• We don’t like Fridays

    Open Forum     |      September 13, 2019

    It’s Friday the 13th today, just another date on the calendar, so why are we worried? It’s a mixture of history, superstition, human nature and the influence of pop culture.

  • What do musical conductors do?

    Warwick Potter     |      September 7, 2019

    The conductor in a classical orchestra may not play an instrument, but communicates all the same with the performers and their audience. Their role is part artistic, part mathematical and always highly theatrical.

  • Knowledge and power – Understanding Foucault

    Christopher Pollard     |      August 29, 2019

    Michel Foucault was one of the most famous thinkers of the late 20th century, achieving celebrity-like status before his untimely death in 1984. He is still a mainstay of social science dissertations, but how much do you really know about his work?

  • In praise of the library

    Stuart Kells     |      August 28, 2019

    If books are the basic data of civilisation, then nations’ libraries provide windows on national souls. They remain precious places in which to seek traces of the past, and reassurance about the future.

  • Joining the dots

    Open Forum     |      August 26, 2019

    The ‘key player’ concept devised by Professor Yves Zenou offers a window into how social networks influence behaviour.

  • Power, politics and art

    James Arvanitakis     |      August 17, 2019

    James Arvanitakis and Alix Beattie of Western Sydney University argue that the hostile reaction to a controversial Bondi mural highlights the rise of a new conservative political correctness.

  • Australian Gothic

    Emma Doolan     |      July 28, 2019

    The term “Gothic” evokes images of grim, crumbling castles, wild moors and jagged mountain peaks, but the genre has long been used to explore the dark side of the Australian experience.

  • Music festivals need a cultural change to combat sexual violence

    Diane Nazaroff     |      July 18, 2019

    A new report on Safety, Sexual Harassment and Assault at Australian Music Festivals report is the first national study of its kind into the dangers faced by women at major outdoor events.

  • Sex and the remake

    Lauren Rosewarne     |      July 14, 2019

    A new book explores the fraught process of taking on a TV or film remake, and why updating attitudes to sex may not always work.

  • The perfection of David

    Christopher Marshall     |      July 7, 2019

    Michelangelo’s statue of David is the world’s most famous statement on physical perfection, and continues to inspire the next generation of artists 400 years after its creation.

  • Enter the dragon

    Robert Saunders     |      July 3, 2019

    Hit television series like Game of Thrones and Lost are more than just an escape from reality, they can mirror the political conflicts we see in the real world and perhaps, by shaping people’s perceptions, even influence them.

  • Can we separate well made art from badly behaved artists?

    Janna Thompson     |      June 24, 2019

    The history of art is full of great artists who were cruel, exploitative, prejudiced or predatory. Can their work be judged independently of their creators?