CULTURE


How comedy became resistance

Sophia Marshall writes on the historical relationship between laughter and political dissent.

The language of bushfires

Pepe Bingham-Hall discusses the relationship between language and land conservation in light of the mismanagement of Australia’s fires.

The moral censorship of Hollywood

The introduction of the Hays Code in 1934 changed the nature of a once boundary-pushing industry. Isabelle Drury considers its continuing effects.

Who makes history?

Alex Stanton puts forward the case for including historiography in the school history curriculum.

The voice of the children

Nick Batho writes on the power and authority of children’s words and views in anti-racist activism.

Femvertising: an oxymoron

Hannah Ross asks what the history of women in advertising tells us about modern trends.

Whose land down under?

Isabella Hendricks discusses the consequences of the false declaration of terra nullius on Australian land.

The crimes of the magic kingdom

As statues around the world fall, Carlotta Stewen examines the social and political legacy of a different kind of cultural icon.

Folktales: a secret history

George Evans considers the insights folktales and mythology offer historians into the thoughts and fears of common people.

A new sex education

The notorious Section 28 was repealed in 2003 – but 95% of young people still don’t learn about LGBT+ relationships in school. Liam Beattie argues that it’s time for that to change.

Columbus and the old country

Christopher Columbus has, for decades, been a symbol of Italian-American identity. Rachel Carr looks at how the community today is grappling with his legacy.

Popeye: an American hero

Greg Denholm examines how a pop-culture icon helped legitimise anti-Japanese prejudice during the war in the Pacific.

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