This year’s shortlisted novels.
Rules for the UK's most prestigious and lucrative literary prize effectively mean it is dominated by big publishers.
Long hours make it difficult for carers in the screen industry, and particularly for women.
October 12, 2018
In a survey of 600 members of the screen industry, 74% of carers felt their caring responsibilities had a negative impact on their career. Of these, 86% were women.
Amy Adams played an inter-species linguist in the 2016 film Arrival but she was a rarity. Most Hollywood films depict scholars as heroic males.
For decades, academics have been portrayed as brilliant, heroic men on our cinema screens. It's time to tell the story of more heroic female scholars. Here are some suggestions.
German internees at the Holsworthy Internment Camp during the first world war.
State Library of New South Wales
4,500 people with German ancestry were interned in Australia when the first world war broke out. A new translation project sheds light on their experiences.
Samuel Dundas and Siobhan Stagg in Victorian Opera’s production of Pelléas and Mélisande.
Pelléas and Mélisande tells a story of forbidden love between its title characters, set in the fictitious kingdom of Allemonde. However the action offstage before the opera's 1902 premiere was just as dramatic.
Geoffrey Rush as Basil Hunter on a ferry near Luna Park Sydney in Fred Schepsi’s The Eye of the Storm (2011).
October 7, 2018
A marvellous exhibition of Australian film stills, now showing in Adelaide, offers a form of visual ethnography.
Nick Cave performing with The Bad Seeds in Budapest in June. His song lyrics, with those often melancholy, churchy organ chords, are dripping in references to what might be called sacredness.
October 4, 2018
The enquiry into sacredness is not over, it’s just beginning for the 21st century, and in wildly disparate modes and places. In music, Nick Cave, Hozier and Dr G. Yunupingu have led the way.
I had never encountered the word ‘curry muncher’ until I arrived in Australia 10 years ago.
The politics of curry.
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Whether being called 'curry munchers' or pigeonholed as authorities on a dish largely invented by the British, diasporic South Asians are emulsified in a deep pool of curry.
John Barker Sorrowing mother c.1916, oil on canvas.
70.8 h x 90.2 w cm.
National Gallery of Australia
Seven Australian composers feature in an epic communal piece of music honouring the Australians who died on the Western Front. It will have its premiere in Canberra, this Saturday.
This 1904 photograph showing the massacre of villagers by Dutch KNIL forces in the Indonesian village of Koetö Réh was used by the Dutch to argue for the paternalistic colonial state as protector. We now see it as evidence of imperial atrocity.
Collection Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen.
October 1, 2018
From depictions of slavery to colonial massacres to contemporary portraits of refugees, photography is a powerful tool in evoking ideas of shared humanity.
While watching this weekend’s AFL Grand Final between West Coast and Collingwood, listen out for ‘action’ and ‘digression’ in the commentary.
September 26, 2018
Like epic poets, AFL commentators improvise in short phrases, not sentences, because it creates vivid images of fast action.
Children at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of WA, at a 2015 exhibition of Elise Blumann.
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of WA
September 27, 2018
Degrees with a strong visual arts foundation will ensure individuals will flourish, not flounder, when faced with disruptive technologies.
Adelaide has been known as the ‘Athens of the South’, but there are concerns about the current state of arts governance in South Australia.
September 23, 2018
The arts have long been championed in SA, but in recent years the sector has started to stagnate.
Portrait of Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), whose name and writings gave us the term ‘sadism’
In early 20th-century Australia, a series of highly publicised murders of women saw newspapers widely discuss sadism.
Requiem for a Dream, 2000.
September 30, 2018
Bruce Isaacs dissects a scene from Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream. In this video, Isaacs looks at the director's unique use of camera technique to create a deeply subjective and intimate sequence.
More spelling problems came in when French scribes introduced new spelling conventions — their own of course, and not always helpful.
September 20, 2018
It was a rocky beginning for English spelling. Then things got worse.
Government MPs raise their hands in response to a question from Scott Morrison: our PM emulates a Pentecostal preacher, engaging in the call and response that features in that tradition.
September 20, 2018
We need a new national narrative, for reasons of diplomacy, trade and social cohesion and to grapple with many global challenges. The humanities and social sciences will be vital in shaping it.
A replica of HMB Endeavour in 2011.
September 19, 2018
As the first European seafaring vessel to reach the east coast of Australia, the Endeavour – much like James Cook himself – has become part of Australia’s national mythology.
The term ‘cisgender’ entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2015.
September 18, 2018
The prefix 'cis', meaning 'on this side of' is commonly used in chemistry and geography. More recently, it has become a way of referring to a person's gender identity.
Kevin Jackson, Robyn Hendricks and Ty King Wall in the Australian Ballet’s production of Spartacus.
September 16, 2018
When Spartacus and 70 or so of his comrades revolted and escaped from their gladiatorial school near Capua in 73 BC, everyone imagined the matter would soon be dealt with. But his rebellion has continued to inspire political movements.