Arts and Society

Influencing the cultural conversation

Arts and Society

Influencing the cultural conversation

Julian Droogan talks national security
What are the motivations behind the so-called Islamic State? What is the state of Australia's border protection? Dr Julian Droogan from our Department of Security Studies discusses these hot topics.
Game of Thrones under the microscope: a fix for fans of medieval stories
To mark the new season of the world's most popular TV show, historian Dr Clare Monagle explains our fascination with medieval stories, drawing on her lecture From Charlemagne to Game of Thrones: The Middle Ages Then and Now.
On the brink of extinction, a male primary school teacher speaks out
Based on current rates of decline, Macquarie researchers forecast that male primary teachers will disappear completely by 2067 unless policies are put in place that reverse the slide.
Jasmine Fardouly on how social media impacts mental health
Dr Jasmine Fardouly discusses the role of social media on body image, particularly in adolescents, and the steps one can take to identify and lessen the negative mental health impacts of social media.
Stop scrolling: social media detox improves 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.
Greg Downey on how culture impacts the power of the brain
What is it that makes our species so unusual? It's our brain! The impossibly complex biological feature that is as much informed by society and culture as it is by evolution.
Viviana Wuthrich on combatting life-stage anxiety
Anxiety affects us differently at different times. Associate Professor Viviana Wuthrich explores everything from childhood anxiety and HSC stress to adjusting to  retirement.