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2019 Conversation articles

December 2, 2019
 
Cancel culture, cleanskin, hedonometer ... I'm not sure I like any of Macquarie Dictionary's words of the year
 
Roslyn Petelin, School of Communication and Arts

December 2, 2019
 
Returning to country: we should use genetics, geology and more to repatriate Aboriginal remains  
 
Michael Westaway, School of Social Science

November 11, 2019
 
Ghana’s traditional and state powers must collaborate to halt illegal mining
 
James Boafo, School of Social Science

October 28, 2019
 
Beds in car parks don't solve Australia's rough sleeping problem
 
Cameron Parsell, School of Social Science

October 25, 2019
 
Orpheus and Eurydice review: a bold reimagining through cirucs and opera
 
School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry

October 17, 2019
 
Thoughts and prayers: miracles, Christianity and praying for rain
 
Philip Almond, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

October 4, 2019
 
Pope Francis and the Catholic church continue to look towards science, and that can only be a good thing
 
Peter Ellerton, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry

October 4, 2019
 
From delicate teens to fierce women: Simone Biles’ athleticism and advocacy have changed gymnastics forever
 
Ella Donald, School of Communications and Arts

September 24, 2019

Highly touted UN climate summit failed to deliver - and Scott Morrison failed to show up

Matt McDonald, School of Political Science and International Studies


September 13, 2019

New musical has enough warmth, witty lines and catchy tunes to win its own fangirls

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


September 5, 2019

Let's talk more about racism in Indonesia

Jenny Munro, School of Social Science


September 5, 2019

What exactly do musical conductors do?

Warwick Potter, School of Music


August 23, 2019

How to make good arguments at school (and everywhere else)

Luke Zaphir, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


August 5, 2019

Explainer: from bloodthirsty beast to saccharine symbol - the history and origins of the unicorn

Jenny Davis Barnett, School of Languages and Cultures


August 15, 2019

Can Scott Morrison deliver on climate change in Tuvalu - or is his Pacific 'step up' doomed?

Tess Newton Cain, Centre for Policy Futures


August 15, 2019

Tighter alcohol licensing hasn't killed live music, but it's harder for emerging artists

Nicholas Carah and colleague, School of Communication & Arts


August 14, 2019

Ghana wants to grow more cashews. But what about unintended consequences?

James Boafo (PhD Student) and Kristen Lyons, School of Social Science


August 14, 2019

Marnee Shay, Centre for Policy Futures


August 6, 2019

Greg Marston and Michelle Peterie, School of Social Science


August 5, 2019

The Cowra breakout: remembering and reflecting on Australia’s biggest prison escape 75 years on

Rebecca Hausler, (Phd Student) School of Languages and Cultures


August 2, 2019

How Hong Kong protesters have been winning the battle for public space

Peter Walters and colleague, School of Social Science


July 29, 2019

Wordslut: a new book aims to 'verbally smash the patriarchy', but its argument is imprecise

Roslyn Petelin, School of Communication & Arts


July 23, 2019

Everything but China is on the table during PNG PM visit

Tess Newton Cain, School of Political Science and International Studies


July 22, 2019

LGB disadvantage in health and wellbeing an early starter

Francisco Perales and Alice Campbell (PhD Student), Institute for Social Science Research


July 16, 2019

Your body as a weapon: the rise of the ‘revenge body’ online

Mair Underwood, School of Social Science


July 5, 2019

The right to work can empower refugees in Malaysia

Aslam Abd Jalil, (PhD student) School of Social Science


July 1, 2019

Thirty years on, the Fitzgerald Inquiry still looms large over Queensland politics

Chris Salisbury, School of Political Science and International Studies


June 25, 2019

5 things to know about the traditional Christian doctrine of hell

Philip AlmondSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


June 24, 2019

Dan Tehan wants a 'model code' on free speech at universities - what is it and do unis need it?

