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

  1. 26 March 2018 – Film, Movie Review, Politics, Russia, Vladimir Putin

    No laughing matter: The Death of Stalin and Putin’s anxieties

    The movie The Death of Stalin has been banned in Russia, revealing much about anxieties in the Kremlin, argues a University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 2 March 2018 – Ethics, Media, Morality, Philosophy, Politics

    Is there such a thing as a ‘private life’ if you’re in public office?

    The recent cases of Barnaby Joyce and Brett Guerin show something about the concept of 'office' today is deeply amiss, argues a University of Melbourne expert.

  3. 25 February 2018 – Culture, Social Anxiety, Sociology

    Understanding the ‘social’ in social anxiety

    University of Melbourne PhD student researching how people with social anxiety feel, says we need to look beyond medicalising it to look also at social drivers.

  4. 18 February 2018 – Inequality, Money, Philosophy, Social Justice, Taxes

    Is it time to tax ‘old money’?

    University of Melbourne philosopher Daniel Halliday argues it is time to tax old money to arrest the widening social inequality in Australia.

  5. 12 February 2018 – Australian History, Conservation, Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, Museums, World War I

    Bringing a fire damaged book back from the brink

    Conservators at the University of Melbourne have developed a new technique for preserving parchment, after rescuing a WW1 memorial book damaged by fire.

  6. 9 February 2018 – 2018 Winter Olympics, North Korea, Nuclear Power, South Korea, Sports

    Will the Winter Olympics ease tensions on the Korean peninsula?

    North Korea's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang offers a glimmer of hope for peace, argue University of Melbourne experts.

  7. 16 January 2018 – Augmented Reality, Children, Digitisation, Play, Technology

    Pixelating our playgrounds

    Playgrounds are becoming increasingly digitised with technologies like augmented reality apps, but a University of Melbourne says the shift could be positive.

  8. 2 January 2018 – Advertising, Cities, Future, Marketing, Technology

    Taking back our cities from advertisers

    Soon advertisers will be able to target individuals in public spaces; a University of Melbourne experts argues we need to intervene to reclaim our cities.

  9. 31 December 2017 – Books, Christmas, Holidays, Reading

    Part 2: 2018 Summer reading

    Reading a good book recommendation can be a true gift - here's Part 2 of our recommended reading list from University of Melbourne experts.

  10. 20 December 2017 – Books, Christmas, Holidays, Reading

    Part 1: 2018 Summer reading

    Reading a good book on holiday is one of life’s indulgences, but getting a gem of a recommendation from our University of Melbourne experts can be a true gift.