Why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus on 25 December?
Adoration of the shepherds (1622) by Gerard van Honthorst/WIkimedia Commons
Before Christmas became child-centred, Father Christmas was the personification of a mid-winter feast of merrymaking for adults – and he brought no presents.
Constant reforms in maths education aren’t helping Australia to improve its performance.
Policy continuity is what is needed to improve Australian students' maths capability.
On September 15, 2012, a protest in Sydney by Salafi Muslims against an ‘anti-Islam’ film ended in violent confrontations with police.
One Nation has built on the racism of its original anti-Asian platform by linking Australia's secular society to its Christian origins and presenting Islam as incompatible with this way of life.
A disempowering judgment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone should not blind us to how local activists still made use of its symbolic power.
How are we to understand why people in different parts of the world continue to demand and participate in transitional justice institutions and processes in spite of the shortcomings?
There are many factors contributing to Indigenous suicide, occurring in a wide variety of contexts.
A new report recognises that no two Indigenous suicides are identical, then skilfully identifies common themes for informing responses that have the potential to save lives.
A supporter of Hillary Clinton reacts as Australians watch the results of the U.S. presidential election at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Scholars from the U.S., Ireland, Australia and France provide perspective on President-elect Donald Trump.
Flanked by his family, US President Elect Donald Trump called for unity as he claimed victory.
Leading Australian academics respond to Donald Trump’s victory, and look ahead to what kind of president he might be. Much…
Donald Trump is often described as a populist leader.
In this special The Conversation project, scholars and commentators from around the world examine the rise of populism, and its implications, now and into the future.
To date, Donald Trump’s campaign has offered us a powerful blend of hope and horror.
Utopia and dystopia are combined in current political thinking, from Donald Trump to the universal basic income.
Don’t feel bitter, but that story you read about gin was probably wrong.
Claims that gin lovers are more likely to be psychopaths are just another case of science media misreporting - which should be a tonic to any tipplers who were worried by the news.
Some auto manufacturing workers, like those from Ford’s plant in Geelong, want to find work in manufacturing after the closure of the industry, a survey has found.
Auto manufacturing workers will face significant problems in finding new jobs after the closure of the Ford and Holden plants, a new survey has found.
Is it time to do away with honorary titles?
The decision to award former Prime Minister John Howard an honorary doctorate was criticised. So what are honorary titles - and why do we still have them?
Schools increasingly use expulsion as a way to tackle bad behaviour.
School expulsions are on the rise in Australia. But research shows individual punishment as a deterrent rarely works.
Tracking what you stop to pay attention to and what you ‘don’t see’ can tell us a lot about what might be going on inside your mind.
Eye-tracking technology helps us understand how people interact with their environment. This can improve policy and design, but can also be a tool for surveillance and control.
Indigenous children in Australia continue to slip below national minimum standards for literacy.
A New Zealand literacy program is helping to raise Indigenous achievement to mainstream levels.
Stand-up comedians die two to three years younger than comedic and dramatic actors. And the funnier they are judged to be, the greater their risk of dying.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage was an architect of Britain’s seismic decision to leave the European Union.
The populist appeal of simplistic answers to complex solutions is a challenge for political leaders.There are times when expertise and experience must prevail over the popular mood of the moment.
Ethnic voters will be important players in at least ten very close seats in NSW and Victoria.
What’s 'the ethnic vote' going to do in the top-ten ethnic federal election marginal seats? What are the issues? And will specific groups vote as a bloc?
A year after Pope Francis called for action to protect the environment, Australian Catholic groups have announced plans to divest from fossil fuels.
AAP Image/Newzulu/Fabrizio Belluschi
A year ago Pope Francis called for better protection for the environment. Now Catholic institutions look poised for widespread divestment from fossil fuels.
Boys who have high rates of empathy have 1.8 times more friendships with girls than those who struggle to comprehend the emotions of others.
Empathy seems to be the key to developing friendships. It's especially important for young men establishing supportive friendships with young women.