Katharine GelberSchool of Political Science and International Studies and colleague


June 20, 2019

There are 70 million refugees in the world. Here are 5 solutions to the problem

Gerhard Hoffstaedter, School of Social Sciences


June 18, 2019

How to answer the arguement that Australia's emissions are to small to make a difference

Matt McDonald, School of Political Science and International Studies


June 17, 2019

What's the point of education? It's no longer just about getting a job

Luke Zaphir, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


June 11, 2019

How many Australian are not heterosexual? It depends on who, what and when you ask

Francisco Perales and Alice Campbell (PhD Student), Institute for Social Science Research and colleague 


June 8, 2019

To protect press freedom, we need more public outrage - and an overhaul of our laws

Peter Greste, School of Communication & Arts


June 5, 2019

Climate sceptic or climate denier? It's not that simple and here's why

Peter Ellerton, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


May 27, 2019

Torres Strait Islanders ask UN to hold Australia to account on climate 'human rights abuses'

Kristen Lyons, School of Social Sciences


May 24, 2019

Uber drivers' experience highlights the dead-end job prospects facing more Australian workers

Greg Marston, School of Social Sciences with Peter "PJ" Holtum


May 23, 2019

Five aspects of Pentecostalism that shed light on Scott Morrison's politics

Philip AlmondSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


May 19, 2019

Minor parties perform well in federal election and reconfirm the power of preference deals

Chris Salisbury, School of Political Science and International Studies


May 13, 2019

Avoid the politics and let artificial intelligence decide your vote in the next election

Frank Mols, School of Political Science and International Studies


May 8, 2019

Shorten and Morrison make their final cases in theird leaders' debate: our experts respond

Chris Salisbury, School of Political Science and International Studies


May 7, 2019

For Aboriginal artists personal stories matter

Louise Martin-Chew, PhD Candidate in the School of Communication and Arts


May 1, 2019

How much influence will independents and minor parties have this election? Please explain.

Chris Salisbury, School of Political Science and International Studies


April 26, 2019

Friday essay: how Western attitudes towards Islam have changed

Philip AlmondSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


April 24, 2019

Foreign policy should play a bigger role in Australian elections. This is why it probably won’t

Matt McDonald, School of Political Science and International Studies


April 24, 2019

Telling the forgotten stories of Indigenous servicemen in the first world war

Jim McKay, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities


April 23, 2019

You look but do not find: why the absence of evidence can be a useful thing

Deborah BrownSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


April 16, 2019

Traditional owners still stand in Adani's way

Kristen Lyons, School of Social Science


April 16, 2019

Life of Brian at 40: an assertion of individual freedom that still resonates

Philip Almond, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities


April 11, 2019

There’s a lot of bad news in the UN Global Environment Outlook, but a sustainable future is still possible

Pedro Fidelman, Centre for Policy Futures


April 10, 2019

The Coalition's record on social policy: big on promises, short on follow-through

Katharine GelberSchool of Political Science and International Studies and colleague


April 9, 2019

The 14 Indigenous words for money on our new 50 cent coin

Felicity Meakins, School of Languages and Cultures


April 1, 2019

How DNA ancestry testing can change our ideas of who we are

Caitlin Curtis, Centre for Policy Futures


March 29, 2019

One Nation, guns and the Queensland question: what does it all mean for the 2019 federal election?

Chris Salisbury, School of Political Science and International Studies


March 27, 2019

We asked five experts: should Australia lower the voting age to 16?

Louise Phillips, School of Education


March 25, 2019

Lascivious virgins and lustful itches: women's masturbation in early England

Paige Donaghy, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities


March 20, 2019

Aboriginal Australia's smash hit that went viral

Felicity Meakins, School of Languages and Cultures


March 18, 2019

Ultra low wage growth isn't accidental. It is the intended outcome of government policies

John Quiggin, School of Political Science and International Studies


March 15, 2019 

If you've got private health insurance, the choice to use it in a public hospital is your own

Rebecca E. Olson, School of Social Science


March 15, 2019 

Sue Smith's Hydra: how love, pain and sacrifice produced an Australian classic

Alastair Blanchard, School of History and Philosophical Inquiry


March 14, 2019 

Landmark High Court decision guides how compensation for native title losses will be determined

PhD Student William Isdale, UQ BA grad


March 7, 2019

Brexit is not a retreat into isolationism - survey suggests public remains committed to global security role

Timothy B. Gravelle, Institute for Social Science Research


February 27, 2019

Curious Kids: Who was the first ancient mummy?

Dr Serena Love, School of Social Science


February 22, 20

What do we mean by meaning? Science can help with that

Jamie Freestone, PhD student in English, School of Communication & Arts


February 22, 2019

Press freedom under attack: why Filipino journalist Maria Ressa's arrest should matter to all of us

Peter Greste, School of Communication & Arts


January 31, 2019

Why outer suburbs lack inner city's 'third places': a partial defence of the hipster 

Peter Walters, School of Social Science


January 21, 2019

Yes, Morrison 'showed up' in the Pacific, but what did he actually achieve? 

