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Category Archives: Arts and Humanities

Why men fight.

Fighting ability, largely determined by upper body strength, continues to rule the minds of modern men, according to a new study by Dr Aaron Sell from Griffith University. Dr Sell, from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, worked with colleagues from the US and the UK to explore the concept that human males areContinue Reading

Rich literary prizes bring recognition to writing

A former Brisbane writer and a Melbourne poet have each won $20,000 in one of Australia’s richest literary competitions. Maria Zajkowski and Matthew Lamb (pictured) took out the top prizes in the 2012 Josephine Ulrick Literature and Poetry prizes in an awards ceremony at the Gold Coast Arts Centre last night. Matthew, who now livesContinue Reading

National conference to examine social justice in the regions

A national conference on regional law and justice, to be hosted by the University of New England’s School of Law, will bring experts from across Australia and around the world to Coffs Harbour, NSW, in mid-May to discuss topics including the impact of the mining boom, Indigenous justice, and the support of rural and remoteContinue Reading

Aboriginal primary students see that ‘anything is possible’

Aboriginal students from seven primary schools in Armidale, Guyra and Uralla got a glimpse of what could await them after completing school when they visited the University of New England earlier this month. The 120 students, all in Years 4, 5 or 6, were participating in a UNE initiative called “UNE 4 ME” aimed atContinue Reading

Australia’s rich bounty of small island cultures going untapped

The rich cultural heritage of Australia’s fringing islands could disappear unless it is recognised in national cultural policy, says a Southern Cross University researcher. Professor Philip Hayward, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor of Research, is one of the key speakers at the inaugural Australia’s Small Island Forum on Lord Howe Island from April 30 to MayContinue Reading

Apocalypse now leading to academic research

Society’s fascination with the apocalypse has led to an abundance of high-grossing movies, popular television shows and successful novels. Indeed, the film that is predicted to be one of the blockbusters of 2012 ‘The Hunger Games’ is set in a post-apocalyptic future. This fascination has spilled over into academic research with Southern Cross University PhDContinue Reading

Monash breaks new ground in China

Monash University will soon begin enrolling students at its purpose-built graduate school near Shanghai, after becoming the first Australian university to be granted a licence to operate in China. The landmark partnership with China’s Southeast University (SEU) will provide advanced postgraduate education to more than 1400 students, and gives Monash a presence on the groundContinue Reading

Information isn’t everything

OPINION: It’s just as important to have the skills to know how to interpret and make use of the ever-proliferating range of data. My brother and sister-in-law have two children, plus a dog and a cat. They can just about manage the children, but the animals are something else. Recently, at midnight, the cat draggedContinue Reading

Phobia study to tackle children’s deepest fears

A twin-pronged research project into childhood phobias is underway at the Griffith Health Institute. Researchers at the Gold Coast and in Brisbane are seeking the participation of 140 children, aged between seven and 17, for a study which aims to develop new and effective treatments of children’s deepest fears. “If your child is afraid ofContinue Reading

Solastalgia’s growing influence is ‘bittersweet’ success

If you enter ‘solastalgia’ into a Google search, the staggering number and range of results illustrates just how widely the influence of Professor Glenn Albrecht’s concept has spread. From academic research projects to media articles, via papers for the United Nations to punk rock songs, solastalgia has caught the attention and imaginations of many. Professor Albrecht, who headsContinue Reading

Sir Donald Bradman given out as world’s best

It’s just not cricket. Sir Donald Bradman has been dislodged from the top of cricket’s batting order by India’s Little Master, according to a Griffith University researcher. Dr Nicholas Rohde claims statistics prove Indian batsman, Sachin Tendullkar, not Bradman, is the greatest test batsman who ever lived. Continue Reading

Feminist questions impact of religion on women’s human rights

Well known feminist and University of Melbourne academic Professor Sheila Jeffreys has questioned the impact of religion on women’s human rights. Her new book Man’s Dominion: the rise of religion and the eclipse of women’s rights is sure to ruffle feathers in Australia and other countries. Her book focuses on various practices of the world’sContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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