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Diplomacy at a distance
In the face of department cuts, Australia’s diplomats are working during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety and security of many Australians.
Unaipon: Behind the da Vinci comparisons
David Unaipon is known as an Aboriginal polymath. What do comparisons with da Vinci mean regarding settler-colonial history ask University of Melbourne experts.
When trust matters more than translation
A University of Melbourne researcher says despite translation mistakes, it’s more important that our multilingual communities have trust in official information
Matchmaking and marriage in modern China
A University of Melbourne expert says many young Chinese are delaying marriage, frustrating their parents. And the older generation are turning to matchmakers.
Hagia Sophia reigns serene
Istanbul’s 1,500 year-old Hagia Sophia has a tumultuous history and its return to being a mosque is only the latest twist, says a University of Melbourne expert
What today’s news has in common with early execution ballads
Scandal and violence dominate our headlines; but a University of Melbourne expert says little has changed since execution ballads were sung in sixteenth century
How Arabic is a window on the world
A University of Melbourne expert's chance find in a Damascus bookshop is a reminder that to study Arabic is to be drawn into a wide, vibrant multicultural world
Science needs to look inward to move forward
Robust research depends on encouraging more open and transparent practices – experts in metascience at University of Melbourne are working out how to do it
Footy is back but times have changed
Gambling is a part of modern Australian football, but a University of Melbourne expert says COVID-19 means fans are questioning their relationship with the AFL.