Tess Newton Cain, School of Political Science and International Studies 

 

2018 Conversation articles

December 19, 2018

Dramatic advances in forensics expose the need for genetic data legislation

Caitlin CurtisJames HerewardKaren HusseyCentre for Policy Futures


December 19, 2018

Inquiry into LGBTIQ hate crime could improve how police and communities respond

Lisa FeatherstoneHistorical and Philosophical Inquiry


December 17, 2018

Having a second child worsens parents’ mental health: new research

Francisco Perales and Janeen BaxterInstitute for Social Science Research and colleague 


December 13, 2018 

Poor health in Aboriginal children after European colonisation revealed in their skeletal remains

Richard MartinSchool of Social Science and colleagues 


December 12, 2018

Four journalists, one newspaper: Time Magazine’s Person of the Year recognises the global assault on journalism

Peter GresteSchool of Communication and Arts


December 10, 2018

We asked five experts: should I lie to my children about Santa?

Peter EllertonSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry and colleagues


November 30, 2018

Why Australia’s anti-vilification laws matter

Katharine GelberSchool of Political Science and International Studies and colleague


November 23, 2018

In the post-APEC scramble to lavish funds on PNG, here’s what the country really needs

Mark MoranInstitute for Social Science Research 


November 16, 2018 

Man who burnt his wife alive gets at least 27 years’ jail, but not life – as victim was no stranger

Lisa FeatherstoneSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry and colleague 


November 15, 2018 

Marriage has changed dramatically throughout history, but gender inequalities remain

Michelle BradySchool of Social Science and colleague


November 15, 2018

There’s no need for the ‘Chicago principles’ in Australian universities to protect freedom of speech

Katharine GelberSchool of Political Science and International Studies


November 8, 2018 

Machar’s return signals a significant stage in South Sudan’s peace process

Peter RunSchool of Political Science and International Studies 


October 24, 2018 

Tweaking just a few genes in wild plants can create new food crops – but let’s get the regulation right

Caitlin CurtisCentre for Policy Futures and colleague


October 22, 2018 

Turning ‘big brother’ surveillance into a helping hand to the homeless

Andrew Clarke and Cameron ParsellSchool of Social Science


October 11, 2018

Why block subjects might not be best for university student learning

Jason LodgeSchool of Education


October 3, 2018 

World politics explainer: The fall of the Berlin Wall

Andrew BonnellSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry 


September 17, 2018

Spartacus: the rise and rise of an unlikely hero

Alastair BlanshardSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry 


September 14, 2018

How Indigenous women have become targets in a domestic violence system intended to protect them

Robin FitzgeraldSchool of Social Science and colleague


September 14, 2018

Friday essay: who owns a family's story? Why it's time to lift the Berndt field notes embargo

Geoffrey GraySchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


September 5, 2018

Why Australia should invest in paying early childhood educators a liveable wage

Karen ThorpeInstitute for Social Science Research


September 4, 2018

Can we learn from the past in tackling witchcraft-related violence today?

Charlotte-Rose Millar and Daniel MidenaInstitute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities


July 31, 2018

Longman result shows Queensland vote is volatile and One Nation remains potent

Chris SalisburySchool of Political Science and International Studies


July 24, 2018

Australian Ninja Warrior and the death of style and grace in sport

Alastair BlanshardSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


July 23, 2018

Guide to the classics: The Tale of Genji, a 1,000-year-old Japanese masterpiece

Rebecca Hausler and Tomoko AoyamaSchool of Languages and Cultures 


July 18, 2018

When are meets reality TV our visual literacy is found wanting 

Holly ArdenSchool of Communication and Arts


July 17, 2018

How rising inequality is stalling economies by crippling demand 

Stephen BellSchool of Political Science and International Studies 


June 26, 2018

What's driving Chinese infrastructure investment overseas and how can we make the most of it?

Shahar HameiriSchool of Political Science and International Studies 


June 21, 2018

Lowy Institute Poll shows Australians' support for climate action at its highest level in a decade.

Matt McDonaldSchool of Political Science and International Studies


June 21, 2018

The great irony in punishing universities for 'failing' to uphold freedom of speech

Katharine GelberSchool of Political Science and International Studies


June 8, 2018

How flexischools could help close the gap in Indigenous education.

Marnee ShaeSchool of Education and Centre for Policy Futures


June 8, 2018

Friday essay: what might heaven be like?

