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

  1. 7 March 2019 – Classics and Archaeology, Feminist Archaeology, Gender, International Women's Day

    Uncovering the invisible women of history

    Ancient records were almost exclusively written by men, but archaeology and a new focus is making ancient women visible, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 22 February 2019 – Ancient History, Ancient Rome, Archaeology, Discovery, Poetry

    Lucky discoveries of lost ancient history

    Chance discoveries have been key to our understanding of ancient times. Here, University of Melbourne experts tell the stories of some of these important finds.

  3. 8 February 2019 – Australian Indigenous History, Australian Politics, Indigenous Politics, Land Rights, Leadership

    The world is run by those who show up

    In the new book The Change Makers, the University of Melbourne's Professor Marcia Langton says leadership is doing the right thing at the right time.

  4. 3 January 2019 – Augustus, Authoritarianism, Democracy, Mark Zuckerberg

    Rome’s Augustus and the allure of the strongman

    The Roman emperor Augustus is often held up as a model statesman, but a University of Melbourne expert warns admirers should be careful what they wish for.

  5. 21 December 2018 – Australian Indigenous History, Benjamin Duterrau, Colonial Australian Art, Tasmania's Black War

    Helping us to see when we don’t want to look

    Australia’s colonial art is a window to the past that can help us understand the fraught and violent history of settlement says a University of Melbourne expert

  6. 11 December 2018 – Democracy, Emmanuel Macron, French Revolution, Gilets Jaunes, Yellow Vests

    Echoes of revolution

    The protests in France are a distant echo of 1789 and are a critical challenge for President Emmanuel Macron, argues a University of Melbourne historian.

  7. 5 December 2018 – Cultural Diplomacy, Culture, Diplomacy, Museums, Soft Power

    Putting museum power on the map

    The 'soft power' of museums can now be mapped, assessed, and properly appreciated after University of Melbourne researchers created a unique online mapping tool

  8. 23 November 2018 – Discrimination, Labor Party, Liberal Party, Migration, Refugees

    What’s your attitude to immigrants and refugees? It may depend on where you live

    Living in a diverse area means you are more likely to be open to refugees; unless you identify with the Liberal party, Melbourne University research finds.

  9. 16 November 2018 – Love, Mobile Apps, Online Dating, Relationships, Romance

    The online overhaul of courtship

    Technology is changing our love lives and has been for a while now; but a University of Melbourne expert says despite accusations it's shallow, romance is alive