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

  1. 4 June 2019 – China, Democracy, Protest, Tiananmen Square, Violence

    The whispers of Tiananmen

    A University of Melbourne expert says the Chinese government hasn't acknowledged the violence of Tiananmen Square 30 years ago; but many whisper its history.

  2. 30 May 2019 – Antarctic, Antarctica, Cold War, International Relations, Politics

    The geopolitics of Antarctica

    In 1959, countries around the world came together to establish the Antarctic Treaty; a University of Melbourne expert says it came at a time of frosty politics.

  3. 23 May 2019 – Australian Indigenous History, Indigenous, Indigenous Health, Mental Health, Suicide

    When there is no ritual to dream: The silence of Indigenous suicide

    A University of Melbourne academic says the high rate of Indigenous youth suicide can only be addressed if all Australians confont historical and modern racism.

  4. 20 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Australian Politics, Democracy

    Voter aspiration delivers for Coalition

    Scott Morrison’s "aspirational individualism" resonated with voters, leaving the polls behind and forcing a Labor rethink, says University of Melbourne expert.

  5. 17 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Bob Hawke, Democracy, Populism, Trumpism

    The last election where anyone cares?

    Faith in democracy is plummeting in Australia, and we may be nearing a tipping point where not enough even care, warns a University of Melbourne politics expert

  6. 14 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Asylum seekers, Politics, Refugees, UNHCR

    Protection or punishment for refugees: What are the election policies?

    Australian politics needs a robust debate on the human rights implications of our refugee and border protection policies says University of Melbourne expert.

  7. 13 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Digital, Internet, Law, Social Media

    Major parties staying silent on social media regulation

    Australians are voting in an age of hyper-partisan, shareable fake news; a University of Melbourne expert says social media regulation is a key election issue.

  8. 13 May 2019 – Books, Digital, Literature, Publishing, Reading

    The rise of the microgenre

    Digital publishing has led to the rise of niche microgenres in books and, according to University of Melbourne research, it’s changing our literary landscape.

  9. 10 May 2019 – Breastfeeding, Ecology, Feminism, Mothers, Sustainability

    The human animal: Breastfeeding in public

    A show by a University of Melbourne researcher puts the act of breastfeeding on stage; exploring what it means to be a ecofeminist mother in the 21st century.

  10. 6 May 2019 – Federalism, Government, Rodrigo Duterte, The Philippines

    The Philippines is a test case for Asia’s new federalism

    Ahead of elections President Duterte's promise to decentralise The Philippines in favour of federalism is in the spotlight says a University of Melbourne expert