Philip AlmondSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


June 8, 2018

Science in film: from the meaning of time to the marvels of fungi

Peter EllertonSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


June 8, 2018

Twenty years on, One Nation is still chaotic, controversial and influential

Chris SalisburySchool of Political Science and International Studies


May 18, 2018

Senate report: climate change is a clear and present danger to Australia’s security

Matt McDonaldSchool of Political Science and International Studies


May 15, 2018

Homelessness: Australia's shameful story of policy complacency and failure continues

Cameron Parsell, Institute for Social Science Research


May 11, 2018

Criminals can’t easily edit their DNA out of forensic database

Caitlin CurtisCentre for Policy Futures and colleague


May 3, 2018

DNA facial prediction could make protecting your privacy more difficult

Caitlin CurtisCentre for Policy Futures and colleague


April 18, 2018

From ‘opening the kimono’ to ‘incentivizing’, the war against corporate buzzwords rages on

Roslyn PetelinSchool of Communication and Arts


April 10, 2018

Political interventions have undermined the parole system’s effectiveness and independence

Robin FitzgeraldShannon DoddSchool of Social Science and colleagues


March 29, 2018

Islamic State schooled children as soldiers – how can their ‘education’ be undone?

Tristan DunningSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry and colleague


March 28, 2018

Queensland has saved a Hollywood blockbuster, but the local film industry is still missing out

Ella DonaldSchool of Communication and Arts


March 23, 2018

Low-paid ‘women’s work’: why early childhood educators are walking out

Karen ThorpeISSR and colleagues


March 22, 2018

A beginner’s guide to the foggy wilderness of ambient music

Lawrence EnglishSchool of Communication and Arts


March 19, 2018

Peter Dutton’s ‘fast track’ for white South African farmers is a throwback to a long, racist history

Jon PicciniSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


March 9, 2018

Weekly Dose: cocaine, the glamour drug of the ’70s, is making a comeback

Jason FerrisISSR and colleagues


March 5, 2018

The Vatican, the exorcists and the return of the Devil in a time of enchantment

Philip AlmondSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


February 22, 2018

The Winter Olympics reminds us of the value of learning a second language 

Simone SmalaSchool of Education


February 20, 2018

We won’t close the gap if the Commonwealth cuts off Indigenous housing support

Rhonda Phillips, ISSR and colleagues


February 16, 2018

When citizens set the budget: lessons from ancient Greece

David M Pritchard, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry/ Université de Strasbourg and colleague


February 7, 2018 

How to use critical thinking to spot false climate claims 

Peter EllertonSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


February 5, 2018 

Vice-chancellors’ salaries are just a symptom of what’s wrong with universities

Kristen LyonsSchool of Social Science


January 31, 2018

Far from white-washing, ABC’s Monkey Magic remake takes us back to its cross-cultural roots

Rebecca HauslerSchool of Languages and Cultures


January 17, 2018

When we needed a new word, Twitter gave us ‘milkshake duck’

Ros PetelinSchool of Communication and Arts

2017 Conversation articles

December 18, 2017

From reproducers to 'flutters' to 'sluts': tracing attitudes to women's pleasure in Australia

Lisa Featherstone, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


December 15, 2017

The myth of the ancient Greek ‘gay utopia’

Alastair Blanshard, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


December 8, 2017

Queensland finally has a government, but the path ahead for both major parties looks rocky

Chris Salisbury, School of Poltical Science and International Studies


October 30, 2017

Palaszczuk must grapple with One Nation, and history, in unpredictable Queensland election

Chris Salisbury, School of Poltical Science and International Studies


October 16, 2017

Translation technology is useful, but should not replace learning languages

Michael Haugh, School of Languages and Cultures


October 16, 2017

Good data/bad data: ethically designed databases can help police without reducing privacy

Paul Henman, School of Social Science


October 6, 2017

Sleep and the restless preschooler: why policies need to change

Karen Thorpe and colleagues, Institute for Social Science Research


September 27, 2017

Riverfire, sonic awe and the pornography of war

, School of Communication and Arts


September 26, 2017

Cognitive ability plays a role in attitudes to equal rights for same-sex couples

Francisco Perales, Institute for Social Science Research


September 22, 2017

Whose interests? Why defining the ‘public interest’ is such a challenge

Jane Johnston, School of Communication and Arts


September 11, 2017

Giving voice to the young: survey shows people want under-18s involved in politics

Louise Phillips, School of Education


September 11, 2017

Per Te: a garden of earthly delights

Alastair BlanshardSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


September 6, 2017

In spite of their differences, Jews, Christians and Muslims worship the same God

Philip Almond, School of Social Science


September 5, 2017

How can Indonesia win against plastic pollution?

