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

  1. 4 December 2020 – First Nations, Indigenous Culture, Linguistics, Nature, anthropology

    Who is nature?

    A new film taps into virtual reality and First Nations wisdom to re-conceive Nature as a “who” requiring give and take, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 27 November 2020 – Diplomacy, International Relations, Research, Teaching and Learning, Universities

    Australia’s universities need to be free to engage globally

    An Australian government veto power on overseas university agreements puts at risk the benefits of international engagement warn University of Melbourne experts

  3. 17 November 2020 – International affairs, Kurds, Politics, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey

    The art of opposition in Erdoğan’s Turkey

    Turkey’s opposition is mobilising against authoritarianism by using the Government’s own laws to establish broad alliances, say University of Melbourne experts.

  4. 9 November 2020 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australian Indigenous Studies, Indigenous, Languages, NAIDOC Week

    50 words in Australian Indigenous languages

    A new University of Melbourne online resource – the 50 Words Project – makes words from local Indigenous languages available for everyone to hear and learn.

  5. 14 October 2020 – 2020 US Presidential Election, Black Lives Matter, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Racism

    The battle for the racial future of America

    Race divides US progressives and conservatives; a University of Melbourne expert says this presidential election is about race and racial inequality in America.

  6. 12 October 2020 – Business, Business Lending, COVID-19, Entrepreneurs, Microfinance

    Could microfinance help rebuild Australia’s post-pandemic economy?

    A University of Melbourne expert says providing microfinance loans to good business ideas with no capital may offer a path to economic recovery after COVID-19.

  7. 9 October 2020 – COVID-19, Cemeteries, Death, Funerals, anthropology

    Bringing new life to cemeteries

    As Australians embrace new ways and technology to commemorate the dead, University of Melbourne researchers look at some potential repurposing of cemeteries

  8. 23 September 2020 – COVID-19, Coronavirus, International Students, Universities, online learning

    The international students trying to understand Australia from afar

    A University of Melbourne student says remote learning means international students miss out on the chance to understand Australia as a country and a culture.

  9. 18 September 2020 – Black Death, Bubonic Plague, COVID-19, Natural Disasters, Volcanoes

    Other awful years in history

    COVID-19 has meant 2020 is terrible year for many of us, but there've been much worse years. Here University of Melbourne experts outline some other awful times