Arts and Society

Influencing the cultural conversation

Arts and Society

Influencing the cultural conversation

Why does a nation of republicans care about royal romance?
Take a medieval fantasy, add a dash of Markle sparkle, and many of us are hooked on the idea that the commoners' time has come.
Review: Glad I'm not a Kennedy
How would any one of us act when confronted by extraordinary events or the demand to demonstrate our true values? Philosopher Robert Sinnerbrink reviews a new movie on a 1969 car crash that some say changed the course of American politics.
Dark days ahead if refugees turned away
A new book foreshadows dire outcomes for asylum-seekers if countries like Australia don’t rethink their harsh refugee policies.
The Avenger effect and the rise of superhero cinema
Co-inciding with the release of the latest Avenger movie this week, Faculty of Arts cultural critic Dr Anthony Lambert discusses the influence of Marvel characters in society and how diversity is reflected in pop culture.
Sacrifice beyond the battlefield
More attention needs to be given to the tragedies that unfold when troops return home, writes modern history lecturer Dr Matthew Bailey.
The refugee crisis and a Sydney lawyer's life-changing new project
In its work with asylum-seekers, Macquarie University’s Social Justice Clinic has proved life-changing for its students.
Cyber tribes are the new agents of Indigenous change, research shows
Social media has given Indigenous Australians a louder voice than ever before, says Professor Bronwyn Carlson.
Catharine Lumby: now everyone is both a consumer and producer of news
What's the downside when consuming news now that anyone can be a content producer? How is knowledge circulated in today's ever-evolving media landscape?
What is it like to be a bee? Insects can teach us about the origins of consciousness
Does the ant foraging for your crumbs feel better when she finds one? Do bees like the taste of nectar? Or are insects merely tiny robots?
Stop scrolling: social media detox improves your wellbeing
A new study on the impact of social media on mental health says just 10 minutes on Facebook looking at thin, glamourous people can trigger negative feelings.
Opinion dressed up as fact: who can we trust for our news?
The rise of fake news means the role of teachers is more important than ever as they push back against the tide of personal opinion passing as fact.
The classroom of the future: Garry Falloon on digital learning
The classroom of the future is already here! With e-learning taking over and mobile devices aplenty, how significantly will these new technologies shape the ways in which we learn?