Thomas Wright, PhD Candidate in Athropology


August 31, 2017

Revealed: who supports marriage equality in Australia – and who doesn’t

Francisco Perales and , ISSR


August 17, 2017

When it comes to same sex marriage not all views deserve respect

Peter Ellerton, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


August 17, 2017

Mythbusting Ancient Rome: did all raods actually lead to Rome

Shushma Malik, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry and Caillan Davenport (Macquarie)


August 15, 2017

The inequality you can’t change that lasts a lifetimeThe inequality you can’t change that lasts a lifetime

Mark Western, Tina Rampino and Wojtek Tomaszewski, ISSR


August 4, 2017

How do you know that what you know is true? That’s epistemology

Peter Ellerton, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


July 20, 2017

Buried tools and pigments tell a new history of humans in Australia for 65,000 years

Chris Clarkson, School of Social Science with research colleagues


July 17, 2017

We need more than just laws to ensure responsible alcohol service

Jason Ferris, ISSR, Renee Zahnow, ISSR with research colleagues


July 11, 2017

How to encourage literacy in young children (and beyond)

Louise Phillips, School of Education with research colleague


July 5, 2017

Jukurrpa-kurlu Yapa-kurlangu-kurlu

Mary Laughren, School of Languages and Cultures with research colleague


June 27, 2017

Roman gladiators were war prisoners and criminals, not sporting heroes

Alastair Blanshard, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


19 June, 2017

The last line of defence: Indigenous rights and Adani’s land deal

Morgan Brigg School of Political Science and International Studies, John Quiggin School of Economics and Kristen Lyons School of Social Science


June 13, 2017

Film festival reveals the passion, emotion and disappointment that can come with science

Peter EllertonSchool of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


June 9 2017

Australian authorities are doing all they can to combat terrorism

Adrian Cherney, School of Social Science


June 1, 2017

In defence of grammar pedantry

Roslyn Petelin, School of Communication and Arts


May 24, 2017

Sgt Pepper's at 50 - the greatest thing you ever heard or just another album

Liam Viney, School of Music with colleagues from other institutions


May 19, 2017

Cave dig shows the earliest Australians enjoyed a coastal lifestyle

Tiina Manne, School of Social Science with research colleagues from other institutions


April 29, 2017

70 years on, Primo Levi’s If This is A Man is still a powerful reminder of what it means to be human

Nicholas HeronInstitute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities​


April 18, 2017

Facts are not always more important than opinions: here’s why

Peter Ellerton, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


April 10, 2017

Australian gas: between a fracked rock and a socially hard place

Kim de RijkeSchool of Political Science and International Studies


April 5, 2017

Print your own masterpieces and digital pens – the brave new world of the museum

Caroline Wilson-BarnaoSchool of Communication and Arts


April 5, 2017

Gogglebox and what it tells us about English in Australia

Greg Dickson, School of Languages and Cultures


April 3, 2017

The tragedy of Mosul: battle against Islamic State is leading to all-too-familiar consequences

Tristan Dunning, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


March 26, 2017

Grammarians rejoice in the $10 million comma

Roslyn Petelin, School of Communication and Arts


March 23, 2017

Let me entertain you – that’s how to get a science message across

Jamie Freestone, School of Communication and Arts


March 21, 2017

After the robo-debt debacle, here’s how Centrelink can win back Australians’ trust

Paul Henman, School of Social Science


March 21, 2017

Grammarians rejoice in the $10 million comma

Roslyn Petelin, School of Communication and Arts


March 13, 2017

Contested spaces: ‘virtuous drivers, malicious cyclists’ mindset gets us nowhere

Frank Mols, School of Political Science and International Studies


March 9, 2017

Banning orders won't solve alcohol-fuelled violence - but they can be part of the solution

Renee Zahnow and colleagues


March 9, 2017

Indonesia vows to tackle marine pollution

Thomas WrightPhD Candidate in Anthropology


March 1, 2017

Parliamentary inquiry into free speech resolves nothing, so 18c should be left alone

Katharine GelberSchool of Political Science and International Studies


February 28, 2017

South Sudan

Peter Run, School of Political Science and International Studies


January 31, 2017

Shallow impact: when crackpot conspiracy theories are touted as news, we all lose

Peter Ellerton, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry


January 30, 2017

Donald Trump’s ban will have lasting and damaging impacts on the world’s refugees

Phil Orchard, School of Political Science and International Studies


January 20, 2017

Mythbusting Ancient Rome – the truth about the vomitorium

, School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry