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Treading softly in power diplomacy
Museums have emerged as effective agents of cultural soft power globally, including outside the West, like China and Russia, says University of Melbourne expert
Narcissus and the drawbacks of being a hot teenage boy
The myth of Narcissus isn’t so much about narcissism as about what it is to transgress society's norms of male sexuality, says a University of Melbourne expert
Making India’s democracy even bigger and better
India is committed to inclusive elections and allowing absentee voting would make the world's biggest democracy even bigger, says University of Melbourne expert
Faithfully conserving a Rembrandt
The Three Crosses is Rembrandt’s powerful depiction of Christ’s crucifixion. University of Melbourne expert explains how it is faithfully conserved for exhibit
How the toxic went mainstream
By use of social media, including memes, ideologies of hate are gaining currency. A University of Melbourne expert examines how hate speech became the everyday
Friends, Romans, Fake News
In a world of 'alternative facts' and spin, Shakespeare helps teach us how to grasp complexity and expose manipulation, says a University of Melbourne expert.
A bittersweet history
Sugar has a bitter history of slavery and exploitation, but University of Melbourne researchers say it's also transformed politics and our modern-day diet.
Revealing the true value of fashion
Entrepreneurs, designers and fashion businesses are rethinking the human and environmental costs of clothing says a University of Melbourne researcher.
The power of Garma
The Garma Festival is more than policy talk. University of Melbourne academics discover it is about connection between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous Australia.