Ongoing controversy around wild horses in Australia encompasses debate about their impact and their cultural meaning, argues Michael Adams.
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The cultural meanings of wild horses.
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Today's episode of Essays On Air explores how humans have related to horses over time and across the world, and asks: is it time to rethink how we 'manage' brumbies in the wild?
An illustration from a 1914 edition of Anna Karenina.
Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is often acclaimed as the best novel ever written. The enthralling narrative explores love and family through intertwining plot lines, with Anna and her desire at the centre.
The painting Group of Natives of Tasmania, 1859, by Robert Dowling.
That colonial wars were fought in Tasmania is irrefutable. More controversially, surviving evidence suggests the British enacted genocidal policies against the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
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'Milkshake duck', a word created in 2016 on Twitter, is the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year. Efforts to coin new words have a long history and were particularly in vogue in the 1980s.
It is commonly thought that anyone in ancient Rome who killed his father, mother, or another relative was subjected to the ‘punishment of the sack’. But is this true?
From being thrown off a cliff to being sewn into a sack with animals, ancient Rome is notorious for its cruel and unusual punishments. But we must be careful what we take as historical fact.
Fish iceblocks return slowly to Sydney Harbour in Four Thousand Fish at Sydney Festival.
Aboriginal women are at the heart of two events at the Sydney Festival, which grapple with the impact of colonisation on their lives.
Julie Hale (left) and Joshua Jenkins in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, an adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel.
A theatre production of Mark Haddon's much-loved novel is affirmative and at times deeply sentimental, with a hi-tech set, and exacting choreography.
Women in media joined other women demanding equality in the 1970s.
In the 1970s thousands of women in media took their employers to court over pay inequality. While many were successful, similar cases today show the fight for equality has a long way to go.
A central convention of Greek mythological narratives called katabasis, the hero’s journey to the underworld or land of the dead.
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Journeys to the Underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety.
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Our new podcast, Essays On Air, features the most beautiful writing from Australian researchers. Today, classics expert Paul Salmond explores how modern cinema directors borrow from Greek legends.
Bani and the cast of My Name is Jimi.
My Name is Jimi is the story of actor Jimi Bani told by four generations, in three languages, drawing on multiple cultural and theatrical traditions.
Musicians perform underwater in AquaSonic at the Sydney Festival.
Between Music's AquaSonic puts five musicians in tanks of water. It is an hour of evocative new sounds and striking visuals.
Our first episode is from Paul Salmond, an expert on the Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University, reading his essay ‘Journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety’.
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Essays On Air 01: Introducing Essays On Air.
The Conversation is launching a new podcast, Essays On Air. It's the audio version of our Friday essays, where we bring you the best and most beautiful writing from Australian researchers.
Detail from the Roman-era Sousse Mosaic Calendar, El Jem, Tunisia.
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If you’ve ever wondered why our 12-month year ends with names that mean the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth months, you can blame the Romans.
Craig McLachlan (centre), playing the role of Frank-N-Furter, rehearses with the cast of the Rocky Horror Show in 2015.
It is important for actors to 'de-role' after performing their character – but this is not something they routinely do.
Maura Tierney (second from left) plays Germaine Greer, Scott Shepherd (far left) and Ari Fliakos (second from right) both play Norman Mailer, and Greg Mehrten as Diana Shilling (far right).
The Town Hall Affair is a recreation of a 1971 debate between Germaine Greer and other feminists and Norman Mailer. It feels exceptionally prescient in 2018.
Circus Oz’s Model Citizens seamlessly intertwines entertainment with political and social commentary.
Circus Oz's latest show furthers the company's commitment to politically driven, gender balanced circus.
Happy Christmas Ethiopia: this photo was part of a Christmas card sent to Germaine Greer from the Diverse Productions film crew who worked with Greer on her 1985 documentary Diverse Reports: Ethiopia.
Photograph: Colin Skinner, reproduced with permission. University of Melbourne Archives, Germaine Greer Archive, 2014.0054.00156. Copyright: Colin Skinner.
One of the least recognised aspects of Germaine Greer’s professional life is her international career as a journalist. It spans reportage in Vietnam and Ethiopia and interviews with figures such as Primo Levi.
Rabaul is famous for its twin volcanoes, which erupted simultaneously in 1994.
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An exhibition at the Melbourne Museum tells the history of colonialism in East New Britain, PNG, from the perspective of the local people. This is history from the ground up, told through film, art and music.
Installation view of Kelly Doley’s Things Learnt About Feminism #1–95 2014: a Day-Glo wall of wisdoms, homilies and histories.
Collection: Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, University of Western Australia Photograph: Robert Frith - Acorn Studios
A collaborative Melbourne exhibition traces the concerns of women since the 1970s.
Lalin in Western Australia is ‘married turtle season’.
On Wangkumarra land, in the corner-country near the borders of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, stands an ancient stone arrangement. It has been placed to the side of a huge complex, rivalling…
The Roman weekday ‘dies Veneris’ was named after the planet Venus, which in turn took its name from Venus, goddess of love. Detail from Venus and Mars, Botticelli, tempera on panel (c1483).
The origins of our days of the week lie with the Romans. Three are named for planets, the other four gods.
Detail from The Temple of Janus by Peter Paul Rubens. Wikimedia Commons.
On January 1, we consider the origins of Janus, after whom this month is named.
‘Antifasc’ as portrayed in Romper Stomper.
Stan's remake of the 1992 film Romper Stomper swaps skinhead culture for the complexities of contemporary Australian extremist politics. In doing so, it highlights disillusion with mainstream politicians and media.
Taylor Mac sacrificed the audience in a ‘Radical Faerie realness ritual’. Fortunately we survived.
2017 gave us a blockbuster female superhero, radical faerie realness rituals, and the 'frenetic flapping of male genitalia'. Here's what our arts critics made of all that.
The cast of Muriel’s Wedding: the Musical, a co-production between Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures.
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From Muriel's Wedding to a suite of budding new shows, 2017 was a great year for original Australian musicals.