There are some great women guitarists but they struggle to make it into the rock canon.
There are numerous women guitar virtuosos, from Joan Jett to Orianthi to St Vincent. Why are they so conclusively excluded from the rock canon?
Romantic love is an increasingly popular topic of study within the academy, exploring issues ranging from how technology is changing relationships to masculinity as depicted in the Twilight books and films.
Summit Entertainment, Temple Hill Entertainment, Maverick Films
February 14, 2019
Love Studies, a relatively new academic field, looks at topics ranging from popular romance novels to issues of consent in the bedroom.
Standard of Ur mosaic, 26th century BC.
February 12, 2019
Enheduanna's name means 'Ornament of Heaven'. She wrote hymns and myths more than 4000 years ago, studied the stars and yet is almost entirely unknown in the present day.
Reading fiction about scientists can help us to think differently about science.
February 11, 2019
Science in fiction
Scientists can be under-appreciated in Australian culture. Here are eight great fictional scientists to get you thinking about labs, test tubes and bold experiments.
A still from Dennis O'Rourke’s 1988 documentary Cannibal Tours. O'Rourke was part of a surge in Australian documentary making during the 1980s and 90s.
Institute of Papua New Guinea Studios
February 6, 2019
At a time when formulaic factual 'content' reigns on our TV screens, a new essay on Australian documentary making is a rallying call for those who believe the genre can effect social change.
Lower Snug looking across North West Bay to Mt Wellington, Tasmania.
February 7, 2019
Alone and adrift in Melbourne, Cassandra Pybus returned on a whim to her childhood home of Tasmania. There, she rediscovered nature's power, encountering the island's difficult history as well as her own.
Behrouz Boochani won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature, and the Prize for Non-Fiction, at the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.
February 1, 2019
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
Behrouz Boochani, an asylum seeker currently detained on Manus Island, has won Australia's richest literary prize. The win commands the question, 'what makes an Australian writer?'
MIss Fury had cat claws, stiletto heels and a killer make-up compact.
February 4, 2019
Miss Fury was the first female superhero written and drawn by a woman. The comic in which she featured was syndicated in 100 newspapers but her creator has largely been excluded from the pantheon of comic greats.
An 1808 painting by Marie-Gabrielle Capet titled Atelier of Madame Vincent, showing Labille-Guiard at work (centre) as Capet fills her palette.
February 7, 2019
Adélaïde Labille-Guiard was a supremely skilled artist. But like so many talented women before and since, she suffered from snide allegations that she could not be capable of such brilliance.
SBS is continuing to tap into the slow TV trend, with its suite of ‘Slow Summer’ programming, including one exploring the Kimberley.
Slow TV is perfect viewing for our binge-watching, multi-tasking population.
Still from Rome, Open City (1945)
February 3, 2019
In this video, Bruce Isaacs looks at Rome, Open City. Made in 1945, it was Roberto Rossellini's neorealist response to the end of German occupation, and Italy’s history of Fascism under Benito Mussolini.
Kathleen McArthur (left) and Judith Wright (right) wildflowering at Currimundi in 1961.
Photo by Alex Jelinek. Courtesy Alexandra Moreno
January 30, 2019
Wildflower artist Kathleen McArthur led one of Australia's first major conservation battles, over Queensland's Cooloola region. Yet this canny activist is rarely mentioned in most accounts of the campaign.
By changing our approach to author rights, we can help writers earn more.
February 4, 2019
Here are five lessons we can learn from elsewhere to help Australian authors earn more money.
To imagine is to form a mental image, to think, believe, dream, picture.
January 29, 2019
The poet Percy Bysshe Shelley believed that we can exercise our moral imagination 'in the same manner as exercise strengthens a limb'. Here, then, are some tips for fostering empathy through art.
María was murdered in front of the San Agustin Church in Manila (pictured). Her killer was later executed on the same spot.
January 27, 2019
The story of María invites us to consider how the powerless could assert personal autonomy in their lives and how we can hear traces of the voiceless in the archives.
Bruce Beresford’s 1977 film The Getting of Wisdom.
January 28, 2019
School stories hold a special place in popular culture. Stories set in Australian schools have often celebrated outsiders and underdogs, in contrast with their North American counterparts.
Mary Jane Cain (centre) with granddaughters Miley Barker and Molly Chatfield and her great niece Josephine.
The sun dancin' : people and place Coonabarabran (Aboriginal Studies Press, 1994)
February 18, 2019
In the late 1880s, Gomeroi woman Mary Jane Cain began petitioning Britain for land rights. A matriarch and Queen to her people, she recovered 600 acres that became home to displaced Aboriginal families.
John Longmuir as The Captain, Michael Honeyman as Wozzeck and Richard Anderson as The Doctor in Opera Australia’s production of Wozzeck.
Based on a play by Georg Büchner, Alban Berg's opera Wozzeck brings visions of a tormented fusilier's terror to life through music.
Angurugu mission school children in the 1940s on Groote Eylandt, NT. Missions helped both erode and preserve Indigenous languages.
Groote Eylandt Linguistics
January 17, 2019
Year of Indigenous Languages
Australia was one of the most linguistically diverse places in the world but today, few people speak an Australian language.
November 2016 (left to right) Seraine Namundja, Donna Nadjamerrek, Julie Narndal and Cheryl Nadjalaburnburn preparing a new course in Bininj Kunwok, an Indigenous language in the Northern Territory.
Provided by Cathy Bow
January 20, 2019
In 60 years' time, only 13 of Australia's Indigenous languages will be left, unless something is done to encourage children to keep speaking their language.