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Progressive Politics: What’s Left?

Tue 28 Aug 2012

What is progressivism and how does it map onto the issues and ideas that drive Australian politics? Join our speakers as they grapple with the competing priorities of people who call themselves progressive and the hard decisions they have to make at election time.


Economics for Everyone

Thu 21 Feb 2013

Tim Thornton has lectured in economics at Australian Universities for over ten years. He wrote his PhD on the evolution of economics teaching in Australian universities, and is an award-winning teacher.


Gender Wars: The Military, Guns & Women

Tue 20 Aug 2013

This course will look at gender relations, guns, violence, war and peace. The links between these issues are as relevant as ever in the context of increasing militarization in the Asia Pacific, the persistence of the nuclear threat, the proliferations of guns, the prevalence of rape as a key aspect of warfare, and the Australian government&rsquo ...

On Drugs

Thu 10 Oct 2013

Australians are world leaders in recreational drug use, but we seem chronically incapable of an honest appraisal of the issues this raises. The 'war on drugs' paradigm dominates the mainstream while drug-taking subcultures flourish at the margins: something has to give. Through an examination of the history, politics, law, science and culture of ...

MFU 4 Asylum Seekers: Australian History and Society

Wed 03 Dec 2014

This course will use stories and case studies to give students an overview of key events and themes in Australian history. These stories will give students a greater understanding of current debates and contemporary society. Topics covered will include Aboriginal histories and culture, colonization, diversity and immigration, women, wars, stolen ...

Understanding Your Home

Thu 19 Mar 2015

We all have a home. Even the "homeless" people who gather under a bridge have a place to which they return daily to a familiar setting with familiar faces. We spend at least half our lives in our homes: resting, relating, loving, eating, sleeping, playing.   Despite the centrality of home in our daily lives, we have very little conscious kn ...

Australian Identities?

Tue 03 Aug 2010

The aim of this course is to provide a wide range of opinions on what the concept of 'national identity' represents in Australia in the twenty-first century. While focusing mostly on the present situation, this course will examine the development of trends which have led to what we think of as 'being Australian'.


Asia-Pacific and Us: Australia In the Region

Thu 30 Sep 2010



Indigenous perspectives: past and present

Thu 18 Aug 2011

Speakers from various backgrounds will discuss the many forms of Australian indigeneity, and their relevance to our society.


Contemporary Australian Issues

Sat 01 May 2010



War and Peace in Syria: Where to now?

Thu 09 Jun 2016

The recent breakdown of the cessation of hostilities in Syria has potentially ushered in a new and even darker phase of the Syrian civil war. The increase in aerial assaults on Aleppo and other rebel-held areas over the last few weeks has led many to speculate that the regime of Bashar al-Assad is manoeuvring for an end-game. But is this the cas ...

Challenging weapons, war, and violence: from local to global

Tue 20 Sep 2016

For 100 years, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom has been promoting a vision of feminist peace by challenging militarism and patriarchy. At this event, Ray Acheson, director of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) disarmament program, will talk about ...

Refugees in Malaysia: Economic, mixed and survival migration

Wed 05 Oct 2016

In Malaysia refugees are not the political issue they have become in Australia. Most Malaysians are preoccupied with domestic economic woes and the curtailment of their civil liberties under an increasingly authoritarian and corrupt government. This highlights a key problem for Australia - its draconian border control policies rely o ...

Millennial Citizens in the Age of Trump

Wed 07 Dec 2016

The recent election of Donald Trump in the US shook the world and affirmed the ascendancy of populist right-wing movements globally. Yet, amid the triumphs of figures like Trump, Hanson, Farage, Uribe and Duterte in polls this year, another political phenomenon is taking shape. In electorates around the world, Millennials are ...

Diasporas in Action

Thu 02 Feb 2017

We belong to a world of people on the move - in 2015, 244 million people lived outside their country of origin, including 20 million refugees. These migrants often create vibrant diaspora communities that can become agents of social, political, cultural and economic change in both  the homelands they have left behind and in the societies th ...

Peace in our time?

Wed 08 Feb 2017

Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the US on 20 January 2017. Last year, we saw the rise of right wing populism globally: Duterte’s regime in the Philippines is killing thousands of people extra-judicially as part of his tough stance on drugs, Germany and France face emergent right-wing movements as the ...

History Matters

Thu 02 Mar 2017

History is now. It defines our national identity and relations in our everyday lives. Six historians from La Trobe University present their research on Australia’s iconic moments from the Gold Rush to ANZAC. In rewriting history they bring change into the present.


