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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 14 November 2018 – Comics, Fantasy, Marvel, Stan Lee

    Putting the real in fantasy superheroes

    The late great Stan Lee’s superheroes are grounded in emotional reality and an optimism that we can still save the world, says a University of Melbourne expert

  8. 13 November 2018 – Christmas, Discrimination, Europe, Populism, Racism

    Why the Netherlands is more split on ‘Black Pete’ than ever

    Despite the national Dutch broadcaster announcing changes to Black Pete (Zwarte Piet), it remains a divisive issue there says a University of Melbourne expert.

  9. 11 November 2018 – Discrimination, Equality, Gay Rights, LGBTIQA+, Universities

    A year on from ‘YES’: What still needs to change on campus?

    A year on from Australia voting 'yes' for same sex marriage, a University of Melbourne expert says education and health settings still need to be more inclusive