Forget the doom and gloom about the humanities: employment and research in the sector continues to rise.
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There's plenty of hand-wringing about the humanities being in crisis – but is that actually the case? In Australia, the sector is thriving, and policy should be made on that basis.
Shell Necklace, Displayed at the Great Exhibition, London, 1851. Maireener shell and fibre. Oyster Cove, Tasmania, before 1851
© The Trustees of the British Museum.
It hovers uneasily between being a fine-art exhibition showing the diversity and sheer visual and sociocultural potency of contemporary Australian visual art practice, and an older-style ethnographic survey.
Artist’s impression of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.
NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Who gets to name the craters and features on our planets was once an ad hoc affair. But now the public can have a say with just days left to vote.
The investigation that brought down the NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell, is one of several that has put the powers of ICAC in the spotlight.
ICAC has claimed some high-profile scalps, prompting some claims that the watchdog is out of control. Yet our new research shows 99% of complaints don't proceed to a formal investigation.
Drama is less about what gets said than what gets understood.
Many of the scholarly observations made about plays – who wrote them, when and why, their history, their canonical status, or not – are irrelevant. Audiences do not need to know such things.
David Lynch: Between Two Worlds is a major event for Brisbane.
David Lynch's Emily Screaming. 2008. GOMA
Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art is hosting the exhibition, David Lynch: Between Two Worlds, until June 7. It's an opportunity to explore the connections between all the elements of Lynch’s artistic output.
In the past decade, the number of people ending up in South Australian prison cells has grown at seven times the rate of the state population.
AAP/South Australian Correctional Services Department
Since 2004, the number of prisoners in South Australia has risen seven times faster than the state's net population growth – and nearly doubled its rate of locking up Indigenous Australians.
Dinosaurs and people together in Jurassic World.
Scientists in the new Jurassic World movie have taken scary to a new level with genetically modified hybrid dinosaurs. But is any of this possible?
Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has said eight out of 10 income taxpayers go to work to fund Australia’s welfare bill.
AAP Image/Lukas Coch
Implying that 80% of Australian income tax goes straight towards the welfare bill overlooks the fact that a large proportion of income taxpayers benefit from social security.
Shame can hurt, but it can also be used to motivate positive behaviour.
Public shaming has a long history and has now gone online through social media. But shame can also be a powerful force to encourage positive behavioural change.
We know whether a play such as Andrew Bovell’s Secret River works onstage – but can we explain its effect?
AAP Image/Heidrun Löhr
Anyone who has seen a play can tell you whether it "works" or not – but very few people can tell you exactly why. We all need a better grasp of this. Why? So that playwriting can better represent contemporary Australia.
The number of people who use methamphetamine has not changed in at least the last ten years.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott today launched a taskforce to tackle the growing problem of ice. But while Australia certainly has a problem with ice, it's hardly an epidemic.
Ian North, 2015. Detail from East Antarctica 1915 no. 7. Charcoal on inkjet pigment print, c. 55x148cm.
Courtesy of the artist/ Greenaway Art Gallery.
The latest exhibition of photographer Ian North’s work, Antarctica 1915, demonstrates his uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist of our socially fractured and culturally fragmented times.
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder need targeted support and funding to suit their individual needs and interests.
A review has been announced into school policies in Canberra after it was reported that a school was restraining a child with Autism in a cage-like structure.
Trent Parke, Cockatoo backyard,
© Trent Parke/Magnum Photos
Trent Parke is Australia's only Magnum photographer. His current show is an immersive multimedia display that captures and celebrates the random wonder of his environments.
With car manufacturing gone and the submarine business looking shaky, South Australia is a state in need of an industrial transfusion.
Last week the South Australian premier announced major refurbishment of the Adelaide Festival Centre. The question is, what will these major works say about the kind of city Adelaide wants to be?
Fraser defended and spoke up for the core Australian social and political values of a ‘fair go’ for all.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
In 1975, people wore Shame Fraser Shame badges and demonstrated in support of the sacked prime minister, Gough Whitlam. Today, those same protestors feel powerful emotions at the passing of Malcolm Fraser. Why?
What did you say?
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As digital connectivity increases, personal connectedness can lose out. What is that doing to children?
A major exhibition of American video artist Bill Viola’s work is on display at the Adelaide Festival. Bill Viola, The Encounter, 2012. Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted on wall. Performers: Genevieve Anderson, Joan Chodorow. Photo: Kira Perov.
The work of American video artist Bill Viola is currently being shown in Adelaide, the broadest collection of his installations ever displayed in Australia.
Olwen Fouéré stars in riverrun at the 2015 Adelaide Festival.
Colm Hogan, Adelaide Festival of Arts
In riverrun at the Adelaide Festival, Olwen Fouéré and her team have unlocked the theatrically in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake.