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

  1. 16 October 2019 – Australian History, Children in Institutional Care, Forgotten Australians, Social Justice, Stolen Generations

    Mapping back to a lost childhood

    An interactive online map of Australian care homes, developed at the University of Melbourne, is helping those who grew up in care to track down their history.

  2. 8 October 2019 – Art, Cultural, Culture, Economy, World

    The diversity of the globalised cultural economy

    A new book by a University of Melbourne expert explores how understanding context can help us change the lives of artists and cultural workers for the better.

  3. 29 September 2019 – Bullying, Freedom of speech, Hate speech, Internet, Trolling

    Trolling in the era of ‘freedom of speech’

    A University of Melbourne expert says proposed anti-vilification laws in Victoria to curb online trolling could be a step in the right direction.

  4. 27 September 2019 – Art, Artists, Australia, Visual Arts, Women

    The woman who stitched her way into art history

    A University of Melbourne expert says Melbourne artist Mirka Mora, who was known for her bold and bright work, was a trailblazer for women artists in the 70s.

  5. 13 September 2019 – Cultural Diplomacy, K11 Art Foundation, Museums, Soft Power, State Hermitage Museum

    Treading softly in power diplomacy

    Museums have emerged as effective agents of cultural soft power globally, including outside the West, like China and Russia, says University of Melbourne expert

  6. 10 September 2019 – Ancient History, Ancient Rome, Film and Television , History, Movie Review

    Bringing ancient Rome to life

    What film adaptions of Ancient Rome do historians like the most? We ask four University of Melbourne experts to give us their favourite screen visions of Rome.

  7. 6 September 2019 – Ancient Rome, Masculinity, Narcissism, Narcissus, Ovid

    Narcissus and the drawbacks of being a hot teenage boy

    The myth of Narcissus isn’t so much about narcissism as about what it is to transgress society's norms of male sexuality, says a University of Melbourne expert

  8. 29 August 2019 – 2019 Indian Elections, Australia India Institute, Democracy, Elections, India

    Making India’s democracy even bigger and better

    India is committed to inclusive elections and allowing absentee voting would make the world's biggest democracy even bigger, says University of Melbourne expert

  9. 23 August 2019 – Cultural Conservation, Etching, Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, Rembrandt

    Faithfully conserving a Rembrandt

    The Three Crosses is Rembrandt’s powerful depiction of Christ’s crucifixion. University of Melbourne expert explains how it is faithfully conserved for exhibit

  10. 21 August 2019 – Hate speech, Social Media, Terrorism, White Supremacists

    How the toxic went mainstream

    By use of social media, including memes, ideologies of hate are gaining currency. A University of Melbourne expert examines how hate speech became the everyday