Arts and Society

Influencing the cultural conversation

Arts and Society

Influencing the cultural conversation

From Tiger King to COVID-19, can't tigers catch a break?
Through a combination of isolation binge-viewing, a world-first diagnosis and wildlife trade investigations, one of Earth’s most endangered big cats is emerging as a symbol of the pandemic.
Lockdown learning: online innovation keeps Gen Z focussed
Today’s undergraduates have a very different mindset from their Millennial and Gen X predecessors, and the outbreak of COVID-19 just means some universities already have an edge when it comes to new teaching techniques.
Rare figurines uncovered at lost biblical city
A  rare figurine of the Canaanite god Baal and a bronze calf statue are among the fascinating finds which Macquarie University archaeologists have uncovered in Israel.
Your at-home crash course in English literature
English Professor Louise D’Arcens recommends 10 absorbing tales to thoroughly entertain and stretch the brain muscle, too, during our time in coronavirus lockdown.
COVID-19 crisis doesn't have to be a 'war'
Thanks to humanity's love of war, reflected in our language, millions of displaced people face the pandemic with little basic healthcare or housing, writes Macquarie University linguist Annabelle Lukin.
Fighting words: how war metaphors can trigger racism
History reveals the dangers of adopting war metaphors during the coronavirus crisis, writes Professor Lucy Taksa of the Macquarie Business School.
Kindness during chaos keeps us in control
We get a buzz out of doing nice things for people. During times of chaos, kind deeds are also our way to regain a little control, says Professor Amanda Barnier.
Why toilet paper?
Macquarie University economist Rolland Bogdonovich unrolls the sociological – and possibly sinister – reason behind the run on this basic item.
No school: coping strategies for house-bound families
School closures can increase anxiety and isolation for parents and children. Macquarie University clinical psychologist Dr Gemma Sicouri provides some advice on how to cope.
Review: Jane Austen's Emma
Professor of English Louise D'Arcens reviews the new film adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved comedy.
When granny flat deals go bad: legal pitfalls for the elderly
An ageing population and concerns about the quality of aged care in Australia are tipped to lead to more family care arrangements – but what looks like a win-win situation is leading to dire consequences for elderly parents, research by
100 not out, a centenary of radio
This year marks 100 years since the dawn of radio as the first broadcast medium and despite the rise of digital media, broadcasting continues to thrive – and play a crucial role for communities in crisis.