Dam busting and other true stories about publishing

Tue 09 May 2017

With access to the internet, it’s easy to imagine that a world of stories is at our fingertips. In fact, our access to authentic and diverse cultural narratives is blocked by colonial monopolies that have fettered the free movement of world narratives for hundreds of years. Readers trying to wade their way through new story platforms like Wattpa ...

What if … ?

What if Australian public schools were funded according to their needs and teachers were more highly esteemed by politicians?

Tue 27 Nov 2012

Australian Identities?

The Positive Potential of Australian Nationalism

Tue 10 Aug 2010

All creatures great and small: animals and us

Animals and the social imaginary: Racing and rescuing greyhounds

Thu 23 May 2013

While animals are flesh and blood social actors, they are also rich vectors for human imaginings. Animal are found in allegory, metaphor, origin stories, national myths, and all sorts of human narratives. In this talk Ray Madden will be looking at some of the ways in which animals are socially constructed and how animals do an enormous amount of sy ...

MFU@City Square

It’s not cricket: Governing in the Public Interest in 21st Century Australia

Tue 31 Jan 2012

Contemporary Australian Issues

Race Relations in Australia

Sat 01 May 2010

In regard to its indigenous population and to non-European immigrants, Australia was a deeply racially divided country from its settlement until 1972, when the Whitlam government symbolically opened a new era in Australia’s race relations by abolishing the White Australia Policy. The bipartisan effort to reject the racist bias which had been offici ...

Melbourne: Music, Memory, Place

A special music, memory, place panel

Thu 13 Mar 2014

David Bridie is a uniquely Australian songwriter and musician. David is a founding member of Not Drowning, Waving and My Friend the Chocolate Cake’; as well as being an acclaimed solo artist and composer. David’s songs have provided a ruthlessly honest musical mirror to Australia’s complex national character, geography, and wry personal insights in ...

All creatures great and small: animals and us

Not a dog: The history, vilification and politics of Dingoes

Thu 25 Apr 2013

Dingos have held a special place in the psyche of Australians, particularly since the Chamberlain case. But the fear we have of them, and the narratives that have developed about their nature and interaction with humans does not reflect reality. Lyn will talk about the history of dingoes in Australia, their treatment by humans, and the political ...

Media Ethics: New And Old Dilemmas

If It Bleeds It Leads: Ethics and disaster reporting

Thu 09 May 2013

The disaster zone is a vortex of information, much of it spun out by first responders to a hungry media. The public has a right to know, but where is actuality amongst these hurried impressions and in whose interest is the news we receive? This discussion outlines factors influencing contemporary disaster news and issues around its consumption. How ...

The Politics of Myth

Bennelong (and Boney and Jandawarra)

Tue 10 Jul 2012

One way of looking at relations with Australia’s indigenous people is to compare mythically different figures, the `first contact’ figure Bennelong, the imaginary `Boney’ and the actual criminal -- or tragic -- figure of Jandawarra.

Australian Identities?

Future Perspectives on Australian Identity after the 2010 election

Tue 07 Sep 2010

Poetry & sex: medieval to post-modern

Poetry and the Absent Love Object

Sat 11 May 2013

Does absence really make the heart grow fonder? Through poets ranging from Emily Bronte and Thomas Hardy to Gwen Harwood, this session explores how poetry has fed and fed off our never-ending yearning for the bodies and minds we can’t touch.

MFU 4 Asylum Seekers: Australian History and Society

Australia on the World Stage

Wed 30 Apr 2014

Australian Identities?

The Refugee 'Issue' and Australian Nationalism

Tue 17 Aug 2010

Free Winter Film Course

Cinema and the Power of Empathy: Portrayals of Mental Illness in Recent Australian Films

Tue 05 Jul 2011

Clips will be shown from films such as Shine(1996), Cosi (1996) and The Black Balloon (2008)

Asia-Pacific and Us: Australia In the Region

Asia-Pacific and us: Australia in the region

Thu 30 Sep 2010

We will discuss the history of Australia's engagement with the world, especially the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the shifts in policy, flows of people into and out of Australia, the social changes in the region and then identify the main actors involved in the often complex interactions (ranging from government departments such as AusAID and ...

