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Explore and analyse all aspects of the human condition. Delve into stories about our culture and society.

  1. 16 March 2020 – Civil Society, Democracy, Indonesia, Populism

    Uncivil society

    Civil society is seen as supporting democracy, but now it is also fostering the forces that are undermining it, says a University of Melbourne expert

  2. 10 March 2020 – Cold War, Communism, Foreign Policy, Soviet Union, United States

    The long shadow of the Cold War

    A new book by a University of Melbourne expert explores how the shadow cast by the Cold War continues to shape the foreign policy of successive US presidents.

  3. 7 March 2020 – Activism, Climate Change, International Women's Day, Mothers, Women

    Motherhood in a climate crisis

    On International Women's Day, a University of Melbourne experts says as our planet and society changes, mothers are on the frontline of the ecological battle.

  4. 5 March 2020 – Cinema, Film, Hollywood, Literature, Movie Remakes

    Has Hollywood run out of original ideas?

    With a slew of movie remakes due out of Hollywood this year, a new book by a University of Melbourne expert answers the big question: what justifies a remake?

  5. 2 March 2020 – Ancient History, Ancient Rome, Archaeology, Horace, Pontine Marshes

    Out of ancient marshes

    Archaeologists co-led by University of Melbourne uncover massive ancient reclamation work in the Pontine Marshes that was a harbinger of Rome's determination

  6. 24 February 2020 – Communication, Mobile Messaging, Mobile Phones, Young People

    A very modern dilemma

    Mobile messaging keeps us connected 24/7; University of Melbourne research finds people use a range of tactics to avoid messages, but little accepted etiquette

  7. 13 February 2020 – Australian History, Bushfires, Forestry, History, Melbourne

    Our savage history of fighting bushfires

    As Australia endures horror bushfires, a new project by the University of Melbourne is discovering the country’s historical firefighters who lost their lives.

  8. 10 February 2020 – Education, Gender, STEM, Sciences, Women In Science

    The changing face of science

    A University of Melbourne expert says International Day of Women and Girls in Science reminds us that our perception of how science is taught must change.

  9. 31 January 2020 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australian Indigenous History, Culture, Indigenous, Museums

    Feather-flowers and photographs

    A University of Melbourne collaboration is connecting Australia’s First Peoples’ with museum collections, creating a 'living archive' of Indigenous culture.