Anzac Day commemoration centers on the Anzac Legend,
that volunteer Australian soldiers gave a sense of Australian nationhood a
global presence. As such, it is considered an important institution in Australia.
Largely absent, or at least uncomfortably present for some Australians,
are the voices of aboriginal Australians. This exclusion needs to be fully
understood if the Australian polity is to be considered an unrestrictive and
representative democracy. This article considers a manner in which the uncovering
of the means of exclusion of aboriginal voices from Anzac Day
can be achieved. This depends on a radical democratization of research.
The article discusses Actor-Network Theory (ANT) and new materialism as
methodological perspectives that fulfill this imperative. The article urges a
democratic research process that considers how many disparate entities
participate in a commemorative network in order to contribute to broader
questions of exclusion, citizenship, identity, and recognition.