The university, and its pursuit of knowledge, was part of the colonial project. And historians, writes Satia, were key architects of empire.
From the 18th century, historians taught us to understand the world as a story of linear progress. But this viewpoint made them architects of empire. History, writes Yves Rees, has blood on its hands.
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Defence minister Richard Marles’ historic trip sheds some light on the new government’s approach to national security matters.
First Nations women and their newborns are considered high risk due to fatality rates and access to care. Research shows First Nations-led culturally safe healthcare could prevent further deaths.
The concept of unemployment and an unemployment rate is fairly new, dating back to the end of the second world war. It’s increasingly unfit for purpose.
The Independence Arch in Accra represents Ghana’s democracy.
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Ghana’s civil society has contributed to taming the power of a strong state.
Already critically endangered, the southern bent-wing bat is still declining in a drying climate. If we don’t step in, it will likely be extinct within three generations of bat.
Kim Gordon at Supersonic festival, 2012.
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Historically, men have done most of the talking and writing about music. A new collection of essays, taking its title from a Kate Bush song, invites women writers to reflect on female musical muses.
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Penny Wong’s first trip as foreign minister appears to have been a success. But there is a long road ahead – and lessons from 50 years ago may be useful.
Below the Line Episode 13.
The Conversation 91.4 MB (download)
In the final episode of our election podcast, our regular panellists are joined by two expert guests to discuss what the election outcome could mean for domestic and foreign policy.
Below the Line Episode 12.
The Conversation 75.2 MB (download)
In this episode of Below the Line, we dissect the election result and how the media's "presidential–ised" coverage looks in light of it.
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Judging by the campaign, and a bit of recent history, we can expect to see a Labor government pay more attention than their predecessors did to Indonesia – and Southeast Asia in general.
At Certain Points We Touch tells the story of a doomed relationship in a way that explores the parallels between writing and coming out.
Whoever wins on May 21, protecting Pacific workers in Australia must be a policy priority, as temporary migration will continue to rise post-pandemic.
Below the Line Episode 11.
The Conversation 66.1 MB (download)
In the final episode of our election podcast before polling day, our expert panel interview a Facebook official on the online campaign, and discuss Morrison's mea culpa and last-minute housing policy.
Jonathan Bazzi photo by Claudia Beretta.
One of the first contemporary personal narratives about living with HIV in the 21st century, Fever urgently interrogates the social meanings of HIV, and how they’ve evolved in the era of treatment.
Below the Line Episode 10.
The Conversation 84.3 MB (download)
In this episode of our election podcast, our expert panel discuss the last leaders' debate, the latest polls and what might the future of the unsuccessful major party might look like.
Below the Line Episode 9.
The Conversation 72.8 MB (download)
In the latest episode of our election podcast, our expert panel discuss the leaders debate and which issues aren't being discussed on the campaign trail.
Julian the Apostate presiding at a conference of sectarians – Edward Armitage (1875).
Julian Barnes’ Elizabeth Finch is an unrequited love story and a philosophical novel that asks how we understand ourselves and others.
An expert on preferential voting rates the Australian voting system on 4 key measures.
Below the Line Episode 8.
The Conversation 67.7 MB (download)
In this episode of our election podcast, our expert panel dissect the interest rate rise, political ad spending and the impact of early voting – which opens on Monday May 9.