Racism in the 21st century

Fair Dinkum Fascism: Race and the Contemporary Australian Far Right

Thu 03 Mar 2011

Middle East Mediated


Thu 23 Oct 2014

Samah Sabawi: Palestinian Australian Canadian writer and human rights advocate Eli Glasman: Jewish writer and author of the novel The Boy's Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

Refugee Realities: Risk, Rights and Resettlement

On-going trauma: Reflections on the ongoing effect of refugee experiences after resettlement in Australia.

Tue 15 Nov 2011

Welcome to the Anthropocene!

Australia in the Anthropocene: Climate change, coal, and crisis calls

Thu 27 Nov 2014

Dr Lauren Rickards: Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (Melbourne Uni)

Latin American Update

As Cuba Opens: A Look at Australian, US & Chinese Engagement with the Island

Thu 21 Apr 2016

The Politics of Myth

Ned Kelly (and the family and the police and the continuing debate)

Tue 17 Jul 2012

The great Australian criminal myth is based on Ned Kelly versus the police and the state: he still causes deep-seated differences of opinion, or feeling.

On Drugs

Australia and the international drug business

Thu 14 Nov 2013

Progressive Politics: What’s Left?

Naturally Socialist, Materially Aquisitive: An introduction to progressive Australia

Tue 28 Aug 2012

Millennial Citizens in the Age of Trump

Millennial Citizens in the Age of Trump

Wed 07 Dec 2016

The recent election of Donald Trump in the US shook the world and affirmed the ascendancy of populist right-wing movements globally. Yet, amid the triumphs of figures like Trump, Hanson, Farage, Uribe and Duterte in polls this year, another political phenomenon is taking shape. In electorates around the world, Millennials are emerging as a constitu ...

Racism in the 21st century

The Impact of Racism in Australia

Thu 24 Mar 2011

The past is present: history, culture and conflict

Struggles over the teaching of history in Australian schools

Thu 06 Oct 2016

History Matters

History of Anzac

Thu 30 Mar 2017

When the Australian and NZ Army Corp (ANZAC) troops fought in the First World War, they understood themselves to be fighting for 'King and Country’. Today the service of the original Anzacs is generally portrayed as fighting for a set of values seen to be specifically Australian and which comprise the Anzac ‘spirit’: courage, endurance, initiative, ...

Asia-Pacific and Us: Australia In the Region

China, Australia and the Pacific

Thu 04 Nov 2010

Today China is a global player, both dependent on Australian resources and instrumental in shaping the region's future. We will discuss China's diplomatic, trade and investment ties with the countries of the region and illustrate how they are competing with or complementing the activities of other countries, such as Australia and the USA. The futur ...

MFU 4 Asylum Seekers: Global Politics

Australia's Place in the World

Wed 19 Mar 2014

Australian Identities?

Australian Nationalism and Indigineity

Tue 24 Aug 2010

Welcome to the Anthropocene!

What can the past tell us about the future of climate change in Australia?

Wed 11 Jun 2014

Dr Simon Connor: School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (Monash) Dr Joelle Gergis: School of Earth Sciences (Melbourne Uni) The Anthropocene has been put forward as a new geological epoch, one in which humans have come to rule the world's natural systems and processes. In an age of increased environmental awareness, the term has captured ...

Media Ethics: New And Old Dilemmas

The Fourth Estate: Changing role, changing ethics?

Thu 29 Aug 2013

Media ethics is not just about the do's and don'ts for individual reporters and editors, but encompasses the way in which the fourth estate sees itself as has its role defined in liberal and social democratic states. In this talk, I will canvass the codes of ethics that govern the Australian media, the reaction of the press to regulatory reform in ...

Melbourne: Music, Memory, Place

Recollections from near and far: Music in a political and global context

Thu 27 Feb 2014

Since 1988, Hugo Race has lived in Italy, Germany and Australia touring internationally. Originally from the 1980's Melbourne post-punk music scene, Hugo’s various collaborations and bands spread over several continents. Join us as we begin our exploration of music, memory and place by presenting some reflections and recollections of a distinguishe ...

Contemporary Australian Issues

Australia’s role in the world

Sat 01 May 2010

In an era characterised by globalisation, protracted civil wars, new security challenges, food and economic crises, and environmental challenges, the role Australia plays in the world has changed dramatically from in the past. Australia’s response to the myriad issues currently facing the international community raises numerous questions about the ...

