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

  1. 10 January 2020 – Authoritarianism, Climate Change, Democracy, Politics, Technology

    Dissecting disruption

    The upheavals of our time point to a transformational era and a pivotal period – order vs freedom, adaption vs nostalgia, says a University of Melbourne expert

  2. 3 January 2020 – English, Languages, Linguistics, Shakespeare, Words

    I don’t think that word means what you think it means

    Words change their meaning over time. But some words can evolve to mean the opposite of their original definition say University of Melbourne researchers.

  3. 2 January 2020 – Australian Film, Film and Television , Streaming Services, Subscription Video-On-Demand

    When streaming gets crowded

    Video-on-demand services have shaken up Australian viewing but University of Melbourne experts say distinct strategies are now emerging amid growing competition

  4. 24 December 2019 – Christmas, Culture, Gifts, Japan, Traditions

    The weird world of Christmas traditions

    A University of Melbourne researcher explores how the traditions many of us associate with Christmas get a cultural spin in different countries around the world

  5. 18 December 2019 – Art, Art History, Culture, Leonardo da Vinci, Museums

    The remarkable journey of Leonardo’s inscrutable masterpiece

    Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, known as the Lady with an Ermine has had an extraordinary history, explains a University of Melbourne expert.

  6. 6 December 2019 – Climate, Ethics, Fashion, Social Action, Sustainability

    How green is sustainable fashion really?

    Can the trend towards buying sustainable fashion really help the planet, or should we simply be buying less? University of Melbourne experts unravel the issues.

  7. 28 November 2019 – Archaeology, Georgia, History, Medieval History, Wars

    Castles, caves and rock shelters

    In the rugged landscape of Georgia, University of Melbourne archaeologists are helping to reveal a medieval world protected by castles, caves and rock shelters

  8. 19 November 2019 – Carers, Disability, NDIS, Social Policy, Volunteer

    Volunteers don’t come free

    New University of Melbourne research finds urgent action is needed to maintain sustainable volunteer services for people with disability and their families.

  9. 5 November 2019 – Classics and Archaeology, Linear A, Linear B, Linguistics, Michael Ventris

    How do you crack the code to a lost ancient script?

    Linear A, the script of one of the earliest European civilisations, the Minoans, is still undeciphered but a University of Melbourne expert is finding new clues