  • 2007 
    The University of Western Australia, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Publications

  • 2019
    ‘An Athenian Temple in The Antipodes: Glory, Freedom, Democracy and Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance’, History Australia 16, 3, 496-517
  • 2019
    ‘Painting Anzacs in an Epic Landscape: Homer and Sidney Nolan’s ‘Gallipoli Series’, M. Johnson, A. Jackson, I. Willis, G. Miles & E. Hale (eds), Antipodean Antiquities: Classical Reception Down Under, Bloomsbury Press, 179-93
  • 2018
    Key Concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe eBureau, https://library.latrobe.edu.au/ebureau/ebook.html#keyconcepts
  • 2018
    ‘Surveying Gallipoli: The Archaeology of Conflict and Remembrance’, Teaching History 52, 2, 13-16
  • 2017
    'The Art of Seduction: Designing Innovative Curriculum that Engages and Retains Reluctant Bachelor of Arts Students', n J. Branch, P. Bartholomew, A Horsted and C. Nygaard, The Handbook of New Innovations in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Libri
  • 2017
    ‘Towards Next Generation Rubrics: An Automated Assignment Feedback System’, Australasian Journal of Information Systems 21, 1-20
  • 2017
    Caesar's Triumphs in Gaul and Rome, La Trobe eBureau, https://library.latrobe.edu.au/ebureau/pdf/Caesar's-triumphs-over-Gaul-and-Rome-highres.pdf
  • 2017
    “Truthful, upright and morally brave’, Review of Peter Rees, Bearing Witness: The remarkable life of Charles Bean, Australia's greatest war correspondent (Allen and Unwin, 2015), in History Australia 14, 3.
  • 2017
    'Revitalising the Past: Innovating Humanites Curriculum using Digital Tools', in J. Branch, P. Bartholomew, A Horsted and C. Nygaard, The Handbook of New Innovations in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Libri
  • 2017
    Gallipoli, Anzacs and the Great War, La Trobe eBureau, https://library.latrobe.edu.au/ebureau/ebook.html#gallipoli
  • 2016
    Anzac Gallipoli Archaeological Database, in A. Sagona, M. Atabay, C.J. Mackie, I. McGibbon & R. Reid (eds.), Anzac Battlefield: A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory, Cambridge University Press
  • 2016
    Remembering Gallipoli, in A. Sagona, M. Atabay, C.J. Mackie, I. McGibbon & R. Reid (eds), Anzac Battlefield: A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory, Cambridge University Press
  • 2016
    The Gallipoli Campaign: From History to Legend, in A. Sagona, M. Atabay, C.J. Mackie, I. McGibbon & R. Reid (eds), Anzac Battlefield: A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory, Cambridge University Press
  • 2016
    Revealing Homer, Herodotus and Thucydides in CEW Bean’s Official History, in M. Walsh & A. Varnava (eds), Australia and the Great War: Identity, Memory and Mythology, Melbourne University Press
  • 2014
    Caesar the Conqueror , Apple iBooks, https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/caesar-the-conqueror/id827363617?mt=11
  • 2013
    Anzacs and the Heroes of Troy: Exploring the universality of war in Sidney Nolan’s ‘Gallipoli Series’, Gelibolou: Tarih, Esfane ve Ani (Istanbul: Istanbul Medeniyet University Press)
  • 2013
    The Archaeology of Conflict and Remembrance at Gallipoli, American School of Oriental Research Blog, http://asorblog.org/?p=6117
  • 2011
    Constructing the “Australian Iliad”: Ancient Heroes and Anzac Diggers in the Dardanelles, Melbourne Historical Journal, Special Issue 2
  • 2010
    From Achilles to Anzac: Heroism in The Dardanelles from Antiquity to the Great War, ASCS 31 Proceedings, classics.uwa.edu.au/ascs31

Professional Memberships

  • Higher Education Academy Fellow

Research Areas

  • Curriculum And Pedagogy (1302)
  • Classical Greek And Roman History (210306)
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Australian Literature (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
  • Literary Studies (2005)
  • Historical Studies (2103)