The Naked Brunch: Food, Consumption & Culture

Breastmilk: A meal, a medicine and much more

Thu 06 Sep 2012

Breast milk is the original, organic baby-food. It's perfect for infants and it's free. In contrast, formula is expensive and places infants' health at risk. The World Health Organisation recommends breast milk as the only source of nutrition that babies need for the first 6 months of life. So why do 85% of Australian parents give their babies form ...

Refugee Realities: Risk, Rights and Resettlement

The regional solutions: The Bali Process and regional frameworks adopted by Australia and South-East Asian countries.

Tue 25 Oct 2011

Unfortunately the recording for this week is unavailable. For anyone that is interested in what was discussed please see Savitri's recent article published in Inside Story, 'Regoinal Cooperation and the Malaysian Solution', which covers the issues discussed, including the Bali Process. Savitri also asked we put up these links for anyone who is int ...

Politics, Pruning and Paint: Case studies in Art History

Oceanic Art

Tue 26 Mar 2013

Oceanic art is largely collected by major institutions and private collectors in Australia, America and Europe. However, in spite of Australia’s proximity to the Pacific Islands region, Australian institutions have undervalued the art form from the region that is highly regarded in Europe and America. The National Gallery of Victoria holds a selec ...

Gender Wars: The Military, Guns & Women

Under the Gun: Small arms, the arms trade and violence against women

Tue 27 Aug 2013

Today, there are 900 million guns in circulation in the world. Of these, 75% are in the hands of individuals -most of whom are men. Currently all countries in the world import small arms, and many manufacture them, including Australia. Given that Australia now has the same level of gun ownership as it did at the time of the Port Arthur Massacre, ha ...

Asia-Pacific and Us: Australia In the Region

Pacific developments

Thu 07 Oct 2010

The Pacific receives Australia's largest aid packages, especially Papua New Guinea; however, development policies seem not to work, with poverty still rampant, corruption and unstable governments throughout the region and climate change set to force people off their homelands.

History Matters

Speaking in grids: the order of language from slums to Marvellous Melbourne

Thu 23 Mar 2017

We walk through Melbourne's many grids of streets everyday, but have you ever stopped to think about how these grids shape the language/s in which we speak? This lecture explores the spatial order of language in 1890s Melbourne, from the slums of Little Lon to the prestige of Collins Street, and how it this order was made through the colonisation o ...

Progressive Politics: What’s Left?

The Australian Union Movement: The spaces between a better world and a bigger share of this one

Tue 02 Oct 2012

Racism in the 21st century

Islam in Australia

Thu 10 Mar 2011

Gender Wars: The Military, Guns & Women

The UN Security Council: What have women got to do with it?

Tue 17 Sep 2013

This week we will present a panel session with Di Otto (Melb Uni) and Caroline Lambert (Executive Director, YWCA Australia). Di and Caroline will examine the role of the Security Council in relation to issues faced by women around the world, and will reflect on the ways in which women have engaged with the broader UN system - reflecting particularl ...

Australian Identities?

The Recent Return to an Exclusivist View of 'Australianity'

Tue 03 Aug 2010

Poetry & sex: medieval to post-modern

Mon 31 Aug 2015

About the co-ordinators: Dr Bonny Cassidy teaches literary studies and creative writing, and is a regular poetry critic, including for the Australian. Her poetry has been widely anthologised and her most recent collection is Certain Fathoms (Puncher & Wattmann, 2012). She co-curates the Winter Poetry Series at Readings Carlton. Dr Stephanie Downe ...

Australian Identities?

From White Australia to Multiculturalism: Failure or Success?

Tue 31 Aug 2010

(This lecture will start at 7.00pm)

Asia-Pacific and Us: Australia In the Region

Southeast Asia in Turmoil

Thu 14 Oct 2010

Multiculturalism is failing in many Southeast Asian countries, whilst nationalism is rearing its ugly head. The region's drive to democratise following the fall of Suharto and reform movements in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have not delivered on their promises. What's the future for Australia's closest neighbours and largest Muslim country?

MFU@City Square

Why Australian Banks are so Profitable, and the Australian Parliament is Determined to do Nothing About it

Tue 21 Feb 2012

Gender Wars: The Military, Guns & Women

Bombshells: Nuclear disarmament & Australian anti-war movements

Sat 09 Mar 2013

The mythology goes, that the Australian national identity was born on the shores of Gallipoli, carved by “rough men”, serving lofty deals of “mateship” and national service, and personal sacrifice. This characterization inherently excludes the stories, people and events of women, indigenous peoples and those opposed to Australian military expeditio ...