Jason Watkins and Jane Horrocks, as Gavin and Julie in Trollied, elevate anxiety to an art-form.
For the comic protagonist, the literary critic Northrop Frye once observed, life is something you get through. While tragic characters die in plangent splendour, and Marvel superheroes vanquish tech-spangled…
Traditional song and dance at a Torajan funeral.
Death rituals help us to cope with loss and perhaps even feelings of guilt associated with disposing of a corpse.
On the hunt for other cultures.
Ask any anthropologist what they do and they will find it hard to give you a direct answer. But it ultimately comes down to studying people and their culture.
What would a 19th-century American think of Donald Trump’s hair?
Christian, criminal or cowardly? People once thought your hair could hold the answer.
Sathima Bea Benjamin was seldom recognised during her lifetime as a performer.
Ian Bruce Huntley
It took ages for one of African jazz's hidden masterpieces to be reissued. Still today, four decades later, 1976's 'African Songbird' tells volumes about the politics of the time.
Universities expose students to difference, providing them with a unique opportunity to learn from others.
Universities have an important role to play in developing students’ ability to engage successfully across different cultures and experiences.
Koori women Treahna Hamm, Vicki Couzens and Lee Darroch wear ‘Biaganga’, traditional possum coats at the Melbourne Museum’s Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Melbourne.
Museums are cracking open the temperature-controlled, dehumidified display cases and inviting people in. Working with Aboriginal communities is reawakening cultural connections and ancient art forms.
Some selfies are more dangerous than others…
'Selfie' via www.shutterstock.com
After a selfie-snapping man was mauled to death by a bear, a psychologist wonders why people feel so compelled to capture and share images of themselves.
Nick Lehr/The Conversation
Confronted with skyrocketing IVF costs at home, North American couples are packing their bags, making an overseas trip and returning home with a special souvenir.
Our visions of the future embrace huge, glittering cities, but Sydney has a case of the little town blues.
The city, with its carnivalesque excesses, has long been a muse for artists. But Sydney's lockout laws infantilise its citizens and stifle activity.
Viewed through human activities, the Internet is becoming ever more heterogeneous as more non-Western populations get online.
Mapping Web usage shows a new picture of the Internet, one without its core in the West, but rather a mosaic of online regional cultures that mirror offline regional cultural identities.
There are benefits to hosting the Olympics - but when it comes to culture, there's no mega-event like Carnival.
South Africa is taking a tough stance against the practice of abducting and forcing young girls into marriage that’s still rife in some parts of the country.
The reasons for the phenomenon of child marriage are complex and include the fact that in customary law, marriageable age was never reckoned as an actual number but depended on puberty.
Artworks by deceased South African artist Helen Martins. The cultural and creative industries are key for social and economic development.
South Africa is increasingly beginning to focus on the potential role cultural and creative industries can play in job creation and economic growth.
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Decluttering, spearheaded by Marie Kondo and Japanese minimalist consumerism, has taken on quasi-spiritual connotations. What are we actually trying to get rid of when we throw out all our stuff?
John James Audubon’s American Flamingo (1838).
A review of some of the top arts and culture stories from the past year.
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.
20th Century Fox
Film sagas like Star Wars transcend the screen, connecting viewers to their pasts, to one another and to the hero within.
John Legend poses with wife Chrissy Teigen after winning an Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards.
When a pregnant celebrity announces "no hot nannies," what does it say about parenting, gender roles and our culture?
A particularly fruitful moment for technological innovation?
Viktor M Vasnetsov
Not all technologies are created equal. Researchers devised a new model to explain why, after eons of nothing much new, we sometimes see an explosion of innovation in the archaeological record.
The treacherous toilet.
Public 'restroom' is a euphemism of the highest order. We don't find it restful.