Arts and Society


Who are Australians in 2019?
Five Macquarie University academics give a snapshot of what it means to be an Australian right now.
Review: Mary Queen of Scots
Here is a gorgeous-looking, highly enjoyable costume drama with one particular scene worth the price of admission alone, writes Stephanie Russo, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English.
Drownings up: Foreign visitors can’t spot the risks at beaches and rivers, study finds
Visitors to Australia are at more risk of drowning than locals are – and new research from Macquarie confirms that people born overseas often don’t spot the many hazards around Australia’s waterways.
The epidemic of workplace unhappiness: new book
As the banking royal commission enters its final week of public hearings, a new book sheds light on how corrupt practices may have infected the entire workforce.
Leading Lights: Why we love scary stories
Why do audiences keep coming back to scary stories? What do we find in horror and the uncanny that keeps us glued to the page or screen in frightened delight? We chat with Dr Siobhan Lyons about flirting with darkness.
Five macabre things you didn't know about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
As Frankenstein turns 200 years old, Dr Kirstin Mills from the Department of English explores how the monstrous creation was inspired by the spooky real life of its author.
How Assassin's Creed triggered a world-first Egyptian hieroglyphics decoder
A new digital decoder uses Macquarie University research to help scholars and students more easily translate stories from the ancient Egyptian world.
Carpe diem: Adults learn Latin in rising numbers
Secondary schools still offer Latin, but interest in learning ancient languages for pleasure is undergoing a resurgence among adults.
Review: Rome City+Empire at the National Museum of Australia
The Romans are here! Professor of Ancient History Ray Laurence unearths his top five historical treasures on display at the National Museum of Australia's new exhibition in Canberra.
Review: Crazy Rich Asians
This stereotype-transcending rom-com is long overdue, writes Asian-Australian Professor Sherman Young.
Meet Elias, trilingual at 3
The benefits of language education are vast, and yet in our multicultural society, we're lagging behind.
Review: The Merchant of Venice at Sydney's pop-up Globe Theatre
Groundlings may be fair game for exuberant banter from actors on stage but this new take on Shakespeare's story also gives us the chance to reflect on prejudice in modern-day Australia, writes English Professor Louise D'Arcens.